At Cranford Taekwondo Center, martial arts aren’t just about self-defense; they’re about self-esteem, self-discipline, and building character—though there’s a lot of kicking and punching too. The spacious facility employs experienced black-belt instructors to train children and adults in techniques ranging from footwork and forms to balance and hand-eye coordination. The school is also home to Cranford’s Combat Fitness boot camp, wherein certified instructors use heavy bags, kicking shields, and free weights to tone the body and build endurance.
Goju Karate Academy's Sensei, Myke Dicembre, spent years working at the Goju system to cultivate a mastery of the art at the feet of his mentors before taking up the mantle as the current head of the Goju system. He now shares his 35 years of experience with children and adults, imparting lessons that encompass self-defense strategies and the proper form necessary to dodge opponents and their questions about your preference to go barefoot at all time. During instruction, Myke leads his students through shadow-training exercises, culled from functional fitness regimens and meditation to shape a well-balanced warrior with a strong body, sharp mind, and quick feet.
Grandmaster Taek Sung Cho has accrued more than 40 years of martial-arts experience and a host of titles on his resumé, including coach for the International Junior Taekwondo Championships and the U.S. Junior Olympic Taekwondo Team. However, he derives the most reward from his role as teacher, a position he has coveted since establishing Master Cho's Talium in 1991. Working with expert instructors, he imparts the value of community and inner balance through the lens of tae kwon do technique.
Master Cho's lessons amplify confidence as well as coordination in young children, teens, and adults. Students can practice with others in their age group or alongside their families, depending on whether their school bus or their house transforms into a giant fighting robot. Kardio Kickboxing workouts toast calories with rapid jabs, and the staff emphasize the social aspect of self-defense training by hosting summer camps and birthday parties.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Family Fitness Mixed Martial Arts presents students of all ages with an outlet for stress release, as well as programs to get in shape while improving focus, strength, and stamina. At the facility, expert instructors lead a packed curriculum of group classes, including kids karate, mixed martial arts, and Muay Thai kickboxing, which imparts proper forms of self defense.
Transformation Fitness Studio combines the benefits of personal training with the convenience of at-home workouts. In addition to offering their clients webcam workouts led by certified personal trainers, the studio also boasts a new facility where participants can work out at their own pace. In addition, visiting the facility in person gives people a good reason to leave the house in sweatpants, second only to impersonating Rocky Balboa.