Glistening crabmeat, avocado, and cream cheese lay atop a bed of rice in an artful, rectangular array, like an edible piece of abstract art. With swift hand gestures, the sushi chef lifts one side of the rectangle and begins to roll it up, transforming it into a cylinder that shows no immediate evidence that fresh fish and vegetables are hidden inside. Sushi chefs perform this and even more intricate sushi rolling techniques all day at Susaki, coming up with fantastical presentations and pet names for their specialty rolls. Back in the kitchen, the rest of the culinary team grills steaks and seafood with teriyaki sauces and spices, letting their scents waft into the contemporary dining room to announce their arrival. Among angular walls and black leather banquettes, DJs spin tunes each weekend, filling the space with high-energy beats while diners recline in the low-lit lounge amid flat-screen TVs and enjoy custom drinks from the full bar.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
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.
Licensed massage therapist Jessica Duckett calls upon her expertise in Swedish and deep-tissue modalities to meet each client's physical or mental needs. During sessions lasting anywhere from 30–90 minutes, Duckett unlaces knotted muscles using fluid Swedish strokes, deep penetrating kneads, or nimble cat's-cradle techniques. She undoes chronic or injury-related pain with targeted sports massage sessions, and restores a sense of tranquility with hot oil or stones. Duckett also packs an infrared body wrap in her relaxation arsenal, swathing clients in warm heat that speeds up metabolism and smoothes cellulite.:m]]
As you might expect, Wings Drinks & Other Things has two specialties: cold beer and chicken wings glazed with flavorful sauces. Mild honey barbecue, sweet-and-sour, and lemon pepper are just a few flavor options. Guests can also snack on juicy burgers while gazing at the flat-screen TVs mounted to the spot's brick walls.
Pole-dance routines can be composed of acrobatic spins, jaw-dropping flexibility, and incredible arm and leg strength, so it's no surprise that the people who practice it are in fantastic shape. But at Fit Pole, the welcoming instructors prove that these health benefits can be enjoyed by every woman, not just those who have rendered their own aluminum pole. There are classes for all fitness levels, from the basic spins and strength-building techniques of Level 1 classes to the aerial-introducing Level 4 class to the Level 6+ Master class, which puts all its emphasis on combinations and power moves. The studio supplements these classes with flexibility, strength training, and freestyling with an instructor present.