Chris Sansonetti, a fourth-degree black belt in Cheezic tang soo do, has gathered a team of 15 black-belt-level instructors to teach karate. Students start learning the craft as young as age 4 with a Little Ninjas karate class, where they focus not only on fitness and martial arts, but also on character-building lessons such as the word of the month. The more advanced students become, the greater variety of classes available to them. Well-practiced students not only have the opportunity to train, but can also attend sparring sessions or learn traditional weapon skills with swords or bo staffs.
Atop the blue padded floors of Master Hwang's Martial Arts, adults and kids as young as four years old learn to focus their energies to execute challenging maneuvers. Leading the pack, expert instructors impart the secrets of judo, Hapkido, and tae kwon do disciplines to boost focus and tone fly-swatting muscles. The karate haven also hosts summer camps and birthday parties that strengthen juvenile bonds.
A diverse collection of mature trees populates Oronoque Country Club's 18-hole course, their sturdy trunks imbuing the 6,575-yard layout with the venerable feel that only comes with age. However, the trees are far from just a cosmetic asset. Whether casting their shadows over straight fairways or using their knotty arms to block corner-cutting drives on the course's five dog-leg holes, the trees play a major role in making the mid-length course both challenging to golfers and attractive to retirement-age squirrels. The course also features two ponds that come into play, including one that creates a forced-carry tee shot on the par 3 third hole. Elsewhere, the club boasts a driving range, a practice green, and a trio of golf instructors that help correct swings and teach visitors to ride bareback on golf carts.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,575 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 73.7 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
The 9-hole Short Beach Golf Course grants players of all stripes a chance to serve up strategic tee shots and sink putts on the shores of Long Island Sound. The 103-yard fifth is emblematic of this experience: the fairway runs parallel to the beach, ensuring constant views of the water and a feeling similar to that of Pebble Beach's seventh. Indeed, from any point on the links-style course, golfers can look over at the shimmering backdrop and the boats that pass along it. Though the maritime winds?as well as water hazards and bunkers?provide some challenge, the par 3 layout is intended to let novices enjoy the game without worrying about having the length or the argyle socks necessary for a more difficult course.
As the top affiliate of the New York Islanders, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their tear through the 2010-2011 season and their quest for the Atlantic Division crown with a pair of upcoming home game. With the first game, ice enthusiasts can cool their heels with kith and kin and watch team points leader Rhett Rakhshani go toe-to-toe with Springfield’s top-scoring Matt Calvert in the battle for center ice. In the second game, catch goalie Kevin Poulin and his ability to send pucks into the 8th dimension as he tries to stop sneaky Portland winger Mark Mancari. Aside from the hard-hitting ice action, Sound Tiger fanatic families can catch the zany antics of Storm, Bridgeport Sound’s lovable blue tiger mascot.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.