The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
Within Broadway Smartlipo's warm, friendly clinic, board-certified gynecologist and surgeon Dr. Francine Fradella and her experienced staff take the utmost care when performing shape-shifting treatments and procedures. Cosmetic enhancements range from laser hair removal to facial peels to Smartlipo TriPlex, a state-of-the-art laser-assisted lipolysis procedure that melts and removes fat, ensuring skin remains as tight as the lid on a jar of secrets.
Mike Reilly Golf Academy fine-tunes the complexities of each student's swing with private and group golf-instruction sessions designed to instill proper swing mechanics. Since 1994, founder and instructor Mike Reilly has been a member of the PGA of America, and his expertise has been tested in more than 60 professional events where Mike golfed alongside fellow pros such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Spread throughout Long Island in addition to branches in New York City, Westchester, and the Capital Region, Sportime's 12 locations offer visitors ample space and equipment to engage in their favorite exercise-related endeavors. The network of fitness factories contains 144 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, where adults and juniors alike can play during open-court times, receive playing tips from expert instructors, and practice their victory taunts. Multisport facilities host a number of other games, from roller hockey and lacrosse to volleyball and basketball, and the fitness centers house cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. Sportime's Randall's Island Tennis Center has even paired with legendary tennis star John McEnroe to create the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, which will soon expand to Sportime locations in Westchester and on Long Island.
That Broadway Smile's team of dentists, orthodontists, and anesthesiologists thwarts cavities blooming in the tiny teeth of youngsters up to 25 years old and special needs patients. Enamel experts ward off impending issues with preventative exams and cleanings using fruit- and candy-flavored fluoride and toothpaste. Orthodontic gurus realign off-kilter ivories with braces or snugly fitted Halloween fangs before sending patients home with goodie bags. Tykes pass time by counting their own bicuspids or diving into a stockpile of colorful toys in the waiting area, bordered by a comfy black and red bench. Kids crowd into a pintsized movie theater to watch family-friendly films or crush opposition in a game room outfitted with Xboxes and TVs. Cartoon murals embellish treatment rooms, with whimsical themes such as "Wisdom Tooth of Oz" and "Pocahonteeth."
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to 125 locations across the US. Most stores continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to onsite labs that can manufacture glasses in just one hour. Thanks to that commitment to customer care, Sterling Optical has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.