Southbury School of Performing Arts' staff touch upon every aspect of dance. The seasoned dance instructors lead ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, creative movement, and lyrical classes for youngsters—creative movement even welcomes pupils as young as age 3. The other end of the performance spectrum is tended to by a vocal coach, who leads classes in singing and musical theater.
Full time martial arts academy. Tae Kwon Do and Reality based Martial Arts. Classes available 6 days a week. Ages 4-65 or older. Master Ziniak has been teaching for many years. He does not give belts away, he expects the students to earn them! Students are motivated to earn their next rank thru encouragement and drive.
Tom Bacha’s fist and feet are like a force field made of whip-quick cobras. The martial artist holds a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, an Expert Series instructor certification from Krav Maga Worldwide, and a Brazilian jujitsu teaching certification from Best Way Jiu-Jitsu. At Connecticut Krav Maga, he and five other certified instructors draw on their kick-punching prowess to pass on Imi Lichtenfeld’s legendary martial art, krav maga, used by the Israeli Defense Force and the US Marines. Designed around the instinctual ways people defend themselves, the method gets quick-learned into students’ muscle memory, teaching students to fend off surprise attacks or disarm opponents carrying knives, guns, or prosthetic limbs.
Academy of Fighting Arts instructor and 5th-degree black-belt Clinton Murphy can shatter several objects with his bare hands, from coconuts to concrete blocks. It's a skill known as "breaking," and Murphy claims that it's just as mental as it is physical. This and other martial-arts skills have led to appearances on ESPN2, The Late Show with David Letterman, and the Discovery Channel. At Academy of Fighting Arts, he teaches his students how to hone their own mental focus and martial-arts techniques, emphasizing good form and discipline over brute strength—just as he does when he's preparing to break 14 slabs of concrete in a stack.
When teaching a class, Murphy's martial arts style of choice is American-Filipino Kun Tao. This mix of pressure-point strikes, grappling, and joint-lock throws is ideal for close-quarters fighting. Murphy covers these maneuvers as well as escrima, or stick-fighting, in his adult sessions, whereas kids' classes focus more on teamwork and basic drills. He also hosts four-week self-defense seminars for women, which demonstrate how to effectively escape and subdue an assailant.
Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why Kickaro’s Martial Arts & Fitness keeps them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts and fitness classes. The club’s skilled instructors offer safe, no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense, as well as scorching calories. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults, children, and pet cocker spaniels of all skill levels.
Since 1991, more than 140 students have walked out of American Institute of Tae Kwon Do with a black belt. This signifies mastery of traditional tae kwon do, the martial art on which owners Neale and Erika White focus their classes. Through tae kwon do, they aim to instill humility, self-discipline, and confidence in their students as they strengthen their bodies.
Half the personal trainers at Sport & Wellness left lucrative careers in other fields to become fitness professionals. The other half jumped right into the world of fitness, accumulating multiple certifications. Regardless of background, the trainers share a common love for athletic pursuits. At Sport & Wellness, they work with equally passionate tennis pros, group-exercise instructors, and climbing experts to help clients become healthier. The professionals oversee five DecoTurf hard tennis courts, a 1,000-square-foot climbing wall, a fitness center, and group-exercise studios. They lend assistance when requested and stay mum when it's not, just like robot butlers. At the on-site nursery, attendants supervise kids while parents work out or socialize.