HealthQuest offers a variety of adult martial arts and dances classes included in your membership. Learn new skills and improve on disciplines with the camaraderie of other adults with similar interests. Classes are open to all ability levels.
HealthQuest is fortunate to have Rick Goodman, one of five highest ranked and most respected Aikido instructors in the world. This high quality instruction is offered to students. All members are welcome to watch and try our class. Begin Aikido and experience your most powerful state when mind and body act together.
Aikido principles focus on coordinating mind and body by learning to be relaxed and centered. As students train, they develop calmness, grace, and strength under pressure. They are able to achieve clarity and react calmly. Their new found strength allows them to defend against much larger attackers. Self-defense techniques are performed efficiently and effectively. Minimum effort results in maximum effect.
Aikido teaches self-defense against both single and multiple attackers. All attacks (grabs, punches, kicks, and weapons) have a weak or blind spot. We move to these weak spots, upset attackers’ balance, and use techniques to establish control.
Learning to relax, to develop a coordinated mind and body, to defend yourself, to develop confidence, to develop discipline, are all reasons to begin practice. Students remark at how applying these principles helps them in every day life.
- Keep One Point (to develop calmness)
- Relax (progressively)
- Correct Posture (in everything)
- Develop your positive mind
Rick Goodman Sensei holds a 7th degree black belt in Kokikai Aikido and is one of its five most senior and respected instructors in the world. He has trained for over 30 years under the continuous instruction and guidance of Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Founder of Kokikai Aikido.
Rick Goodman first started his training in 1976 with Maruyama Sensei in Northeast Philadelphia. In 1980, he was asked to instruct at the dojo, which he did until 1990 when he moved to Flemington. For five years, he continued to be a guest instructor at the Northeast Dojo and was made an “instructor at large”, traveling to various dojos to ensure the correct application of Kokikai principles. In 1995, he began teaching locally in Flemington and moved to HealthQuest in 2003. He has conducted seminars in Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco.
Goodman Sensei’s interest in teaching Kokikai Aikido is to help people realize their full potential to live peaceful and successful lives.
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Judo is offered as a part of the HealthQuest membership! Non-Members can participate in the HealthQuest Judo program for $70/month.
Sensi Gerard began his Judo career under 7th Degree Black Belt Sensei John R. Bassano and has been training Judo for over 15 years. Sensei Gerard has demonstrated his proficiency and skill in many Judo competitions and took first place for the 220lb division at the 2000 Liberty Bell Classic, 2002-2003 East Coast Championships, and the 2003 & 2013 Northeast Judo Championships. Sensei Gerard placed first and third as a NJ State Heavyweight Judo Champion in 2003 & 2013. In addition to competing at the national level Sensei Gerard held a classification of a “C” level Olympic athlete. Sensei Gerard is also an accomplished wrestler and has over 36 years of combined grappling experience. Sensei Gerard strives to make HealthQuest Judo the best there is!
Tai Chi is a slow ancient form of medicine, martial arts and exercise. All members are invited to attend classes.
Originally developed as a style of self defense, it became the most deadly fighting system in China based on the effective martial uses of the “acupuncture points.” Today it is used as a way of strengthening our immune system, increasing our balance and reducing stress.
When practicing Tai Chi and QiGong, you focus on movement, visualization and breathing. This combination creates a state of relaxation and calm that massages all the internal organs. Tai Chi promotes the flow of subtle energy through our bodies. When the flow is blocked our health diminishes, we have less energy and we get sick more often. The most common way energy gets blocked is internal unmanaged stress. Most of our emotional, mental and physical problems can be traced back to stress. By going through the slow motion movements of Tai Chi and the relaxing images of QiGong, it allows the body to let go of tension or stress that blocks the energy flow.
As we age, we begin to squeeze off the flow of life’s energy, we tend to hold fears and grudges, we hold our muscle tension, our hearts work harder and our bodies wear out prematurely. When we practice Tai Chi and learn to relax, we let the healing energy flow throughout our mind and body.
Our classes teach the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi long and short forms. The QiGong exercises prepare the mind and body to totally relax. Everyone learns these forms at their own pace without pressure. You will find with practice better flexibility, balance, lower body strength and coordination with this slow moving style. It is a learning experience promoting relaxation and well-being.
Tae Kwon Do
This class covers the introduction of Martial Arts on an advanced level. Students will be expected to perform all necessary requirements while showing a high level of self-control. There is no sparring in this class. Emphasis will be placed on physical fitness, forms and self-defense.
Green & Above
This class builds on the skills learned in the white and yellow belt class. In this class sparring with protective gear is introduced for the first time. Students will be expected to learn more advanced forms and techniques such as punch and kick combinations and self-defense during sparring. At the Brown Belt and above level board breaking will be introduced in training, as well as, introduction to weapons such as the nunchaku, escrima stick and bo staff.
Attire and Rank Advancement
Students must only wear approved uniforms that are clean and in good repair. Females may only wear t-shirts under their uniforms. Students must have trimmed nails and long hair must be neatly secured. No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Bare feet are only permitted in the practice area.
All students are required to wear a white karate uniform. Uniforms can be purchased at HealthQuest for $40 plus tax students who spar (green belt & above) are required to use HealthQuest approved sparring equipment. This consists of headgear, mouthpiece, hand gear, foot gear, chest gear and groin protection for boys and men. All uniforms and equipment is to be purchased through the Program Desk or Front Desk.
Progress is measured by the award of color belts in accordance with the knowledge, skill, time and effort the student has dedicated to the program. Additionally, to mark progress between scheduled belt testing, the student will be awarded belt stripes as each new skill is mastered.
Belts are awarded quarterly during testing events. There will be a $40 fee for any student that is testing. To achieve a higher rank belt, the student must attend a minimum number of classes, learn factual Martial Arts knowledge relative to their age and belt level, and demonstrate appropriate self-defense moves and form.
HealthQuest offers a variety of adult dance classes for those looking to continue building upon dance skills and knowledge. All ages and ability levels are welcome.
The foundation of dance begins with ballet. Dancers will focus on basic positioning and steps and continue their progress through complex combinations. Classes will be taught with an emphasis on correct placement and body control to develop the potential dancer through the physical and mental discipline of the art.
Tap dance enables a dancer to create percussive sounds with their feet while developing rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn basic technique taps, flaps, shuffles and then progress to more complex rhythms, timing, leg/foot coordination and choreography done to various types of music.