Master Solomon Pavlou, a seventh-degree black belt with more than three decades of experience, still loves teaching the classic Korean martial art of tae kwon do to newcomers. At his studio, S. Pavlou Tae Kwon Do, he and his staff schedule classes for youngsters and teens alike. They also offer more fitness-minded tae kwon do classes for adults who want to get in shape and be able to chop their scales in half in case the screens display too high of a number.
Signature service: Dance lessons for adults and kids
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Years of Knowledge: 25
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your lesson so you can change your shoes, prepare, and start on time.
Though nightclubs usually come equipped with dance floors, they aren't exactly kid-friendly. That's where Dance Education Unlimited 2 comes in. The dance center caters exclusively to children and teens, creating a safe outlet for them to boogie, pop-and-lock, and sashay. To do so, the center pairs students with instructors who have performed in hip-hop music videos and choreographed pieces for competitions. The skilled teachers lead their charges through an array of class offerings including ballet, modern, tap, and break dance, instilling discipline, balance, and strength along with skills that will come in handy during college admission dance-offs.
Aikido is the "loving protection of all beings," in the words of Morihei Ueshiba, who created the martial-arts style. Although it sometimes incorporates wooden weapons, at its heart, aikido seeks to act as a replacement for violence. Greg O'Connor, founder and chief instructor at Aikido Centers of New Jersey, brings Ueshiba's tenets to his students, who have included children and seniors, as well as members of the New Jersey State Police, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Secret Service. O'Connor and more than 40 other instructors teach students self-defense tactics that redirect attacks, as well as more advanced methods that include wooden sword and staff training and aikido's dramatic falls and rolls.
Kickboxing.com represents a conglomeration of schools from all around the world, including locations in America, Japan, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic. They focus on high-quality training from different disciplines of martial arts that range from kenpo karate to capoeira and taekwondo. Each school combines the art of kicking with the basis of Western boxing to create devastating combinations that use every limb.
A peek into one of Elite Black Belt Academy's kickboxing classes reveals a scene full of movement: arms swing, legs kick, and fists shoot through the air. But the most dramatic activity goes on inside students' bodies, where as many as 800 calories are burned during each session. Certified black belt instructors help people of all ages achieve optimal health—they hold classes for adults, teens, and children as young as 4.