One or Three Months of Unlimited Karate Classes at JKR (Up to 60% Off)

Milford

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In a Nutshell

Certified instructors lead karate classes that cover martial-arts fundamentals, such as attacks and defensive maneuvers

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Must be 16 or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Most people take martial-arts classes to build up strength and discipline, not just because "dojo" is so much fun to say. Enter the dojo with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for one month of unlimited karate classes ($50 value)

  • $65 for three months of unlimited karate classes ($150 value)

Martial Arts Belts: Working Your Way Up the Rainbow

There’s an old story about the evolution of the system of colored martial arts belts: donning fresh white belts at first, trainees would let them darken over time with sweat and dirt, until, after years of increasing mastery, they turned almost black. If it sounds too good to check, it almost certainly is—although the belt system is conceivably an ancient tradition handed down from sensei to sensei, its origins can be readily traced to the early 20th century. That’s when Dr. Jigoro Kano was developing a new form of physical education for Japanese public school students: judo, a safer version of the jujitsu fighting style. Facing an influx of new students, he devised a hierarchy of colored belts to illustrate their progress at a glance rather than having to ask each one to fight him every day.

How quickly athletes move up the ladder will depend on the teacher, the dojo, and the style, in addition to their skills. They may advance by taking a formal exam with practical, oral, and written sections; they may be asked to spar with students in the next level to prove their readiness; or they may be awarded a different color belt because the old one clashes with their eyes. And in any discipline, tying on a black belt doesn’t mean you’ve made it. Instead, one might think of it as being inducted into an advanced training program. In karate, for instance, there are 10 grades of black belts, some of which require up to 10 years of study to attain.

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    Milford

    51 Sumner Street

    Milford, Massachusetts 01757

    617-600-8724

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