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.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
For more than 30 years, Cousins Paintball has been at the forefront of the paintball industry, equipping hundreds of thousands of players for battle. In addition to fun and thrill, the business prioritizes safety, providing participants with full masks to protect eyes and faces, and specially designed paint is free of any harmful ingredients. With referees overseeing competitive battles, players are free to keep their eyes on the prize as they race to capture the flag or compete in special events.
Inside Kangaroo Kids Inflatable Party Center’s winding obstacle course, tykes race through inflatable tunnels and ricochet like excited electrons on the bounce floor. Nearby, toddlers putter in play cars and slide down soft, foam slides. The divided floors ensure a safe play space for kids of all ages and sizes. But Kangaroo Kids’ emphasis on safety goes beyond structure: a staff member outlines rules for safe conduct and the dangers of bringing pet porcupines to the bounce house. Then, once kids take to the floor, they remain under the staff’s watchful eyes at all times.
The average joe doesn't get a chance to save the world every day. But NYZ Apocalypse is looking for brave souls to stand up and do just that, asking that anyone with quick reflexes and the ability to stare terror in the face join the fight. The mission starts deep underground, where the Apollo Prison Systems' maximum-security inmates have been plagued by a zombie virus. Unfortunately the staff have been infected too, and anyone who attempts to restore order peacefully doesn't make it out alive. NYZ Apocalypse isn't planning a peaceful mission, though. Equipped with full-weight laser rifles, complete with simulated recoil and the capability to take down a zombie or guide a PowerPoint presentation from 500 yards away, teams work their way through the complex and battle the infected?while keeping careful eyes out for any survivors. Click here to see footage.
43,000 square feet await airsoft players at Strikeforce Sports' indoor, close-quarters combat field. Once games start, that space starts to feel like an entire city. Foam boards have been transformed to look like buildings of brick and stone. Among them, obstacles such as trash cans and cars are the only things standing between players and their opponents. Strategy plays a key role here, as players choose whether to sneak slowly around corners, go through crawl spaces, or storm in and face their challengers head-on.
Away from the competitive space, Airsoft pistols and rifles, along with other gear, blanket the walls of the onsite pro shop. Here, staffers help players customize their airsoft guns with add-ons, including red dot sights. In addition to restocking their equipment, players can refuel between rounds at the full-service restaurant and sports bar.