Head Master Park and the staff at Martial Arts Academy help students find a path of total lifestyle wellness, building their physical strength and character during tae kwon do classes. Having been awarded the Presidential Sports Award and taught in England, Korea, and the United States, Head Master Park possesses the know-how to lead students of all ages, experience levels, and body types. In his classes, he teaches students valuable self-defense and martial-arts techniques while instilling the tenets of the martial-arts way: respect, self-confidence, and discipline. Martial Arts Academy follows 10 distinct teaching principles that include aspects such as staying faithful to friends, respecting elders, and celebrating every life milestone by breaking a board in half.
Guided by 27 years of martial-arts experience, seventh-degree black belt Jason Griffin helps budding martial artists cultivate their skills with his team of certified Taekwondo instructors. Since 1996, they’ve helped students of all ages learn self-defense, compete in tournaments, and take pride in the practice of martial arts. The team’s dedication has paid off: In 2012, the [Jackson Free Press](http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/jan/25/best-of-jackson-2012-
urban-living/) awarded them the title of Best Martial Arts Studio. In addition to taekwondo classes, the studio hosts birthday parties, boot camps, and more.
It was 2007 when event planner Desmone Black bought her first dance pole. She realized that a pole's presence, like an elf in a bustier, could add just the right mix of sauciness and whimsy to a party. When she brought dance polls to her events, the women loved it. That got the cogs in Desmone's head turning. Pole dancing could make for a really fun workout. And that's how Sway Dance and Fitness was created. At the studio, Desmone teaches students the fundamentals of pole dancing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.
Home of the most innovative golf course, David Cowger Golf Academy in Ridgeland is a popular place for golfers of all levels.
Prepping for your first golf outing? Come take a few lessons first and sharpen your golf skills.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Country Club of Canton's 18-hole course wraps snugly around a 22-acre lake, allowing it to incorporate water into play on most of the holes. It's been the central characteristic since the layout was first strung around the lake in 1923. Other previous occupants included the old pine forests, still in existence, as well as the lake monster, forced to relocate through eminent domain. The golf club's social scene revolves around the 12,000 square-foot clubhouse, where a driving range and putting green skirt the clubhouse grille and banquet space.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,322 yards from the back tees
Rating of 69.5 from the back tees
Slope of 114 from the back tees
Three sets of tees
If you're a sports fan, Red Water Swimming Pool in Carthage is the place you want to be.
Challenge yourself to a cardio kickboxing class and reap the many health and wellness benefits.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.