Western North Carolinians looking to stay fit and blow off steam might turn to yoga or try outdoor activities like running, hiking or biking. But these days, growing numbers of area residents are taking their quest to a different level that includes armbars, takedowns and sometimes getting punched in the face.
Michael Davis teaches a tai chi class for the residents of Asheville Terrace Apartments every Thursday — and he does it for free. Though he has taught tai chi for 32 years, he’s never taught a class quite like this one.
Throw! Choke! Slam and sweep! Kodokan Judo has a reputation as being one of the more violent forms of martial arts, but that hasn’t stopped the Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club. Easily adapted for the safety of children and adults, this ancient Japanese art has a strong presence in Western North Carolina.