With more than 40 years of martial-arts experience behind him, Grand Master Yu has claimed a long list of accomplishments—among these are a position as a US Army instructor, a seventh-degree black belt in tae kwon do, and a fourth-degree black belt in hapkido. As the head instructor at Master Yu's Power Kick, he leads a team of black-belt-level martial-arts masters and instructors with similarly impressive credentials. These coaches train children as young as 2, as well as adults, in the basic strikes and movements of cardio kickboxing, Muay Thai boxing, and MMA. Throughout all its programs, the gym helps students improve their coordination and flexibility while setting ambitious, yet attainable, fitness goals. Experienced students can also enroll in a leadership training program.
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.
When Hillsborough Pool, Racquet & Fitness opened in 1979, it was solely a racquetball venue. Since then, renovations have morphed the building into a 25,000-square-foot fitness mecca. The facility now boasts a revamped façade, a nursery, remodeled locker rooms, and a fitness area furnished with Life Fitness cardio and strength-training machines. Instructors stage spinning, yoga, Zumba, and Pilates classes inside fitness studios and aqua-aerobics classes in the indoor 55’x25’ pool, which also houses the facility’s resident humpback whale.
The Hybrid Academy of Mixed Martial Arts curriculum caters not just to young and adult martial-arts students, but also to those simply looking for a new approach to get in shape. Instructors teach discipline and self-confidence to kids through martial arts; the same goes for teens, who set goals and learn to be leaders in upper-level classes. There are martial-arts sessions for adults, too, as well as calorie-torching kickboxing classes and boot camp, which combines cardio with strength training, interval training, and cross-training for a full-body workout.
Black Belt Institute hosts a variety of fitness and martial-arts classes for students of all ages. Children's classes, which start at age 4, include karate, tae kwon do, and kung fu, and emphasize self-esteem and confidence. Adult classes include yoga, tai chi, and cardio kickboxing, and work to reduce stress and build positive self-image while bolstering self-defense.
The dynamic instructors at each of the six centers teach a holistic approach to yoga and noncombative martial arts that targets flexibility, strength, breathing, and energy sensitivity. Schedules vary from studio to studio, with regular open-level classes such as those at BR Holistic Healing integrating a core regimen of stretching, breathing, and strengthening postures that improve keg-stand techniques tremendously. Vibration sessions at the Body & Brain Center in Metuchen and Dahn Yoga in Closter and Oradell can release stagnant energy and recharge bodies to take on exhausting second jobs impersonating the Energizer bunny at birthday parties. Instructors monitor students' progress, suggesting home-workout plans tailored to personal strengths and vulnerability to fire.
Enlightenment means many things to many people. To some, an epiphany can be learning a new Vulcan word, and then using it in a sentence. But to Buddhists, enlightenment is a constant state of being. Dakini—the tantric deity for whom this Warren-based dance studio is named—is typically considered to be the female manifestation of just that perpetual enlightened energy. In Sanskrit, the word Dakini can also mean "sky dancer."
Dakini Movement founder Jeanine Caparoso trained as a yoga instructor before learning of the Dakini deity. Her studies on this emblem of femininity inspired her to explore pole dancing as a mode of empowerment. Today, Jeanine joins a team of similarly passionate instructors in leading classes that inspire women of all shapes to feel sensual in their given skin.