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- $24 for Three Weeks of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform ($137 value)
- $42 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes with Uniform ($234 value)
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 this ancient garb.
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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About The 1-2 Punch Family Martial Arts & Fitness Center
Discipline, self-defense, and fitness are a few of the benefits that The 1-2 Punch Family Martial Arts & Fitness Center bundles into its programs. Its classes—led by master instructor Leo Domino and a team of experienced martial artists—blend together multiple martial arts styles, including tae kwon do, muay thai kickboxing, judo, and karate. Students of all ages and fitness levels can participate in them and learn power strikes and hand-combat moves while building physical fitness and mental strength. Classes also feature age-appropriate exercises, group activities, and character-building games.