The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
At Spa Jolie, aestheticians, massage therapists, and laser technicians cull techniques from a variety of cultures to beautify their clients. Reflexology, a 4,000-year-old Chinese method of applying pressure to specific points in the hands and feet, joins traditional Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to soothe weary physiques. Fresh, European seaweed makes up one of the layers in the four-layer facial to help tone and tighten the skin. When performing the ancient Indian technique of threading, technicians capture unwanted facial hair between twists of cotton fibers. These culturally diverse practices appear alongside a roster of lasers, made from all-natural, locally harvested machine parts, which help reduce cellulite and even whiten teeth.
A red-and-white awning directs vehicles inside Bellmore Car Wash’s garage, where technicians have washed, detailed, and repaired vehicles for more than two decades. Open seven days a week, the shop specializes in washing autos to a showroom-ready finish, but the staff can also tint windows, repair bumpers, and erase minor dents caused by forces such as hail or 95-mile-per-hour tennis serves hit across the ocean from Wimbledon.
At iSpin Studio, participants burn fat and tone leg and lower-body muscles as they pedal on StarTrac Blade bikes, their workouts accented with high-quality sound. Participants saddle up on exercise bikes and ride in comfort with free water on their first visit, complimentary shoe rental and towel service, and a free imaginary ride home from their destination.
Since its inception in 2000, TKO Kickboxers has helped its clients break past personal fitness goals with a blend of high-energy exercises and martial-arts techniques designed to burn fat and tone muscle. Students skip rope, sprint, tackle pushups, and punch and kick their way to the peak of physical fitness, cheered on by experienced, knowledgeable coaches.
Louie Demirakos devised Clearwater Charlie's in his late father's name, creating an homage to his unfulfilled vision for—in Charlie’s words—an “eat it and beat it” establishment. The menu is scrawled on chalkboards above the kitchen assembly line, and dishes hit the counter on paper plates, which conveniently fold into paper sailboats to float leftovers home. Though the restaurant gives top billing to seafood, Charlie’s specialty, it also incorporates a slew of American dishes such as barbecue chicken and pork, steak, and burgers with a choice of 22 toppings. The restaurant is also entirely nut-free, ensuring that food-sensitive diners can safely savor any dish that emerges from the bustling kitchen.