Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy teaches children so much more than self-defense. For more than 20 years, instructors armed with at least a bachelor's degree have combined classic fighting techniques with important character-building lessons centered on concepts such as kindness, confidence, personal safety, and the discipline to face opponents armed with cool trading cards. Adult classes instill the same skills, exploring basic martial arts techniques and granting a full-body workout without requiring any previous experience. Beyond their standard karate lessons, the experts also teach other martial arts?such as the self-defense techniques of krav maga, the slow, energetic movements of tai chi, and the somersaults and takedowns of capoeira?and teach general fitness classes, including Pilates.
Active Fitness prides itself on its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and for the last 20 years, patrons have noticed. A team of certified personal trainers stands at the ready throughout the spacious fitness center, helping guests buff up on the weight-training equipment or burn calories on the rows of more than 50 cardio machines. Their goal is to make each guest feel like they’re part of a team, rather than just another membership number, which they stress in their small-group classes. Their classes include VastForce, an intense circuit-training class that combines elements of rock climbing, suspension training, and rowing, in which they coach each exerciser to complete the routines at their individual fitness levels. They also helm personal-training sessions, in which they push patrons toward their fitness goals—from running a marathon to losing a few pounds to flying 2 feet—with tailored routines and nutrition counseling.
Nestled in a refurbished loft of a former bank building, Yoga Inspired offers a uniquely soothing space for connecting body to breath. Visitors walk under the building’s imposing entrance and white columns before making their way to an airy loft space painted in an aqua marine color that helps calm pet seals. The carpeted floor adds extra cushioning to yoga mats as natural light filters in through large windows.
The studio’s classes include classic Hatha and Vinyasa Flow and are clearly coded as challenging, beginner-friendly, or gentle. Yoga Inspired’s team of certified instructors leads sessions seven days a week, and in the spring, the studio offers outdoor classes on a 20-acre horse farm in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.