Martial Arts in Concord

Eight Children's Martial-Arts Classes or Three Months of Classes at Martial Arts America (Up to 84% Off)

Martial Arts America

Multiple Locations

Kids' program builds confidence and self-defense skills through tae kwon do strikes, jujitsu rolls, and eskrima stick exercises

$149 $39

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Kang's Taekwondo Academy (72% Off)

Kang's Taekwondo Academy

Walnut Creek

Includes private orientation, uniform, and one month of group lessons

$239 $67

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One Month of Tae Kwon Do Classes for One or Two Kids at Fitness Innovations & Tae Kwon Do (Up to 89% Off)

Fitness Innovations & Tae Kwon Do

Martinez

Owner has been teaching martial arts for more than 35 years; instructors focus on instilling self-confidence, discipline, and respect

$215 $27

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One Month or Six Weeks of Unlimited Martial-Arts and Boxing Classes at FightKore (Up to 68% Off)

FightKore

Martinez

Instructors train students in basics of boxing, muay thai, karate, MMA, and Brazilian jujitsu on padded mats and in the ring

$80 $29

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Ninja Birthday Party or Month of Kids' Martial-Arts Classes at Dae Han Martial Arts Center (Up to 69% Off)

Dae Han Martial Arts Center

Martinez

Experienced instructors lead parties or teach kids Korean martial-arts skills that imbue students with respect, discipline, and humility

$269 $87

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One or Three Months of Martial-Arts Classes at D-1 & Only Martial Arts Academy (Up to 78% Off)

D-1 & Only Martial Arts Academy

Antioch

Martial-arts lessons for all age groups teach age-appropriate skills in areas such as karate, kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

$149 $39

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$49 for $109 Toward One Month of Jiu Jitsu Classes for Kids or Adults — Team Santos Jiu Jitsu

Team Santos Jiu-jitsu

San Ramon

From the merchant: Learn valuable self-defense skills in classes designed for kids, women, or co-ed teens and adults

$109 $49

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One Month of Self-Defense Classes for Students Aged 13 and Younger or 14 and Older at Trucombat (Up to 71% Off)

Trucombat

San Ramon

Expert instructors teach kids and adults self-defense techniques that incorporate elements of fighting styles such as Kung Fu and MMA

$100 $30

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One- or Two-Month Membership at Hercules Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (74% Off)

Hercules Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Hercules

Brazilian-style self-defense classes help students get in shape and develop self-confidence

$100 $26

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1 Month of Unlimited WingChun Self-Defense Classes for 1, 2 at International Academy of WingChun (Up to 81% Off)

International Academy of WingChun

Multiple Locations

WingChun self-defense classes teach a system of strategies for overcoming an assailant, all while heightening physical fitness and awareness

$117 $25

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$44 for $120 Worth of Martial Arts — Twin Tigers Academy of Self Defense

Twin Tigers Academy Of Self Defense

Brentwood

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$120 $44

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Kang's Taekwondo Academy (72% Off)

Kang's Taekwondo Academy

Brentwood

Includes free orientation class, an official uniform, and one month of group lessons

$239 $67

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$39 for One Month of Unlimited Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA Cardio Classes at Battle Fit Gym ($89 Value)

Battle Fit Gym

Brentwood

Clients learn authentic boxing, kickboxing, or MMA skills while they burn away calories and sculpt strong physiques

$89 $39

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes at Emeryville Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Emeryville Martial Arts

Emeryville

Students develop character and learn self-defense, discipline, and bully prevention skills at family-friendly martial arts school

$120 $29

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8 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes at Kamiyo Dojo (Up to 68% Off)

Kamiyo Dojo

Oakland

Classes on traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts teach techniques for grappling, striking, and joint locking

$120 $39

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$54 for $120 Groupon — Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Grand Lake

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$120 $54

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Lessons at U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu (Up to 76% Off)

U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu

Chinatown

Black-belt instructors train students in traditional Shaolin kung fu, with an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline

$100 $27

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10 or 20 Adult Martial-Arts Classes, Including Registration at Bay Area Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Bay Area Martial Arts

Grand Lake

Students learn kung fu moves and train with rattan sticks during self-defense martial arts classes

$220 $29

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Four Martial Arts Classes or Month of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Intensity Martial Arts (Up to 76% Off)

Intensity Martial Arts

Intensity Martial Arts

Learn focus and discipline during expert-taught Korean combat art Tae Kwon Do, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts classes

$69.50 $17

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$8 for $15 Groupon — Deep Water Academy

Deep Water Academy

Fairfield

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$15 $8

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Unlimited Classes for Adults or Kids at A&R Martial Arts Training Center (Up to 82% Off)

A&R Martial Arts Training Center

North Hayward

Certified martial arts trainer imbues students of all levels with self-defense fundamentals

$120 $24

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10 or 20 Muay Thai, MMA, Kickboxing, or Kids' Classes at Maoli Martial Arts (90% Off)

Maoli Martial Arts

Hayward

Talented instructors include a professional MMA fighter, a Brazilian jiu jitsu champion, and a certified personal trainer

$100 $10

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 1 Free Trial Class For Adults And Teens at Tri Valley Karate - Pleasanton

Tri Valley Karate - Pleasanton

Pleasanton

For $5, receive a coupon for 1 free trial class for adults and teens

$5

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$5 Buys You a Coupon for 20% Off Your First 3 Months Or Waived Enrollment Fee at Espinosa Martial Arts

Espinosa Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

For $5, receive a coupon for 20% off your first 3 months or waived enrollment fee

$5

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Mueller's Tri-Valley ATA Black Belt Academy (63% Off)

Mueller's Tri-Valley ATA Black Belt Academy

Pleasanton

From the merchant: Dynamic martial arts and self defense instruction for ages 4 through adult in a positive and fun learning environment.

$59 $22

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Cyclone Martial Arts (49% Off)

Cyclone Martial Arts And Fitness

Livermore

Learn one of the best self-defense methods in the world today. Improve your strength, stamina, confidence, and self-steeam

$129 $66

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Taekwon-Do Livermore (Up to 78% Off)

Taekwon-Do Livermore

Livermore

Taekwon-do classes offer self-defense training and physical conditioning for all ages

$250 $59

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$36 for $120 Worth of Cardio Kickboxing — Ralph Gracie Academy

Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu

SoMa

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$120 $36

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$45 for $100 Worth of Services at Bay Jiu-Jitsu

Bay Jiu-Jitsu

Lower Pacific Heights

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$100 $45

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$76 for $170 Groupon — Bushido Fight Team

Bushido Fight Team

San Francisco

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$170 $76

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One Month of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training for One or Two People at Cesar Gracie Academy (65% Off)

Cesar Gracie Academy

San Francisco

Brazilian jiu jitsu classes teach self-defense skills with a focus on grappling techniques

$150 $52

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$25 for Five Beginner Jiu Jitsu Classes at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu ($150 Value)

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu

SoMa

Developed and taught by award-winning martial artists, beginner jiu jitsu classes follow the facility's martial-arts philosophy

$150 $25

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One- or Three-Month Membership to 108 Heroes Kung Fu (Up to 82% Off)

Chinese Shao-Lin Center

Financial District

Kung fu lessons teach essential self-defense moves as well as confidence and skills useful for a lifetime of overall wellness

$160 $29

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One Month of Filipino Martial Arts Classes or 5 or 10 Classes at Eskabo Daan (Up to 71% Off)

Eskabo Daan

San Francisco

Experts guide students through Filipino self-defense techniques, a versatile fighting style utilizing weapons and bare hands

$185 $59

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$84 for $240 Worth of Martial Arts — E.Y. Lee Kung Fu School

E.y. Lee Kung Fu School

San Francisco

Study Choy Lee Fut, tai chi, or qigong (internal exercises) twice weekly in a traditional Chinese kung fu school

$240 $84

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Uniform and One or Two Months of Hapkido Classes at Hapkido USA (Up to 80% Off)

Hapkido USA

Inner Parkside

Hapkido instructors teach adults and children effective self-defense skills while simultaneously encouraging self-development

$194 $42

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Kuk Sool Won Martial-Arts Classes at Kuk Sool Won of San Francisco (Up to 58% Off)

Kuk Sool Won of San Francisco

San Francisco

Traditional Korean martial-art system geared for both youngsters and adults

$100 $49

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$30 for One Month of Brazilian Jiujitsu or Muay Thai Classes at Roots Kickboxing ($139 Value)

Roots Kickboxing

Union City

Instructor teach take-downs, chokes, holds and defense techniques to students of all skill levels

$139 $27

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Six Weeks or 30 Days of Kids' Karate Classes at Hernandez Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Hernandez Martial Arts

Union City

Kids learn discipline, physical skills, self-defense, and hard work during children's karate classes

$160 $19

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Four or Eight Adult Tae Kwon Do, Jujitsu, or Little Warriors Classes at Sidekicks Martial Arts (Up to 58% Off)

Sidekicks Martial Arts

Napa

Adults try their hand at martial-arts forms such as tae kwon do and jujitsu, while little ones learn the basics along with life skills

$45 $20

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$74 for $165 Groupon — Mount Tam Mixed Martial Arts

Mount Tam Mma

San Rafael

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$165 $74

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes with Uniform at Goju Karate (Up to 86% Off)

Goju Karate

San Rafael

Students of all fitness levels participate in karate classes that teach basic techniques and test endurance

$100 $19

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at San Rafael Martial Arts (72% Off)

San Rafael Martial Arts

San Rafael

Four weeks of kung fu or tai chi classes with all classes taught by Sifu Terrance Thornton

$159 $45

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One Month or Eight Weeks of Children's Aikido Classes for Ages 4–13 at Aikido of Tamalpais (Up to 73% Off)

Aikido of Tamalpais

Corte Madera

Master instructors train students in the graceful movements and flowing take-downs that characterize the non-aggressive art of aikido

$135 $40

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Kung Fu Classes at Fei Si Fu Kung Fu Academy (Up to 76% Off)

Fei Si Fu Kung Fu Academy

Fremont

Students build strength, stamina, and self-defense skills in kung fu classes

$195 $52

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5 or 10 45-Minute Martial-Arts Classes, Including Uniform at West Coast Martial Arts (Up to 68% Off)

West Coast Martial Arts

Fremont

Instructors guide students of all ages and skill levels in a blend of Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and Grappling to improve strength and confidence

$80 $31

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$41 for $135 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — USA Wuchi KungFu Academy

Usa Wuchi Kungfu Academy

Fremont

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$135 $41

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$50 for $100 Groupon — Silver Dragon Kung Fu

Silver Dragon Kung Fu

Original Daly City

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$100 $50

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One Month of Aikido Lessons for Adults or Children at Tri City Aikido (Up to 75% Off)

Tri City Aikido

Newark

Instructor with more than 25 years of experience teaches students the graceful movements and flowing take-downs that characterize aikido

$160 $48

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5 or 10 Tae Bo Classes at Dojo USA (Up to 67% Off)

Dojo USA

San Bruno

Tae Bo classes meld tae kwon do and boxing moves into an energetic cardio-kickboxing class

$75 $29

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$74 for $145 Worth of Martial Arts — KICKS TaeKwonDo School of Self-Defense

Kicks Taekwondo School Of Self-defense

San Mateo

Discover the fun of learning a high-level, Olympic-style tae kwon do and self-defense art

$145 $74

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$24 for One Month of Unlimited Adult Classes at Core Taekwondo ($149 Value)

Core Taekwondo

San Mateo

Adult taekwondo classes provide a high-energy workout, improving flexibility while teaching practical self-defense skills

$149 $24

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Five Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu (Up to 80% Off)

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu San Mateo

San Mateo

Instructor Adam Sachnoff is trained in tae kwon do, boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu jitsu, judo, and muay thai

$100 $22

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$29 for One Month of Kids Mixed Martial Arts at Fit Force ($100 Value)

Fit Force Martial Arts and Bootcamp

Tracy

Kids ages 4–7 learn mixed martial arts while improving confidence and self-esteem

$100 $29

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$75 for $150 Groupon — Academy of Jeet Kune DO Sciences

Academy Of Jeet Kune Do Sciences

Petaluma

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$150 $75

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$29 for One Week of Tae Kwon Do Classes with a Uniform at Discovery Martial Arts ($69.75 Value)

Discovery Martial Arts

Pacific

Passionate instructors help students get fit, learn how to defend themselves, and cultivate self-discipline in martial arts classes

$69.75 $29

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One, Two, or Three Months of Classes at Tibon's Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Tibon's Goju-Ryu Fighting Arts

Civic Center

Kids ages 4 to 12 or adults aged 13 and older practice with Sensei Tibon, who is an expert in goju ryu karate

$165 $22

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Dominate MMA (54% Off)

Dominate Mma

Lakeview

Three instructors develop athletes’ skills in all aspects of MMA; athletes get to enjoy the sport in a safe environment

$50 $23

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5 or 10 Women's Self-Defense Classes at Ronin Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 57% Off)

Ronin Jiu-Jitsu

Civic Center

Women's self-defense classes teach pupils how to fend off attack every Monday at 5:30 p.m.

$80 $35

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One Month of Unlimited Kids' Aikido Classes at New School Aikido (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

New School Aikido

Civic Center

Enthusiastic instructors school kids aged 4–7 or 8–12 in a Japanese martial art that cultivates discipline without fostering aggression

$75 $37

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Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Tandez Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off). Four Options Available.

Tandez Academy of Martial Arts

Mountain View

Certified instructors lead an array of martial arts classes from around the world, as well as various self-defense and fitness sessions

$125 $39

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One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

Kids and adults alike can burn off energy and build their strength as they learn practical marital-arts and self-defense skills

$149 $39

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for Adults at Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley (50% Off)

Aikido Kokikai Silicon Valley

Heritage District

Adult classes focus on self-defense techniques and might incorporate breathing exercises or practice with wooden swords

$100 $50

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$61 for $110 Worth of Martial Arts — Karate Masters

Karate Masters

Sunnyvale

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$110 $61

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$48 for One Month of Tai Chi Classes $88 Value — Davis Kung Fu

Davis Kung Fu

Downtown Core

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$88 $48

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes with a T-Shirt at Robinson's Taekwondo (Up to 85% Off)

Robinson's Taekwondo

Multiple Locations

40-year-old school hones students’ fitness, self-confidence, and mental sharpness through tae kwon do; 18 locations available

$447 $65

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One, Two, or Three Months of Karate Classes at Hiers Karate School (Up to 85% Off)

Hiers Karate School

Lodi

Goju Ryu karate incorporates fighting styles from both China and Japan, but also develops a sense of honesty, integrity, and hard work

$165 $25

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav-Maga, The Pit, or CrossPit Classes at Academy of Self Defense (Up to 64% Off)

Academy of Self Defense

Santa Clara

Krav maga teaches realistic self defense; mixed martial arts combines boxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo & jiu-jitsu for all skill levels

$95 $39

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$56 for $120 Worth of Martial Arts — Eastern Heritage Martial Arts

Eastern Heritage Martial Arts

Rohnert Park

From the merchant: Learn from two masters of both Kung fu and kenpo and enjoy a fully enriched discipline and experience.

$120 $56

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$56 for $125 Worth of Services at Camp Carter International Karate Association

Camp Carter International Karate Association

San Jose

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$125 $56

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Kung Fu Classes at Silicon Valley Kung Fu Academy (Up to 79% Off)

Silicon Valley Kung Fu Academy

Willow Glen

Kids as young as 3 can learn hand and weapon forms during kung fu classes that emphasize self-defense, discipline, and respect

$220 $49

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$48 for $160 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Eagle Talon Martial Arts

Eagle Talon Martial Arts

Cambrian Community

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$160 $48

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One-Month Child, Adult, or Teen Membership to Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy (Up to 74% Off)

Pacific Judo & Ju Jitsu Academy

San Jose

Founded in 1949, the school teaches kids, teens and adults self-defense through judo and jujitsu

$95 $25

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One Month of Youth or Adult Jiu-Jitsu Classes or Kickboxing Classes at Claudio França BJJ (Up to 88%Off)

Claudio Franca Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Cambrian

Black-belt instructors demonstrate the grappling techniques and take-downs of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or fast-paced kickboxing combos

$169 $26

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Eight-Week Youth Antibullying or Fundamentals of Brazilian Jujitsu Session at Heroes Martial Arts (Up to 70% Off)

Heroes Martial Arts

Downtown San Jose

Kids’ antibullying and Brazilian jujitsu sessions provide improved physical fitness and self-defense skills; adult option available

$159 $49

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5 or 10 Cross-Training or Mixed Martial Arts Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Dark Horse Gym (Up to 88% Off)

Dark Horse Gym

Downtown San Jose

Bolster health and fitness in daily classes led by a team of instructors with 40 years combined training experience

$200 $29

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One or Three Months of Taekwondo (Up to 69% Off)

Leejon Taekwondo

San Jose CA

Traditional taekwondo school with belt-rankings, brick-breaking, and sparring

$125 $49

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Four- or Eight-Week Introductory Muay Thai Program for Kids Aged 6–12 at Team Rey`s (Up to 74% Off)

Team Rey`s

South San Jose

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

$160 $43

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$55 for $220 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Chen Nan Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Chen Nan Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

San Jose

From the merchant: Master Chen trains kid and adult students in Shaolin Kung Fu with emphasis on self-defense, self-discipline, and power.

$220 $55

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If the punching bags that line the workout rooms at Max Combat Fitness could talk, they would probably still keep their mouths shut. That?s how scared they are of the professional and amateur fighters who inflict a beating on them every day during the gym?s muay thai and mixed-martial-arts classes. Led by chiseled combatant George Tsutsui, the team of instructors leads students of all ages and skill levels through the basics of hand-to-hand martial arts. If they aren?t interested in learning MMA strikes or jujitsu grappling techniques, students can burn calories in cardio-kickboxing classes that eschew contact in favor of aerobic dance moves. Similarly, the gym?s conditioning classes improve strength, speed, stamina, and flexibility through stretching exercises and explosive bursts of movement.

981 Bancroft Rd
Concord,
CA
US

UFC Gym - Walnut Creek’s fight-centric gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym- Walnut Creek sculpts six-packs with boxing and kickboxing classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym’s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.

1501 N Broadway, Ste 150
Walnut Creek,
CA
US

There's a lot that goes into and comes out of martial arts. At Dae Han Martial Arts Center, they dedicate themselves to giving students the complete package. Besides the techniques of Korean martial arts, they instill students with respect, humility, discipline, and perseverance. Fitness and self-defense skills, of course, are accrued, as well. Their instructors enact this holistic system in an immaculate facility laid with padded flooring and lined with mirrors. In that welcoming environment, they lead classes open to everyone, dividing sessions into age groups for students aged 4 and older.

6635 Alhambra Ave.
Martinez,
CA
US

For more than 30 years, the senseis behind Martial Arts America have filled the minds and fists of students as young as 4 years old through adulthood with the focus, discipline, and confidence that comes from studying self-defense. The instructors lead five martial-arts forms—tae kwon do, eskrima, jujitsu, krav maga, and CDT training, which stands for compliance, direction, and takedown—helping patrons strengthen their bodies and minds. This multidimensional program trains students in defensive tactics such as strikes, grappling, throws, rolls, and using fighting sticks to protect innocent civilians from rogue baseball-pitching machines.

2432 San Ramon Valley Blvd
San Ramon,
CA
US

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of song, dance, and ritualized fighting that is centered on a physical game called jogo de capoeira. Like Spock and Kirk forced to fight by a threatening tribunal of bearded men, two players dance around each other in the center of a circle, exchanging movements of attack and defense in a constant, heart-pumping flow. Both players attempt to control the space by confusing their opponent, although no intentional contact is made or harm done—unlike sticks and stones with hurtful words carved into them. The observers in the circle play a variety of traditional Brazilian instruments and sing, setting the pace and beat of the dance-fight. Explore the schedule to find times during the week that work for you; additional classes are held at 7 a.m. by appointment only. Each session will immerse you in the flips, feints, kicks, and songs of capoeira.

1901 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Maybe it's a good thing the founders of Brazilian jiujitsu were not huge men. At just 135 pounds, co-founder Helio Gracie was forced to rely on leverage rather than rote strength or merciless tickling to help him overcome larger opponents. So in an effort to reduce the natural advantage of size, he worked these techniques into Brazilian jiujitsu's system of joint locks, chokes, and take-downs. In that way, Brazilian jiujitsu became a practical form of self-defense; you didn't have to be able to kick down a tree to become dangerous.

At Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu, black belt martial artist Dave Clahan and his team have armed students of every size with these same leverage-based self-defense techniques. Inside their 4,000 square foot studio, students of all ages and levels soak up grappling and submission skills they can refine for the ring or reserve for life-saving moments on the street. In addition to building physical ability, the instructors also emphasize building intangible qualities, such as confidence and self-respect.

1500 Ashby Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US