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.
Yoga, spinning, Cardio Kick. These are just a few of the group fitness classes that promise physical change at MVP Fitness. Outside of group classes, there are always the 21,000 square feet of gym equipment to tone muscles and burn calories. There's also personal training if one-on-one attention better suits your exercise style.
Long Island boxing gym BCBA has been serving its surrounding area for more than a decade, but its roots lie even further in the past?on a Christmas Day long ago, when current head boxing coach Ray was a 10-year-old boy. That was the day he was given his first pair of Joe Frazier signature boxing gloves. He began training and, in the process, discovered the parallel between success in boxing and success in the real world. Both require perseverance, mental toughness, and never heckling Mike Tyson?similarities Ray today shares with his students at his volunteer-staffed boxing gym. Many of them hail from the gym's Youth Empowerment program, designed for youngsters ages 10?17; others are adults, sweating through the gym's Get Fit Not Hit program.
Jennifer Friaglia would be fit enough if her days just consisted of wrangling her kids. But the mother of three wouldn’t be satisfied with that fitness regime, since she’s spent more than a decade as a personal trainer, physical education teacher, and group exercise instructor. At Movez, LLC, she flexes her muscles as a licensed Zumba teacher at fast-paced Zumbatomic classes, sometimes even attracting Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
Deer Park Community Center runs on the belief that children should remain active and use their imaginations. So, the facility organizes a full slate of athletic and cultural programs as an alternative to other popular forms of entertainment, such as playing video games and trying to sell annoying siblings on eBay. The DPCC offers activities that satisfy a wide range of interests. Youngsters can spark up competition with games of volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball, or get their creative juices flowing during theater performances and age-appropriate dances.