Jan Wellendorf?s passion for karate began in 1963, when he first studied techniques from Japan, China, and Korea. Now a 10th-degree black belt, Jan has molded these experiences into his own style of karate?sanshinkai. At Karate International, more than 70 black belts teach Jan?s methods at five locations, where they help students use Eastern-inspired skills to control themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Geared toward pupils of all ages, Karate International?s programs also emphasize cross-training, which can incorporate everything from judo?s throwing techniques to the pizza-eating regimen of ninja turtles.
After listening to professional instruction from Local Paddler's guides, total novices can paddle their standup paddleboards through the crystalline waters of North Carolina's lakes and rivers. Instructors teach newbies to stand upright on their boards, showcase J-strokes, sweep strokes, and other fundamentals, and also impart water-safety lessons, such as never drink the entire lake in one sitting. Local Paddler's shop furnishes all equipment for aquatic adventures, which unfold along the scenic shorelines of Falls Lake, Wake Forest Reservoir, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Tailrace Marina, Mountain Island Lake, or the Catawba River.
At Ladd Family Martial Arts, strength isn't limited to muscles. It's also seen in the bonding of families as they join each other on the mat. There, Master Jason Ladd and his instructors teach the art of self-defense during classes that range from kumdo to tang soo do—a form of Korean karate that is at the core of their program. While taking students through the ranks, from beginner to advanced, instructors also expand minds by explaining the history and philosophy behind each sparring form.
One family, six brothers, and they’re all Masters or Grand Masters in the Korean art and sport of tae kwon do. It’s the youngest of the Lee brothers—Master JungHo Lee, who is also the 1992 US national tae kwon do champion—who heads up Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do in Raleigh. There, he and a staff of trained martial-arts experts lead students of all ages through tae kwon do, adult fitness-kickboxing, and women’s self-defense classes.
As one of the four PGA pros on staff at John Budwine Golf Academy, Jimmy Hamilton treats each golfer as an individual project with specific objectives, teaching the basics to a beginner and intricate swing developments to a seasoned player. Jimmy’s knowledge of golf—the product of lettering three times at the University of Maryland and qualifying for the 1976 NCAA Championship—allows him to accurately determine where students need the most attention. Before addressing game aspects such as course management or shot selection, Jimmy first factors in the student’s goals, existing abilities, and willingness to live on a diet of fairway grasses. Each lesson is held at Wildwood Green Golf Club’s private teaching area, where students will be able to practice shots on a driving range, practice putting green, and a target chipping area.
With a practice putting green, a driving range with 33 hitting stations, and more than 250 yards of driving distance, Triangle Golf Complex offers golfers a playground upon which to improve their games, both short and long. PGA professional instructors can also assist players by analyzing their swings and giving them ways to lower their scores.