One gym can hardly contain Master Solomon Brenner's martial-arts expertise, which is why his school—Action Karate—has expanded to 13 different locations. Brenner believes that the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit, so he takes on students aged 3–93.
His classes for kids blend fitness with self-discipline, whereas his classes for adults focus on toning exercises and self-defense. Not all of his classes involve combat; some dedicate entire hours to pure strength training or cool-pose striking. He and his staff also host birthday parties for kids, which include fun martial-arts instruction, games, and a ceremonial slicing of birthday cake with a samurai sword.
As a member of Black Belt Schools International, Karate 4 Kidz of Newtown offers kids, adults, and teens the latest in self-defense techniques and exercise science. Chief instructor Jay Cruz has been training internationally in martial arts for more than 25 years and uses his knowledge and experience to help build students' confidence and physical abilities. Cruz specializes in muay thai and other types of kickboxing, and he also offers resistance-band classes, karate for kids as young as 3, and sessions designed for special-needs children.
The instructors at Northeast Academy of Martial Arts reveal the keys to self-improvement by way of karate and mixed-martial-arts programs, as well as through a variety of fitness classes. Karate lessons are divided by age and ability level, challenging kids, adults, and cowardly lions with total-body workouts designed to build both mental and physical toughness. The academy's MMA training blends elements of Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and other disciplines into one well-oiled program. Drop-in fitness classes, meanwhile, such as aerobic kickboxing and cardio training, provide change-of-pace workouts on a weekly basis.
Spa treatments are sometimes considered luxuries, but Necessities Day Spa & Salon treats them as essential services that provide much-needed relaxation. Nestled in The Shoppes at Hamilton, the spa hosts a team of experts in haircare, aesthetics, massage, and waxing. For people who return to enjoy the spa’s services over multiple trips, Necessities provides membership packages that include access to a VIP lounge, use of robes and slippers, and the ability to hear a host of trumpets playing whenever they walk into a room.
Seventh-degree black belt Barry Black has been practicing martial arts for nearly four decades. With Barry as its cornerstone, Master Black's Martial Arts launches students into their own martial-arts journey with classes for kids and adults. Whereas children's classes focus solely on the martial arts, adult classes also encompass fitness boot camp and kickboxing.
At Kung Fu-US, Master Andrey Tikhonov teaches classic and modern styles of kung fu to ages 4 and older. His training programs incorporate disciplines such as shaolin boxing, long fist, southern fist, and the dominant fist from rock, paper, scissors. They also incorporate weapons such as the staff, something Tikhonov showed a mastery of during the USAWKF National Traditional Wushu Team's long-weapon competitions in 2010 and 2012.