With over 15 million students trained since their founding in 1968, Villari's Martial Arts Centers continue to train pugnacious pugilists young and old using techniques crafted by Grandmaster Fred Villari. Developed as a fusion of classic Eastern fighting styles, Villari's exclusive Shaolin Kempo Karate combines the graceful energy of Shaolin, the quick, explosive blows of kempo and karate, and the grappling of Chin Na to provide combatants with a varied, effective self-defense system. Children gain strength and discipline in youth classes, while adult classes leave grown-ups ready to handle anything from dojo defense to tense lunchroom stand-offs over the day's last apple bran muffin.
The seasoned instructors at Parsons Sewing Connections draw upon years of experience to introduce groups of up to 20 beginners to the basics of sewing. During four evening classes, which begin in January, students create stitches on a provided Husqvarna Viking sewing machine or their own machine, and learn to perform fundamental tasks, such as filling a bobbin with thread or churning a thimble's worth of butter with a needle. Enrollees start on four simple projects that they can then complete at home, all the while honing skills such as how to sew a straight seam, add buttonholes, and stick Velcro in their hair.
Residing in an old Victorian house, Bayberry Quilt and Gift Shoppe packs two floors of its antique environs with handcrafted gifts and quilting supplies. While finished quilts and colonial crafts imbue the second floor with an old-fashioned ambiance, fabric, needles, and patterns await new lives in workshops, sewing kits, or a scarecrow’s face. Seasoned instructors helm the shop’s two-hour sewing classes, helping students master seam-taming basics or expert stiches with the aid of Janome sewing machines. Bayberry's online store awaits orders from long-distance shoppers, and its custom machine-quilting services employ Gammill Longarm machines to craft relaxing, made-to-order quilts with adrenaline-pumping speed.
An affiliate of Westfield State University, Westfield Flight Academy is an FAA-certified flight school where current and former airline pilots help ground-bound beginners head for the heavens. Leave ineffectual bird suits and prohibitively ugly rocket sneakers at home for a high-altitude tutorial, beginning with a preflight discussion of basic information and the principles of aerodynamics. Following the briefing, the cockpit will become your classroom as you embark on a training flight lasting about 45 minutes, giving you the chance to start, taxi, take off, and fly the plane as your instructor explains how to break gravity's rules without hurting its feelings. After the flight, every pupil will receive a certificate of completion, as well as a logbook signed by the instructor using a quill stolen from the wing of a peregrine falcon, the only bird that can fly without first inhaling helium.
Females In Training gives fitness-focused femmes a comfortable, sophisticated setting for all their calorie-crunching sweat sessions. Matriculate in a group exercise class such as Zumba, Pilates, boot camp, or ultimate abs plus to combine the exerciserly expertise of your experienced instructor with the good-natured camaraderie that’s the hallmark of all mob action. A squad of certified personal trainers augments the gym’s pulse-pounding coursework by offering one-on-one workout powwows full of insights, tips, and Oscar picks, helping tone and trim bodies while also sprinkling brains with fat-free servings of knowledge. Health hunters can also embark on solo body-shrinking expeditions using the gym’s assortment of free weights, Life Fitness treadmills and cross-trainers, StairMasters, and other heart-rate-raising equipment.