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.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
Each and every rung that you climb brings a new rush of excitement and anticipation. And for good reason. What waits at the top of that ladder is a trapeze platform, but more importantly, it's a chance to flip, fly, and soar through the air like a circus performer or the most attention-starved of pet parakeets. I.FLY Trapeze's instructors guide people on just these sort of journeys, and they work with all levels?from complete beginners to seasoned flyers. Even first-timers get up in the air; during the first class, instructors can teach them to swing from their legs, let go with their hands, and catch an instructor as he or she swings from another trapeze. More and more tricks build from that moment, as long as students show up for additional sessions.
Beyond these trapeze classes, I.FLY Trapeze's instructors help people hone their strength, flexibility, and dance skills in many other aerial arts, including silks and lyra hoops (a round circle that hangs from one attachment point). They even work with students to build graceful full-scale routines set to music.
With dozens of locations across the United States, Kickboxing FitClub helps guests tone bodies and improve cardiovascular health through kickboxing lessons for all experience levels. Whether in group classes of 10–20 students or private sessions, students learn stretches, resistance exercises, punches, and kicks appropriate for their skill level. Private appointments with staff nutritionists help individuals develop dietary plans that bolster health in tandem with workouts.
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.
At Integral Ballet School, a staff of professional dancers leads students of all ages and ability levels in learning the art of movement. Instructors teach children and adults the skills needed to elegantly perform ballet and tap dances, or entrance onlookers with more experimental modern and hip-hop moves. For adults, they also lead a series of fitness-focused dance classes, including ballet boot camp and belly dancing, along with yoga and Pilates sessions to help students achieve lithe dancer bods.