Ten or Twenty Karate Classes at Portland Shotokan Karate (Up to 90% Off)

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Karate requires great discipline and self-restraint, like pushing around the dessert cart at a fancy restaurant. Learn control with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $27 for ten karate classes ($200 value)
  • $41 for twenty karate classes ($400 value)

Family classes take place on Mondays from 6–7 p.m. at the Portland Athletic Club at 5803 Beaverton Hillsdale Avenue. Adult classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7–8 p.m. at the Oregon Buddhist Temple on 3720 SE 34th Ave.

Martial Arts Belts: Working Your Way Up the Rainbow

Brand-new martial arts students begin with the blank slate of white belt. Learn where they go from there with Groupon’s look at martial arts belts.

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 like a story that's too good to believe, 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.

In a Nutshell

Students get fit, build mental focus, and master traditional self-defense techniques under 4th degree black belt Sensei Bettina Ishimaru

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Not valid for clients active within the past 3 month(s). Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Subject to availability. 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. Must activate by expiration date on Groupon. Must use classes within 90 days of activation. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

For those who have team spirit and enjoy athletic competition
Thrilling and heart-pounding experiences
For those who take care of their overall well-being with exercise, yoga, and balanced nutrition

All Locations

  • Portland

    2276 Southeast 41st Avenue

    Portland, Oregon 97214

  • Portland

    3720 SE 34th Ave

    Portland, Oregon 97202

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