8 or 16 Youth or Adult Karate Classes with Uniform at Professional Martial Arts Xtreme (Up to 70% Off)

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  • $39 for 8 youth or adult karate classes and uniform ($130 value)
  • $55 for 16 youth or adult karate classes and uniform ($185 value)

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

3rd-degree black belt helps youths and adults build self-confidence and self-defense skills

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Must sign waiver. See website for classes offered and schedule. Must be 3 or older. 8-class option is valid for one class per week. 16-class option is valid for 2 classes per week for 8 weeks. New students only. Not valid with any other promotion. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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