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.
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.
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
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.
As the sun rises and falls on the Connecticut River Valley, its rays streak across the trellised vineyards of Arrigoni Winery. The winery creates a variety of crisp whites and luscious reds, both characterized by their soft, approachable fruit flavors. In addition to these traditional offerings, the vintner also makes wines blended from orchard-fresh apples, tart cranberries, and even maple syrup. After enjoying a glass of wine on the scenic outdoor patio, visitors are encouraged to peruse the onsite gift shop?s collection of Yankee Candles, wine-themed presents, and baby photos of budding grape clusters.
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.