Learning self-defense is like growing an apocalypse-safe food bank of fungus; you don’t want to be in a situation that requires it, but it’s always comforting to have it under your belt. Be prepared with today’s Groupon to American Black Belt Academy. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get a one-hour women’s self-defense class (up to a $29.99 value).
- For $99, you get a one-hour women’s self-defense group class for up to 10 people (a $250 value).
Randy McElwee and his staff's intensive one-hour self-defense class teaches women of all fitness and expertise levels how to protect themselves against potential sexual assault. Come armed with a posse of up to nine friends or fly solo during SAFE (Sexual Assault Fundamental Escape) classes, which equip women warriors with six standing techniques and six ground techniques to evade attack. By leveraging body weight and focusing on speed and clarity instead of brute strength, female fighters empower themselves with the ability to outmaneuver assailants who may be twice their size, wielding a knife, or brought back from the dead. Students leave the session with more confidence and a heightened awareness of their surroundings, as well as the ability to inflict damage during crime-fighting dance numbers. Classes for Groupon holders start in June.
American Black Belt Academy
To weather his career as a master sergeant and a decorated Special Forces combat veteran, Shihan Randy McElwee needed a solid grasp on combat maneuvers. Nowadays, the retired McElwee teaches the pragmatic self-defense skills that got him through battle at his martial-arts studio, American Black Belt Academy. The school specializes in the official hand-to-hand combat system of the US military: Gracie Brazilian jujitsu. The system’s standing and ground moves harness leverage to take on larger opponents as well as help participants neutralize surprise attacks. For a broader focus, students can opt for an integrated martial-arts fitness workout, which combines jujitsu with muay thai kickboxing and Japanese shotokan karate. Regardless of their specificity, all of the studio’s classes enhance focus, self-confidence, and courage when the laundry room’s light goes out.
10 Huntington Rd.
Athens, Georgia 30606