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Hooked Kickboxing, located at 185-22 Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows has launched its new afterschool program, Hooked Kids.
Fresh Meadows kickboxing studio
launches kids after-school program
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
A Fresh Meadows Hooked kickboxing
studio is combining fun and exercise
for kids in its brand-new aft erschool
program, Hooked Kids.
“We were never planning on doing
this, but due to a super high demand
from our community, we decided to
take advantage of our platform and
give these kids the most fun exercise
they have ever had,” said Nathan
Yakubov, one of the owners of Hooked
Hooked Kids was launched on March
12 for kids between the ages of 5 to 12.
Th e fi rst 30 kids in the community that
sign up for the program will receive
a free trial during the studio’s March
Madness special promotion.
Hooked Kickboxing, located at 185-
22 Union Turnpike, opened six months
ago in Fresh Meadows with classes for
adults. Now, Yabukov said, their mission
is to get as many kids as they can
to be more active and healthy.
“Growing up as a kid we were always
playing basketball, going to the park
and doing active stuff , and we feel like
it’s not like that anymore,” said Yabukov,
who grew up in Fresh Meadows. “For
the most part a lot of the kids are home
playing X-Box or doing things that are
not healthy for them. We’re trying to
bring back the healthier version of having
fun as a kid.”
According to Yabukov, the program
will teach the children leadership skills
with a goal set in mind, such as getting
better in push-ups and improving academically
“No kids will get injured. We’re not
fi ghting and everyone is hitting the
instructor’s hands with pads or the
bags,” Yabukov said. “We’re trying to get
their heart rate up but in a healthy way.”
Eventually, the children will be split
into two groups based on age range.
Children ages 5 to 8 will attend classes
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while
children ages 9 to 12 will attend classes
Tuesday, Th ursday and Sunday.
Before the suspension of classes due
to the coronavirus crisis, the Hooked
Kids one-hour aft er-school program
was on Monday through Friday from
3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30
p.m. Th e program is also available at
Hooked Kickboxing studio’s second
Queens location in Glendale, located at
8000 Cooper Ave., Suite 6.
For those interested or just want more
information contact the studio at 718-