Signature service: Yusef Wright
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: USCF Chess Sets and Pieces
Pro Tip: It will increase their evaluative and critical-thinking skills, as well as enhanced memorization.
With a baseball training academy led by MLB player Jack Cust and a softball training center led by Olympian Jennie Finch, Diamond Nation hosts a staff of professional players and coaches who cull their collective NCAA, MLB, and Olympic experience to refine the hitting, pitching, and fielding skills of burgeoning legends. The Jack Cust Baseball Academy and Jennie Finch Softball Academy share a well-equipped space and employ staffers who personalize player instruction.
Passersby that peer inside the windows of CKO Kickboxing won’t see treadmills, ellipticals, or stairclimbers. Instead, they’ll spot rows of heavy bags lurching backward and sideways from the force of participants’ kicks and right hooks. The kickboxing-focused gym doesn’t need excessive equipment or a catalog full of workout programs—the high-intensity fitness regimen of kickboxing is more than enough to shape up CKO members. Students of all levels reap the system’s multifaceted benefits, burning up to 1,200 calories per class, releasing stress, and developing a six-pack more realistically than drawing on their midsections with a marker.
Originally founded by a group that includes retired pro boxer Danny Campbell, TITLE Boxing Club offers total-body workouts that blend boxing, kickboxing, and fitness. After donning tape and gloves, students can greet a 100-pound heavy bag with a barrage of kicks, jabs, crosses, hooks, and unkind words. Each of the club's trainers focuses on a different area, such as technicality, core and balance, or moderate- to high-intensity training. Other equipment around the facility includes a boxing ring, speed bags, and double-end bags, as well as free weights and cardiovascular machines.
A contestant on the Golf Channel’s reality show “Big Break Greenbrier”, Anthony Casalino continues to chase his dream of playing among golf’s elite. The pin-hunting protégé began playing golf at the age of 9, kicking off a career that would lead him to play golf at Iona College, pursue a career as a PGA Apprentice beginning in 2005, and compete in the National Golf Association Winter Tour in 2007, where he snagged a career best second-place finish in the Southern Dunes Winter Event. Having thrived on the course despite a slightly unorthodox swing and a refusal to blackmail Ben Crenshaw for putting advice, Anthony understands that there is not just one universal way to hit a golf ball successfully. During lessons, Anthony helps pupils develop a swing that feels comfortable for them and produces the desired on-course results.
The dedicated instructors at Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey see capoeira as more than a blend of dance and martial arts—they see it as a way of life. They train children and adults of all ages in capoeira's graceful movements through classes, therapy sessions, and afterschool programs, many of the instructors drawing from extensive training in Brazil and an understanding of Brazilian folklore and culture. But their instruction doesn’t end at capoeira—many of the Cultural Center's coaches specialize in disciplines including yoga, Zumba, salsa, and West African dance. Though many of the instructors were born and raised in New Jersey, others hail from places such as Guinea and Senegal and infuse their culture into their teaching style. The instructors hold classes at least once a week and more frequently for students preparing to dance-battle chaperones for control of the prom.