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.
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.
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.
In the 1989 classic Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler declared kickboxing "the sport of the future." At Fitness Kickboxing's four locations, the future is now. Unlike Lloyd's quest for combat excellence, the students at these gyms dedicate themselves to a more peaceful goal: physical fitness. Instead of sparring with an opponent, they take their frustrations out on heavy bags, striking and kicking their way toward increased fitness and decreased poundage.
All instructors at Cosmic Kites Kiteboarding boast certifications from either the International Kiteboarding Organization or Professional Air Sports Association, and instill others with the knowledge they've gained during land- and water-based kiteboarding lessons. During land classes, students launch trainer kites, while water-based lessons allow pupils to skip wakes and mow overgrown seaweed while learning fundamentals. For more advanced or specialized instruction, the staff also teaches participants how to perform special maneuvers, tricks, and jumps on water. Additionally, the staff can introduce clients to a range of complete kitesurfing packages, as well as new or used boards and kites, and boots and wetsuits.
Helming additional locations in North Carolina and the Dominican Republic, Cosmic Kites currently sponsors two Dominican riders in their global quest on the World Kitesurfing Tour. When not supervising adrenaline-soaked adventures, Cosmic Kites maintains existing kiteboarding locations, works to open new ones, supports youth sporting events, and develops new ideas for boarding safety that aren't as costly as installing inflatable beaches.
Woodmont Summer Camp is nestled in the hallowed halls of an elementary school. In the school's classrooms, gymnasium, and outdoor fields, a team runs summer-camp activities for kids aged 4 to 13. Throughout the day, kids participate in a variety of activities, including basketball, swimming, and special events. They even have a video-game area where kids who need a break from running around can run around virtually. The camp also sponsors field trips and a talent show that parents can attend to see their kids shine.