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.
The marquee event of Shark Fest 2011, the fifth annual Are You Man Enough? Shark Challenge pits teams of anglers against one of nature’s most fearsome predators in a two-day fishing competition that awards bragging rights and $15,000 in prizes to its victors. Armed with a bucket of chum and a thirst for adventure, teams depart Cape Harbour at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to spend the next 12 hours earning themselves 100 tournament points per shark caught, with bonuses awarded for the biggest hammerhead landed, biggest bull shark landed, and most congenial shark thrown back, followed by a 10 p.m. results announcement. On Sunday, the top five teams return to the docks to do battle in a shotgun-started sudden-death contest in which teams scramble to assemble 16 feet of aggregate shark in front of thousands of spectators in order to claim the grand prize. Teams are responsible for knowing the tournament schedule and for providing their own boat, bait, and fishing equipment, as well as two active cell phones for sending back proof-of-catch videos and at least one fisherman-notary to inform captured sharks of their legal rights.
Signature service: Painting events for fun and relaxation
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Acrylic paints, easels, variety of brushes, aprons, canvases
Pro Tip: Come to paint a personal masterpiece and receive some paint therapy. No skills required.
Q&A with Diana, Owner
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Painting, even with no skill, is like therapy. Our events create a moment in time where you can let life stresses fade away.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
Everyone who attends a Paint Niche event receives personal attention and walks away with a personal masterpiece. Classes are taught in a step-by-step process, ensuring everyone is successful, even those who have never picked up a paintbrush.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I have always been interested in art. I began creating my own mini masterpieces as a young child. I had art classes every year from childhood to adulthood. I graduated with my bachelor's in fine arts and my master's in education. ... Creating art is a way for every person to express themselves. Whether your art is hanging in your own home or on a gallery wall, the meaning behind it is always from within.