Since 1994, Gil Yeager has been helping divers dip their toes in the exciting world of underwater exploration. At Aqua Tech Scuba, Gil leads a team of expert diving instructors who help students with certification in various levels. The divers lead core classes and leadership classes, as well as specialty courses such as night diving trips and trips designed to practice harmonizing with whale–a cappella groups.
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.
At Martial Arts and Leadership Academy, traditional martial-arts programs aren't inflexible. They can be suited to a student's goals, whether they're to lose weight and build muscle tone or hone self-defense skills and mental fortitude. To this end, Master Scott Barnabie and his instructors helm multidisciplinary martial-arts programs designed for children or families. They also lead classes in kickboxing, which blends elements of judo, muay thai, karate, and kung fu.
Since digging its cleats into the Philadelphia baseball scene in 1998, All Star Baseball Academy has helped launch the college careers of hundreds of players?and the big league careers of dozens more. Designed for ballplayers ages 5 to 18, the academy sharpens on-the-field skills with private instruction, leagues, camps, and tournaments. Read the academy's mission statement here.
This diverse selection of training opportunities stands as a testament to ASBA's growth: the academy now has five facilities under its umbrella, totaling more than 90,000 square feet of training space. Multiple times throughout the year, ASBA sets aside its own training areas to host prospect camps at universities and stadiums. There, coaches and scouts can watch ballplayers in action, timing how fast they run, assessing their pitch speed, and seeing how well they hit with pool noodles instead of bats.