Vision Gymnastics, Pfafftown/Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC and Rockhill, SC
Vision Gymnastics and Dance was founded by Jane Johnson. A former celebrity manicurist and make-up artist from Long Island NY. Johnson grew up as a competitive gymnast and her family could not afford the fees associated with competition. Johnson started tumbling at the age of 2 and has a true passion for the sport.
In junior high she was brought on to assist the coach with training the high school team on the floor. Johnson was no stranger to her unique style of coaching and developing the team. Johnson was no stranger to creative choreography and unique tumbling passes.
Later on in Johnson’s career she began her dance training at Author Murray in NYC. Johnson trained and was then selected as one of there instructors. Johnson started teaching at the Huntington Station location. Johnson started a hip hop class and jazz class for young students who wanted other selections in addition to there ballroom classes. The rest is history, and Johnson has been going strong ever since.
Johnson saw a need to develop young inspiring gymnasts and dancers. Johnson decided to make a program that was affordable to all. You shouldn’t have to mortgage your home to receive good training. I believe that proper education and instruction is the key. All educators must keep abreast of new and cutting edge training. We incorporate all training and development that we aquire and bring affordable, yet quality training to each student.
Our training style incorporates The Horton Technique, to build strength and endurance. Our company offers annual trips to NY to attend Alvin Ailey master classes.
Our focus in dance and gymnastics focuses on proper technique. We have incorporated our fast track program.
Show Johnson a dancer or gymnast with the passion to learn and she will bring out the talent with-in.
Vision gymnastics and dance has a broad selection of classes. In each class, you are taught how to perform. A talent Johnson believes is an important addition needed for all performers, dancers and gymnasts. This is the niche that sets Vision apart from the competition.
If you are looking for high quality facility with performance and competition opportunites, look no further. Not a performer or competitor, Vision has a top quality recreation class.
All students are taught at the highest standards, recreation, competitive and pre-professional.
Call today and let the professional staff at Vision Gymnastics and Dance assist your young dancer/gymnast reach their full potential.
Greensboro Martial Arts Academy, NC
Our Cross-Training Martial arts program teaches Karate, Kung-fu, Modern Arnis, Small-Circle Jujitsu and elements of Judo. Students learn how to control, wield and fight with the Japanese Bo, Chinese Staff, Chinese Long Bo, Nunchaku, Wakizashi Swords and Katana Swords, Escrima Sticks, Sai, Kama, Tonfa, Ekubo, Straight Knives, and the curved Karambit. We actively spar with empty handed and with weapons, often grouping up to eight uke up against a single opponent. None of our students ever get injured during sparring because of anyone losing their temper or being careless. Taking care of our students and teaching them to work together and not against one another is our top priority as a family-oriented martial arts school.
Karate International of Advance
Questions & Answers with Michele Coalson
Michele is a coowner of Karate International of Advance & the
AMAA Sports Complx of Davie County. We recently sat down &
asked her about her career in Martial Arts.
QHi Michele & thanks for taking the time to speak with us today.
Let’s get started by asking you how you got started in Martial Arts.
AThanks for having me! When I was 14, we moved to Winston
Salem. My brother Ronnie wanted to take Karate but didn’t want
to take it by himself, so our parents signed us both up at
Karate International of Winston Salem.
QWhat was your training like & how long did it take for you to earn
your Black belt?
AFor me, training was FUN! I earned my Black belt in one year,
which is fast by today’s standards. But, you have to understand,
for that year, I lived for Karate! I was there when the school opened,
left to get lunch, came back & left when the school closed! I took
every class available, every day!
QYou were also involved a lot in tournament competitions as well,
AAbsolutely! My mom & I traveled everywhere competing in
tournaments! I have over a hundred titles & have won multiple
Karate State Games competitions in Kata, Weapons & my personal
favorite, Sparring! I enjoy the competition!
QYou trained under Grand Master Richard Gilliland at Karate
International of Kernersville & trained with O’Sensei Shane
Williams of Karate International. How would you describe them?
AWOW! Grand Master Gilliland was the best kids teacher that I’ve
ever met. We had a large Godzilla at our school & I fondly
remember taking Godzilla (Mr. Gilliland’s nickname) in his bus,
throwing candy to the kids at all of the Kernersville parades. Still,
to this day, I remember him chopping watermelons off of me
during his sword demonstrations!
O’Sensei Williams is the best pure teacher that I’ve ever worked
with. You could tell from a young age that he had a tremendous
determination to succeed & the results show his focus! Both have
taught me a great deal!
QThere was a period where you got away from Martial Arts. Can
you tell us why?
AWell, I got married & had kids (laughing). Now I have six
daughters! That’s a good thing, but, it does take quite a bit of time.
My career in the Medical Office Management field was also
flourishing! The biggest blow however, was when Grand Master
Gilliland unexpectantly passed away. He was my friend & a great
mentor. To be candid, at the time, I didn’t want to continue training
under anyone else.
QAnd you had some health issues as well?
AYes, I dealt with sciatica in my back for over a year. During that
time, I was in excruciating pain & put on weight because of it.
Finally, they performed surgery which relieved the pain. I feel
for those with back issues because I know how dehabilitating
it can be! After the surgery, I began working out & dropped the
weight I gained.
QYou also did some work in Professional Wrestling as well, right?
AYes, I was a lady wrestler, manager & valet. It was a lot of fun!
QSo, how did you find your way back into Karate & Martial Arts?
AMy husband, Tarron & I have been involved in youth sports,
coaching basketball & soccer at the Jerry Long Family YMCA
for the past ten years. We’re also credentialed by the Positive
Coaching Alliance (PCA).
While we were coaching Girls Basketball, a couple of sisters on
our team told us they were taking Karate. I mentioned to them that
I was a Black Belt & they said that they were getting ready to
test for their Black Belts & invited me to their test.
Little did I know, when I got to the test, it was being run by
O’Sensei Williams, who invited me to sit on his Black Belt panel.
Boy, was I nervous about that! But, he convinced me to begin
training again & my husband & I opened Karate international
of Advance & the AMAA Sports Complex of Davie County.
QAgain, thanks for taking this time with us today! Lastly, where
do you see yourself moving forward?
AIt’s been my pleasure! I hope to continue my training &
building our school. We’ve had success with our school so far
& we’ve been performing Ladies Self Defense Seminars at our
school & at other locations in the Triad that have been
received very well.
Finally, I hope I can be the type of Mentor to others that Grand
Master Gilliland & O’Sensei Williams have been to me. I’ll be
successful if I can get close to that!
Overby Hitting Center
Our purpose in training hitters goes far beyond the basic mechanics needed to hit. I remember in my youth being absolutely scared to death my first few years playing baseball. We have come a long way in understanding what goes on internally while you are trying to hit. The mechanics are a small percentage of the total process. It is our goal to help our kids understand what is happening inside themselves when they are hitting. By the time I was in high school I learned to slow the world down at the plate. We teach several processes to help each student get to the same place internally. Many kids fail trying to think their way through hitting. The fact of the matter is that hitting a baseball happens so fast you are not able to think and hit. There are plenty of things to think about as you get yourself set and ready to hit. Every effort is made to help guide our kids through that process. We teach many skills to help our kids learn to block out what is happening around them while they are at the plate. Our mission is to help our kids understand how to hit and build their confidence. A huge part of sports and life has to do with how you view yourself. We do all we can to build a strong foundation through mentoring not only for playing sports but to handle stresses that occur in daily life.
Greensboro Black Belt Academy
Greensboro Black Belt Academy (GBBA) has been a premier family martial
arts facility since 1991. Started by Dr. Jin Bang Yang, world renowned Olympic
style coach and instructor, the school quickly became the center for NC state
team training from 1993-2002. During that time many state, national and
international titles were earned with 8 earning spots on the US team. Our goal
while training students and competitors at this elite level was to also maintain the
family focus and atmosphere. This dedication allowed us to expand and serve a
larger area of Greensboro.
Michael King , the head instructor and owner, started training in the early
80’s and met Master Yang at UNCG as a student in the first Tae Kwon Do class
offered on campus. He later went on to teach that program for 17 years. Many
students were groomed to go out and begin their own programs. Most of the
instructors have been with GBBA for at least 15 years. Our instructors have
training in TKD, hapkido, jujutsu, balintawak, arnis, pressure points, boxing and
martial blade concepts. The programs have now expanded to include Spears,
Ragsdale, Bryan and Hayes-Taylor YMCA along with Crosstraining, Artistic Motion
and Greensboro Day School. Our Pisgah Church Road school acts as the
headquarters for all programs.
Early on in our development one of our goals was to reach as many needs
and abilities as possible. Mike King and Steve Adams were certified NCI instructors
and have a background in Special needs education. This allowed us to begin our
dedicated special needs classes over 10 years ago.
Greensboro Black Belt Academy has over 50 active black belts and 15
instructors. We have been blessed to have such a focused and dedicated group of
students. Our future goals are to continue to grow and meet the needs of our city
as well as give back to the community. Hopefully we will also be able to help
other schools develop their own dedicated special needs programs.
Section 8 MMA
Section 8 MMA is located in Lexington North Carolina. The academy offers classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, Boxing, and MMA. Whether you want to get in shape, learn how to defend yourself in unfortunate situations, or prepare yourself for the cage, our coaches are here to help you succeed and guide you to where you want to be.
Section 8 MMA
135 Young Dr. Lexington, NC