Red mats cover the floors at Vitale's Karate Academy, softening falls and protecting joints as students spar with each other or attack invisible foes. Seasoned instructors impart their knowledge of martial arts to kids, which can foster a lifelong practice that builds discipline and encourages positive attitudes while keeping them active. Adults who study martial arts also grow in discipline and confidence as they lose weight and gain self-defense skills. Similarly, cardio-kickboxing classes combine martial arts, boxing, and aerobics to burn calories and tone muscles. When they aren't teaching classes, instructors facilitate karate-themed birthday parties that add educational drills and games to the festivities.
Classic blue-and-red mats span from wall to mirror-covered wall inside Wards ATA Martial Arts. That room is where kids and adults alike convene while wearing crisp white uniforms cinched at the waist with colorful belts. Students learn martial-arts techniques, including tae kwon do and karate.
Riders at MPR Farms enjoy access to an irrigated riding arena composed of beach sand and rubber—impervious to freezing in the cold and dust in the heat—and miles of state trails just beyond the property's borders. They'll learn in a wide variety of disciplines, too, taking their choice from hunting, jumping, and equitation during personalized lessons that assist in attaining goals, whether that means competing in shows or evolving polo into baseball on horses.
10 acres of stables accompany a vast, pristine riding ground at Suffolk Equestrian Center. This space includes three large indoor arenas and three outdoor rings, along with a 40,000 square foot hunt field. Horses can trot and gallop through this equine wonderland during lessons for beginners and advanced students, or in their free time if they're boarded in one of the center's 70 stalls.
The instructors at Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co. give visitors a lesson in Hawaiian athletic history, introducing them to one of the islands' oldest sports during standup-paddleboarding lessons. Guiding students of all fitness levels onto oversize surfboards that span 32–34 inches in width for enhanced stability, instructors unveil the thrill of gliding across the open water and low-fiving your own reflection.
Standup paddleboarding also imparts further health benefits to its enthusiasts, creating a steady, full-body workout that conditions the core and develops coordination. Beyond paddleboarding, the company's class offerings range from kayaking to windsurfing, beckoning beginner-level sportsmen to venture into the water. Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.'s team also leads tours, including sunset outings and eco tours.
Alfred Pena founded Rhythmology to bring an in-depth study of rhythm and dance to the public. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Alfred enlightens minds and bodies in various Latin dance styles including salsa, bachata, merengue, west coast swing, flamenco, international latin, and hustle.
Rhythmology spreads the words and beats of dance via students and semipro dance teams and stays in touch with the Latin community with Latin parties throughout the area. Alfred still maintains a career as a professional competitive salsa dancer, and was featured in Prince Royce’s music video of “Stand by Me”. Additionally, he is the current U.S. bachata champion, the U.S. salsa runner-up champion, and a finalist in scores of world salsa championships.