We are self-defense specialists! Schools of Aikido vary widely in orientation. At SJAA we focus on practical self-defense. We believe that Aikido is a living art so we continually strive to improve the effectiveness of what we teach. What works, we keep; what doesn't we drop.
Club Fitness tones and pampers bodies with group training, personal training, and tanning services, earning the Best of Gloucester County award in 2013 for its fitness center and gym. The 15,000-square-foot club spans two floors partitioned into dedicated rooms for cardio, Group X, and spinning, as well as a fitness floor lined with Hammer Strength, Cybex, Precor, Star Trac, and Life Fitness equipment. Group exercise classes meet seven days a week, and Club Fitness frees up workout time for busy parents with onsite childcare and robot stand-ins to send to the office. To replenish spent energy reserves, a shake and juice bar pours out chilled refreshments and steaming cups of gourmet coffee.
The enthusiastic instructors at Live in Joy strive to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of their clients through a bevy of yoga classes. Yogis spanning the flexibility spectrum can enjoy a variety of 60- to 90-minute stretch sessions designed for all ability levels. Teach an old recliner new tricks in a gentle chair yoga class, where seated asanas encourage increased mobility, flexibility, and relaxation, perfect for students who are recovering from an injury or seeking relief from awkward water cooler workouts at the office. Rigorous Vinyasa practices take students from one flowing pose to the next, pausing briefly in certain poses to help stretchers settle into deeper alignment. Instructors of yin yoga command downward facing dogs to "stay" in certain floor postures for up to five minutes to balance organ function, restore resiliency in the body's muscles and joints, and break the compulsion to mark yogis standing in tree pose.
Acme Accordion School's Musikgarten-certified program introduces tykes to simple rhythms and sounds to develop hand-eye coordination and abstract thinking early in life. Parents move and sway along with their newborn- to two-year-old progeny in the 40-minute Family Music for Babies class, which features dancing, vogueing, and body-awareness games.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
At Canvas Mixers, an artist unearths the hidden talent of amateurs in three-hour painting classes. After handing out aprons and 16”x20” canvases or directing patrons to the nearest blank wall, the teacher carefully guides the brushstrokes of students with step-by-step instructions, helping them craft one of dozens of acrylic paintings. They encourage adults to bring their own beverages, such as beer or wine, to help banish nervousness and inhibitions and let creativity flow. The staff also leads drink-free classes for kids and parent-child pairs.
Offsite events have taken place in Love Park and at local wineries. Canvas Mixers also engages with community service, having raised funds for Ronald McDonald House in the past.