One Month of Karate Classes for One or Two Adults or Kids, Uniforms Included, at Super T Karate (Up to 75% Off)

Northview, Grand Rapids

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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.

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  • $49 for a karate uniform and one month of unlimited karate classes for a child or an adult ($175 value)
  • $89 for two karate uniforms and one month of unlimited karate classes for two children or adults ($350 value)

Super T Karate's instructors teach up to 20 classes per month.

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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    Northview

    4336 Plainfield Ave. NE

    Ste. A

    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

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In a Nutshell

Karate instructors help children and adults build self-esteem and discipline while learning self-defense techniques

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Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required, same day appointments accepted. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Not valid for clients active within the past 5 month(s). Must be 4 or older. Must sign waiver. Younger than 18 must have guardian-signed waiver. Younger than 18 must be accompanied by guardian. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • Northview

    4336 Plainfield Ave. NE

    Ste. A

    Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525

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