When JoJo Guarin isn’t taking down expert fighters twice his size in invitation-only professional grappling tournaments, he’s designing the curriculum at East Coast United BJJ & MMA. A swimmer before he was a fighter, Guarin advocates the use of cross-training as the primary method of getting his students in shape. This leaves him and his instructors time to focus purely on technique in Braziliain jujitsu, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. The team sets up the schedule to provide specific times for beginners to practice, welcoming men, women, children, and teenaged turtles of all skill levels into their training sessions. When the combative fire in students’ veins flickers out, exercisers can center themselves and increase their flexibility under the tutelage of certified YogaFit instructor Jessica Mondello.
Whether you like high intensity workouts or a slow and steady routine, the instructors at Belmars Martial Arts & Fitness will guide you to better health. Calories are torched and heart rates soar during muay thai kickboxing classes, where students strengthen both their muscles and their mental acuity as they learn how to deliver high kicks and block unwanted bear hugs. Meanwhile, a boxing ring help fighters hone their jabs and uppercuts, while Zumba classes invite students to sweat through easy-to-follow dance moves set to catchy international beats. Yoga and jiu-jitsu classes are also available as are classic circuit training sessions that combine all the benefits of cardio and strength training into a single workout.
Steve Sohn's Krav Maga & Kickboxing owner and CEO, Steve Sohn is dedicated to nurturing clients' health. Steve has been studying martial arts for more than 30 years, earning 20+ certifications and awards, such as obtaining his black belt in krav maga, a feat shared by only a few instructors and schools in northeast America. His passion for teaching and improving students' physical abilities has also netted him recognition from the Educational Funding Company, including Outstanding Martial Arts School in 2005 and Exemplary Mentor in 2011.
To match Steve's enthusiasm for self-defense instruction, the two-floor facility boasts a number of amenities that help students reach their fitness and defense goals. Experienced instructors lead students through krav maga, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts sessions in two separate training floors. Olympic training mats reduce the impact of exercises, and an on-site changing room allows students to change from their workout clothes into their crime-fighting spandex without worry of revealing their identity.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.
Westchester Fight Club accommodates those looking to lose weight, compete professionally, or unleash inner loathing for stuffed canvas bags. The gym contains both a caged MMA octagon and matted areas fit for covering the fundamental techniques of boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing.
Classes encourage trainees to wrestle with peers and grappling dummies or build muscle tone by throwing punches and kicks at heavy bags and target mitts. Though most MMA sessions are coed, the studio does offer ladies-only time for cardio kickboxing and conditioning sessions. Kids? MMA classes also give tots the chance to defend themselves against bullies and point-of-purchase advertising.
Over the course of their shared journey through the world of martial arts, Chuck and Kara Giangreco have done everything from studying with Bruce Lee apprentice Sifu Dan Inosanto to practicing styles ranging from jeet kune do to Filipino martial arts. While Chuck went on to teach seminars for military and law enforcement officials, Kara nabbed a state gold medal for her prowess at tae kwon do. Now, this duo pools this accumulated knowledge during classes at their own school, Westchester Martial Arts Academy. Their lessons share the art of fighting with students of all ages, helping adults defend themselves and teaching kids how to lead disciplined, focused, and respectful lives. In addition to burning calories and toning muscles, these mixed martial arts classes blend styles from around the world, giving students the skills they need to fight in any language.