Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.
Seasoned instructors lead children and adults through the jabs, blocks, and kicks of traditional and Olympic style Taekwondo, as well as helm select fitness classes. In addition to teaching students how to defend themselves against attackers and hostile pinewood boards, they work to boost their self-confidence, discipline, and concentration during classes designated by belt level.
Eagle Mixed Martial Arts? owner and chief instructor Master Jan is a man of simple tastes: he enjoys sparring, archery, watching Jackie Chan?s Drunken Master, and molding the lives of students through ancient training regimens. Assisted by a team of teachers?many of who were or still are his own students?the Master imparts the wisdom he gained on his way to a fifth-degree black belt during kids? karate classes, adult fitness kickboxing classes, and full mixed martial arts conditioning. Students switch styles, learning basic self-defense techniques, advanced muay thai strikes, and the grappling art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which uses a combination of choke holds, joint locks, and discretely hidden car keys to trap an opponent.
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Founded by MMA aficionado Mike Constantino, AMA Fight Club caters to the needs of casual practitioners as well as serious competitors. The center's programs create a welcoming space for students of all fitness levels and interests, providing them with opportunities to lose weight, strengthen muscles, and bolster cardiovascular endurance all while learning self-defense techniques in a safe and supportive environment. Led by one of the facility's six black-belt instructors, Brazilian jiu-jistu classes teach attendees how to grapple and apply various holds, and Muay Thai kickboxing lessons cover the martial art style's powerful blows, including knee and elbow strikes. AMA Fight Club even offers programs for children, covering character development and self-control as well as basic defense techniques.
A US Marine, two-time Iraq veteran, and soon-to-be third-degree black belt, Johnny Guerrero is like a Swiss army knife of self-defense techniques. He earned black belts in Brazilian jujitsu and ninjutsu—the traditional fighting form of Japanese assassins—and has studied styles ranging from judo to Greco Roman wrestling. He draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of self-defense along with his first-hand experience of combat to aid students on their journey to becoming warriors—the very reason he started Guerrero Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The school’s curriculum is designed to teach students to fight with speed, skill, and accuracy. Instructors tailor Brazilian jujitsu and mixed-martial-arts lessons based on level expertise, allowing beginners to learn from experts and experts to challenge themselves to intense competition. Children's classes cater to kids with special needs and focus on antibullying instruction to keep kids safe at school. Each teacher receives training in both child and adult psychology, which aids them in chopping through even the thickest of mental blocks.