It was only about seven months ago that T-N-T Academy of Judo and Dance opened for business. It has been so successful that owner Scott Ferry has already moved into more spacious quarters.
About six weeks ago, T-N-T, which is named for Ferry's children, Tylor and Tiffany, moved to 7817 Commerce St., near U.S. 301 and Riverview Drive. The new space is twice the size of the original.
T-N-T offers classes in judo and mixed martial arts for students of all levels and ages, as well as dance classes and after-school programs. Ferry said he also plans to start a summer camp.
The new space will allow T-N-T to expand its enrollment and offer several different classes at the same time, Ferry said.
Besides learning the sport and getting a good cardiovascular workout, T-N-T judo and mixed martial arts students have the opportunity to take part in competitions.
One thing that sets T-N-T apart from some other martial arts schools, Ferry said, is that it specializes in judo and other martial arts forms that revolve around taking opponents to the floor and holding them down, rather than striking or kicking them. A lot of parents prefer that kind of training for their kids, he said.
Ferry makes sure that younger students avoid judo moves such as choke holds that might cause injury. Some moves are prohibited until the student is 18 years old.
"You're learning self-defense, you're learning a competitive sport, and you're getting in shape," Ferry said.
T-N-T aims its dance classes at children as young as 3 years old and concentrates on the basics of ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics.
The fee for a one-hour dance class is $10. Judo classes are $10 per class, $60 per month or $90 for a month of classes for an entire family.
For more information about classes, visit tntacademyofjudo.com, or call (813) 443-5569.
Selmon's delays Brandon opening
If the play had been executed as planned, Lee Roy Selmon's restaurant would open soon in Brandon. But plans have changed.
Last fall, the company said it would introduce its newest restaurant at 1015 W Brandon Blvd. sometime this spring, but is now looking for a new site.
"We had some problems with the landlord," said Jennifer Ulmer, who handles marketing for the restaurant chain. "Just about as soon as we put the sign out, we started having problems with the landlord."
Lee Roy Selmon's was planning to open in the space that used to be occupied by Hollywood Video. The shopping complex is also home to Burlington Coat Factory, MJM Designer Shoes and the Rack, an upscale billiards club. A sign in the old video store indicates a liquor store will be opening soon.
Ulmer said her company still hopes to expand into the area, even though there's no specific location or target date in place right now.
"We certainly haven't closed the door on Brandon," she said.
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