Founded in 1963, Central New York Karate & Kobudo Schools has a history nearly as rich as karate itself. The schools' classes foster self-discipline, healthfulness, and self-defense for children and adults alike. The instructors for adult classes average a decade of experience apiece, each well versed in the disciplines of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and kobudo.
Over the last 24 years, Chris Herzog has been in and out of the ring, competing in kickboxing, judo, and Russian sambo competitions, just three of the combat styles in which he holds an instructional certification. Joined by 16-year boxing veteran Wally "The Weapon" MacDonald—nicknamed for his ability to set off airport metal detectors with his mind—the two provide comprehensive instruction in many styles of martial arts popular in professional fighting today.
The academy divides its programs into classes focused on learning a particular skill. Striking packages focus on the essentials of muay thai and Western boxing, while grappling packages draw from Brazilian jujitsu, judo, and Russian sambo. The ironfisted instructors even tailor their classes to kids, teaching character development and confidence.
The founders and owners of New Era Martial Arts, sensei Joe LaVallee and deshi Robin Markowski, opened their academy to help others discover the life-changing effects of practicing martial arts. At this school, children and adults alike can get fit while gaining mental discipline and confidence. Using a combination of styles and techniques pulled from kickboxing and muay thai, as well as Brazilian jujitsu, each class teaches students self-defense, grappling, and sparring moves.
Rather than focus on creating competition, the instructors at Iannuzzo's Karate & Kickboxing’s 8,000-square-foot facility take a more family-friendly route, eschewing enmity and keeping a positive frame of mind. This approach helps them train students as young as 4 years old in the art of karate. These all-ages classes focus on flexibility, coordination, and basic self-defense skills. Instructors also help adults obliterate calories and take out aggression against the punching bag that once spurned them in kickboxing classes set to up-tempo music. Instead of sparring, individuals undergo an ever-changing series of workouts with heavy bags, medicine balls, weights, and plyometrics. And the staff shows its theatrical side during children's birthday parties—giving martial-arts demonstrations, leading games, and slicing cakes using an authentic samurai sword.
No matter your fitness goals, Elite Fitness and Martial Arts probably has a class just for you. This studio offers a host of classes for participants of every skill level—from beginners who want more exercise to professional martial artists who must re-earn their black belts after years of laundering turned them into gray belts. The class schedule includes slots for kickboxing, jiujitsu, Zumba, wrestling, and mixed martial arts amongst others, and each session maximizes its students' results by combining top-of-the-line equipment with dedicated instructors.
At Rochester Fitness Martial Arts, a team of fitness instructors and martial artists help their students build strength and self-defense skills with a range of all-ages classes. Kickboxing, tai chi, and kung fu comprise their traditional martial-arts offerings, whereas various self-defense classes—such as the bully-proof or adult self-defense workshops—teach real-life applications for defensive techniques.
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.