50% Off Three Months of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Premier Martial Arts and Fitness

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In a Nutshell

Students learn self-defense and discipline as they build their bodies with classes in ninjutsu, jujutsu, kickboxing, grappling, and kali

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Initial reservation required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Must be 3 or older. Must sign waiver. Must activate voucher by expiration date on the Groupon. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $225 for three months of unlimited martial arts classes ($450 value)

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 keikogikeiko 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.

Premier Martial Arts and Fitness

The trainers and instructors at Premier Martial Arts and Fitness explore many sides of the martial arts—from progressive karate instruction to MMA-style conditioning to just-for-fun birthday parties where kids can break boards and eat cake cut by a real samurai sword. Instructors are experts in jujutsu, kickboxing, ninjutsu, and kali, which focuses on the use of hand weapons. For those who just want a great workout, there are classes in Cage Fitness, a fitness system developed by MMA champ Matt Hughes.


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