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I met TJ as he was growing his New Jersey based training program. Prior to this, I had practiced Aikido (Kokikai) for several years and Kung Fu (North Dragon - Lung Jop Pai) for a couple of years. I had also been a fan of Bruce Lee since the 1970's, and the opportunity to talk to somebody about Jeet Kune Do instantly caught my attention. So many martial arts instructors are, to put it politely, hacks. The average store front "martial arts" studio seems to specialize in mediocre training geared primarily towards kids who will only be there a couple of years, and those who expect to be guaranteed a black belt in exchange for 3 years of lessons and a few thousand dollars;we refer to these as "McMartial Arts" studios. I had seen way too many of these, with "sensei's" claiming to be Grand Masters from distant exotic lands, so I have a tendency to view any self-proclaimed martial arts instructor with "open minded skepticism". While I've never been good enough to indulge in "dojo storming", I will politely wait to be impressed before assuming an instructor is good. TJ Miller blew that skepticism out of the water quickly -- and consistently. He's the real deal, in a very big way. Working out with TJ, I finally learned what Jeet Kune Do is really all about. You can start to glean it from Bruce Lee's writings if you're patient and persistent. But to really "get it", you have to "do it" with someone who's already there. My initial training with TJ was in small adult groups of 3 to 5 initially. His approach was excellent. We focused on basics to start, beginning simply with learning how to fall. As Alfred says to Bruce Wayne in Batman, "Why do we fall, sir? So we can learn to get up." We learned basic punches and kicks, as most people have no clue that a good punch is 80% body and 20% arm. We started stationary with heavy bags until we could actually fall, punch and kick effectively, though still very much beginners. Then we starting moving around, working with TJ and also pairing up with others, alternately holding practice mitts and pads for each other. Trying to throw a punch or kick at a moving target is a somewhat shocking revelation if you've never done it before, and a bit embarrassing when you first try. Now that we were moving, TJ started to really emphasize this, the various ranges that Jeet Kune Do focuses on - weapons, kicking, punching, close-in (knees, elbows, head), grappling and the idea of controlling distance, and controlling the encounter. This evolved into developing an understanding of keeping a distance until you're ready to engage, and knowing when to close and escalate. We worked with a single "attacker", and then with two and three attacker, learning once again how to control our position relative to them so we could selectively encounter one at a time, and use them against each other. As quickly as we digested his lessons, he started including more styles that are traditonally taught with JKD, such as Wing Chun, Kali/Escrima, Silat, Muai Thai, Savate, Dumog and Jujitsu. We spent quite a bit of time on trapping, and blending and transitioning from technique to technique, across styles. The emphasis was always on establishing our "tools" to the point where we could apply whatever was most effective in any given situation - much more important than rote forms. Of course, the ideal would be to practice enough so that the reaction and application of techniques would be instant, requiring no thought and conscious selection -- but that takes years to develop. At one point, I was training twice a week with TJ in the dojo, and had the luxury and privilege of having him come to my home once a week for private training. During these sessions, we focused primarily on the heavy bag - my form, speed, endurance, combinations - with TJ emphasizing the need for repetition and consistent effort. When the weather permitted, we'd work out on my driveway or in the backyard with the Kali sticks -- one of my favorite parts of practice. TJ's skills are, in a word, superb, both as a practitioner and a trainer. I've been incredibly impressed with his mastery of each of the styles from which he demonstrated and trained us in technique, and even more so in his ability to truly keep them as part of his "toolkit" from which to draw, instantly and seamlessly, as needed in a combat situation. I practiced with TJ for several years, as did my teenage son and daughter, and only stopped when he relocated out of state. I would start up again in a heartbeat if logistics permitted. Beyond being a world class Jeet Kune Do trainer, in both group and private settings, TJ is a philosopher perhaps in the tradition of the best practitioners like Bruce Lee and Morihei Ueshiba, something you learn gradually over years of practice with him. All in all, TJ is a unique and superb martial arts practitioner and trainer, and it's a rare privilege to learn from, practice with - and be able to call someone this special your friend.
Leroy is fantastic in so many ways! He helped my daughter (who has some disabilities) move from aquatic therapy to swimming, which was such a big confidence boost for her. He was patient, observed her abilities and thoughtfully modified his training to teach her a “new” way to swim. He was equally caring and persistent, and we were sad when he moved away. Such a dedicated trainer and overall nice guy.
Swim School and swim lessons is great! My child started swimming at 3 years old at Aqua Culture. My child is now 10 years old and continued to swim & competitively in the swim team. Great place for all ages. Small Classes (never over crowded), flexible schedules, year round swim lessons, convenient, and cost is affordable! All staff is friendly as well. The swim lessons offered are for safety and the skills obtained are for life.
Miss Karla is ah-maaaaazing!!!!! We had her to our pool for private lessons the summer of 2015. She took my opinionated 3 year old and his shy best friend to new levels of comfortable and confident in the pool. Her patience and personality were the perfect match. Her passion for the water and water safety is obvious and she has great knowledge to share. She always came prepared with a game plan to get the kids engaged and comfortable in the water, while learning new swimming techniques. Her games and songs can be implemented by parents to continue the experience in the water after her lessons. I can't recommend her enough!!! We LOVED our summer with Miss Karla and were amazed at the growth we saw in the kids. Her dedication is unmatched!!!
Kathy is giving me swimming lessons. She is very knowledgeable and patience. I highly recommend her!
Private competitive swim lessons with Kyle was a great success! My daughter cut 5 seconds off her time and she got more confidence with his coaching! Def recommend!
My daughter really connected well with her and loved the 1st lesson and can't wait to go to her next lesson. She's very patient and a great instructor!!!
Personal in water swim instruction catered to the individual skills. Decades of experience. From fearful beginners to elite level competitors all students improve.
As a recent Cornell pre-med graduate majoring in biology, I have extensive experience tutoring and teaching students of a variety of ages (4-20) in all subjects including math (algebra, pre-calculus, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, etc), ELA, and science (chemistry, physics, biology). As the Cornell Global Health Program Assistant, I also have extensive experience with administrative duties, including word processing, data entry, presentation creation, and calendar management. Through numerous professional and leadership positions, including Cornell’s Global Health Program Student Assistant, College of Human Ecology Student Ambassador, and Philanthropy Chair of my sorority, I've honed my ability to manage concurrent deadlines, prioritize tasks, and communicate effectively with supervisors and co-workers.
I am a retired FDNY. I worked for the New York City Fire Dept. for 20 years, then retired and settled down here in Delaware.
I offer private and group swimming lessons for infants to seniors and beginners to experts. I am a competitive swimmer certified as a swimming instructor and a water safety instructor (WSI) through the American Red Cross, where I have taught for several years. I have 20 years of swimming experience and 8 years of teaching experience.
NCAA D1 Swimmer & NBAC National Team experience. (Coached and trained by Bob Bowman, Michael Phelps, and Katie Hoff)
I have more than 20 years of experience in aquatic sports and massage therapy. Including working with Olympic athletes.
We plan the lesson together , many teachers plan the class ahead to save time. I believe that two minds can solve a problem quicker than one
With over 35 years of Swimming and Fitness Coaching Experience
Learn to swim in your pool or mine. I teach students of all ages and have 30 years of experience teaching people to swim, from babies to seniors.
Swim-in Zone is a family-owned swimming academy. We specialize in swim lessons for babies, toddlers and school age children, but we also offer novice swim lessons for adults in our 87 degree indoor-heated pool. Safety is a huge focus in our Red Cross curriculum. Our lessons are offered year round and grouped in sessions which roughly correspond with the seasons and school year. We offer swimming lessons from 9am-8pm, Monday-Thursday; 9am-6:30pm on Friday; 8:30am-1pm on Saturday and 12:30pm-3:30pm on Sunday. Our teachers are well-trained professionals with a passion for swimming and children. Even Nemo, the clownfish, went to swim school!
I have a lot of experience as I have been swimming competively ever since I was 6 years old. I also currently teach swim lessons and I am also a lifeguard.
I am an independent swimming lesson instructor with 5 years of experience. I travel to homes and apartment complexes to give individual, semiprivate and group lessons. My main focus is making children become comfortable in the pool and teaching how swimming can be a lifelong exercise. My approach is serious yet fun. It will want kids beg for more lessons!
I teach 6-month-old to 6-year-old kids independent swimming and self-rescue. Each lesson is individualized for the child.
200HR RYT specializing in vinyasa flow and hatha yoga. Also available for swim training for triathlons & personal training.