With more than 40 years of martial-arts experience behind him, Grand Master Yu has claimed a long list of accomplishments—among these are a position as a US Army instructor, a seventh-degree black belt in tae kwon do, and a fourth-degree black belt in hapkido. As the head instructor at Master Yu's Power Kick, he leads a team of black-belt-level martial-arts masters and instructors with similarly impressive credentials. These coaches train children as young as 2, as well as adults, in the basic strikes and movements of cardio kickboxing, Muay Thai boxing, and MMA. Throughout all its programs, the gym helps students improve their coordination and flexibility while setting ambitious, yet attainable, fitness goals. Experienced students can also enroll in a leadership training program.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Enlightenment means many things to many people. To some, an epiphany can be learning a new Vulcan word, and then using it in a sentence. But to Buddhists, enlightenment is a constant state of being. Dakini?the tantric deity for whom this Warren-based dance studio is named?is typically considered to be the female manifestation of just that perpetual enlightened energy. In Sanskrit, the word Dakini can also mean "sky dancer."
Dakini Movement founder Jeanine Caparoso trained as a yoga instructor before learning of the Dakini deity. Her studies on this emblem of femininity inspired her to explore pole dancing as a mode of empowerment. Today, Jeanine joins a team of similarly passionate instructors in leading classes that inspire women of all shapes to feel sensual in their given skin.
The head instructor at Hill Crest Farm, Lisa, has been in the equine industry since she was just 7 years old. The passion that was passed down from her father?himself an avid horseman?never wavered, and in 2003 she realized her lifelong dream of opening her own stable. During lessons and camps, she passes on the knowledge she's gained during her three decades in the sport, including the riding disciplines of hunter/jumper, equitation, dressage, and western. She not only imparts proper technique, but she also teaches love for the horse, horsemanship skills, and confidence?values that are equally important whether students are young or old, longtime riders or just starting out.
In three different pools across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, young swimmers are always seen splashing, learning, and reaching swimming goals. That's because they're students of Aquatics Academy, where a 2-to-1 instructor-student ratio gives kids the attention they need to develop strong water skills. The Instructors bring with them 8 to 23 years of teaching experience each, with a special knack for motivating and inspiring. Of course, kids aren't the only ones they're helping brush up on their techniques. Adult swim lessons are also available.
A native of Northern Ireland, Fedelmia Mullan Davis started Irish dancing when she was five years old. With her graceful movements and a strong sense of rhythm, she went on to win three All-Ireland championships and five Ulster championships. Upon arrival in the U.S., Fedelmia and five other T.C.R.G.-certified instructors founded the Irish Dancing Teachers Association of North America in New York City. This organization blossomed to include more than 600 certified teachers and maintains ties to its parent body in Ireland. Fedelmia also founded the Davis Academy of Irish Dancing and has spent the past 45 years training students of all ages in the art of Irish dance. Over the years, her students—along with her daughters and grandchildren—have followed in her sprightly footsteps by competing at the championship level.