Argentina?born soccer enthusiast Gustavo Szulansky opened Super Soccer Stars to provide the boroughs with a program that championed the personal development of youngsters rather than solely a skill-based focus. Since its debut in 2000, it's grown throughout the city, helping countless youngsters learn teamwork, boost confidence, and decrease arguments during home games played on the dining-room table. This rapid growth is due in part to the positive values Gustavo instilled from the first class. His coaches are carefully selected for their ability to cultivate a noncompetitive, sensitive approach to learning the game, and they dole out their knowledge in both classes and camps.
Super Soccer Star's Kick & Play program features family-friendly classes that help tots 12?24 months old develop pre-soccer skills and physical skill sets simultaneously. During classes, a team of talented and enthusiastic instructors and an athletic duo of puppet friends named Mimi and Pepe buoy budding soccer players with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and the merry clickety-clack of cleated tap dances. Designed with the help of early-childhood specialists, each age-specific class helps players build skills at their own pace with positive reinforcement, individual attention, and engaging original music.
Soft tatami mats imported from Japan fill NYC Quest Dojo’s more than 1,000-square-foot dojo, where owner-instructor Leo Dokutoshi Pimentel teaches what he calls Intelligent Self-Defense, or To-Shin Do. Founded by Stephen K. Hayes, To-Shin Do is the modern-day extrapolation of 16th-century ninja training, and it revolves around ideas like peace, focus, and positivity. Today, Hayes enthusiastically shares the fruits of his travels and training with others, not only at NYC Quest Dojo, but also through the various books he's written and through his work as an international speaker. Pimentel studied with An-shu Hayes for 22 years and brings his fifth-degree black belt skills to the mat. Their classes in meditation and mixed martial arts are geared toward both adults and children.
The staff at Bienvenue Dance Center is made up of diverse international talent including a USA tango champion and a professional dance coach from Barcelona. Under their tutelage, students of all levels can learn the basics of popular dance styles such as salsa, tango, and ballroom. Private one-on-one lessons help dancers to learn the ropes and fine tune technique, while group lessons for 8-10 people help them learn to lead and follow with different partners. Bienvenue also offers kids classes that incorporate hip hop and jazz sequences, as well as wedding dance lessons to teach brides how to do the worm without losing their veil.
The kinetic clack of tiny orbs colliding with metal clubs welcomes club-toting clientele into Hoboken Golf's 5,300-square-foot practice facility, where players can hone their games year-round. Using a nine-hole putting course as well as several hitting areas that accommodate swings of varying fullness, the studio's versatile instructors can provide a hands-on assessment of all aspects of their pupils' games.
CKO Kickboxing's Joseph Andreula opened up his first gym in Hoboken, New Jersey, back in 1997. In that humble location, the fitness guru helped his clients shed their spare pounds and ratchet up their self-esteem with intense kickboxing workouts. Once word got out that Joseph's program of punching and kicking weighted bags got you more ripped than stay-at-home programs of punching and kicking ghosts, the gym caught on. CKO Kickboxing locations began to pop up throughout the country, where the newly expanded company's commitment to delivering heart-pumping workouts even earned a mention on NBC's Today. At the Hoboken location, all students are treated as equals as they strap on gloves and step up to the heavy bag. Trainers work with students of varying martial-arts or fitness experience and guide classes through up-tempo workouts of blistering jabs, uppercuts, roundhouse kicks. Each 60-minute class integrates strength-training and abdominal exercises, which help each participant burn up to 1,200 calories per class. All the while, dance music plays to help motivate students to take it to the next level and include a couple high kicks into their electric-slide routines.
At Premier Martial Arts, a team of instructors grants students of all ages a wealth of self-defense knowledge drawn from four distinct disciplines: Krav Maga, kickboxing, submission grappling, and kali. The studio’s hourlong classes are separated by discipline, but each features a practical set of self-defense moves taught via an intense, calorie-burning workout.