The ground fighting, chokes, and locks of Brazilian jiu jitsu are traditionally associated with the legendary Gracie family—and Soulcraft Brazilian Jiu Jitsu features an instructor who knows the family well. Marcio Stambowsky studied with the family and was one of just a few to earn his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu
under the tutelage of the late Rolls Gracie. Now a seventh-degree red-and-black belt, Stambowsky and Brazilian jujitsu black belt Brad Wolfson lead a team that instructs students in jiu jitsu and muay thai kickboxing. Youngsters get in on the act as well, with kids' classes that teach self-defense, boost confidence, and demonstrate how to avoid conflicts with that kid at lunch who keeps trying to trade a fat-free Fig Newton for a chocolate-pudding pack.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction and demonstrations.
The instructors at H2Owls orchestrate their fun and safe swim lessons in accordance with SwimAmerica, a 10-step curriculum that helps youngsters refine their swimming skills. After beginning with basic swimming fundamentals including leg kicks and arm strokes, instructors move on to more advanced techniques based on each student’s progress. To ensure that students receives their due attention and aren’t just tunas dressed to look like children, the swimming school keeps its class sizes small, with a max of five students per teacher in standard group lessons and a max of three students per teacher in the preschool program.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
Martial arts at Hamden's Bashta's Martial Arts is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this studio boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this studio has kid-friendly policy.
Challenge yourself to a cardio kickboxing class and reap the many health and wellness benefits.
Learn both offensive and defensive techniques in one of these mixed martial arts classes.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Martial arts at Hamden's Academy of Kempo Martial Arts is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
Kickboxing is a great form of cardio exercise.
Work on developing body strength and endurance with a mixed martial arts class.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.