With MMA expertise gained from training under the USA Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling coach and years of professional fighting experience, Hani Darwish ushers in new generations of fighters in his all-ages gym. In the gym’s MMA ring and on the studio floor, Hani and his team of trainers oversee men’s, women’s and children’s classes, offering a range of intensity from fight prep to general fitness.
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.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
A member of the United States Fencing Association, Rising Stars Fencing Academy sharpens skills in all three styles of the sport: foil, sabre, and epee. Founder and head coach Gary Dubrovich came to the U.S. from Belarus in 1989, and ever since, has instilled in his students exceptional technique and a modern understanding of the sport. At the RSFA facility, students of all experience levels thrust and jab through private lessons, group classes, and open bout sessions every day of the week.
The royal-blue mat beckons fighters to test their skills, drawing on bujinkan budo taijutsu and ancient Japanese fighting techniques. But Bujinkan Bukeyashiki Dojo doesn't expect them to achieve the skills to succeed on their own. The dojo leads ninja classes for young kids, shinobi classes for teens, and self-defense classes for adults to get them prepared to strike, grapple, and manipulate joints, plus use weapons and survive against multiple attackers.
Before she ran Dancing Westchester, Desirée Smith owned another studio in her home of South Africa. There, she was a professional ballroom champion in her province. She practiced her footwork and tutored others for more than 10 years before making the move to America, where her passion for movement hardly waned. She now teaches students of all ages and ambitions—be they competitive or strictly casual—how to cut across the floor with poise.
Desirée is versed in multiple styles, including international ballroom and Latin American dance, from Argentine tango to salsa. During private lessons, she schools singles and couples on their form with personalized notes. These focused sessions allow her to hone in on areas of improvement, whether it's timing, twirls, or difficulty differentiating your partner from your shadow. For spouses-to-be and even entire wedding parties, the Dancing Westchester team can choreograph crowd-pleasing routines for receptions. Alternatively, group lessons take a more social approach, as pupils are encouraged to switch partners often to rehearse their leading and following skills, and to socialize with their fellow classmates.