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The instructors at Jiu-Jitsu and Strength Academy never stop learning. They each put on their black belts one foot at a time, just like most everyday citizens, but they also carry certification in several training methods. During kobukai jiujitsu courses, Sensei Matthew Bryers reveals modern Japanese techniques that are often used by members of the military and SWAT teams. Alternatively, instructor Rafael Barbosa leads traditional Brazilian jiujitsu classes while demonstrating artful control of the style designed to disable larger attackers. Barbosa's fighting style has led many to refer to him as Formiga, the Portuguese word for "ant"—which suggests strength beyond his size and the possibility that he may have a few extra fighting arms.

229 Shunpike Rd
Cromwell,
CT
US

At Guerrero Equestrian, owner Melissa Guerrero offers up her equestrian expertise to aspiring riders, seasoned jockeys, and horse owners alike. Within lessons, she teaches students proper riding technique by identifying their strengths and focusing on the areas where they need special attention, such as their ability to interpret a horse's silent treatment. When she's not instructing, Guerrero hosts horse-themed birthday parties and picnics, and trains horses to perform in the areas of equitation, hunter-jumper, and pleasure riding.

2 Flanders Road
East Hampton,
CT
US

Bobby Drought and the crew behind Rhody Surf spent 10 years teaching surf lessons for fun in and around Aquidneck Island before coming together to form a business. Today, this group of certified instructors spreads an infectious love of surfing to as many people as possible, not even bothering to establish a traditional brick-and-mortar shop—lessons are either online or at the beach. Their students learn through private or group lessons, mastering simple movements on dry land before hitting the Atlantic's fully customizable waves. Rhody Surf also offers surf camps for children, as well as surfing excursions for individuals visiting on cruise ships.

474 Sachuest Point Road
Middletown,
RI
US

Gary Broadwell draws upon 24 years of teaching experience each time he leads beginners and juniors up golf's learning curve through lessons. Gary dissects swing mechanics and offers corrective advice for the full swing and putting stroke, helping players attain their goals of lower scores and improved accuracy when hitting out of a neighbor's sandbox. Four-day junior golf camps allow children aged 6–14 to learn the game within a fun, constructive atmosphere.

10 Banner Road
East Haddam,
CT
US

Banner Country Club's 18-hole public course rolls across 6,015 yards of Connecticut countryside, challenging golfers of all stripes with diverse, player-friendly terrain. The course's emerald corridors roam through a combination of open pastures and tree-lined areas, letting golfers unsheathe muscular drivers on forgiving holes before forcing them to whisper words of confidence to timid long irons when aiming through arboreal alleys. The picturesque par 72 invites aces to hunt birdies across its relatively short layout, while offering a training ground for club-toting cadets still trying to perfect their swing or wield modified canes as golf clubs.

Course at a Glance:

* 18-hole, par 72 course

* Length of 6,015 yards

* Course rating of 68.9

* Slope rating of 118

10 Banner Rd
Moodus,
CT
US

Don't be fooled. Though it looks like a relatively small coaster, the Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark packs some serious thrills. A turnaround through a pitch-black tunnel and ample amounts of "air time" have made this coaster a favorite for many; in fact, The Coaster Critic put it on the list of the top 25 wooden coasters in 2012. And that's just 1 of more than 20 attractions sprinkled across the park grounds.

Once home to a summer resort, Quassy Amusement Park first began with a picnic area, paddleboats and a carousel. But Quassy really took shape around 1952, when the owners purchased some children's rides. A couple of the rides are still around today, including a boat ride that skims the surface of a circular trough filled with water, and two-seat jet fighters that send flyers up in an aircraft worthy of Flash Gordon. Of course, new kids' attractions have arrived over the decades, including the Frog Hopper, a seating platform that soars up a 16-foot tower and then descends with a series of quick, gentle drops.

Other areas cater to the whole family. The Grand Carousel spins with jumping horses and other animals that have the patience to sit perfectly still.

The largest attraction at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is Lake Quassapaug, and the park makes great use of its waterfront location. In addition to lounging on the beach, visitors can take a boat tour or charter their own voyages on paddle boats.

Inside tip: When not on rides, park visitors should play a game of Whac-A-Mole or order some ribs at Quassy Restaurant.


Take a virtual ride on the park's star attraction, the Wooden Warrior.

2132 Middlebury Rd
Middlebury,
CT
US