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.
Sweat glistens across every brow at the Motion On Oceanside private training studio as instructors lead high-energy fitness classes. The high-intensity movements of cardio-centric Zumba and boot-camp sessions counterbalance the flowing, steady movements of yoga and tai chi classes, designed to build balance and flexibility.
Unlike studios that employ child-sniffing dogs to make sure no kids sneak in, Motion On Oceanside welcomes youngsters, helping them to stay fit and busy with a complimentary babysitting program and a variety of after-school and summer programs. Additionally, the staff opens its studio for private Zumba dance parties for kids and teenagers, supplying refreshments so that the only thing parents need to bring is the cake and a piñata to keep it in.
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.
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.
The physical therapist and registered yoga instructor teaches Vinyasa- and Hatha-style yoga classes at Janya Yoga. During restorative yoga classes, she adapts poses to help individuals with physical limitations receive a beneficial workout. She also works with students one-on-one during private sessions tailored to meet their goals such as utilizing meditation, improving breathing practices, and overall flexibility and strength.
The trainers at KOXO Kickboxing help clients achieve their fitness goals with classes that are effective and fun. They specialize in cardio kickboxing, which uses combinations based on competitive kickboxing to help athletes develop better cardio conditioning, coordination, strength, and balance.