Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
On red and blue mats, bodies fly and legs strike as trained fighters face off for bouts. Leading these sessions are The Sky Martial Arts's instructors, who teach students how to punch, kick, and hurl opponents while maintaining an inner calm and strength. During training, students also build valuable skills in areas such as respect, cooperation, focus, self-control, and confidence. The Sky Martial Arts' program for children ages 3-5 focuses on basic defense skills and life lessons including discipline and social interaction, while Tae Kwon Do classes teach children ages 6-13 or adults aged 14 and up how to use their bodies as weapons and gain color coded belts to reflect their skill levels.
Since 1998, the team of bike technicians and enthusiasts at Indian Valley Bikeworks has been pairing customers with bikes that suit their physique and riding style. The team’s custom-fitting process—a task they’ve performed more than 10,000 times—ensures that purchases from their inventory of Fuji, Trek, and Surly frames fit their new riders like wheeled gloves.