Chief instructor Edgardo Perez brings more than 30 years of hapkido experience to his martial-arts classes at The Defense Training Institute. A veteran of the police force and a defensive-tactics trainer for community and military groups, Perez brings a wealth of real-life experience to his lessons on self-defense and weapons usage. The center also hosts youth hapkido courses, which teach kids practical strikes and joint manipulation that they can use to escape from dangerous situations.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number more than 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Be Active Outdoors organizes physical and recreational activities for adults and children of all fitness levels. Regular events challenge locals to break their sedentary habits with 10-mile bike rides, lessons on revitalizing waterways, and group adventure races. An annual river-basin tournament combines a focus on conservation with thrilling paddleboat and shoreline fishing. The Amped Up Adventure race complicates traditional adventure racing with urban elements including biking, running, paddling, and an obstacle course to get people moving in their home environments.
After beginning martial arts in 1980, two karate students earned seventh-degree black belts and eventually went on to become masters and open their own schools. They wanted to share their love of karate and other martial arts with even more people, so in 2011, they created Go2Karate.com. Go2Karate is a website that connects people around the world with martial arts schools in their communities. It also helps users learn about the various styles of martial arts?teaching them the differences between karate, Brazilian jujitsu, capoeira, and mixed martial arts, for instance?as well as helps them find a class based on their individual goals.
On the easy-to-use website, parents can find a karate school to successfully teach their child self-confidence and respect. Kids' karate classes acquaint students with others their own age, and also build skills that help them deal with schoolyard bullies. For women, karate and other martial arts do double duty as a fun and confidence-building fitness regime while also equipping them with essential self-defense moves. Karate and martial-arts classes for men help them not only hone fighting technique, but also reduce stress and drop pounds while chiseling stronger bodies. Users simply enter their location information and the style of martial arts they're interested in, and the website shows them a bounty of schools conveniently located nearby, many with a class schedule and news about recent events.
As soon as you walk in, you can tell Bear Paddle Swim School was designed to welcome children. The walls are painted with cartoon bears dressed in flippers and swim trunks, and the club interior's splashes of neon blue and green evoke a technicolor ocean. Then, of course, there's the indoor, saltwater pool, perhaps the most welcoming fixture of all. A pleasant 90 degrees year-round, it ensconces children in warmth as they improve their swim skills in the school's small classes. Available at eight levels, lessons accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities, covering skills from paddling and floating through competitive breaststroke and gold medal-wearing.
Most importantly, each lesson is taught by a trained teacher who is CPR-certified and 18 years of age or older. Teachers employ story based lessons and use small class sizes to help keep youngsters engaged. And while children are encouraged to learn at their own individual pace, skill patch rewards are given to honor swimming achievements, so that children stay motivated to learn.
To say that Brittnie Quinn and Amelia Hendryx love to dance would be a serious understatement. The co-owners of Dance Dynamics both boast impressive dance résumés that include studying dance techniques with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and training with renowned choreographer Wade Robson. The duo combine their expertise to lead dancers of all ages through informative, interactive classes in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop. They also helm the Dance Dynamics Dance Company, an award-winning, competitive dance team that performs regularly.