Budo taijutsu is a Japanese martial art that teaches practical self-defense against armed and unarmed attackers. Few know this better than New England Ninjutsu's founder, Greg Kowalski. While in Japan, Kowalski trained under Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, ultimately earning his black belt in the art. When he returned to the United States in 1989, he decided the '90s would be cooler if he opened his own training studio, New England Ninjutsu. Today, Kowalski and his staff of fellow black belts—many of whom he trained—teach budo taijutsu to kids and adults.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
For 1,800 feet, only one thing matters: speed. The indoor track inside On Track Karting stretches out in front of racers, who?strapped into their adult Sodi GT5 karts?zoom around turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. If they prove their mettle behind the wheel, the best drivers may even get access to high-speed super karts that sport nine-horsepower engines and satin capes. ?
Junior karts let younger visitors get in on the racing action, too. Indeed, On Track Karting's locations in Wallingford and Brookfield aim to accommodate all levels of racers with their spread of walk-in racing sessions and competitive racing leagues. An arcade and a snack bar also give visitors something to do between trips around the track.
Above 40 shiny synthetic lanes, screens keep track of every strike and gutterball at Wallingford Bowl, allowing patrons to focus on the fun at hand. Automatic scoring is just one of many modern perks at this hallowed hall of clanking pins, which invites guests for friendly games or competitive league matches designed for veteran and rookie bowlers. Cosmic Bowl is the big draw on Friday and Saturday nights, when teams bowl amid glow-in-the-dark lights and the thrum of authentic Martian music, while a snack bar, arcade, and full bar and lounge offer plenty of pre- or post-game recreation every day of the week.