When LBI Surfing's certified instructors hold classes on the Jersey Shore, not only do they provide the necessary boards and wetsuits, but they get all ages and skill levels up and riding in their first session. To do this, the instructors impart surfing fundamentals in a setting customized to the students' ability, touching on balance, safety, and identifying the proper waves. But they go beyond traditional surfing, too. They're also certified in stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) and teach SUP classes alongside yoga classes. This is because they believe that the two sports complement each other, since both rely on core strength, coordination, mindfulness, and a lack of rusty metal hip joints.
Paul Hafner trained as a mixed martial artist with Russian kettlebell techniques for more than a decade before sharing his methods with professional fighters. Now, the certified kettlebell instructor owns Trident Russian Kettlebell Training, where he and his fellow cannonball throwers craft challenging workouts that not only slim figures but also build strength and endurance. He also equips police officers with physical fitness instruction, defensive tactics, and punchy one-liners.
At Stafford Mixed Martial Arts, muay thai and Brazilian jiujitsu are tools toward building stronger mental attitudes, self-discipline, and confidence. A Pan-Am champion by age 14, chief instructor Liam Kerrigan emphasizes proper form and a positive philosophy as he molds fighters ages 4 and older. Sharing his experience from fights at the amateur, professional, and international level, Liam also offers training jeet kune do, the fighting system designed by martial arts pioneer Bruce Lee.