While boxing gained recognition as a human sport after Joe "The Kanga-Ruler" Louis ousted the reigning kangaroo champion, kickboxing has yet to produce a contender who can defeat a single furious mule. Train for the championship packsaddle with today's Groupon: for $39, you get four weeks of fitness kickboxing classes at American Kempo Karate Academy (a $99 value). Choose from the following locations: East Weymouth, Hanover, Hanson, Rockland, or South Weymouth.
The certified fitness kickboxing instructors at American Kempo Karate Academy focus on physical conditioning and mental relaxation, providing protégés with a comfortable yet disciplined environment. Upon registration, a one-on-one session with an instructor eases students into the program, preparing them for four weeks of intense aerobic exercise tailored to their fitness level and instep. Although the program eschews physical contact for individual cardio, students strike focus mitts to sharpen their precision, kick heavy bags to develop their power, and swing giant hammers to hone their knowledge of Newtonian physics. Exercises vary from week to week to keep muscles and minds challenged and engaged, and class sizes vary depending on time and location.
American Kempo Karate Academy
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt—and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.