Whether you need a new idea for a bachelor party or want to do something different for your birthday, Throw Nashville offers lanes and coaching for new and experienced axe throwers!
Why waste money on the same old Nashville attractions?
Axe throwing is the newest sport of skill and aim, which is popular in Canada and is making its way quickly through the U.S. Throw axes that range from full-length woodcutting axes to smaller, hand-held tomahawks and enjoy an experience unlike any other in Nashville.
Lanes are set up with a wooden target at the end of each of them. The player steps up to a “green” area, where they can adjust their distance from the target. There is a red area in between this green area and the target. This area is completely empty before throwing can resume.
Throwers challenge their friends to a bout of flinging axes into wood.
Meet the Founder: Jonathon League
Q: What inspired you to open an indoor axe throwing business?
A: I stumbled across the sport online and was fascinated on the positivity that was brought together with the power of an axe. After building my first target, I saw friends coming together and enjoying the activity. After a couple months of generating interests, I opened up to the public. I wanted to create more influence amongst the community. I feel that an Axe inspires this raw feeling of excitement.
Q: How is the sport played? What are the rules?
A: Simple, throwing an axe against a wooden target while aiming it to score the most points! The target has 2 rings and a bullseye. The furthest ring is 1 point, the middle 2 points, and the bullseye is 5. The person with the most points after 5 throws is the winner.
Of course, safety is crucial. So, throwers throw and retrieve at the same time.
Q: Tell us a little about your military experience. How long did you serve, how many deployments did you serve, and what was your job?
A: I joined the United States Army as an Aviation Mechanic eleven days after graduating high school. Serving seven years of active duty, three of those years were spent in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
Q: How did that experience contribute to your entrepreneurial journey?
A: My entrepreneurial journey has been a stepping stone process. Directly speaking to the military, I figured out early after my military career was finished that it was difficult having a boss that likely lacked respect for their employees. I first started my entrepreneurial journey when I was laid off after a year and a half at my first job post-military.
I wanted my job to be bigger than me, something with a purpose. If I was the one running the business, it could be done the way I envisioned it, with the least amount of resistance.
Q: What kind of charity organizations are you working with?
A: I’m currently involved with two veteran organizations: On Target 4 Vets and Veterans Adventure Group. I went to college at Belmont here in Nashville and was invited to lead the President Student Veteran Association, which lead to series of events that brought me in contact with fellow veterans, who lived with disabilities, whether with prosthetics or in wheelchairs, who had the best outlook at life. That attitude inspired me in a time that I needed it.
Q: What are some of your favorite events to host?
A: I love to host all events. I really get a lot out of hosting team building events. People often aren’t sure they’ll be able to land an axe, and then light up when they do. They feel the same thing I feel. It’s thrilling. Of course, bachelor parties and birthday parties are always a good time.
Q: How do I start throwing axes? What’s the trick?
A: The easiest way to learn is to set up an appointment and let us teach you. We have coaches on staff, so there’s no experience needed. Or, you can check out our article on basic throwing technique here on the website.
Q: What are some of the most memorable moments for you so far?
A: Working with the disabled vets, whether they are in wheel chairs, wearing prosthetics, or having vision difficulties. I love communicating that people have obstacles that happen. They shouldn’t be putting those obstacles in the place of keeping them from doing what they want to do. Instead, it’s a perfect platform to remind them that they can overcome those obstacles.
Q: What do you hope to do with this platform? What are you planning for the future of Throw Nashville?
A: Using it as a model for unifying people. Creating an atmosphere where all are excepted. I want to create a place not only for the veterans, but for anyone struggling with obstacles. My overall goal is to focus on philanthropy and using this as a platform to give back.