What makes you a martial artist isn't what color of belt you wear or whether or not you can perform flashy roundhouse kicks. It's who you are as a person. The The staff at American Self-Defense Club understand this fundamental truth, which is why they give each student the individual attention they need to excel at their chosen martial art. Unlike in other studios, where instructors often focus on a single discipline, founder Renshi Ralph Metz and head instructor Sensei Brian Metz have trained at the highest level in many different styles. Together, they bring more than 60 years of martial-arts training experience to their classes, which blend elements of shorinyu karate-do, isshinryu karate-do, jujitsu, muay thai, judo, and kickboxing, along with other influences.
At American Self-Defense Club, lessons in both mixed martial arts and women's kickboxing focus on short and effective techniques that prepare students for confrontation outside the classroom. The key is adaptability. Students practice each move on different floor surfaces, from grass to tile to pavement; they practice responding in many different situations, including stand-up fighting, ground fighting, and multiple attackers. They'll also learn the best way to take a punch or kick to reduce risk of injury. This practical training equips them with the versatility they need to respond to real-life threats, while building up mental discipline and self-respect.
The high ceilings at Courtside Racquet Club, located on Route 31 South in Lebanon, hang above a row of six indoor hard tennis courts. The staff of experienced instructors preside over a full slate of player-development programs for adults, juniors, and kids as young as 3 years old. The club also hosts USTA tournaments and events that blur the line between competitive and social, such as the Beer and Balls doubles league. After a three-set match or a particularly tough practice session, members and their guests can cool off at the outdoor pool. A lounge, men's and women's locker rooms, and a full-service tennis shop are also available.
The gym at Maximum Fitness is stacked with enough stair climbers, treadmills, aerobics machines, and weightlifting equipment to bulk up a beanpole if beanpoles had arms and legs. The center, with cheery yellow walls, also stocks free weights such as dumbbells and barbells, as well as certified personal trainers to instruct on the proper use of workout gear. Classes such as Zumba, Les Mills BodyPump, and yoga give gym-goers motivating group environments in which to get fit, and nutrition programs help them keep fit. A childcare center accommodates busy parents.
To the instructors at Branchburg Karate Academy, karate training is an ideal way to build up kids' self-confidence. They work to prove that point every week during children's karate classes, which de-emphasize competition so students can build skills at their own pace. As they practice precise martial-arts movements in a positive and upbeat environment, kids also develop other healthy attributes such as self-control, concentration, and an affinity for exercise.
After high school, Michael Richardson spent the next 15 years training show horses and winning a bushel of regional trophies at Richardson Stables. He eventually moved to Frenchtown, New Jersey, where he worked for Revelation Farm as a trainer and met his future wife, Jessie Kieren, who pioneered Revelation’s riding program. Fusing components of their respective last names, they founded Kierson Farm, whose verdant greens and indoor heated facilities house a fleet of trained American saddlebred show horses that ferry riders of all ability levels. The farm’s boarding services demonstrate their dedication to caring for hooved friends by delegating one staff member for every five horses, ensuring that each steed receives tender attention when not studying pig Latin.
A two-tiered driving range and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses welcome visitors to Branchburg Family Golf Center’s 27-acre golf complex for game improvement and friendly competition. Each tier at the range comprises more than 30 hitting stalls and features a natural-grass tee area that remains open from April through September. In colder months, 12 recently installed heaters keep golfers cozy or help them sweat off pounds to drop a weight class in golf-cart jousting. Professional instructors roll in when players reach an improvement plateau, offering their keen expertise to develop consistent swings that lead to lower scores.
The center’s two miniature-golf courses summon putts past crashing waterfalls and through lush landscapes, fostering a sense of friendly competition in a pint-sized oasis. When swatting stationary spheres becomes too easy, visitors can head over to the batting facility to work on baseball swings and tackle techniques when charging the mound at a cyborg pitcher.:m]]