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.
Bethpage American Black Belt Academy focuses on two primary martial arts: judo—with a program in operation since 1963, now led by Thomas Dalvano—and kenpo karate, led by Eddie Spadaro. Lessons for kids and adults teach self-defense while conditioning body and mind alike. Kenpo classes help participants increase strength and coordination through techniques that use hands, knees, and elbows as weapons for self-defense.
Grand Master Yeon Hwan Park draws from experience gained while earning a ninth-degree black belt as he focuses students’ bodies and minds. At YH Park Taekwondo, he and a skilled team train pupils from beginner to black belt in the art of tae kwon do, a Korean martial art that teaches the duality of inner harmony and physical defense using fluid movements of the fists and foot fists.
Grand Master Park learned his skills in his native Korea, where he became the undefeated national tae kwon do champion from 1971 to 1975. He also served as vice president of the United States Taekwondo Union and coach of the U.S. Olympic and Pan American team. In addition to his practical mastery of the sport, Park has published 12 books on its theory, including Tae Kwon Do: My Life and Philosophy and Tae Kwon Don’t, How to Avoid Conquering the World.
Sundown Ski & Surf Shop has been serving the Long Island community for over 40 years. Specializing in Ski & Surf Equipment and culture. Sundown Offers everything from skis, snowboards, surfboards, ski and surf wear, surf lessons and Ski bus trips.
Founded by former UFC welterweight champion Matt "The Terror" Serra, Serra BJJ challenges students of all ages with different levels of Brazilian jujitsu, as well as Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, and conditioning classes. Passionate instructors lead small group sessions from within two spacious facilities, which together, boast more than 7,500 square feet of mat space and modern locker rooms. The Serra BJJ facilities also equip professional-grade Muay Thai striking bags, and at the Huntington location, fighters can train inside a full octagon cage.