The martial arts are a centuries-old practice of keeping a healthy mind and body through exercise, discipline and focus, and these are the fundamentals that have been taught in each class at Gaffar Adams Karate Academy for the past 25 years.
Opening its doors with just a few members in Ellicottville, the Karate Academy has developed into a fitness center that promotes healthy activities for both youth and adults in various martial arts disciplines as well as through specialized camps, fitness seminars, seasonal programs and ongoing training and counseling at locations throughout the Southern Tier. What started as just a karate school has now become a full-blown fitness center with the addition of one of the area's largest free weight and circuit training locations.
Since the beginning, Gaffar Adams Karate Academy has been dedicated to improving the image of martial arts instruction by taking it from the backyards, garages and warehouses where it's usually found and bringing it to a professional and health-aware environment. The school has been instrumental in starting gym and after-school programs and community demonstrations while also working with the youth ballet, Junior Miss Pageant, and the Willow Bay Theater to introduce the martial arts into more artistic venues.
Pictured with Gaffar Adam is the school’s first Black Belt and 25-year member, Sally Hutchison.
"Our goal is to provide an atmosphere that promotes serious training and a dedication from our students and athletic members to work hard to achieve the goals they make for themselves when they walk through the door for the first time," said Gaffar Adam, owner and full-time instructor at the academy. "We do this by starting with a series of interviews to help match each new member with a program and trainer that will meet their individual needs."
Programs offered to students and members range from adult and youth martial arts classes, to cardio and max fitness training, to weight and body sculpting training.
"Not everyone is a competitor and we don't expect them to make that their goal. The goals we instill are of personal accomplishment and healthy living and discipline," Adam said. "Some of our more serious students will compete on both local and national levels in martial arts tournaments or in body building tournaments and the academy provides the support and management necessary to see that they have the training and knowledge to go into each competition with a professional and winning attitude."
Gaffar Adams Karate Academy has been an essential part of the community offering unparalleled education in martial arts in a wholesome family atmosphere, and, in celebration of 25 years of excellence in health in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, they are running a promotion for a discounted membership to all new members.
"There are many individuals who would like to take a positive step toward healthy living for themselves and their families but simply are not sure where to begin. This is our chance to help them take those first steps," Adam said.
Gaffar Adams Karate Academy is located at 1161 Foote Ave Ext. Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information call 487-2392 or visit the website at www.agcombatsports.com. You can also find them on Facebook at facebook.com/agcombatsports.