Welcome to Dojo town.
Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow can now boast no less than four martial arts options – but all very unique from each other.
On Main Street is Yoo’s Martial Arts, Sleepy Hollow has classes in Beekman's Studio 38.
Add to this the newcomers using age-old traditions.
Now at the Tarrytown Community Opportunity Center, in addition to a new circus arts school in the auditorium there's a dojo downstairs. Tarrytown Mixed Martial Arts have started the Mushin-Kai Dojo, offering weekend classes from Kenpo Kids to mixed martial artists for teens, adults, women’s self defense and more taught by Soke Shihan-Ke Sensei J. Cruz.
For parents and younger children interested in an Aikido focus during the week, the there's the Aikido Program operating out of the Jewish Community Center. Crystal Marcus-Kanesaka and Kevin Kanesaka teach a range of classes for younger children (18 months and up), as well as for parents in need of some time to themselves.
At a recent mommy-and-me class, Crystal Kaneska lead the small group of little ones in exercises inspired by animals, nature, and Japanese traditions.
The Japanese characters comprising "ai ki kai" roughly translates into love, empowerment and community which they use as their guiding dictum. The kids learn process and collaboration, as they do everything from help set up the mats to cleaning them at the end of class. There’s plenty of time for kids to expend their energy but always in a way tempered by minding one’s “mai” or the space around them.