OK karate kids, this one’s for you. Black belt, yellow belt, purple belt, it doesn’t matter. On Long Island, you have your pick of places to learn the martial arts.
Long Islanders Voted Jeff Lovering’s Goshinkan Dojo in Merrick Best Martial Arts on Long Island!
Jeff Lovering’s Goshinkan Dojo
1754 Merrick Ave.
Whether it’s to protect oneself from bullies, feel safe or stay in shape, self defense in all its forms is a valuable skill for children to have. Since 1983, Goshinkan Dojo has been teaching Ju-Jitsu to men and women of all ages. The program is helmed by Jeff Lovering, a seventh-degree black belt and all-around nice guy. He and his staff offer a wide range of programs that have made the dojo Best on LI for the second year in a row.
2nd Place – Max Fitness, 1530 Old Country Rd., Plainview. 516-694-1530. www.maxfit.us
Max Fitness teaches Mixed Martial Arts ages 2 through adult. They feel that each student is an individual and each program should be changed and made for each person individually. Each teacher continues to take classes, take seminars and improve themselves. The style of Kung-Fu they teach is “Tibetan Lama Pai” which seeks to attack opponents from long range. Max Fitness offers a free first class, so give it a try.
3rd Place – Academy of Martial Arts, 57 W. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. 631-225-5326. 225 Merrick Rd., Oceanside. 516-208-7452. www.martialartny.com
The Academy of Martial Arts opened in 1968 and has been known as a place of true martial and spiritual training. Sensei Mark is a 6th degree black belt who has traveled to Japan and brought back his teachings. Their mission is to enhance the community through positive personal development. The dojo also offers kickboxing classes. They are very serious about the message of peace and wellbeing behind the art of martial arts.
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