At Martial Arts and Leadership Academy, traditional martial-arts programs aren't inflexible. They can be suited to a student's goals, whether they're to lose weight and build muscle tone or hone self-defense skills and mental fortitude. To this end, Master Scott Barnabie and his instructors helm multidisciplinary martial-arts programs designed for children or families. They also lead classes in kickboxing, which blends elements of judo, muay thai, karate, and kung fu.
New Jersey Diamond Academy provides baseball and softball players with all of the training, support, and equipment they need to become a more competitive athlete. The facility features more than 14 batting cages where visitors can refine their swing or test their latent telekinesis, although the training area also includes four pitching tunnels, 7,500 square feet of artificial turf for fielding practice, and 2,500 square feet of space devoted to weightlifting and conditioning workouts. Together, these amenities ensure that players have virtually everything they need to improve a particular aspect of their game. However, the academy also offers personalized guidance in the form of performance-training programs, which are designed and overseen by a licensed physical therapist dedicated to helping athletes become stronger and faster while minimizing the risk of injury.
After several years of teaching out of rec centers, school cafeterias, and even fire houses, Westampton Martial Arts now has a permanent training facility. The school is owned by the Kirkpatrick family, and their deep roots in the area have inspired them to offer classes for just about every segment of their community, from wee ones to teens to grandparents who want to impress their teens. Among other techniques, students learn how to stay fit and defend themselves through Brazilian jujitsu, hapkido, karate, tae kwon do, and muay-thai kickboxing.