The instructors at Northeast Academy of Martial Arts reveal the keys to self-improvement by way of karate and mixed-martial-arts programs, as well as through a variety of fitness classes. Karate lessons are divided by age and ability level, challenging kids, adults, and cowardly lions with total-body workouts designed to build both mental and physical toughness. The academy's MMA training blends elements of Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, and other disciplines into one well-oiled program. Drop-in fitness classes, meanwhile, such as aerobic kickboxing and cardio training, provide change-of-pace workouts on a weekly basis.
For more than two decades, the handlers at J.E.M. Stables, Inc. have opened their 25-acre plot of land to fellow horseback riding enthusiasts eager to polish their skills. Four instructors and 25 lesson horses team up for lesson in English and Western riding styles geared toward beginners as young as 5 and advanced riders alike. Group and private sessions may unfold outside on the lighted 150’x220’ ring or within the indoor arena, where students can practice while spectators look on from the observation lounge. In the summertime, the arenas also set the stage for five-day camps, when youngsters take part in clinics and demonstrations dedicated to topics such as grooming, tacking, and equine dentistry.
Israeli Krav Maga teaches law enforcement officers, military trainees, and ordinary citizens to use combat skills originally developed for the Israeli defense forces and modified for civilian self-defense. Having trained under krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld, Grandmaster Haim Gidon now oversees the instructors he has trained and certified. Some of Gidon's instructors––who have military and law enforcement experience––have been featured in USA Today and on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News, and have even trained celebrities such as John Mayer, whose guitar has been known to pick fights with him. These faculty members teach krav maga with a focus on empowering students while helping them to develop awareness, and life-saving skills.
Flash back to Okinawa, 1800s. Gichin Funakoshi––who is often called the father of modern karate––was getting limber and dangerous with his own "shotokan" self-defense method. Derived from shoto, meaning "wind in the pines", the form is characterized by low stances and powerful, dynamic techniques. In short, he wasn't a guy to be messed with.
Today, the form is still effective and awesome. Case in point: sixth-degree black belt and sensei Takeshi Kitagawa, who teaches traditional Japanese karate out of Princeton Shotokan Sankukai. He is a licensed instructor and holds an A-ranked referee license from USA Karate, the national governing body of the sport of karate. During daily classes, Takeshi draws on more than 20 years of teaching experience to verse students of all ages in techniques such as kicking, balance, blocking, and tying a black belt using only one finger.
• For $32, you get two Thunder hats, concessions, and two tickets to the game against the Erie SeaWolves on Monday, July 18, at 7:05 p.m. (up to a $78 total value). • For $32, you get two Thunder hats, concessions, and two tickets to the game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Thursday, July 28, at 7:05 p.m. (up to a $78 total value).
If Bruce Lee watched a class at East Coast Academy of Martial Arts, he might smile as he observed instructor Michele Thompson teach his signature style of jun fan gung fu. Michele teams up with Dave Shrank and Scott Gray—who specialize in niche styles such as maphilindo silat—to help students learn in an authentic setting. They also specialize in other unique martial arts, such as Filipino kali and Chinese wing chun, as well as yoga classes and sessions for children and women.