Martial Arts in Orange

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at American Colleges of Kombido (45% Off)

American Colleges Of Kombido

West Haven

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$315 $173

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$45 for $100 Groupon — American Martial Arts Academy

American Martial Arts Academy

Shelton

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$100 $45

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Five Adult Martial Arts Classes or Month of Adult Martial Arts Classes at Valley Karate (Up to 56% Off)

Valley Karate

Shelton

Students establish full-body workout routines and learn self-defense techniques with classes in Tang Soo Do and Haedong Gumdo

$133 $59

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One or Two Months of Krav Maga Classes at Hard-Core Self Defense (Up to 74% Off)

Hard-Core Self Defense

Shelton

Certified Israeli Special Forces instructor teaches adult men krav maga self-defense techniques

$125 $39

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10 or 20 Classes for Adults or Kids at Connecticut Krav Maga (Up to 91%% Off)

BreakThru Family Fit 4 Life

Multiple Locations

Internationally certified instructors teach the premier self-defense method used by militaries and police forces around the world

$200 $20

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One Month of Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Soulcraft Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 80% Off)

Soulcraft Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Hamden

Muay thai or Brazilian jiu jitsu classes; instructor learned from legendary Gracie family

$115 $33

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$63 for $140 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Amarone's Kempo Academy

Amarone's Kempo Academy

North Haven

A month of classes plus a free uniform taught by Master Joe Amarone

$140 $63

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MMA Classes or Women's Boot Camp at Ultimate MMA Training Center (Up to 72% Off). Four Options Available.

Ultimate MMA Training Center

North Haven

MMA classes include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, muay thai, and wrestling; personalized women's workouts get results by targeting specific muscles

$150 $42

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10 or 20 Drop-In Adult Martial Arts Classes at Marcelo Garcia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (Up to 79% Off)

Marcelo Garcia Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association

Bridgeport

Master the sparring and grappling self-defense techniques of Brazilian Jujitsu in classes taught by world champion instructor Joao Luz

$150 $38

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Youth Martial-Arts Classes at New England Ninjutsu (Up to 66% Off)

New England Ninjutsu

Wallingford

Black-belt instructors teach kids and adults the practical self-defense tactics of budo taijutsu

$95 $33

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Two Karate Classes for One or Two Family Martial Arts Lessons for Four at Baran’s Kenpo Karate (Up to 78% Off)

Baran’s Kenpo Karate

Wallingford Center

Students build discipline, mental focus, and self-confidence during classes taught in a supportive and inclusive environment

$70 $16

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$67 for $149 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Dojo Fairfield

Dojo Fairfield

Fairfield

Back-to-school special that includes one month of lessons in our youth karate program, plus a uniform.

$149 $67

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at JC Karate (45% Off)

Jc Karate

Cheshire

Our certified instructors teach both kids and adults the art of tang soo do. We offer self-defense and family classes.

$65 $36

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5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform at Family Dragon Karate (Up to 76% Off)

Family Dragon Karate

South Salem

Martial-arts classes for youth and adults teach self-confidence, respect, and an appreciation for physical fitness

$110 $26

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Thunder Martial Art Academy & Sports Fitness (45% Off)

Thunder Martial Art Academy & Sports Fitness

Watertown

From the merchant: you get unlimited classes for one month. try out every class we offer

$159 $87

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One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial Arts Classes at East Coast Training Systems (Up to 65% Off)

East Coast Training Systems

East Coast Training Systems

Martial arts instructors teach students of all ages and abilities American/Filipino Kun Tao techniques while motivating them to get fit

$115 $40

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$25 for One Month of Unlimited Brazilian Jujitsu Classes at Renzo Gracie Shoreline Academy ($100 Value)

Renzo Gracie Shoreline Academy

Clinton

An instructor trained by Renzo Gracie, a member of brazilian jujitsu’s founding family, emphasizes on-ground combat

$100 $25

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5 or 10 Drop-In Kickboxing Fitness Classes at Heiwado Dojo (Up to 73% Off)

Heiwado Dojo

Norwalk

Martial-arts instructor leads group kickboxing fitness classes designed to whip students into shape while instilling self-defense techniques

$100 $29

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5 or 10 Drop-In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Gracie Sports USA (Up to 58% Off)

Gracie Sports USA

West Norwalk

Participants burn up 100 calories an hour during classes that sculpt lean muscles while teaching self-defense applicable to real life

$100 $42

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$202 for $368 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Calasanz Karate Kung Fu, Kickbox, Boxing & physical Arts

Calasanz Mma And Fitness Center

Norwalk

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$368 $202

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at New England Rendokan (Up to 70% Off)

New England Rendokan

Multiple Locations

Techniques are based on Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate, jujitsu, and Kobudo—weaponry—and teach students control, self-esteem, and respect

$140 $49

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$45 for $90 Worth of Services at Hat City Martial Arts

Hat City Martial Arts

Danbury

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$90 $45

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5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Martial Arts Fitness Kickboxing Centers (Up to 86% Off)

Martial Arts Fitness Kickboxing Centers

Multiple Locations

Students build strength, stamina, and self-defense skills in martial-arts classes

$90 $15

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at Academy of Fighting Arts (Up to 62% Off)

Academy of Fighting Arts

Brookfield

A 5th-degree black-belt teaches kids and adults the strikes, blocks, and grappling moves of Kun Tao, an American-Filipino martial art

$95 $38

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6 or 12 Kids’ Karate Classes at Kickaro's Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 84% Off)

Kickaro's Martial Arts & Fitness

Danbury

Classes for ages 4–16 instill students with confidence, fitness, and focus in addition to hand-eye coordination and self-defense

$74.52 $16

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One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing or Kids' Karate Classes at Connecticut Martial Arts (70% Off)

Connecticut Martial Arts

Danbury

Master Steven Doyon leads a team of martial-arts instructors in intense fitness kickboxing for adults and supportive karate classes for kids

$149 $45

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Children's and Adults' Martial Arts Classes at Karate America (Up to 89% Off)

Karate America

Karate America

Dedicated instructors teach children and adults effective self-defense techniques that boost confidence

$160 $19

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$54 for $120 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Soul Fighters Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Soul Fighters Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Brookfield

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$120 $54

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$27 for $49 Worth of Martial Arts — Zandri's Martial Arts

Zandri's Martial Arts

Brookfield

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$49 $27

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One, Two, or Three Months of Kids' Martial Arts Classes with Uniform at Victory Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

Victory Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Youngsters learn martial arts technique in tandem with discipline and an appreciation for exercise

$169 $22

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One or Three Months of Tae Kwon Do Lessons at L.I. Traditional Tae Kwon Do (Up to 62% Off)

L.I. Traditional Tae Kwon Do

East Setauket

Tae Kwon Do students build discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills

$150 $59

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$53 for $150 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Ultimate Taekwondo of Stony Brook

Ultimate Taekwondo Of Stony Brook

Stony Brook

Good for all ages. We introduce Olympic-style Tae kwon do in a comfortable and friendly environment.

$150 $53

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Martial-Arts and Fitness Classes at Fusion Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing (Up to 87% Off). Three Options Available.

Fusion Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing

Port Jefferson Station

Fitness-based kickboxing classes fuse muay thai and boxing; mixed-martial-arts classes are taught by expert coaches

$100 $17

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Four or Eight Weeks of Unlimited Karate Classes for One or Two at United Martial Arts Center (Up to 69% Off)

United Martial Arts Center

Port Jefferson Station

Karate classes for 3-year-olds to adults help students get fit, feel confident, and learn how to defend themselves

$129 $41

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Five Karate Classes at Middlefield Karate (50% Off)

Middlefield Karate

Middlefield

From the merchant: Our School is an Okinawan style karate which is focused on individual improvement. Discipline, Self-Defense & Health.

$50 $25

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One or Three Months of Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Classes at East Coast Black Belt Academy (Up to 64% Off)

East Coast Black Belt Academy

Middle Island

Kids' classes teach tykes the basics of karate, and adults focus strictly on Okinawan martial arts while learning moves and getting fit

$149 $59

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5 or 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Kickboxing Coram (Up to 87% Off)

Kickboxing Coram

Coram

Skilled instructors guide students of all levels through MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, and other techniques to improve strength, speed, and confidence

$90 $14

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Two or Four Weeks of Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Michael Pam’s Black Belt Champions (Up to 81% Off)

Michael Pam’s Black Belt Champions

Selden

Certified trainers guide students ages 4 and older through self-defense classes, kids karate, fitness kickboxing, and Brazilian jiujitsu

$72.50 $18

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$66 for $120 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Valley Shore Martial Arts

Valley Shore Martial Arts

Centerbrook

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$120 $66

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Two Months of Unlimited Karate for One or Two at Kempo Martial Arts Dojos (Up to 63% Off)

Kempo Martial Arts Dojos

Multiple Locations

Get fit while mastering the self-defense techniques and skill sets of karate across a two-month period in up to seven classes per week

$100 $39

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10 or 20 Kids' Martial-Arts Classes at Vamos Martial Arts (Up to 90% Off)

Vamos Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids gain self-confidence and discipline during kids’ martial-arts classes

$250 $25

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5 or 10 Krav Maga Classes at Smithtown Krav Maga (Up to 68% Off)

Smithtown Krav Maga

Nesconset

Helmed by owner with decades of martial-arts instruction experience; krav maga fighting and self-defense techniques

$200 $69

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$53 for $150 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Tae Kwon Ultimate DO

Ultimate Taekwondo Center

Smithtown

From the merchant: Unlimited Taekwondo classes for one month. Start your New Years resolutions early and get fit with us.

$150 $53

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One Month of Unlimited Classes for One or Two at Millennium Martial Arts (Up to 87% Off)

Millennium Martial Arts

Smithtown

Increase fitness and flexibility in karate classes utilizing the Ryukyu Kempo methods of striking, blocking, and grappling; uniform included

$149 $25

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One- or Two-Month Unlimited Membership with Shirt at Club Kung Fu (Up to 62% Off)

Club Kung Fu

Stamford

Instructors teach wing tsun kung fu; students train to respond reflexively to the speed, force, and direction of an attack

$185 $89

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Four or Eight Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform at YB World Taekwondo Academy (Up to 77% Off)

YB World Taekwondo Academy

Hope Street Shopping Center

Grandmaster with 32+ years' experience oversees contact and no-contact martial-arts classes to teach hand-eye coordination and burn calories

$107 $29

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Three or Six Kids' Martial Arts Classes at C3 Athletics (Up to 88% Off)

C3 Athletics

West Side - Waterside - South End

Kids aged 5–11 participate in Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing classes where they learn self-defense and self-confidence

$200 $24

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Five or Ten Krav Maga Self-Defense Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Competitive Edge (Up to 73% Off)

Competitive Edge

Canton

World class instructors teach effective Krav Maga techniques for dispatching armed assailants while boosting self confidence in students

$60 $18

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One, Two, or Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform at Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Avon Kempo & Aikido Academy

Canton Green

Martial-arts classes for adults and kids aged 5 and older boost self-confidence, discipline, and patience

$49.95 $25

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Eight Karate Classes with Uniform or Four Classes at America's Ultimate Universal System of Martial Arts (Up to 89% Off)

Karate Kids Love

Unionville / Farmington

Karate classes for children help foster discipline, respect, physical fitness, & self-defense in a fun & creative way

$239.99 $26

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One or Two Months Unlimited Kids' Kung Fu Classes at Baumann's Kung Fu (Up to 75% Off)

Baumann's Kung Fu

Medford

Kids strengthen their bodies and build focus and coordination with fun Chinese boxing training sessions

$80 $20

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Month Unlimited or 10 Martial-Arts Group Classes at Great South Bay Martial Arts(Up to 80% Off)

Great South Bay Martial Arts

Medford

Instructor aims to teach the art of self defense while developing confidence and disciple, and building stamina and muscle tone

$95 $29

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Martial-Arts Classes for Children or Adults at Vinjo's MMA (Up to 85% Off). Two Options Available.

Vinjo's MMA

Medford

Black-belt instructors impart self-defense skills to students and help them build strength, endurance, and discipline

$62 $10

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$100 for $199 Groupon — Nokado

Nokado

Northport

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$199 $100

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5 or 10 Zumba, Cardio-Kickboxing or MMA, or Private-Training Sessions at Northport’s MMA Fitness Center (Up to 78% Off)

Northport’s MMA Fitness Center

East Northport

Trainers lead cardio-kickboxing, Zumba, and mixed-martial-arts classes, or coach clients one-on-one in martial arts or general fitness

$50 $19

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Jujutsu Classes at Okami Dojo (Up to 63% Off)

Okami Dojo

Lake Ronkonkoma

Master the pins, locks, and holds of jujutsu with one or three months of unlimited classes

$100 $39

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$20 for One Month of Tae Kwon Do Classes at Wards ATA Martial Arts ($49 Value)

Wards ATA Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn the basics of the martial art tae kwon do

$49 $20

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5, 10, or 1 Month of Karate, Ju Jitsu, or Kickboxing Classes at Laureano Martial Arts (Up to 81% Off)

Laureano Martial Arts

Ronkonkoma

Instructors lead classes geared toward building self-defense skills and self-esteem

$75 $19

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Two or Four Weeks of Taekwondo Classes with Belt and Uniform at Yang's U.S. TaeKwonDo (Up to 81% Off)

Yang's U.S. TaeKwonDo

Newington

Students ages three and up develop self-confidence and self-discipline as they master the art of taekwondo

$90 $17

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One Month of Classes and T-Shirt for One or Two at Villari's Martial Arts Centers (Up to 87% Off)

Villari's Martial Arts Centers

Newington

Skilled instructors guide students through the ins and outs of the shaolin kempo karate style to improve self-defense skills and confidence

$139 $20

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$40 for $90 Worth of Martial Arts at Karate World

Karate World

Old Saybrook

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$90 $40

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at Innovative Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Innovative Martial Arts

Commack

Achieve a full-body workout in fitness kickboxing; the 10-class package includes a complimentary nutrition consultation

$85 $17

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$40 for 12 Martial-Arts Classes at Commack MMA ($240 Value)

Commack MMA

Commack

Instructors lead kickboxing and Brazilian jujitsu classes that teach discipline, improve fitness, and fizzle stress

$240 $40

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20 Children's or Adult's Martial Arts Lessons for One or Two at United Studios of Self Defense (Up to 86% Off)

United Studios of Self Defense

Commack

Instructors focus on fitness for kids and self defense for adults in five private lessons and 15 group classes

$200 $29

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One or Two Months of Kids' Kung Fu Classes or One Month of Adult Classes at Long Island Kung Fu (Up to 77% Off)

Long Island Kung Fu

Shirley

Kung Fu masters help adults and kids develop a healthy body and foster self-discipline in Kung Fu classes for those as young as four

$125 $29

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10- or 20-Class Pass with One or Two Private Sessions at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $20

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$92 for 1 Month Unlimited Karate Classes — Atomic Tae Kwon Do ($199 value)

Atomic Tae Kwon Do

Huntington

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$199 $92

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$79 for One Month of Martial Arts Classes With Uniform and T-Shirt ($195 Value)

Shaolin Self Defense Center

Multiple Locations

Kids and adults learn fusions of karate, kickboxing, and MMA-style grappling under the tutelage of black belts; includes uniform and t-shirt

$195 $79

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10 Kung-Fu Classes or 20 Classes with a Uniform at Rik Kellerman's Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy (Up to 90% Off)

Rik Kellerman's Ten Tigers Kung-Fu Academy

Huntington Station

During classes for adults and children, instructors demonstrate traditional Chinese Kung-Fu techniques modeled after animal movements

$200 $25

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Two Weeks of Unlimited Martial Arts Classes at American Kempo Martial Arts (61% Off)

American Kempo Martial Arts

Huntington Station

American Kempo Karate is a true art of self-defense for the whole family.

$75 $29

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$67 for $150 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at CT Taekwondo Academy

CT Taekwondo Academy

Avon

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$150 $67

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$47 for $85 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Litchfield Hills Aikikai

Aikido - Litchfield Hills Aikikai

Bantam

Japanese art of Aikido in a traditional dojo setting; classes are open to all levels, including beginners

$85 $47

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Eight-Class Package with Uniform, or Four Classes at Frank Corbo's Marlborough Martial Arts & Karate (Up to 87% Off)

Frank Corbo's Marlborough Martial Arts & Karate

Village Green Plaza

Professional martial-arts instructors focus on instilling both children and adults with skills, confidence, and self-discipline

$215 $29

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Four or Eight Weeks of Tae Kwon Do Classes at HanSoo Taekwondo (Up to 66% Off)

HanSoo Taekwondo

Glastonbury

Tae kwon do students cultivate their bodies and minds, gaining strength, stamina, and self-defense skills

$100 $39

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One or Two Months of Kids Karate Class with Introductory One-on-One Course at 100 Percent Martial Arts (Up to 86% Off)

100 Percent Martial Arts

Glastonbury

One-on-one introductory lesson preps kids for one or two months of karate classes

$239 $39

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10 Tai-chi and Chi-gung Exercise Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Tai-Chi-Chuan School (Up to 63% Off)

Tai-Chi-Chuan School

Sound Beach

A certified Tai-chi master teaches the fluid movements of Tai-chi and Chi-gung, which improve flexibility, circulation, and focus

$180 $79

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$88 for $175 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at DeVito’s TaeKwonDo Academy

DeVito’s TaeKwonDo Academy

Bedford Hills

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$175 $88

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5 or 10 Tae Kwon Do Classes with a Private Lesson and Uniform at Blackbelt Tae Kwon Do (Up to 93% Off)

Blackbelt Tae Kwon Do

Blackbelt Tae Kwon Do of Mt. Kisco

Certified black-belt masters and instructors lead programs for all ages that improve confidence, fitness, focus, coordination, self-defense

$195 $15

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Two Weeks or One Month of Karate Classes with Introductory Course at Marti Martial Arts Academy (Up to 63% Off)

Marti Martial Arts Academy

Bedford

Students learn the discipline, confidence, focus, and self-defense techniques of karate from master black belts in fun, supportive classes

$95 $39

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At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts?the ancient predecessor of all martial arts?they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.

5 River Rd
Wilton,
CT
US

  • Certified Tai-chi instructor Bob Klein draws from his zoology career when teaching animal-inspired exercises
  • He has been featured in several magazines including Tai-chi Magazine
  • Tai-chi classes encompass slow, fluid movements as well as more dynamic styles
  • Other classes include Tai-chi for self-defense and Tai-chi massage

87 Tyler Avenue
Sound Beach,
NY
US

At Connecticut Martial Arts, classically trained martial artist and fifth-degree tae kwon do black belt Master Steven Doyon leads a team of instructors who teach both the physical techniques and the philosophy of martial arts. Fitness-kickboxing classes teach participants to punch and kick as they shed weight. Muay thai kickboxing classes focus on the martial art's core techniques in intense lessons. Kids' martial-arts lessons teach youngsters to defend themselves against bullies as they acquire discipline and focus.

61 Newtown Rd
Danbury,
CT
US

Candlewood Fencing Center's 6,000-square-foot facility gives fledgling fencers and seasoned pros the tools they need to develop their skill with sabers, foils, and ?p?es. Seventeen lunge workout stations allow students to hone attacks, and three electronic speed stations train reflexes to parry an incoming thrust or jury summons. The center is equipped with solid wood floors that are built with bounce, making lessons and sparring practice easy on students' joints.

272 White Street
Danbury,
CT
US

Years before he would teach hand-to-hand combat to Special Forces candidates or have his studio voted the best of 2011 and 2012 by CT.com, Andrew Scala was stuck in traffic. As he inched down a clogged I-95 on his way back from New York and his job as a sales representative, he made a decision that changed his life. The next day, he quit his job, sold his car, and bought a plane ticket to Japan, where a friend was studying martial arts. He arrived three days later, beginning an eight-year stay in Hokkaido, where he eventually trained daily beneath the great-grandson of a samurai. At one point, he and two of his colleagues were invited to demonstrate their skills in front of more than 300 high-ranking Japanese military officials. Andrew not only mastered styles such as aikido, karate, and iaido, but also immersed himself in Japanese culture and learned to speak fluently, opening the door for the lifelong bond he shares with his teacher. Today, Andrew runs Darien Martial Arts Academy based on a philosophy that values integrity, honor, and self-discipline alongside physical skill. He lavishes his rich depth of knowledge upon students, teaching them the basics of Japanese with each lesson. As they grow curious, he relates the modern practice of martial arts to tales about the "truly intelligent and also fierce" nature of the samurai, erasing misconceptions along the way. "All those things are useful tools for helping children get motivated, not just for martial arts, but to become good students, good musicians, good athletes, good people," Andrew said, noting that as they train their minds with martial arts, the benefits spill into other aspects of life. His students bring in their report cards to show him their successes—and they also know that "if a student is good [at the academy] but he's starting to be disrespectful at home, he comes here and he pays for it here." He trains all ages of students, who typically begin with karate and then train in other styles or master weapons—the long and short staff, sword, and chain. He periodically brings his best students on trips to train at his old dojo in Japan, watching them develop a lifelong love of Japanese culture as they see him integrate easily into his old home. But though he takes martial arts seriously, Andrew makes classes fun and encourages each of his students. He's known for telling jokes and keeping the sessions lighthearted. "You don't have to be mean to be strong," he said. "The strongest guys I know are also the funniest guys I know."

300 Heights Rd
Darien,
CT
US

At UFC Gym Commack, an orchestra of fists and feet slapping heavy bags resounds through the gym. Nobody here settles for punching empty air; instead, professional-grade bags and training mitts absorb blows chucked by students of all skill levels who can burn up to 1,000 calories during fitness classes. Although each boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts class is an authentic fight-training regimen led by a professional fighter, students never have to step into the ring.

6240 Jericho Tpke.
Commack,
NY
US