The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Diane Paxton of Inner Fire Integrative Health Services brings 23 years of experience to her detox programs, Chinese therapies, and colonic-irrigation treatments. This vocation wasn't her first, though. It took a journey through the world of desk jobs and stay-at-home motherhood accompanied by a long list of aches and ailments to discover she was truly destined for a career in alternative medicine.
Laced in a decorative color scheme of calming tans and beiges, Inner Fire's tranquil office offers a calming backdrop to the center's natural medical methods. Treatment rooms house minimalistic paintings and simple foliage displays, which evoke a sense of the outdoors and provide camouflage during games of hide-and-seek.
Dr. Victoria Karlinsky looks for ways to restore patients' self-confidence through cosmetic surgery. After training alongside expert bariatric surgeons, Dr. Karlinsky learned the art of weight-loss surgeries and lifts. Dr. Karlinsky's attention to detail extends to her face-lift, eyelid, ear, and lip surgeries, and also accounts for her winning streak in pickup games of Simon Says. Each procedure takes place after patients explain their beauty goals in a one-on-one consultation and Dr. Karlinsky maps out a viable route to achieve them. Dr. Karlinsky brandishes board certifications in both general and cosmetic surgery and can communicate to clients in English, Russian, or scalpel charades.
What is your morning routine? How much time do you spend outdoors? During a pretreatment consultation, specialists not only study clients' unique looks and cosmetic goals, but ask questions like these to learn about their lifestyle. With a philosophy that hinges on the concept that "beauty is a personal thing," the practice develops services and cosmetic plans that are specially tailored to each individual. Facial treatments exile blemishes, rosacea, and lingering marker mustaches, and liposuction, cellulite reduction, and tattoo-removal treatments put the finishing touches on frames. The menu of services features techniques in a broad spectrum to suit every desired level of beautification.
Health meets beauty between lime-green accent walls and birch-tree murals, where a board-certified podiatrist and staff revamp nails afflicted with diabetes or fungal issues with laser treatments, topical medications, and specialty pedicures. The medi-pedi, or medical pedicure, was designed specifically for those with periodic health issues. Still, even healthy patrons can pamper feet with the spa-like pedicures, which boast clinical extras such as debridement, antifungal nail polish, and foot soaks. The multilingual staff—who can speak English, Spanish, French, and Creole—also go beyond standard spa hygiene by blasting shoes with UV rays and stern glares to prevent reinfection.