A seasoned watersports enthusiast from Fort Lauderdale, J.M. Kostallas transfers his wealth of aquatic knowledge to beachgoers along the temperate waters of Long Island. The certified lifeguard and safety instructor leads all inaugural paddleboarding lessons, which emphasize form, balance, and the art of seagull intimidation in a supportive environment with only a few students at a time. Students can put their newfound skills to use in an eco-tour of the surrounding area or give paddleboard yoga a try. Kostal Paddle leads yoga sessions in the open water and at a Jewish Community Center pool.
Smooth Street's instructors are all professional dancers, including Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, and guest instructors Heidi Groskreutz and Kevin Clifton. Personal lessons are available in Latin and ballroom dance in 18 styles—foxtrot, waltz, tango, quick step, Viennese waltz, Argentine tango, rumba, cha-cha, salsa, mambo, samba, merengue, bachata, hustle/disco, paso doble, cumbia, and swing (East Coast, West Coast, lindy, triple step, and single step). No matter which style you choose, the personal attention you'll receive guarantees you'll master sultry steps and move to the beat without wasting time wondering where your toes should go, if your posture is imperfect, or why it's hard to say the alphabet backward. All levels of dancethusiasts are welcome at Smooth Street.
When Long Island law-enforcement agencies want their troops to learn krav maga, they call on certified master trainer Tony Morrison at Top Gun Karate and Fitness. Tony boasts multiple levels of black belts in several disciplines, including kaizen karate, tae kwon do, and krav maga, and trains with John Whitman, the founder of the Krav Maga Alliance.
In addition to teaching police officers how to better protect and serve through krav maga’s self-defense techniques, Tony is equally passionate about teaching kids and adults the combat arts. His classes equip students with moves to defend themselves against armed and unarmed assailants alike. They cover responding to attacks such as punches, kicks, and chokes, and defending oneself from foes wielding firearms, edged weapons, and, though rare, cucumbers. He leads kids and teens in karate and krav maga, arming them with self-defense moves but also imparting values such as discipline, self-confidence, and respect. Also a personal trainer and fitness presenter, Tony hosts fitness classes, including cardio kickboxing and dumbbell and body-weight classes, to help students whip into fighting form.
Tiger Schulmann's youth training programs teach youngsters focus, discipline, confidence, and self-defense against unruly pickle jars. Tiger Schulmann, the man and legend, draws on his undefeated experience of winning more than 100 competitions to create a comprehensive martial-arts style that educates adolescents on how to fuse body and mind for a healthy, assertive lifestyle. The professional instructors have all trained with Schulmann and teach classes in a safe, all-inclusive environment. This deal is valid for all Tiger Schulmann MMA locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida.
Few names carry more weight in the martial arts world than Bruce Lee, the legendary fighter who created Jeet Kune Do and starred in classic martial arts films such as Enter the Dragon. There's a strong bond that ties him to Nubreed Martial Arts Academy—the academy's founders, Luigi Orlando Cuellar and Alexander Chan, belong to Lee's training lineage.
Unsurprisingly, the academy's instructors teach Lee's signature Jeet Kune Do, but their programs also include boxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jujitsu. To accommodate the array of classes, the 10,000-square-foot facility features a boxing ring, an MMA ring, and wooden wing chun dummies that teach students how to effectively fight a tree.
Toyotaro Miyazaki first donned his karate gi at the age of 15, when he began studying under Tomasaburo Okano. His journey into the world of martial arts took him to numerous competitions, landed him on the covers of magazines such as Black Belt and Karate Illustrated, and eventually brought him to New York. Once there, he opened his own dojo, Shotokai-USA, where he has taught for more than 40 years.
Like his masters before him, Miyazaki and his staff of teachers pass on the knowledge of shotokan karate’s unarmed and weapon-based fighting styles. They take students aged 3 and up from white belt to black belt, teaching them self-defense, self-discipline, and an acute distaste for two-by-fours.