Jiu-jitsu master Pedro Sauer, a native of Rio de Janiero, has spent nearly his entire life honing his craft. He began training at age 5, learning boxing, judo, and taekwondo. At 15, his friend Rickson Gracie approached him with the suggestion that he train in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu—and Pedro's bond with the Gracie family was formed. In the early 1990s, he moved to live and train with Rickson and the Gracie brothers under grand master Helio Gracie. Through diligence, discipline, and skill, he worked his way up to become an eighth-degree black belt in jiu-jitsu—a title held by only a few in the country.
Today, Pedro passes on his knowledge as the founder and head instructor at Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy. Inside this 4,000-square-foot training facility, he and his team of certified trainers helm a range of martial-arts programs for youth and adults. Master Pedro personally coaches others in the skills of Brazilian and Gracie jiu-jitsu, techniques that blend standing and ground-based grappling moves with a focus on leverage and teaching one's opponent to sympathize with pretzels. Black belt Krav Maga instructor Brad Burnette trains students in a style of striking and grappling techniques devised by the Israeli Armed Forces. Additionally, khru Bryan Mossey helps students hone body control and striking prowess in Muay Thai boxing and the Filipino martial-arts styles of Kali and Silat.
Executive Chef William Dolan conjures fresh seasonal and local ingredients into dinner and lunch menus that—unlike much of the seafood on them—are constantly evolving. Recent dinner menus shined their spotlight on a spicy duck-meatball appetizer ($6) and a salmon rillete ($10)—a duo of slow-poached salmon and smoked salmon singing in harmony with backup performers of caramelized shallots and a white-wine glaze. To sample produce of the sea that's even more upscale than a cartoon grouper wearing a monocle, order the broiled bay bluefish, which arrives with an entourage of Chesapeake chippino, clams, mussels, shellfish broth, and kale ($20). The kobe butler steak—accompanied by potato purée, port sauce, and bleu-cheese butter ($20)—captures the hearty elegance of Audrey Hepburn's brief stint as a lumberjack. Midday munchers, meanwhile, will want to try the wild-mushroom mini briquettes ($8) or the gourmet hot dog, an encasing of fancy meats sandwiched within the salty confines of a pretzel roll and gloriously drenched in a homemade chili ($8).
Our Military Kids, Inc. provides grants of up to $500 for children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and Wounded Warriors. These grants pay for participation in sports, fine-arts, or academic programs to help reduce the children's stress within limited family budgets. Since its inception eight years ago, Our Military Kids has funded more than 34,000 grants for children's activities, totaling nearly $14 million, helping alleviate stress and anxiety for children in one of the most volatile periods of their lives.
As part of the national ALS Association, the DC/MD/VA Chapter provides help and hope to individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and their families, with a mission to help treat and cure ALS through research and advocacy. The chapter's staff works to help individuals and families establish communication systems, collaborate with health-care providers, and access resources for medical care and support.
The energy experts at USA Insulation furnish attics with heat-absorbing blankets of loose-fill fiberglass and formaldehyde-free insulation. After wrapping attic hatches with batten insulation, USA technicians deploy up to 200 square feet of Johns Manville Climate Pro R-19 insulation, sealing in heat and obsolete VHS home movies lining your attic. All USA Insulation is free of CFCs, safe for the environment, and can help to decrease monthly energy bills and the release of greenhouse gases. USA Insulation schedules appointments 6:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m., Monday–Friday; for an additional cost the company can also provide homeowners with complimentary baffles and attic rulers, as well as air-seal recessed lights and ceiling fans ($35 each). Each additional square foot is $1.29.
Project Mend-A-House works with people with disabilities and seniors to help them maintain mobility and independence in their homes through necessary maintenance and repair services. After individuals request repairs, volunteers come by their homes to assess the size of the job. A volunteer plumber or carpenter then conducts the maintenance, which can include building a wheelchair-accessible ramp, installing a grab bar in the shower, repairing a leaky faucet, or reconstructing drywall. Project Mend-A-House also maintains a Loan Closet of items that clients can borrow, such as air-conditioning units, crutches, and portable ramps, to help them run errands or get around their houses more easily.