Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
With a fleet of two-wheeled cruisers, Shore Riders Bike Rentals equips beach-going guests to explore the boats, shops, and restaurants of Point Pleasant Beach. Its bikes idle, anxiously waiting to be ridden, in the parking lot of a local italian-ice shop and each cycle sports a delectable paint job that brings to mind scoops of strawberry, lime, and derailleur-flavored ice cream. Locks and helmets are included with each rental to ensure safety for both bike and rider.
At BJJ Shore Academy, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and former professional fighter Bill Scott joins with several other black-belt instructors to pass on the martial art to the next generation of fighters. Named Best of the Best for Martial Arts by the Asbury Park Press in 2011 and 2012, the academy offers self-defense classes for adults, teens, and kids, as well as anti-bullying programs for children. Every session is built upon the elements of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and caters to students and families of all skill levels. Fundamentals classes build basic leverage and mobility skills and lay the groundwork for more advanced, competition-ready classes in submission grappling and mixed martial arts. Amid the gym’s soft, pliant mats and three sides of wall mats, instructors offer wrestling classes for kids as well as yoga, boxing, and kickboxing instruction.
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.
The professional dance instructors at Ballroom, Etc. suspect that when people say, "I just want to dance," they don't necessarily mean that they want to spend the next five years mastering a series of steps. At the relaxed studio, instructors aim to create group classes and private lessons that embody what's really at the heart of dance—fun. Folks can stop by for group classes and learn the waltz, tap, or modern swing while mingling with other like-minded learners. On Friday night, the studio opens its doors to the public for dance parties, where students and shimmy-curious shufflers can amble in for a night of high-stepping.
Nick Catone, a UFC middleweight contender and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt, helps his trove of students learn the traditions and techniques of mixed martial arts. He teaches teenagers and adults Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Cross Training, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu—all aimed at improving physical fitness and the ability to focus. He also offers specialty classes geared toward kids learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing in a positive environment that fosters self-confidence.