Before becoming owner and head trainer at Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy, Mark DellaGrotte spent a decade in Thailand, training under muay thai guru Kru Yodtong and competing in high-profile bouts. His experience transformed him into a formidable muay thai kickboxer, earning him spots on several TV shows including Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Countdown. However, it also made him an expert ambassador for Thai-style boxing. Today, Mark and his team of instructors foster fight-ready fitness with classes in muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing.
Whether they're learning to snorkel before going on vacation or aiming to be diving instructors, United Divers is the place for snorkeling and scuba-diving students. The folks at United Divers work with all ages and experience levels, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the vastness of the ocean in a safe, fun way. New divers can test the waters during discover SCUBA courses, getting hands-on experience during dives in a heated indoor pool. They also have a retail shop, where customers can pick up a variety of authorized equipment, get their tanks filled, or see which mask really brings out the color of their eyes.
The Eat Outside the Square Foodie Crawl sends dining duos on a taste-bud-satisfying mission down East Broadway, as they meander into more than a dozen restaurants to nibble on innovative cuisine. With starting points at both Route 28 and Sullivan Square, the nosh fest celebrates the breadth of fare populating East Broadway, from hand-cut Brazilian barbecue to flavorful Ethiopian dishes to traditional Salvadorian pupusas. After savoring bites from local restaurants including Vinny's Ristorante and Gauchao, munching pairs gather at the new Mudflat Studio for a dessert reception and silent auction, in which customers can bid on the restaurants' remaining crumbs.
On Friday nights at Extreme Dancesport, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing?s Central?s weekly social dances. Sometimes it?s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it?s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it?s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. ? 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
At Moe Wen Fencing Club, visitors are introduced to the exhilarating Olympic sport of fencing with the aid of nine fencing coaches. The feedback in this sport is immediate as each hit or "touch" on the opponent or sparring partner is registered electronically with accompanying light and sound. Each coach specializes in training students of different skill levels, and their training programs?which include lessons, summer camps, and competitive training?are designed to tackle different goals, whether it be moving your body and having fun or learning to salute with a flourish not seen since the production of For Those About to Flourish, We Salute You. And the variety extends to their weapons of choice as well, as they lead classes in dueling with an epee, foil, and saber. To help students hone their strength and reflexes for class, they've stocked the 5,500-square-foot studio with a rowing machine, exercise bike, ping-pong table, and treadmill.
Monadnock Glass Arts was shaped under the finely wrought fingertips of owner and flameworker Eric Duyette, who breathes more than a decade of experience into every blown sculpture, vase, and bulb. Classes introduce students to the art of flameworking borosilicate glass by creating marbles. pendants, beads, sea-life sculptures and various functioning & non-functioning lamp worked projects. Two torch workstations dominate the intimate studio environment where Duyette instructs with an emphasis on safety and proper ventilation and equipment use.