Sensei Anthony Diaz and the staff at Ridgewood Martial Arts have been teaching kids, teens, and adults how to defend themselves since 1997, the year danger was invented. Although their specialty is shotokan kickboxing, they also offer boxing and general martial-arts lessons. Each lesson is a workout in itself, but for an exclusively fitness-minded session the team also schedules calorie-scorching circuit-training classes.
More than just a boxing gym, International Boxing & Fitness provides both kids and adults with programs that build self-esteem and discipline. Programs include boxing as well as mixed martial arts. Members can work directly with trainers or punch and kick their way around the gym on their own. To do that, there's a couple of speed bags, six punching bags, and a full weight system. They can also climb into the ring or onto a treadmill to build stamina. Other equipment includes squat benches and medicine balls. Protein shakes are also available for purchase for members looking to add muscle.
Maspeth Kickboxing crafts results-oriented workouts that push athletes to their limit so they can achieve their fitness goals. Workouts blend cardio vascular, strength, endurance, and flexibility training so clients can lose weight, get toned, and get stronger. In addition, Maspeth Kickboxing offers kids tae kwon do classes aimed at teaching youngsters the basics, while focusing on respect, discipline, and listening skills.
For more than 25 years, dancers and choreographers have offered a supportive environment for students to learn the art of dance. At two studio locations, the staff of dance instructors guide students through ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and acrobatics. Children as young as 2 years old work on coordination and self-expression with specially designed moves, and older students concentrate on more technical movements such as pointe work or contemporary dance.
The martial art of taekwondo, a highlight of the Olympics since the year 2000, isn't just about flashy roundhouse kicks. Known by some as "the way of the foot and the hand," it combines combat and self-defense strategies with potent physical and disciplinary exercises that develop the strength necessary to kick through bricks, and the stamina needed to carefully piece them back together again. Fancy footwork is the forte of Blackbelt Taekwondo Center's head instructor, who in addition to his martial arts mastery has also taught dance since 1987. In classes geared for ages 4 and up, he instills students with confidence and energy to climb the belt ladder from white to black as they perfect taekwondo's physical buffet of rapid attacks.
Master Victor Ying—head of NY Self-Defense & Fitness—and his team of instructors truly train students to improve body and mind. In addition to hosting classes that draw techniques and philosophies from various martial arts styles—such as tai chi, brazilian jujitsu, and Tae Kwon Do—the staff also teaches students how to play everything from chess to the piano and the guitar, and instructors can even help with homework. This guidance in physical as well as intellectual pursuits helps visitors become more well-rounded individuals while developing invaluable, lifelong skills. To round out the studio's repertoire, the instructors also lead calorie-incinerating Zumba classes for both kids and adults, ensuring that students stay active and have fun.