One Month of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes or 16 Classes with Uniform at True Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

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Martial artists typically only fight when they're struck first, and even then they hold off if the attack came from an endangered bird. Hone your fight-or-flight response with this Groupon.

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  • $29 for one month of unlimited martial-arts classes with a uniform ($200 value)
  • $39 for 16 martial-arts classes with a uniform ($317 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.

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    Sammamish

    2912 228th Ave SE

    228th

    Sammamish, Washington 98075

    425-313-9680

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In a Nutshell

Martial-arts students gain strength, stamina, and self-defense skills; registration fee and uniform with top, pants, and belt included

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. All classes must be redeemed by same customer within 60 days of first visit. Customers should arrive 15 minutes early to first class to register. Voucher valid for all class programs. Voucher includes registration fee and uniform (with top, pants, and belt). Not valid for existing students. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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