The National Guard bestows awards on him. The Hudson Valley Horrors, a roller derby team, beat a path to his dojo to train and learn how to more effectively lambaste their opponents. The city of Fishkill had to change its name from Tons of Fishville, after he gave a cross look to the river system. His name is Master Robert S. Blum, and he's the chief instructor at Just For Kicks Martial Arts. Together with his team of black belt and US national champions, he teaches a self-defense curriculum that emphasizes the importance of an active lifestyle, respecting others, and becoming a productive member of society. To ensure that more than just fist and kick combos were getting through to trainees, Blum enlisted the help of child psychologist Dr. Robyn Silverman to develop the life skills portion of the program. Within the Just For Kicks studio, Robert and his crew train preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults. To practice their strikes, students unleash their uppercuts and roundhouses on focus mitts and Wave Master standup punching bags. In these sessions, budding martial artists get the same instruction that instructors have imparted to baseball players from the Hudson Valley Renegades, guards at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, and officers from the local police department. His programs have garnered the Century Gold Award every year since 2007, which recognizes excellence in martial arts instruction. To practice the same community-minded message he preaches, Robert runs programs for groups such as the local Boy and Girl Scout troops and supports charities that include Project Action (Juvenile Crime Prevention) and the American Cancer Society.
Kickboxing.com represents a conglomeration of schools from all around the world, including locations in America, Japan, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic. They focus on high-quality training from different disciplines of martial arts that range from kenpo karate to capoeira and taekwondo. Each school combines the art of kicking with the basis of Western boxing to create devastating combinations that use every limb.
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.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
Designed by course architect Dick Wilson, Garrison Golf Club’s 18-hole course covers the tree-lined hills, valleys, and ravines of the Hudson Highlands as golfers drink in sweeping views from 800 feet above the Hudson River. Without disturbing the native birds and wildlife, the course artfully integrates the natural terrain into a challenging layout, featuring multiple shots that must clear deep chasms and rolling fairways that create tricky hill lies and test golf carts’ vulnerability to motion sickness. Stone walls and mature oaks and hemlocks add to the stately scenery as players grapple with testy hazards, such as those encountered at the par three 17th hole, where tee shots must find a putting surface buttressed by sprawling trees, sand traps, and a stream.
An Audubon International–certified course, Garrison Golf Club’s environmentally friendly efforts include a 2-acre organic farm that sprouts heirloom tomatoes, nine kinds of lettuce, and other greens incorporated into dishes at Valley and Terrace Grill, the club’s onsite restaurants. Guests may also opt to wind down at World’s End Bar, a cozy spot ideal for sipping cocktails or interrogating fellow players about the veracity of their scorecards.
East Fishkill Golf Center's 26-acre, multisport facility awakens the sportsmanship of every visitor regardless of age or athletic prowess. The grounds cater to ball-strikers of all stripes, whether protecting the strike zone in 1 of the 11 batting-cage stalls, avoiding the waterfalls and elevation changes on the 19-hole miniature-golf course, or aiming for displaced UFOs on the 35-stall lighted driving range. A 12,000-square-foot indoor facility carpeted with astroturf houses a regulation softball infield complete with pitching mounds and a spectator viewing area.
Since 1959, a golf path dreamed up by architect William F. Mitchell has been acquainting players with the hilly terrain of the Lower Hudson Valley. Putnam County Golf Course started out as a private club, but became open to the public when the county bought it in 2004. Players can amble over bent grass greens and rye grass fairways kept to country club standards, but without having to golf in their tuxedos. Afterwards, retire to The Grille Room to fill up on wraps and sandwiches, burgers from the grill, or breakfast sandwiches served all day.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 6,800 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 128 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole