Stable Mates Equestrian Center facilitates proper technique in the saddle through year-round riding lessons, summer camps, and polo instruction. The outfit specializes in teaching students the gait of walk-trot during riding lessons and oversees riders’ advancement all the way up to the grand-prix level. The onsite professional instructor teaches both horseback-riding and polo lessons, helping novices to develop basic riding skills, practice mallet work, and understand the rules that govern the sport of kings, which can only be changed by the decree of another king. Summer camps held from June through August enlighten participants in the areas of riding and stable management, in addition to hosting equine entertainment such as shows and games.
At Rik Kellerman's Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy, history is headmaster. The instructors practice authentic Chinese kung-fu, using techniques based on centuries-old guidelines. The academy's preferred style, Siu Lum Hung Kuen, uses movements inspired by five animals: the dragon, the snake, the leopard, the crane, and the tiger. Together, these maneuvers display both grace and power, much like a Supreme Court justice who knows ballet.
The staff teaches students of all ages how to channel the tenets of kung-fu for self-defense. That said, classes focus less on fighting and more on cultivating a sense of family. Encouragement and camaraderie underlie every lesson, whether you're learning how to engage in hand-to-hand combat or how to wield classical weaponry. Classes at Ten Tigers are also a cultural experience—in addition to sparring moves, they might cover meditation, Chinese herbal medicine, or costumed Lion Dancing choreography.
Though most people consider boxing an intense sport, anyone can benefit from the sport’s cardiovascular workouts and discipline-building routines. That’s why the experienced instructors at Fitness Through Boxing tailor one-on-one training to the goals and needs of each client. Instructors mine their expertise in kickboxing and mixed martial arts to create comprehensive programs that tone physiques while improving self-defense abilities. The trainers also lead circuit-training classes that deliver the cardiovascular and muscle-toning benefits of a boxer's workout. Students spend 60 minutes shadowboxing, working on one of the center’s heavy or speed bags, and practicing combination drills that work all the muscle groups in the body as well as their metaphysical spirits. The facility also features a weight-training room, showers, and an in-house ring for sparring.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? We have a beautiful, brand-new facility! Classes sizes are small, so we are able to give students more individualized attention.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans? Come in with an open mind and you can accomplish anything.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business? I have also had a love and passion for dance, and I wanted to share my love of dance with others.
What do you love most about your job? I love seeing the children's smiling faces.
Founded by former UFC welterweight champion Matt "The Terror" Serra, Serra BJJ challenges students of all ages with different levels of Brazilian jujitsu, as well as Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, and conditioning classes. Passionate instructors lead small group sessions from within two spacious facilities, which together, boast more than 7,500 square feet of mat space and modern locker rooms. The Serra BJJ facilities also equip professional-grade Muay Thai striking bags, and at the Huntington location, fighters can train inside a full octagon cage.
Established in December 2008, Greenlawn Equestrian Center emphasizes the importance of proper horse care along with proper riding techniques. The facility includes a 100'x245' outdoor ring and a covered 80'x80' ring, which makes year-round practice possible and ensures that an afternoon rainstorm will not erase horses? autographs. During riding lessons, students paired with 1 of 10 school horses learn basic commands, cantering, and eventually jumping. Horsemanship classes help to cultivate the bond between horse and human, and yearly camps cultivate the bond between humans and fresh air.