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.
The Igloo Ice Rink at Mount Laurel furnishes hockey players and figure skaters with ample space to practice puck handling, triple-toe loops, and all-around skating technique. Figure skaters as young as 3 can learn the basics in group and private lessons led by USFSA-registered coaches, who guide beginners along their journey through intermediate and advanced levels. Hockey leagues for both juniors and adults are also available, and designated open skate times invite the public in for taking laps around the rink or practice carving marriage proposals into frozen ponds.
The Yoga Sanctuary's impassioned instructors helm an extensive array of classes that cater to varying skill levels and yogic interests. Tasked with centering minds and corralling stampeding thoughts, Hatha sessions indulge arching limbs with a gentler yoga style that bolsters stamina and mindful concentration. Vinyasa classes enlist a dynamic series of fluid transitions that integrate measured breaths, crafting an invigorating sequence of poses that flows with the grace of a waterfall in zero gravity. Throughout the kinesthetic symphony of Ashtanga yoga's intensive regimen, the style's Primary Series of poses sculpts lithe limbs with powerful postures that hone the strength and flexibility needed to arm wrestle an octopus.
Mount Laurel's close proximity to Philadelphia—just about 10 miles away—provides easy access to a bevy of urban activities in the City of Brotherly Love. Closer to The Hotel ML, visitors can find numerous parks rife with woodsy scenery ideal for hiking, fishing, and staging solo renditions of Little Red Riding Hood. The town's historical background, dating back to America's colonial days, manifests in Revolutionary War landmarks, such as the General Clinton House, a campground for troops marching from Philadelphia. Numerous local malls and shopping centers lend a contemporary touch to the historic landscape.Thought The Hotel ML offers some discount packages through the end of the year online, this Groupon is valid through March and still offers the best deal available.
At any given moment, 150,000 gallons of water are churning through CoCo Key Water Resort, fueling the nearly 1,000 feet of water slides weaving through the 55,000-square-foot indoor water park attached to the Hotel ML. On the slide Shark Slam, patrons plummet four stories, and on the Dip-In Theater little ones gently glide into a one-foot wading pool. Kids of all ages scale Parrot's Perch, firing water cannons across the colorful jungle gym and drenching playmates with buckets of water. Adults can take a relaxing approach to their day at the park and drift down the 300-foot lazy river or soak in the kid-free indoor and outdoor whirlpools.
Out of the water, the play-till-you-win Key Quest Arcade guarantees each gamer a victory on high-profile games, such as Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution. The water park also houses three on-site eateries and a full-service bar.
The "town" in Kids Play Lounge hosts a post office and a movie theater, enough to ignite toddlers' imaginations and deep reverence for the US Postal service as they make believe in a mini play unit, replete with soft flooring and age appropriate toys. Elsewhere in the award-winning 92,000-square-foot indoor facility, guests ages 9 and under can crawl through see-through panels in a two-level play area. Upon re-energizing with healthy, peanut and tree nut–free snacks at the café, kids can practice at the sports-oriented arcade with games such as air hockey and skeeball. Along with open play, Kids Play Lounge hosts up to 20 children for birthday celebrations in one of four party rooms, 2.5-hour blocks of supervised drop-off playtime, and story time at 11 a.m. every Wednesday.