1 or 3 Months of Group Martial Arts/Self-Defense Classes at Progressive Martial Arts Academy (Up to 85% Off)

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A true martial artist knows that his greatest enemy lies within, but may spring out at any time to fight him with swords. Be prepared with this Groupon.

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  • $34 for one month of group Martial Arts/self-defense classes ($179.99 value)
  • $69 for three months of group Martial Arts/self-defense classes ($459.99 value)
  • Visit the class page to view the schedule. Classes are open to students of all ages.

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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    Oak Ridge

    138 Fairbanks Rd.

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830

    865-481-8901

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In a Nutshell

Decorated instructors use judo, jiu jitsu, kenpo karate, and Filipino fighting styles as they instill confidence and skill; open to all ages

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Must sign waiver. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 18 or older or be accompanied and have waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. New clients must attend Intro lesson prior to joining any group classes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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