The grappling fighting style known as jujitsu first came to Brazil in 1914 stored in the hands and mind of Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese immigrant and master of the art. He only stayed a year, but it was enough time to plant the seeds for a new jujitsu academy in Brazil. One of the first students at that academy was Hélio Gracie.
Hélio absorbed the fighting style quickly, adapting many of the techniques to suit his small frame. He discovered methods of leverage that allowed him to execute joint locks, choke holds, and takedowns on much larger opponents, forming the core of his new Gracie jujitsu method. Ultimately, Hélio's son Royce brought the fighting style to America, famously winning UFC 1, 2, and 4 by defeating opponents many times his own size. Suddenly, Americans lined up to learn this newly unveiled Brazilian fighting style, demonstrating their eagerness by folding themselves inside a box and shipping themselves south.
Relson Gracie, Hélio's second oldest son, chose to be an ambassador of his family's fighting style. He was already teaching abroad when his little brother Royce skyrocketed Brazilian jujitsu to popularity. He founded his first school under the name Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Hawaii, and as the art became popular, he opened new branches of his academy all across the United States. Today, he visits more than 40 academies and associations, sharing his knowledge with thousands of students. In his absence, he leaves instructors whom he personally trained to oversee the education of aspiring fighters.
Rhythm In Motion’s staff of twirling professionals brings forth extensive skills in everything from salsa to ballet to the foxtrot. The instructors teach the secrets of graceful movement to students of all levels during group lessons or private lessons for individuals or couples. A 90-minute practice party on Fridays then encourages students to practice newly learned moves, socialize, and perfect dips and twirls away from the judgmental eyes of the family guinea pig.
A strictly 21+ establishment, BackStreets Sports Bar sates starving stomachs with a munchable menu and quenches thirsty gullets in indoor and outdoor bar areas. Guests can order a cold beer or carefully crafted cocktail and along with deep-fried crab fritters to prevent insides from sloshing audibly ($6.75). A Meat Lovers pizza piles pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, and meatballs on a 12-inch ($12.95) or 16-inch ($15.95) frame, perfect for splitting or tossing like a Frisbee with carnivorous friends. Burgers built from quarter-pound ($4.25) or half-pound ($5.50) foundations come stacked with chosen cheeses and favored veggies, and specialty sandwiches range from a basic bacon, egg, and cheese ($4.25) to the fully loaded hot Italian sub with ham, salami, bologna, cheese, and veggies bathed in oil and vinegar ($6.95).
Owned by and named after the former Red Sox outfielder, Mike Greenwell's Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park entertains activity-deprived clans with a fully loaded complex of outdoor amusement for all ages. The synthetic green lawn of his mini-golf course snakes along a chain of 19 holes shaded by a canopy of palm trees and emerald markers. Children younger than 10 can expel energy that they held back while focusing on putts on the red, wooden jungle gym, while cars wait patiently in free parking spaces. Though not included in today's Groupon, the park also staffs eight batting cages, a paintball field, go-karts, a fish-feeding dock, an arcade, and a snack bar to further flesh out afternoons.
Gulf Coast Kayak sits on the edge of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, a scenic sprawl of estuaries, back bays, and mangrove tunnels roofed by the interlaced branches of waterside trees. Their single and tandem kayaks give paddlers a way to drink up this scenery, instead of waiting on the shore, thumbs-outstretched, hoping to catch a ride from a passing mermaid. Alternatively, paddlers can opt for a guided tour, such as the Sunset Birding Tour, which can afford birdwatchers glimpses of osprey, herons, and spoonbills. For those who cannot make it to their storefront, Gulf Coast Kayak is able to deliver kayaks anywhere in Matlacha or Pine Island for a fee.
When you think of barbecue, you likely think of heat: a grill's flames, a sauce's smoky flavor. BBQ Donut Rentals, however, takes a cooler approach to the cuisine by setting its barbecue feasts at sea. Accommodating up to 10 passengers, each circular boat is essentially a floating picnic table. Said table includes a grill at its center, upon which guests can sear their choice of barbecue classics, such as burgers, ribs, and chicken legs. An umbrella shields diners from the sun's rays during daytime voyages, and the umbrella can be outfitted with lights for evening jaunts.