John Perkins's father began teaching his son fighting techniques when John was 5. His dad trained him to wield a tomahawk, knife, stick, and spear in case of bullying or attack, as well as Native American combat-style wrestling. Blended with formal training in martial arts, John devised Ki Chuan Do—later re-dubbed Guided Chaos—a form of combat that promotes creativity over practiced patterns. He has successfully faced more than 100 threatening encounters as a police officer and bodyguard. At the method's namesake gym, he and his staff lead self-defense classes to spread their tactics to the masses.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
When people think of New York City transportation, they may picture fleets of yellow taxicabs, speedy subway trains, and horn-blaring sedans. If they adjust their vision, they'll see bicycles weaving through the bustling streets, granting their owners fresh air and exercise. Located just outside the city, Piermont Bicycle Connection arms customers with bikes that make their way to the the Big Apple. Inside the shop, customers can purchase high-quality bikes from Cannondale, Cervélo, and Schwinn as well as biking apparel in the form of gloves, shorts, and one-piece suits for cyclist meetings. They can also hand over their bikes to onsite mechanics for repairs, lounging in the full-service coffee bar as they wait.
The focus at Tennis Club of Hastings is decidedly fixed on tennis, but that isn't to say the club lacks features that do their best to distract. Beyond the baselines of the club's six year-round Har-Tru courts, players can find such creature comforts as a locker room, a pro shop, a conference room, and even caf? dining. The club lounge, Forty North, takes advantage of what is probably the club's most valuable feature?the view of the Palisades afforded by its location directly on the bank of the Hudson River. The full-service restaurant and bar, welcomes diners outdoors with a 300-foot deck over the Hudson River and is equipped with an outdoor bar, comfortable seating, TV?s, and a full BBQ. Here singles and doubles can recount matches and debate the existence of a triple fault over drinks at high-top tables.
At The Cliffs at Valhalla, professional setters map out more than 200 new climbs every three months. It’s part of the gym’s mission to keep routes as challenging and engaging as those found outdoors.
Though ideal for skilled climbers, the gym caters to first-timers too. Certified instructors lead adult classes in climbing basics. Staff members guide customers to the proper gear and yodeling song books at the pro shop, and they even created a fitness area with climbing-specific cardio training equipment and yoga classes to complement the climbing terrain.
The Cliffs at Valhalla also readies kids for climbing. Climbing camp lets kids experience indoor and outdoor climbing, and award-winning birthday parties furnish groups with private climbing walls and a 1:5 instructor to student ratio.
Rain. Snow. Sunshine that just won't quit. None of that matters at Fairview Golf Center. The center's two-tiered covered driving range stands in defiance of the elements, letting golfers of all ages and skills launch balls towards five target greens spaced from 60 to 200 yards. A total of 76 tees blanket the facility, and the structure's lower level stays heated during winter months.
Golfers can work on their game by themselves at the range or take advantage of private sessions from Fairview's faculty of PGA instructors. These experts also host group clinics for kids and adults. Golfers who want to practice putting or fishing balls out of a water hazard with their toes can head to Fairview's outdoor mini-golf course.
Before a game, golfers head to the pro shop to stock up on equipment. Staffers there often have customers hit a few balls at the range. That way, they can fit the best wood or iron from brands such as Titleist and Nike.