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  • Why Commit to the Martial Arts?

    Why Commit to the Martial Arts?
    By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo Training at Martial Arts schools is about reaching your personal goals in a safe and fun environment. It’s about learning Martial Arts for increased physical ability and mental awareness. It is truly more than just kicking or punching. Its’ about changing a life in a positive training environment. You’ve tightened your abs, stretched your hamstrings and built your biceps, but have you exercised to build your mental stamina? Exercise helps your body resist stress-related disorders. The brain sends signals to the body to produce adrenaline during stressful situations, but it’s meant ....

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  • What Does Black Belt Mean

    What Does Black Belt Mean Black Belt. What Does Black Belt Mean. For some people black belt is the ultimate goal but it's really not. Black Belt is really just the beginning for a martial artist. I started at a very young age i'm now a 3rd degree black belt and i could say i know it all but that would be a complete lie. If you continue to stay humble and and work hard there are endless things to learn. A Martial Artist's goal is to become a black belt but also have the characteristics of one. A Black Belt is humble, kind, disciplined, focused etc. When you join martial arts you start as a white belt someone who is innocent in knowledge. The white belt is a beginner who is just ....

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  • Why Join Kids Kickboxing?

    Why Join Kids Kickboxing Kids kickboxing is one of our newer programs but one of my favorites. Our martial arts programs consists of karate and kickboxing where as kids kickboxing the get to focus their efforts on just kickboxing which is very powerful. The kids kickboxing program builds their confidence, coordination, and focus. I have seen kids go from not knowing how to throw a punch to being able to throw ten piece combinations within a blink of an eye. Oh and it hasn't even been a year since we added this program to our facilities. In kids Kickboxing we promote a healthy lifestyle for the kids to follow because it is important they start to build good habits at a young ....

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  • The Value Of Sportsmanship In Karate/Kickboxing/Martial Arts

    The Value of Sportsmanship in Karate
    By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo Has your child ever played a game and lost. They probably screamed or threw a tantrum. Or just showed some bad behaviors towards losing to a game . They may be struggling with showing good sportsmanship. Karate can benefit them in social, moral, educational, and physical areas of their lives. Our structure classes teaches your children to follow the rules of good sportsmanship. One of the core values that is discussed and practiced is respect. Each class begins and ends with a bow to the instructor, gaining the understanding of respect, and the will to learn and grow within ....

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  • About Mental Attitude...

    About Mental Attitude
    I wanted to take a few minutes to blog about mental attitudes in martial arts and how crucial it is to anyone training. You need to start off in a positive way. Some days you feel blue, had a bad day, feel like staying home. So you think that's the day you need to skip class or let your child skip class. Or maybe it's a physical day like weakness, hard time walking, feeling queasy. Don't get me wrong, some things can't be helped. But it's is always related to your mental attitude. For example, I have had days where I can barely walk, lift up my leg to kick, stand, and the thought of I can't take class will creep in. I change that mindset and ....

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  • About Confidence In Yourself/Child Through Martial Arts/Kickboxing/Karate

    About confidence in yourself/child
    We as human beings tend to let self doubt seep in, that's allowing the devil in your mind. When we allow it to happen, things seem to take the wrong turn consistently. Even with our own kids, we tend to doubt their abilities. We assume they cannot handle the challenge due to age, strength, height, development, or mental needs. When we do that, it hurts us or the child, how do we expect to be leaders if we don't believe. How can we expect progress and grow stronger? Are you stuck in your head? Confidence is a game changer especially in martial arts. At Sovereign Martial Arts, we instill that in our programs. But ....

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  • My Kid Doesn't Want To Come To Class... What Do I Do?

    MY KID DOESN'T WANT TO COME TO CLASS
    WHAT DO I DO?
    What do you do when your child does not want to come to class? Do you force them or do you let them have their way? Martial arts is a big commitment it's not like joining the soccer team or playing any other sport because it is all year. There is no martial arts season or time of year. There will be times when your child doesn't want to come to class that's normal we are all humans. Now the way you as a parent react is crucial to their longevity in martial arts. Parents sign their kids up for karate for many reasons such as discipline, focus , confidence, weight loss etc. Now if you value these traits just as much as you ....

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  • 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Karate

    5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Karate
    By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo 1.Karate reduces aggressiveness. –
    Of course, there’s a balance of when to be aggressive and when not to be. Many people believe that karate gets kids too aggressive and it wouldn’t be such a great idea for their kids. Martial arts does teach self-defense, whose main goal is to become aggressive but the fact is that it’s done the opposite. The longer students perform martial arts, the lower their level of aggression. The reason is that they are more likely to become more aware of rising anger in others and deflect situations that could lead to violence. Also, ....

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  • How Does The Martial Arts Improve Your Child's Grades

    How does the Martial Arts Improve your Child's Grades By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo Training in karate gives your child a lot of benefits. It gives them skills, confidence and helps with their self-esteem. But did you know that karate classes can help your child do better in school? Karate helps with the development of a lot of skills that students need, so if your child is struggling with school work, you might want to consider karate as a great idea. 1. Academics require discipline A good student is one who understands that life is not a free for all. Good students do their homework even when their favorite show is on TV. In order to get good grades, they ....

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  • My Child Doesn't Want To Do Karate Anymore, I Don't Want To Force Him

    My child doesn't want to do karate anymore, I don't want to force him. You know I get annoyed when I hear that? Here's my question, who's the parent here the kid or you? Let me give you something to think about, if your kid says Mom I don't want to go to school anymore, would you let her quit? The answer is usually no, it's important for her life. Right it's important. Now let me ask you this, would you want them to give up learning self discipline, self control, respect, leadership and so much more? The answer again is usually no they need this in their life. When it comes to our schools at Sovereign Martial Arts, it's not just an activity, a sport, or something to pass the ....

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  • What is Krav Maga and Where Did It Come From?

    Wh?t I? Krav M?g? And Where Did It C?m? Fr?m? Unlik? m?n? ?th?r ??-??ll?d m?rti?l ?rt? and ??lf-d?f?n?? ?r??ti???, Kr?v M?g? d??? n?t r??ll? h?v? ?n? sort of f?rm?l circuits or ??m??titiv? ?v?nt?. It is all bu?in???... the business of winning a fight. The ?rigin? ?f Kr?v M?g? ?r? known, but it can be difficult t? ?in??int ?x??tl? ?t wh?t ??int thi? f?rm ?f "??nt??t ??mb?t", a r?th?r loose int?r?r?t?ti?n of its name, actually came int? ?xi?t?n??. Th? b??i?? ?f Krav Maga w?r? f?und?d wh?n ?tr??t-fighting ?kill? were u??d th? Hung?ri?n-I?r??li martial artist Imi Li?ht?nf?ld. Lichtenfeld, th? f?und?r ?f Kr?v Maga, made u?? ?f hi? tr?ining ?? a boxer ?nd wr??tl?r whil? h?l?ing ....

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  • 5 Myths of Kickboxing

    5 M?th? of Kickboxing Ki?kb?xing i? v?r? ???ul?r in th? w?rld now. Th?r? ?r? myths ?b?ut kickboxing on the TV. S?m? of th?m are not b???d ?n the r??l lif?. If ??u l??k at ki?kb?xing fr?m a ??mm?n?r'? perspective, it would ?????r th?t it'? n?t ?f any g??d. But l??k ?t mixed m?rti?l ?rt? u?ing th? experienced ???? ?f m?rti?l ?rt ?r??titi?n?r?. At th? Li?t Univ?r?? w? love to dispel m?th? - ?? here w? are, ??t ?g?in, presenting th? li?t of ??mm?n m?th? th?t need to be d?bunk?d ?nd forgotten ?n?? ?nd f?r all. MYTH #1: Ki?kb?xing i? NOT EASY t? l??rn. A l?t of ????l? think th? ki?kb?xing’? hard to l??rn. Beginners with?ut any ???rt? ?x??ri?n?? ??n l??rn it ?ui?kl? but ....

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  • Why Flexibility is So Important in the Martial Arts and Kickboxing

    Why Flexibility is So Important in the Martial Arts and Kickboxing Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo I just want to start off my saying, stretching is not my favorite thing to do. It’s the last thing I think of in my training, yet its so important. It’s part of the foundation and increases your ability by a lot. Flexibility allows us to maintain a good range of motion for each joint or joints. It limbers your body to be able to take your training to the next level. A man who has not exercised in many years will typically not be as flexible as a woman who has trained in dance all of her life. In martial arts we mostly use dynamic flexibility. The ability to move our ....

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  • 7 Powerful Benefits You'll Experience Taking Martial Arts

    Frustrated, confused and at your wits end when it comes to your life or even in dealing with your child. I can say I have been there so beating yourself up about it won’t help. I am here to encourage you and tell you that it’s a part of life. We are all working on certain aspects of our lives and you are no different. What I can say is developing in areas of character, integrity and stewardship brings rewards. At a time in my life it was difficult to identified what worked and even more so how do I work on everything? The great thing is that I did find one resource that helped me develop over time in over seven areas. I will name just seven for ....

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  • Why It is So Important to Support Your Child in Karate/Martial Arts

    As a parent myself, I see the value in supporting my kids in their martial arts training. Sovereign Martial Arts itself, believes in family and working together to build our future leaders as champions in life. Every story you see about any athlete always begins the beginning and would do anything to support them. For a child, feeling, seeing, and knowing their parents are there to watch, coach, support them in their karate trainings is very important to their development. I can tell the difference in a child who never gives parent support they receive. Unless you are taking photos or videos of your kids martial arts training, put parents when they do a good job and the look of Our ....

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  • Why Martial Arts Can Help Kids For School Year

    Why Martial Arts Can Help Kids For School Year Martial Arts is known to help kids with focus, discipline, confidence, and more. Kids who join martial arts build characteristics that will help them be successful in life. It is proven that students who do martial arts are more likely to have better academics than the regular student. Martial Arts is not all about kicks and punches but the ability to defend yourself is Crucial. Martial Arts builds character in many ways. For example students must come consistently to class in order to promote to their next rank. In school you have to do homework and projects and study which takes discipline to accomplish. Without discipline ....

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  • Why Train Krav Maga?

    Why Train Krav Maga? By Sensei Gabrielle DiazCervo Krav Maga is one of the world’s deadliest martial arts discipline. This self-defense is Israel’s defense force is a lethal method of survival. This martial arts discipline contains kickboxing, Judo, Jiu-jitsu, and Aikido and can become very powerful as a Krav Maga student. Krav Maga means contact combat from Hebrew. Krav Maga is actually a self-defense system that anyone can use. Regardless of your size, strength, or level of fitness. The great part about this system is that it focuses on simple and practical techniques. It's tailored for real life scenarios and no one needs prior martial arts ....

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  • Type of Karate Sovereign Martial Arts Teaches

    Type of Karate Sovereign Martial Arts Teaches One of the styles of karate we implement into our program is Shotokan karate. Shotokan is one of the oldest and most influential styles of karate. Founded by Gichin Funakoshi. Like other forms of karate and martial arts, Shotokan has it's benefits. It's help to develop courage, focus, strength, flexibility, self confidence, patience, and self control. It also provides you with self defense. Self defense is a form of karate, when you learn this style, you learn to defend yourself. Shotokan helps to provide the speed, fast reactions, striking ability, and awareness. If you have any obstacles that are stopping you ....

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  • But my child wants to play instead of going to karate class....

    Benefits of parent support By Heather Cox Hey thanks for checking out my blog! Ever had a moment where you want your child to do one thing over the other. But kid wants the other badly. It irks you right? I know I've been there tons of times with the triplets! We as parents want to please our kids to make our lives easier and provide them a happy healthy childhood. Sometimes we are faced with a decision that would make our kid very upset. What to do right? First analyze how each activity is beneficial to the kid and yourself. For example, mommy can I skip school to catch my favorite show special? I think we all know the answer to that! When it comes to martial arts, kid ....

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  • Martial Arts Instructors Change Lives

    Martial Arts Instructors Change Lives Every day a martial art instructor changes a student’s life. As an instructor, we are molding the future of our students. It is the commitment and effort for which in our practice and in our teaching that shows into the lives of our students. Even if a student only comes to one class, or doesn’t even earn a black belt, they have benefited from the instructor’s wisdom, knowledge, and their expertise. Students will look back and think, “if it wasn’t for my instructor, I would of never realized how much potential I have,” or “My instructor pushed me to break a board and I found I could actually do ....

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  • Benefits of Parent Support in Martial Arts

    Benefits of Parent Support in Martial Arts By Heather Cox I've covered how important it is to your child that you are there supporting them in class. So if you are sitting there watching their training every class they take, you rock! You've learned that they are getting training that'll help them as they grow up. You may have witnessed some kids sparring, and wonder how does a parent watch this? The answer is simple, their survival skills are growing. They are learning self defense. They are learning self development. They are learning self control. Let's say you are that parent who's child has begun to train in sparring. You twinge with every punch and kick they receive. You ....

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  • My child and I can benefit from Martial arts!!!

    Benefits of parent support
    By Heather Cox Not only do children benefit from parent support in martial arts, the parents benefit as well. We as parents always feel great and proud when our kids succeed. When we see the look upon our children's faces and see the light in their eyes when they know we are watching just lights a fire in your hearts. When a child who in the beginning loved their martial arts journey and how their parents support them, to the type of negative response, that's based on you and your reactions. Our kids need to see that their parents are proud of them and the change in their love for martial arts begins at home. When the child exclaims they want to skip ....

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  • What age should I start my child in martial arts?

    At What Age Should My Child Join The Martial Arts?
    By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo I’ve been asked many times what’s the best age for my child to join the martial arts. It’s simple, when they’re ready and are interested. You may have heard children’s minds being compared to sponges that soak up the environment and learning with no filters, and no judgement. Children who start at a young age learn easily and naturally to form to form their bodies in the shapes of the martial arts their learning. The movement because easier to learn and more fluid at a younger age. Most children are ready to start at the age 3. At first it may be a little difficult but ....

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  • The Benefit of Parental Support in Martial Arts

    The Benefit of Parental Support in Martial Arts. By Heather Cox Being a parent with children in martial arts programs of SMA, I know how crucial a child's development is. You may think just bringing them in and then hanging out on your phone or conversing with other parents still tells your child that you support them. Got news for you, it does not. When we fall for a distraction like the social media checks or chatting with a friend while your kid is in class, it also distracts the child. How? When your attention isn't on them, IE eyes on them, clapping when they do a kick ass job, coaching them, they then begin to think maybe this isn't important for me either. Why? ....

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  • Kids Kickboxing in Howell - Sovereign Martial Arts - Benefits of kickboxing for your child...

    Benefits of kickboxing for your child...

    There are many benefits of kickboxing for your child...
    Self-Defense
    – Kickboxing is a great way to teach your child self defense. It will give them a better peace of mind knowing that they have the knowledge and ability to defend themselves against bullies and predators. Not only will the your children have peace of mind but you the parent will as well. In kickboxing class the instructor will advise your child that what they are learning is not to be used to start fights or to abuse the knowledge that is given.
    Focusing
    – We know Focus plays a key role in the mindset of children who have limited attention spans. Our kickboxing program will be teaching your ....

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  • The Power of Consistency

    The Power of Consistency
    By: Gabrielle DiCervo This week I want to give you some tips on staying consistent in the Martial Arts. #1: Consistency creates accountability. We are all accountable for our growth. Let’s say we come short of reaching our goals, consistency plays a big factor on that. We are accountable on how far we grow in the martial arts. If we get promoted to a new rank, or not move up in our training, consistency plays a huge role in it! Every martial artist out there should be consistent. This is where accountability towards one’s growth and goals happen. So, what is your accountability? Are you accountable for your own results? In lie? ....

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  • Benefits for investing in Sovereign Martial Arts

    The Benefits of investing in Sovereign Martial Arts
    By: Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo
    Someone once said, “I believe the children are our future.” I want to start off by directing this towards the parents who have their child at SMA. You know your child spends more time on their phones, iPad, and any electronic device which can lead to many chronic health problems. Sovereign Martial Arts is truly an investment into your child’s future. Which has greatly shown many the improvement in their focus, confidence, behavior at home and school, and so much more. I’m sure you can think of one your child has improved on since joining our karate program at ....

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  • Fitness is the condition of being physically fit and healthy

    Fitness Tony Diaz-Cervo Hi my name is Tony And I want to talk to you about the word fitness. Many people see it as hard workouts, strict diets, and a lot of pain. I see it as a privilege, Waking everyday knowing I'm in better shape than I was yesterday. Fitness is the condition of being physically fit and healthy. Yes it is hard work. Yes you need to have a healthy diet but at the end of the day would you rather have low energy, low self esteem versus quality of life and energy to take on the world. Jim Rohn once said "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live". Fitness is not just a seasonal goal that comes and goes it should ....

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  • Fitness is the condition of being physically fit and healthy

    Fitness Tony Diaz-Cervo Hi my name is Tony And I want to talk to you about the word fitness. Many people see it as hard workouts, strict diets, and a lot of pain. I see it as a privilege, Waking everyday knowing I'm in better shape than I was yesterday. Fitness is the condition of being physically fit and healthy. Yes it is hard work. Yes you need to have a healthy diet but at the end of the day would you rather have low energy, low self esteem versus quality of life and energy to take on the world. Jim Rohn once said "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live". Fitness is not just a seasonal goal that comes and goes it should ....

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  • Kids Kickboxing in Howell - Sovereign Martial Arts - The Importance of Parental Support

    The Importance of Parental Support

    Hey there my name is Heather. I'm the program director of sovereign martial arts. I'm the mother to 6 year old triplets, Sarah, Logan, and Joanie. My kids and I take karate as well. I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about the parental support with their kids in the martial arts. There are a few different types I've seen, the drop off my kid at activity type, the over coaching type, the you cannot fail type, the paparazzi type, the proud of my kid type. The point is everyone has a certain view as to how martial arts is. One, martial arts is not a sport or activity, it is a lifestyle, it develops character, it boosts self confidence, and improves focus. Two, ....

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  • Kids Kickboxing in Howell - Sovereign Martial Arts - Do you support your child's Martial Arts?

    Do you support your child's Martial Arts?

    Hey there my name is Heather. I'm the program director of Sovereign Martial Arts. I'm a mother to 6 year old triplets, Sarah, Logan, and Joanie. My kids and I take karate as well. I wanted to share my thoughts and feelings about the parental support with their kids in the martial arts. There are a few different types I've seen, the drop off my kid at activity type, the over coaching type, the you cannot fail type, the paparazzi type, the proud of my kid type. The point is everyone has a certain view as to how martial arts is. One, martial arts is not a sport or activity, it is a lifestyle, it develops character, it boosts self confidence, and improves focus. Two, dropping ....

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  • Kids Kickboxing in Howell - Sovereign Martial Arts - Consistency in the Martial Arts is Key

    Consistency in the Martial Arts is Key

    The Power of Consistency in Class. Sensei Gabrielle DiCervo One of the best feelings in the martial arts is the mastery of a technique. You feel like you climbed another step in your training. This gives you the drive and hunger to keep going for more. I honestly believe the most important element of taking training without a doubt is consistency. Most people think it's the actual trading that is the hardest. The hardest part of training is showing up to classes every scheduled day. Every class you take has a small benefit. However, being able to train with a consistency gives you the real progress. You're putting in the time that involves you ....

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  • Respect ~ Discipline ~ Control... The Code of Black Belt Excellence

    Hey Shihan DiCervo here... One of the things that I am proud to say about Sovereign Martial Arts is... We live our lives based on The Code of Black Belt Excellence.
    As the leader and founder of Sovereign Martial Arts, I made a decision many years ago that I was going to
    Respect
    my Family
    Respect
    my Wife
    Respect
    my Students
    Respect
    my Elders
    Respect
    the Law and the Authority These are the values that to this day, I live by and teach my children and my students to so the same. Our schools have that family environment with Respect
    to everyone and each other. I believe that S elf Respect
    can then be extended to where you can respect ....

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  • The #1 Thing Martial Arts Students Share in Common

    HiJDC here, I want to share with you a powerful thought on martial arts. But first I'd like you to meet my family... see video I have been doing martial artssince the age of 9. As a boy I've always known I wanted to practice martial arts. My parents started me with wrestling then judo. When we came to the United States I started with judo again and thenkung fu. Myreasons for doing it then, were different from the one when I came to the US. As a child in Cuba it was to compete, to be somebody, clearly to develop my competitive spirit. That drive to become somebody that people paid attention to. When I came to the USI was around 12 years old and got ....

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  • Powerful Self Defense - Love The Martial Arts

    Hey JDC here, I love martial arts... That is a fact of mine lol... I've been doing martial arts since the age 0f 7. It has become my life. It is what I do for a living. But what I really enjoy most about doing martial arts is teaching it to others. I love what it does for others when they first come into my dojo and have either dabbled in it or never stepped into a dojo before. The look in their face when they learn a new technique or when they fall in love with it and decide to make it their life. Priceless... I'm never underpaid... The joy of seeing my students and the confidence they gain from being a part of an ancient chain of warriors that began ....

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  • Kids Martial Arts in Howell, Belleville, and Rahway!


    Check out our new website for Sovereign Martial Arts!
    We proudly serve the Howell, Belleville and Rahway areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Kids Programs, Adult Programs, and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click here to Like us on Facebook and leave a review on Google+ !! ....

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