The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
From basic frames to designer ones, from contact lenses to prescription sunwear, Eye Supply has eyecare needs covered. To ensure prescriptions are as accurate as possible, doctors also provide eye exams and polygraph tests for existing prescriptions.
While attending SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Doctors Julia and Michael Nosov did something pretty incredible—they graduated cum laude and magna cum laude, respectively. At Nosov Cosmetic Dentistry, they harness their impressive educational backgrounds to perform a variety of cosmetic dental procedures. They specialize in treatments such as bone grafting, root canals, and extractions, as well as bonding, crowns, and general dental hygiene. They are also skilled in the realms of braces, clear braces, and cosmetic whitening treatments.
Helmed by three experienced podiatrists, Dr. Joseph Burke, Dr. Erica Papathomas, and Dr. Scott Melamed, Cherrywood Foot Care Group’s exceptional staff has scored Long Island Press's Best of Long Island distinction two years running. Cherrywood Foot Care uses diagnostic ultrasound equipment, digital radiography, advanced fungus-removal lasers, and an onsite surgical facility to treat foot-related problems ranging from simple athlete’s foot, heel spurs, and ankle sprains to complex injuries acquired on the pro-hopscotch circuit.
As a 4th-degree black belt, Alexander "Soca" Freitas’s fighting resumé is a formidable one. He has won multiple competitions - including the highly prestigious ADCC Championship, where he was also named "Most Technical Fighter" - and is a five-time Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship winner. He earned his black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr., the son of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s founder, and he spent 25 years mastering the grappling art at the Gracie Barra main academy. Since becoming a teacher himself, Soca has awarded black belts to 24 of his students. However, he doesn't try to force any of his protégés into following his footsteps—instead of matching his impressive accolades with an intimidating attitude, Soca welcomes students of all ages, builds, and abilities to his gym.
Soca leads classes in both beginning and advanced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. The martial-arts discipline depends on leverage and holds rather than weapons to subdue opponents, and he demonstrates these maneuvers during practice drills. Students progress through the curriculum by testing to receive successive belts rather than by wrestling a written exam to the ground. Soca ultimately leaves their goals up to them, whether they hope to perfect their self-defense moves, compete in MMA tournaments, or simply engage in healthy exercise. Aside from standard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lessons, the gym also hosts private classes, children's classes, and strength-and-conditioning sessions, led by co-owner Samantha Freitas.
Dr. Norman Rich, who was valedictorian of his graduating class at NYU College of Dentistry, not only excels at general and cosmetic smile services, but also at making clients feel at ease. He and his staff take care to keep appointments on schedule, preventing any potential anxiety from mounting in a waiting area, and during treatments, patients recline in leather chairs. In addition to routine dental exams, Dr. Rich straightens chompers with Invisalign, tempers clicking jaws with TMJ night guards, brightens teeth with whitening kits, and removes cavities with the sheer force of his mind.
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