WESTFIELD - The ROR Building has a new occupant.
Gaffar Adam's Karate Academy held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 24 to celebrate the business' arrival at 71 East Main Street in Westfield.
The academy offers mixed martial arts, women's Max-Fit kickboxing, freestyle karate, boxing, and kickboxing classes for children and adults of all ages. A weight room and private lessons are also offered at the Westfield location.
Photo by Jenna Loughlin
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Friday, Feb. 24 to celebrate the opening of the Karate Academy in the ROR Building in Westfield. Pictured in the front row, from left to right: student Braedan Signorino; student Ejuah Adam; student Joe Goyette; student Yman Bannister. Center row: student Lisa Schroeder; instructor Rocky Signorinio; student Amanda Signorino; Mayor of Westfield David Carr; owner Gaffar Adam; Executive Director, Westfield Development Corporation Aaron Resnick; instructor Mark Thoreson; President/CEO of Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Todd Tranum. Back row: student David Fuller; President of the Westfield Development Corporation Joel Seachrist; student Wendy Gollnitz-Santilli; Westfield Development Corporation Board Member John Rawlinson.
"My objective with this business is to run a high quality martial arts facility without compromising my principles, as well as balancing business with my other dreams and family responsibilities," Adams, owner, operator and head instructor of the Karate Academy, said. "We don't believe that we are the best or only place to train, but we do believe that we have been time-tested and have a lot to offer you."
Adams, who grew up in the area, has been involved with karate for close to 30 years, and he is very excited to be opening a satellite location of his academy in Westfield since he has quite a few students from close by. With its main location in Jamestown Adam is expanding and relocating its previous North County facility to Westfield. The Academy also has a location in Randolph.
"We like Westfield a lot," Adams said.
What he is trying to do with Karate Academy is offer something different.
"Martial arts isn't something that's grown in this area," Adams said. "We want to take it to the next level."
In addition to the individual classes, group classes and personal training for both men and women, th academy is hoping to expand in the near future to include Tai Chi and other offerings.
"The Karate Academy is a great addition to the mix of businesses we have here in Westfield," Aaron Resnick, Executive Director of the Westfield Development Corporation, said. "We look forward to seeing Gaffar's business grow and succeed."
"I am very pleased that Gaffar Adam's Karate Academy decided to come to Westfield," Westfield Mayor David Carr said. "It will add another dimension to downtown Westfield. This business is certainly a great addition to the ROR Building and makes an excellent location for Mr. Adam."
The ribbon cutting ceremony was coordinated by the Westfield Development Corporation and the Westfield/Barcelona Community Chamber, an affiliate of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce. Village of Westfield Mayor, David Carr, participated in the ribbon cutting along with representatives from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Westfield Development Corporation.
For more information about Gaffar Adam's Karate Academy, visit www.agcombatsports.com.