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Grand Re-Opening For GMA Karate

GMA Karate and Kickboxing, located at 275 Glen Street, commemorated its seventh successful year with a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, July 26.


Karate students and their parents were treated to a demonstration in the use of several ancient martial arts weapons by Dr. Bill Akpinar a holder of black belts in several different styles of martial arts and is a holistic doctor and teacher. The students also received a special lesson on stick weapons designed to promote coordination, responsibility and respect for the weapons. Festivities concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi and Chamber of Commerce President Mary Stanco, followed by ice cream sundaes for all.


GMA’s mission is to do more than just teach students karate moves. Its emphasis is on teaching life skills through instruction in martial arts and building an “unshakable foundation” for the future. 


“We focus on good grades, respect for elders, discipline and fitness,” said owner Hender Alvarado, “and aim to educate parents as well through our monthly newsletters which focus on topics such as nutrition, positive self-image and raising kids of strong character.”


GMA also offers a unique birthday party program in which many of its guiding principles are taught through fun drills and self-defense games. No prior martial arts experience is necessary.


Due to GMA’s huge success, Alvarado is pleased to announce that the kickboxing portion of the program will soon be moving to larger quarters, thus allowing him to also offer karate classes for adults at the Glen Street studio. For information about any of GMA’s programs call 516-801-2622 or visit