"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
Fifty years ago, Pearle Vision was a tiny eyecare practice in Savannah, Georgia, run by Dr. Stanley Pearle. Since then, it's expanded to myriad practices across the country?including this one in Toms River. Helmed by Drs. Randy Nissinoff and Michael Iuliano, the practice outfits eyes with face-flattering designer frames and sunglasses, all with prescription lenses. Each pair comes with 30 days of no-questions returns and a lifetime of free fit adjustments. For extra convenience, the practice also stays open until 8 p.m. on weekdays, so visitors can pop in after work.
Inside Wellington Martial Arts Academy’s well-lit studio, instructors teach students 4 and older how to strike with their fists, feet, elbows, and knees as they practice muay thai, a combat sport from Thailand. The studio also hosts cardio drills such as box jumps, wall scaling, and tire sledges to increase physical fitness.
Just Dance Jersey transforms students' steps into mesmerizing dance routines. Students glide through all forms of partnered dancing in group classes to create well-rounded dancers. A team of experienced and certified professionals with accreditation from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance lead classes as well as private lessons tailored to each student.
To prepare for a big event, instructors first use consultation before teaching couples how to lead their wedding dance or have a memorable father-daughter dance. Instructors can even build a group bridal-party performance to infuse some extra fun into a couple's big day or to prove whose friends are the most fun. They'll help clients pick their music and take the dance-floor size into consideration before choreographing the dance, ensuring the moment goes off without a hitch.
Professor Josh Madama learned the techniques he teaches directly from UFC Champion Matt Serra himself. Madama trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu for more than 15 years, eventually earning his black belt from Serra Jiu Jitsu in Long Island. Now he passes along these lessons via hand-picked, dedicated instructors who are passionate about demonstrating proper takedowns, armbars, and escapes in classes including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, MMA, wrestling, and conditioning. Each class builds upon the last so that students grasp solid basics in addition to high-level sequences that emulate real-life scenarios. Students master self-defense and gain confidence as they learn how to overcome larger, stronger opponents.