Seasoned instructors lead children and adults through the jabs, blocks, and kicks of traditional and Olympic style Taekwondo, as well as helm select fitness classes. In addition to teaching students how to defend themselves against attackers and hostile pinewood boards, they work to boost their self-confidence, discipline, and concentration during classes designated by belt level.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Peering through CKO Kickboxing's forest of professional punching bags, onlookers can make out men, women, and children alike. Once swathed in boxing gloves, students grapple with the heavy bags during fitness-focused kickboxing classes held every day of the week, toning muscles, boosting endurance, and setting ablaze a calorie conflagration.
CKO Kickboxing’s 10 certified instructors, each boasting abundant experience and expertise, prowl across the red and black mats during each class. They guide students through movements, ensuring proper form and politely pointing out unnoticed lettuce stuck between front teeth—an occupational hazard for anyone dedicated to eating well and working out. In addition to kickboxing classes, the studio offers courses in TRX suspension training.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.
The trainers at Affinity Fitness customize every exercise regimen and nutrition program to suit the health needs of each client. This approach emphasizes group classes as well as one-on-one instruction, and relies on workouts that incorporate more than one type of training. The schedule of more than 40 weekly classes includes boot camp, circuit training, indoor cycling, and Piloxing sessions. The studio also provides more unique classes, such as a Wing Chun and MMA class taught by a Hong Kong-trained master, and small group-training classes focused on a specialized format, such as interval training or extreme patty-cake.
Joseph Custode may be a sixth-degree black belt, but he's not one to keep his skills to himself. At World Class Martial Arts, Custode and his team of instructors pass on their hard-earned self-defense knowledge to students of all ages and abilities.
The school, which belongs to the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and the United States Tae Kwon Do Union, consists of twin facilities in Dentville and Montville. Both addresses are home to a variety of martial-arts classes, as well as boot camps and kickboxing classes that merely use martial arts as a starting point for an effective workout.