We are self-defense specialists! Schools of Aikido vary widely in orientation. At SJAA we focus on practical self-defense. We believe that Aikido is a living art so we continually strive to improve the effectiveness of what we teach. What works, we keep; what doesn't we drop.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
The Riversharks, a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, are all set to hit, pitch, and run around the bases while waving their arms and yelling about the big leagues. Watch them face off against the Long Island Ducks, a team that challenges the Mets' and Yankees' monopoly on New York diamond play. Field-level seating, which wraps the infield closely from dugout to dugout, offers panoramic, foul-pole to foul-pole views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the amber Philadelphia skyline, making home runs feel like dreams and snacks taste like summer.
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.
After opening this friendly neighborhood bike shop in 2005, Freeride Sports owner Pasquale Bocchicchio quickly expanded his enterprise to include everything from motorcross to skateboarding to snowboarding, making it his mission to spread the soul-freeing, stress-abating power of extreme sports across the Haddonfield community. Tote a traditional tandem, mountain bike, or BMX cycle to pay a visit to in-house mechanic Perry Buffo who can help whip it into shape in time for summer rides or its sojourn into Italian cinema. A Basic Tune ($44.99) covers adjustments to the front and rear derailleurs and brakes, and includes a thorough safety check and bath, whereas a Basic Plus Tune ($69.99) tacks on a truing of both wheels for smoother street coasting. Cycles suffering from creaky joints benefit from a Power Tune ($99.99) where a greasing of both wheels or the stem and bottom bracket will help keep it limber and prevent steaks from sticking to its spokes. A Power Tune Plus ($149.99) sees the whole bike broken down and rebuilt into a stronger, more spry, handsomer version of itself with fresh grease applied to every pivot point. Or, take the total velocipede transformation one step further with a complete refurbishing ($199), which sees the two-wheeler sent out for repainting and returns it completely rebuilt with absolutely no memory of its former life as a CIA operative.
Dance instructors Brandi and Vuthy Ou performed and competed in dance competitions all over the world together before opening their own studio in 2006. They draw on their experience and chemistry to teach students of all experience levels how to tame skittish left feet through a robust schedule of ballroom-, social-, and Latin-style dance classes. Each 40-minute session begins with a brief warm-up before students learn how to synchronize steps. Students looking to hone skills in a specific dancing style may do so during American tango, swing, or rumba classes, and the social-dance program helps regular wedding crashers to feel comfortable while chicken dancing. Private lessons enhance rug-cutting skills with the advantage of one-on-one attention. Since partners are frequently switched during classes, both couples and singles are welcome.