Martial artists wear colourful belts to indicate their mastery of fighting techniques and their passionate disdain for suspenders. Achieve stylish self-defense strategies with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a martial arts training package from Aikido Canada (a $125 total value). The package includes:
- Eight martial arts classes, valid for any class on the schedule (a $75 value)
- A martial arts uniform (a $50 value)<p>
Led by master teacher Kevin Blok, the degreed black belt instructors at Aikido Canada train students of all fitness levels and age levels in multiple styles of martial arts. The studio’s most popular classes centre on Aikido, a system of self defense that equips practitioners to nonviolently subdue an opponent or their own shadow. Derived from more than 800 years of samurai training, Aikido eschews strikes and competitive displays, instead emphasizing personal development through practicing locks, pins, and takedowns. Alternatively, Iaido classes lead students through a non-sparring exploration of the samurai sword, utilizing drawing, cutting, sheathing, and disco dancing moves in a precise motion in order to achieve what is known as “moving zen.” Instructors train up to 40 awakening warriors in each session, and each receives a uniform that is mandatory for each class.
Though Aikido Canada sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Most people are familiar with the idea of a silent attacker, but at Aikido Canada, eighth-level Dan Kevin Blok Kyoshi and his certified Dan instructors teach the quiet art of aikido self-defense. Instead of kicking, punching, and breaking boards, aikido classes demonstrate lock holds, pins, and takedowns to help children and adults alike nonviolently defend themselves. These moves help the student control an attacker without harming them or having to restrain them with Chinese finger traps. All of their classes allow students to build their character with self-development and self-improvement, not the destruction of others. Kevin’s lengthy resumé includes such highlights as authoring four books, earning the Canada 125 medal for service to his country, and founding the Chudokai Aikido Federation International.