With more than 35 years of training under his black belt, Master Dominick Violante inspires his students to develop their character during martial-arts classes at Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy. Rather than fueling aggression, consistent martial-arts practice can boost overall confidence, discipline, patience, and respect—not just in the dojo, but also at school, on the street, and in plywood factories.
For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, who now boast locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe seven-day access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering workout rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
Like many important lessons in life, karate is handed down through the generations from master to pupil. At Karate Kids Love, 10th-degree black-belt grandmaster Kevin Sullivan summons the knowledge learned from his masters to teach the ascendant martial artists of tomorrow. Throughout the years, Sullivan has developed a brand of martial arts that blends many disciplines and is founded on the belief that a true martial artist must be well rounded, capable of disarming foes with a swift kick or hitting an alarm clock's snooze button with a stern karate chop.
In business for over 20 years, Sullivan's staff of certified professional instructors receives routine calibration in order to give the best possible training to boys and girls of all levels. Children enjoy learning aspects of jiujitsu, kenpo, and tae kwon do in a parent-approved environment. This helps students along their paths to martial arts' ultimate prize: a collection of colorful belts to match any outfit.
It's not all kicking and punching. Although there is a lot of that, the instructors at The Charland Institute of Karate & Fitness use the classes and facility as a conduit for helping students deal with everyday challenges, de-stress, and build confidence. During strengthening and cardio-intensive classes, students kick their way through a curriculum that forges traditional and modern martial arts, aiming to teach self-defense, discipline, and how to effectively punt an assailant.
In memory of MPO Peter J. Lavery and Officer Ciara McDermott, The Race to End Domestic Violence honors the sacrifice of uniformed police officers and those escaping domestic violence. On December 30, Master Police Officer Peter J. Lavery, the youngest of three police officer brothers, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call. His memory serves as the inspiration for the 5K of his namesake that takes runners and walkers through off-road dirt trails and grass to raise funds for domestic violence support groups. Additionally, the race raises funds to support the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund, which aids those seeking an education in law enforcement or criminal justice.