In the right light, you can almost see how the 8,500-square-foot indoor soccer field, with its high ceiling and vast depth, was once a movie theater. Back then, it must have taken a lot of imagination to foresee the space as it is now—with painted stadium murals on the walls and competition lines drawn on the floor—but that's just how owner Miguel Garzon envisioned it. Today, the space is home to youth soccer lessons as well as adult leagues and tournaments. After all the soccer balls are put away, the facility spends some time each week as a salsa dance hall and a private event space for birthdays, club nights, and office parties.
Tiger Schulmann's youth training programs teach youngsters focus, discipline, confidence, and self-defense against unruly pickle jars. Tiger Schulmann, the man and legend, draws on his undefeated experience of winning more than 100 competitions to create a comprehensive martial-arts style that educates adolescents on how to fuse body and mind for a healthy, assertive lifestyle. The professional instructors have all trained with Schulmann and teach classes in a safe, all-inclusive environment. This deal is valid for all Tiger Schulmann MMA locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida.
As history would tell it, karate has its roots in 5th century China, when a monk brought both Buddhism and martial arts training to the country. The art's first public demonstration in Japan, though, wasn't until 1917, when a group of martial artists captured the Japanese peoples' imaginations with their athleticism and skill. The Okinawan martial art quickly became a staple of Japanese culture, and branched out through the world. George Santiago, one of the most recent in a lineage of masters of the art, teaches an evolution of that same karate today at Bushido Karate Dojo, Inc.
He and his fellow teachers hold classes for both adults and kids, with training starting as young as three years old. They instill in their students not only martial skill, but a deep sense of respect and duty toward themselves and others, regardless of rank.
Beneath the summer sun, riders traverse the three outdoor arenas at Minieri's Parkview Riding Center. Groups of summer camp participants not only climb into the saddle for lessons, but work with their assigned horses to learn the fundamentals of grooming, tacking, and eating an entire apple. Instructors also work with autistic and at-risk students during therapeutic riding sessions, working to help build confidence and self-esteem. During the cooler months, riders can keep the lessons trotting inside the huge 80'x200' arena, safe from the elements.
American Academy of Self Defense's staff teaches centuries of martial-arts wisdom from various cultures into a curriculum of karate, jujitsu, kung fu, and kickboxing classes. The logo displays numerology to represent the ranks of the martial arts taught at the school; 10 stars and 10 stripes symbolize the 10 degrees of black belt all the way up to grandmaster.
But instructors don't stick to a single style in their quest for martial perfection, and their classes accommodate students of all ages. They teach a variety of skills, including the striking art kempo karate, the advanced grappling art of judo, and basic self-defense skills for men and women, working to instill strength, confidence, and self-esteem in their students. The school's senseis promise one-on-one attention and full participation in every class, leaving no one sidelined and wishing they could join in—as frequently happens in organized sports and never happens in royal family polo matches.