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.
Jujitsu champion Jay Hayes is personally invested in the education of his students, meeting with each new client to answer questions, asses expectations, and help set goals. At NJ United Mixed Martial Arts, Jay and his staff of seasoned fighters impart the finer points of Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and submission wresting to students of all skill levels. All of the classes are intense and can help students build confidence, discipline, and responsibility
UFC Gym is not a standard fitness center playing dress-up as a boxing studio—its pugilists hit away at 150-pound punching bags while wearing 16-ounce gloves and bobbing and weaving on high-impact floors, and don't have to share space with dance-aerobics classes—but neither is it the dank boxing gym of yesteryear. Alongside the high-quality boxing equipment in the brightly lit gym are free weights and cardio and strength machines to mold a well-rounded fighter. In addition to boxing, trainers, most of whom have amateur or professional fighting experience, teach muay thai kickboxing, mixed martial arts, kids' self-defense classes, and personal training.
For more than 40 years, Herten Family Martial Arts has taught traditional Shorin-ryu karate to its Totowa- and Woodland Park-area students. Believing that discipline, respect, and mental control are just as important as physical fitness, the studio teaches kids as young as 5 as well as adults to protect themselves and master their own minds, bodies, and unsettling daydreams. In addition to karate, experienced instructors offer classes in bully self-defense, street self-defense, and cardio kickboxing, along with Japanese sword arts.