If you’re looking for Jason Sacher, you’ll probably find him studying students’ footwork on the Har-Tru clay tennis courts at his eponymous tennis academy and at various locations of clients' choice. A doubles and number 1 ranked singles player while at New York University, and a junior player ranked nationally in the top 100 before that, Jason now shares his experience with players of all experience levels. He tailors his teaching strategies to the goals and objectives of each individual, whether he’s working with a weekend warrior, a touring professional, or an anthropologist conducting research on the natural habitats of ball boys. All of his programs—from one-on-one lessons to instructional clinics to summer sessions—stress the fundamentals, including proper stroke mechanics, footwork, and mental strategizing.
Ballroom Palace Dance Studio’s team of experienced dance instructors uses their international training to customize dancing regimens for all types of students. Their dancing services include programs for adult social dancing, kids' lessons, and classes geared toward learning a few moves for a wedding or other event.
Garcia Muay Thai Kickboxing’s gym holds a spacious workout floor and a multitude of heavy bags just begging to be kicked. Here, certified instructor Anthony Garcia oversees students training their bodies and soaking up his muay thai techniques. As one of only five muay thai arjarns—or masters—in the United States, Anthony bulwarks the physical and mental strength of his students through classes incorporating self-defense tactics and aerobic workouts.
When Long Island law-enforcement agencies want their troops to learn krav maga, they call on certified master trainer Tony Morrison at Top Gun Karate and Fitness. Tony boasts multiple levels of black belts in several disciplines, including kaizen karate, tae kwon do, and krav maga, and trains with John Whitman, the founder of the Krav Maga Alliance.
In addition to teaching police officers how to better protect and serve through krav maga’s self-defense techniques, Tony is equally passionate about teaching kids and adults the combat arts. His classes equip students with moves to defend themselves against armed and unarmed assailants alike. They cover responding to attacks such as punches, kicks, and chokes, and defending oneself from foes wielding firearms, edged weapons, and, though rare, cucumbers. He leads kids and teens in karate and krav maga, arming them with self-defense moves but also imparting values such as discipline, self-confidence, and respect. Also a personal trainer and fitness presenter, Tony hosts fitness classes, including cardio kickboxing and dumbbell and body-weight classes, to help students whip into fighting form.
A seasoned watersports enthusiast from Fort Lauderdale, J.M. Kostallas transfers his wealth of aquatic knowledge to beachgoers along the temperate waters of Long Island. The certified lifeguard and safety instructor leads all inaugural paddleboarding lessons, which emphasize form, balance, and the art of seagull intimidation in a supportive environment with only a few students at a time. Students can put their newfound skills to use in an eco-tour of the surrounding area or give paddleboard yoga a try. Kostal Paddle leads yoga sessions in the open water and at a Jewish Community Center pool.