$20 for 20 Karate Self-Defense Classes at D-Dojo Karate ($350 Value)

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In morning, afternoon & evening classes, instructors train pupils in self-defense techniques & improve fitness with strength & conditioning

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Expires Apr 3rd, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate by expiration date on Groupon, classes expire 60 days from activation date. Reservation required; subject to availability. Must sign waiver. New clients only. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

$20 for 20 Karate Self-Defense Classes ($350 Value)

At a state-of-the-art Midtown facility right around the block from Rockefeller Center, black-belted instructors lead a variety of highly structured karate classes. The masters teach students of all ages both traditional and innovative techniques while strengthening cores, boosting flexibility, increasing lung capacity, and building speed through strength and conditioning exercises.

D-Dojo

For more than 20 years, Igor Dyachenko has trained with top coaches around the world and won numerous awards in international competitions. As a former world champion, certified instructor, and founder of D-Dojo Karate, he calls upon those years of experience to fuse classical Japanese karate techniques with modern science, including knowledge culled from biophysics, biomechanics, and reruns of The Bionic Woman. The dojo is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and an official branch of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF), headed by Hirokazu Kanazawa. Dyachenko trained with Kanazawa, a 10th-degree black belt who studied with the creator of Shotokan karate.

Dyachenko and his team strive to train students quickly with basic karate techniques known as kihon, kata, and kumite exercises. Children practice exercises through running, jumping, and playing, in order to help develop physical strength, agility, and mental toughness. Dyachenko also used his karate skills and sense of humor to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech on The Colbert Report.

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