Private or Group Lessons at Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc. (Up to 77% Off)

Wentzville

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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.

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  • $79 for five private lessons ($350 value)
  • $59 for one month of group lessons ($249 value)
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Gi: The Duds of Discipline

People often joke that the robes worn by martial-arts practitioners resemble pajamas, but that may not be such a far cry. Read on to learn more about these ancient garbs.

Though its proper name might not spring to mind, the customary outfit of a dojo sensei, commonly known as a gi, is eminently recognizable: a jacket called an uwagi tied by a belt (or obi) over a pair of short pants (shitakabi), the whole ensemble draped loosely to allow for swift and acrobatic movements. The particular materials used to make the gi follow the needs of specific martial-arts styles. A karate master who relies on quick strikes and powerful blows, for example, will likely don a lighter gi, whereas a judo fighter might enlist heavier, more durable fabric to endure the endless grapples and throws. In Japan, the catchall term for the customary robe isn't gi but rather keikogi—keiko translates to "practice." The name might also take on a prefix according to its intended discipline: judogi, karategi, aikidogi, and so forth.

Despite being a symbol of martial-arts culture for centuries, the gi's origin remains unclear. Some speculate that the airy uniform was simply designed to accommodate the lifestyle of the Okinawan farmers and fishermen who invented it. Others contend that, in light of a 13th-century imperial ban on the possession of weapons, warriors trained at night to avoid detection. In a pinch, the robes could pass for sleepwear, concealing their transgression.

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    Wentzville

    600 W Pearce Blvd

    Wentzville, Missouri 63385

    636-327-5425

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In a Nutshell

Lessons are available for students of all skill levels; both options include one uniform

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Not valid for clients active within the past 12 month(s). Appointment required, 48 hour advance notice required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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