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.
Diamond Angels, founded by Tangey, inhabits a 1,500 square-foot-facility, equipped with two dance-training rooms and a cadre of hand-picked instructors that teach all-levels of dance-fitness classes. The all-female studio fosters a nonjudgmental environment suitable for adult women of all ages and whistling abilities. During one-hour classes, held seven days a week, up to 10 flirty-fitness fanatics in athletic shorts and high heels soak up an instructor's expertise. The toning, cardio-intensive, aerobic routine's sultry moves help dancers develop a more toned, slimmer silhouette. The studio also hosts private parties for groups of girlfriends 18 years or older, which they must prove by reciting the Latin alphabet backwards.
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.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
Certified fitness instructor Lisa Bishop leads the charge at The bFIT Studio, where she helps people achieve their fitness goals. Lisa is certified in Tae Bo, a fitness regimen that combines martial arts and boxing techniques to improve strength, speed, and coordination. To augment workouts, the studio also offers nutritional guidance to help clients decide what to eat and what to leave under the couch cushion.