Sports in Middletown

25% Off Membership to Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club

Middlebury

$1,836 $1,385

Families gain access to state-of-the art swim, tennis, and fitness facilities, with water-spray features and a playground for the kids

Up to 61% Off Golf Instruction

Cromwell

$75 $29

Proper swing mechanics and hand-eye coordination constitute the focal points of instructional sessions from a Class A PGA member

48% Off Full-Service Bicycle Tune-Up at Cutting Edge

Berlin

$80 $42

Staff adjust brakes and derailleurs, true wheels, grease and lube cables and chains, and clean frames and forks on bikes of all kinds

50% Off

New Britain

$40 $20

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Up to 82% Off Self-Defense Camp

Multiple Locations

$270 $49

Instructors teach students how to defend themselves against larger opponents during two- or six-week camps

Up to 79% Off Classes at Yang's U.S. TaeKwonDo

Newington

$90 $19

Students ages four and up develop self-confidence and self-discipline as they master the art of taekwondo

Up to 51% Off Tennis Clinics

Glastonbury Center

$28 $15

Tennis players of any level can sign up for a clinic led by pros that teach the skills needed to improve strokes and game performance

50% Off 8 Drop-in Classes

Glastonbury Center

$60 $30

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Up to 87% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Village Green Plaza

$215 $29

Professional martial-arts instructors focus on instilling both children and adults with skills, confidence, and self-discipline

Up to 59% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Wallingford

$95 $39

Black-belt instructors teach kids and adults the practical self-defense tactics of budo taijutsu

Up to 86% Off at Baran’s Kenpo Karate

Wallingford Center

$70 $19

Students build discipline, mental focus, and self-confidence during classes taught in a supportive and inclusive environment

55% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Hartford

$110 $49

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Up to 67% Off Kids' MMA Classes at Underdog Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Parkville

$80 $29

Ages 8–13 gain learn self-defense techniques from pros in an MMA program that combines striking, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu grappling

Up to 74% Off Women's Kickboxing Classes

Farmington

$149.95 $39

Learn self-defense moves during kickboxing classes, which tone muscles and burn fat.

Up to 53% Off Trail Passes and Ski Equipment

Farmington

$62 $29

Groups of two or four can glide smoothly over wooded trails, outfitted with rented boots, skis, and poles

Up to 53% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Canton Green

$49.95 $25

Martial-arts classes for adults and kids aged 5 and older boost self-confidence, discipline, and patience

Up to 88% Off Karate Classes

Unionville / Farmington

$239.99 $29

Karate classes for children help foster discipline, respect, physical fitness, & self-defense in a fun & creative way

Up to 52% Off at Westwoods Golf Course

Farmington

$87.28 $43

18-hole course demands accuracy and consistency as golfers weave around bunkers and over rivers and lakes

Up to 48% Off Golf at Simsbury Farms

West Simsbury

$113.50 $59

18-hole, par 72 course hosts tournaments including the Connecticut State Women's Amateur Championship

55% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Avon

$150 $67

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Up to 52% Off Color in Motion 5K Entry

Rentschler Field

$60 $29

Runners in white are playfully pelted with safe, biodegradable color powder that turns their clothes purple, blue, and yellow

49% Off Martial Arts

East Hartford

$99 $50

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Up to 64% Off at Dragon Karate

Manchester

$60 $29

Kids, teens, and adults are introduced to the sport of karate during classes led by Sensei Cheryl

Up to 65% Off Martial Arts Classes with Uniform

Manchester

$99 $35

Black belt masters lead students of all ages through self-defense techniques of tae kwon do, hapkido, and cardio-kickboxing

Half Off an Indoor Rock-Climbing Package for Two

Manchester

$118.50 $59.25

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Climbers learn the basics during an instruction course before taking on walls aided by a suite of rented gear

Up to 75% Off Thai Kickboxing or Jiu-Jitsu Classes 

Manchester

$100 $25

Self-defense-focused jiu-jitsu classes or muay thai kickboxing classes for kids or adults

Up to 77% Off Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Hamden

$115 $39

Muay thai or Brazilian jiu jitsu classes; instructor learned from legendary Gracie family

Half Off an Intro to Fencing Class

Bloomfield

$50 $25

Classes introduce students to the appropriate equipment and fundamental techniques of fencing

86% Off Youth Karate Classes

South Windsor

$205 $29

Kids’ karate classes teach tykes to block, strike, and grapple, as well as build confidence and respect for others

70% Off Brazilian Jujitsu Classes 

Clinton

$100 $30

An instructor trained by Renzo Gracie, a member of brazilian jujitsu’s founding family, emphasizes on-ground combat

Up to 65% Off at East Coast Training Systems

East Coast Training Systems

$115 $40

Martial arts instructors teach students of all ages and abilities American/Filipino Kun Tao techniques while motivating them to get fit

63% Off Cardio Kickboxing Classes

Watertown

$40 $15

Burn calories and de-stress during one-hour kickboxing classes that teach self-defense, discipline, and centeredness

Up to 84% Off Karate and Kickboxing Classes

Branford

$120 $19

Kids and adults build self-defense skills, reduce stress, and boost self-confidence during karate and kickboxing classes

Up to 70% Off Martial Arts Classes at New England Rendokan

Multiple Locations

$140 $49

Techniques are based on Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate, jujitsu, and Kobudo—weaponry—and teach students control, self-esteem, and respect

52% Off Two-Hour Crossbow Lesson

Bethany

$60 $29

A certified instructor teaches crossbow basics such as caring for gear, the parts of the bow, and how to shoot

Up to 74% Off One Month of Martial-Arts Classes

Stonington

$150 $40

Karate, aiki jujitsu, iaijutsu, and more taught to children or adults according to Japanese and Okinawan martial-arts traditions

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

West Haven

$315 $173

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50% Off Services

West Haven

$80 $40

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Up to 80% Off Fitness or Martial-Arts Classes

Tolland

$150 $45

Cardio kickboxing features fast-paced routines, boot camp includes cardio and strength training, and martial arts teaches self-defense

55% Off Martial Arts

North Windham

$138 $62

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55% Off

Shelton

$100 $45

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Up to 87% Off Classes at Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios

Multiple Locations

$225 $29

Shaolin-certified instructors teach students of any age how to defend themselves and build confidence

Up to 81% Off Kickboxing Classes

Southbury

$100 $29

Kickboxing challenges students to punch and kick through energized sessions; Krav Maga teaches street-effective self-defense techniques

Up to 57% Off Golf for Two or Four 

Westfield

$80 $39

Golfers swing across 6,285 yards of emerald alleyways; includes golf cart and discounts on food, range balls, and gear

Up to 51% Off at The Blandford Club

Blandford

$60 $30

Beginner-friendly course situated in the Connecticut River Valley; no tee time required

Up to 56% Off Obstacle-Course Mud Run

Blandford Ski Area

$68 $34

Each entry includes a T-shirt, beer, and finisher's medal

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Heavy bags circle the perimeter of The KO Club for Kids 10,000-square-foot training facility. Unlike the gear found in most gyms, the bags don't absorb the bruising blows of muscled-up fighters. Instead, they await flurries of punches from a decidedly different group: the club's kiddie-sized fighters. During their youth boxing and martial arts classes, certified boxing and martial arts instructors oversee a spacious padded floor where kids learn the fundamentals of fun, effective self-defense. After strapping on professional protective gear, youngsters hone technique and expend excess energy as they go rounds with padded gear and punching mitts. This no-spar approach keeps the classes low-pressure, building confidence without forcing kids to box with other students or that one punching bag that hits back.

180 Johnson St
Middletown,
CT
US

This year, the Connecticut PGA awarded Stanley Golf Course the Walter Lowell Public Golf Course Distinguished Service Award.

365 Hartford Rd
New Britain,
CT
US

Signature service: Traditional Shaolin Kempo Karate
Established: 1968
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Pro Tip: Traditional Shaolin Kempo Karate taught by professional full time martial arts instructors.

2303 Berlin Tpke
Newington,
CT
US

Climbers cling to the carefully placed hand grips, strategizing their way up the side of the rock-like cliff. They have come to Watertown to conquer the Central Rock Gym's 28,000 square feet of indoor mountains, climbing walls reaching 50' in height. The new Watertown location with temperature control and air-conditioning is one of Central Rock Gym's four indoor facilities spread throughout New England. At each, experts guide novice climbers through introductory classes or supervise more seasoned members scaling the walls' highest heights. Memberships unlock access to all four facilities, gear for the first month, and the use exercise equipment and weights. In addition to climbing and conditioning, members can also take advantage of fitness classes ranging from yoga and Pilates to Zumba and spin sessions. Gyms also welcome non-members, whether they're trying things out with a day pass or interested in events including birthday parties, summer camps, and corporate team-building breakouts.

259 Eastern Blvd
Glastonbury,
CT
US

Despite its seemingly short length of 2,668 yards from the back tees, Minnechaug Golf Course keeps rounds interesting by packing a cornocopia of hazards into a 9-hole layout. Players confront an onslaught of elevation changes, dogleg turns, and trees that won’t respond to verbal commands throughout the par 35 course. And the degree of difficultry truly ramps up on the par 3 eighth, which invites players to unsheathe their 9-iron or pitching wedge, take stock of the prevailing winds, and send tee shots flying toward an island green that rests on the other side of a 126-yard water hazard.

16 Fairway Xing
Glastonbury,
CT
US

Growing up in Sao Paulo, a city of nearly 20 million people, Gui and Joy Torres didn't stand much chance of bumping into each other. But fate had a plan, sending them both thousands of miles north to New Haven, Connecticut, and bringing them together at a capoeira event. Filled with playful, passionate movements, capoeira's 400-year-old fusion of dance and martial arts sparked a romance, and Gui and Joy soon married.

After marrying, the couple launched Brazilian Roots Cultural Center to help others cultivate fitness, creativity, and friendships. During classes for kids and adults, Gui draws upon years of experience as a capoeira teacher and performer, which includes gigs at Yale University and the Museum of the City of New York. Students weave cunning kicks, escapes, and acrobatics into a game more fun than hopscotch with a baby kangaroo. The classes also double as music performances as students learn to play traditional instruments and sing in Portuguese. Joy funnels her yoga and dance training into relaxing Vinyasa classes. In addition to hosting classes, the 2,700-square-foot studio showcases art in an airy gallery space.

128 Center St
Wallingford,
CT
US