When it comes to martial arts, Krav Defense founder and head instructor Anthony Santopadre has done it all. He began studying karate and judo 25 years ago, then earned his first and second black belts in the art of jujitsu. After 10 years of training, Santopadre decided to expand his horizons and belt collection yet again, studying for and receiving his third black belt in kung fu.
It was during his kung fu education that Santopadre discovered krav maga. The instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios appealed to Santopadre, so he immersed himself in the discipline and became a certified level-three instructor through the Krav Maga Security Federation in Israel. He shares his ability to disable assailants and wrestle nuts away from squirrels in a variety of classes, including fitness-focused cardio sessions and ground-fighting classes that focus on takedowns and submissions. The techniques of krav maga are tools for self-defense that can be effectively carried out by men, women, and children.
Spread throughout Long Island in addition to branches in New York City, Westchester, and the Capital Region, Sportime's 12 locations offer visitors ample space and equipment to engage in their favorite exercise-related endeavors. The network of fitness factories contains 144 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, where adults and juniors alike can play during open-court times, receive playing tips from expert instructors, and practice their victory taunts. Multisport facilities host a number of other games, from roller hockey and lacrosse to volleyball and basketball, and the fitness centers house cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. Sportime's Randall's Island Tennis Center has even paired with legendary tennis star John McEnroe to create the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which will soon expand to Sportime locations in Westchester and on Long Island.
The instructors at The Karate Academy of Bethpage aren't intimidating like the bullying senseis seen in movies. In fact, chief instructor and third-degree black belt Larry Batista leads his staff by taking a friendly approach to the art of self-defense, knowing that a positive mindset is the key to success. Specializing in body-toning fitness kickboxing, spirit-boosting children's karate, and even birthday parties where kids can work off a pizza party with high kicks, The Karate Academy of Bethpage is firmly integrated in the community with an inviting spirit that contradicts standard, sweaty dojos.
At South Levittown Lanes, automatic scoring systems tabulate scores on flat-screen TVs as bowlers send orbs spinning down well-waxed lanes. Bowlers can keep one eye on the game and one eye on the projection screen suspended high above the lanes, or traipse to the lounge area to shoot some pool. Guests can also pop in on weekend nights for glow bowling, which transforms the alley into surreal arena of neon illumination, much like the White House after hours.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones and maturing moppets can exercise their brains and bodies. Youngsters from 10 months to 12 years can glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed programs. Diverse limb-elongating activities immerse children in gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, and karate, which extinguishes the need for watchdogs or child-size security guards. The programs cater to differing ages and levels of muscle development, as well as a communal hatred of vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the indefatigable energy motors of little tikes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the complete class schedule to confirm times.
Rhythms and Soul’s laid-back, adult-oriented studio and clubby moves were featured on an episode of MTV's Made. Bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into your life, and reshape your monthly party schedule into dance-shaped Rectangos with salsa, Latin ballroom dancing, tango, swing, the hustle, and even dance fitness. Rhythms and Soul’s phalanx of professional coryphées give students individual attention while maintaining a pressure-free, non-competitive atmosphere. You can sign up with a partner by purchasing an extra Groupon as a gift, or fly solo at Rhythms and Soul. Its 60-minute group dance classes impart club-style maneuvering methods, classic ballroom steps, and other partner-pleasing gyrations by keeping the whole group revolvingly involved.