A member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame since 1993 and a 25-year veteran in the field, Master Stevens of Bill Stevens Karate has carved out a studio where students of all ages can learn from his experiences and accomplishments. Stevens has not only earned first-degree black belt status in Gracie jiu-jitsu and sixth-dan blackbelt in Korean karate, he was also tapped by the Bergen County Police to teach defensive tactics to personnel. Here at Bill Stevens Karate, he offers classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and kickboxing for men, women, and kids of all ages. During the black belt success system, which is targeted specifically at kids, children learn the finer points of self-defense while getting in shape and exercising their natural desire to break things in half.
Master Park's Black Belt America takes it name from Grandmaster Haeng Soon Park?and, of course, black belts and America. Over his more than 45 years in the martial arts industry, he's earned an 8th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do?and through the classes at his academies, kids and adults alike can follow in his footsteps. The instructors design routines that hone physical fitness through kicks and jabs, while emphasizing the principle that fighting is for self-defense, and highlighting peaceful conflict resolution techniques.
Saddle Ridge Riding Center’s network of riding trails guides horseback riders over a sprawling 28-acre expanse full of mountains and rolling pastures. The center’s staff can help fellow equestrians with boarding, leasing, trail rides, and lessons in all disciplines, including Pegasus aeronautics. Children as young as 5 can explore their love of horseback riding by attending one of the kid-friendly camps scheduled between June and August. There, little ones get to participate in such activities as daily riding lessons, trail rides twice a week, and Friday carnivals.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won?t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they?ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants? kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn?t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs?the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system?s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.