Founded in 1963, Central New York Karate and Kobudo Schools has a history nearly as rich as karate itself. The schools' classes foster self-discipline, healthfulness, and self-defense for children and adults alike. The instructors for adult classes average a decade of experience apiece, each well versed in the disciplines of Okinawan Goju Ryu karate and kobudo.
The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in belt colors—they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling, they not only teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character in and out of the dojo.
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.
Kelly Lyn North Fitness is a women-only gym that provides a supportive environment to get into shape. Daily classes peak a variety of fitness interests, and include boot camp, cardio kickboxing, Zumba, and Total Sculpt. Post workout, members can relax in a redwood sauna or underneath the trained hands of an on-staff massage therapist.
Students have been learning self-defense at Villari Martial Arts Centers across the country since 1968. The Syracuse location—which is run by Ken Canestraro, a seasoned martial artist who was awarded master status by Grandmaster Frederick J. Villari—is no different. The facility's specialty is shaolin kempo karate, a martial art created by the aforementioned Villari. Other disciplines taught include ninjutsu, kung fu, and jujitsu training for kids as well as tai chi training for adults and kids. The facility welcomes men, women, and children of all ages to participate in both practical martial arts classes and self-defense classes.
In VB Performance's 13,000-square-foot facility, there's enough room for every type of workout?group fitness classes, solo work, and performance training for athletes. The gym's interval-style boot camps, for example, mix cardio and resistance training, whereas mixed-martial-arts classes tone entire physiques and impart self-defense principles. Members can also access an array of equipment on their own, from cardio and strength machines to Bosu balls and TRX suspension straps.