For more than two decades, Syosset Martial Arts Center has been a place for people to not only learn martial arts but to move toward healthy, balanced lifestyles. The black-belt instructors tutor students in shotokan karate, which focuses on building values and character as its students learn self-defense and sparring moves. Adult classes begin with a warm-up and review before they launch into sparring, bag work, or the day's theme—and the class is always a whole-body workout. In addition to karate, the instructors also teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a grappling-based martial art. These classes aim to help students gain confidence, lose weight, and learn how to defend themselves.
Kids' karate classes engage young ones with activities including obstacle courses and calisthenics and instill values such as self-confidence and discipline. They can celebrate turning a year older with a birthday party at the dojo, complete with pizza, karate-themed invitations, and protection from insane posses of clowns.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian both grew up loving music, but the process of learning to play it ranged from uninspiring to mind numbing. The two musicians started iSchool of Music & Art to provide a much different experience—a positive, supportive atmosphere that takes into account each student’s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can’t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don’t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, and intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and a tour of a real recording studio.
Absolute Yoga's instructors uphold the studio’s mission to "make yoga readily accessible to every body" by guiding pupils through more than 50 classes ranging in style and difficulty level each week. Within two separate practice spaces, studio owner Leslie Luft and her band of certified instructors lead a wide variety classes, from prenatal yoga for expecting mothers to core-strengthening Pilates sessions and yoga classes rooted in more meditative modalities. To further foster a close community of health and wellness, Absolute Yoga hosts intensive workshops that help attendees expand their understanding of specific subjects such as inversion and balancing poses and holistic baby-food making.
To earn a black belt in Krav Maga—the official self-defense system of the Israeli defense forces—Dr. Michael Blitz studied under the style's foremost experts, including Grandmaster Haim Zut and U.S. Chief Instructor Darren Levine. After more than 16 years of practice and 500 hours of instructor training, he was eager and willing to pass on the techniques to others. He has trained elite security personnel in New Zealand, taught at multiple correctional facilities. Under his supervision, only nationally and internationally certified instructors helm Krav Maga classes at KMLI (Kombat Masters of Long Island). Dr. Blitz's impressive resumé underscores the real-life relevancy of his class curriculum. Grouped by skill level, the Krav Maga lessons condition physiques as they impart self-defense strategies, emphasizing explosive and decisive maneuvers. The techniques are meant to guard against single, multiple, armed, and unarmed assailants, a goal that rallies Blitz and his team to raise the empowering cry, "Refuse to be a victim." Some of these techniques have been displayed when KMLI's Blitz Krav Maga was featured on News 12 Long Island.
The Rostran Art School helps children and post-adolescents enrich their lives through the creative outlets of painting and drawing, with after-school classes that fit into the busy lives of proto-adults. The littlest color-slingers can experience art for the first time with the supervision of an accompanying parent in one-hour toddler class. Kid-safe mixed media and kid-centric instruction encourage children to explore the world of visual self-expression through clay, paint, and markers. Along with the supervision and support of a loving disciplinarian, each instructor nurtures the child’s natural drive for making things and aims to stoke their embers of creativity into a lifelong inferno of creation.