Jeff Burger’s two-decade journey through the world of martial arts has included training in muay thai in Bangkok and kung fu in China, as well as acquiring fifth-degree black belts for karate and jujitsu. He has also collected a variety of awards to hang on his belt, including a silver medal at the 2006 Muay Thai World Championship. The most recent leg of his journey brought him to Massachusetts, where he founded the New England Muay Thai Institute in 2007 and currently teaches martial arts to kids and adults. Many of the classes are combative in nature, such as muay thai, karate, jujitsu, and a class called Combatives, during which Burger calls upon his US Marshals certification for teaching defensive tactics. But there are also noncombative options available, such as Zumba, boot camp, and noncontact yoga.
For more than 25 years, North Shore Cycle has been a destination for all things cycle-related. Stocking hundreds of bicycles year round, the shop's staff helps visitors pick the perfect frame, parts, or accessories for cycling through the seasons. On-site mechanics perform a variety of services, from basic inspections to fixing flats to installing air horns on handlebars. North Shore Cycles also accommodates guests with full bicycle maintenance and a fully equipped service department.
The body can be affected by its environment, and when surrounded by other people who are in an extremely relaxed state, a person’s body begins to relax as well. It is this principle on which the shared treatment room at North Shore Community Acupuncture operates. Acupuncture patients lay back fully clothed on zero-gravity recliners as the needles do their work. Balance plays a large role in the acupuncture practice of head acupuncturist Stephanie Kula and her board-certified staff, who treat patients according to the theory of five-element acupuncture. This theory is based in the fundamental elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal, and water—which, when out of balance, can cause sickness and a shift in over overall well-being.
The Neves family is a black-belt family, with more degrees than a thermometer. Manny Neves holds an eighth-degree black belt in the uechi-ryu karate style, and his wife, Sheila, is a sixth-degree black belt in the style. Even their daughter, Juliana—a first-degree black belt herself—has several Grand Champion awards in forms, fighting, and weapons. Though you wouldn't want to get caught in a street fight with any of them, the emphasis of their style is on etiquette and self-control rather than brute force. The Academy also offers yoga classes to tone the physique and promote deep relaxation.
When describing Master Paul Cervizzi, many terms come to mind: lawyer, Boston College alumnus, World Karate Union Hall of Fame inductee, and even World Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee. In September of 2011, Master Cervizzi earned the title of Soke by the International Alliance Sokeship Council, a title he wields proudly when teaching students at Cervizzis Martial Arts.
The expert instructors at Cervizzis Martial Arts lead classes for all ages and skill levels, ranging from child and teen self-defense to adult self-defense and fitness. They also lead specialty programs that include mixed-martial-arts classes, which combine techniques from styles such as judo, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, and wrestling.