Having promoted more than 300 students to the rank of black belt, Master Peter Antonelli knows how to recognize and develop a person's martial-arts skills. At Hudson Valley Karate, he and his staff draw from both tradition and progressive teachings to build a karate curriculum that caters to all experience levels. Adult classes cover choke holds and aggressive strikes, and are restricted to a small size so that instructors can devote their attention to individuals. Children's karate classes have a dual focus: form and character. They build social and leadership skills alongside self-defense movements, training kids to be confident in a variety of real-world settings. The studio also offers kickboxing fitness sessions, which tone muscle through rapid-fire punching and kicking drills.
Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Stan Baker draws from extensive experience in Eastern healing methods to adeptly perform numerous Eastern-medicine modalities. Baker's acupuncture and bodywork sessions help to stimulate the body's vital energy channels, working to alleviate such medical ailments as migraines and musculoskeletal pain. A Sun Do mountain yoga instructor with a black belt in aikido, Baker bolsters his understanding of the East by attending weekly chen-tai-chi classes and boycotting three out of four cardinal directions.
Seeking instruction in tae kwon do, hapkido, or haidong gumdo ("way of the sword"), students of all ages enroll in classes at Altamont Martial Arts. Here, they find Robert and Catherine Traina, the instructors and co-owners, who draw upon decades of martial-arts experience.
At Legion Training Center, a staff of professional judo artists, marines, and black belts help students of all ages boost their self-esteem, strengthen their bodies, and learn to defend themselves with martial-arts training across a variety of disciplines. The clean, sleek space combines the hard-hitting jujitsu, boxing, and muay-thai-kickboxing classes of a martial-arts studio with the rewarding self-improvement of a modern gym. Students tone muscles and burn fat with kettlebell and MMA yoga classes, or learn to fend off attackers or spar with worthy opponents with kickboxing, judo, and wrestling courses.
Krav maga is the official fighting style of the Israeli Army, but it seems like US Armed Forces members are enjoying it too. Marc Delnicki and Mark Messare, who served in the US Army and Air National Guard, respectively, draw on decades of martial-arts experience to teach Kelevra Krav Maga’s students how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Using modern, practical fighting techniques, their krav maga classes impart self-defense skills while also providing an intense, full-body workout. Marc and Mark also lead kids' martial-arts classes, and KFX fitness classes that use scientific research and anatomy knowledge to design workouts.
Large windows allow natural light to flood Saratoga Karate's expansive dojo, where both kids and adults benefit from the instruction of certified teachers and black belts. Led by Shihan Patrick Hussey, who has 33 years of experience in traditional Japanese karate, these teachers demonstrate everything from discipline to proper form. In addition to the classes at his dojo, Shihan Hussey also caters to the community at large with his self-defense seminars.