The pen is mightier than the sword, but that’s only because the pen spends three nights per week bench-pressing paper clips. Stay in tip-top sharp-object-dodging shape with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get five drop-in classes at Anderson's Martial Arts Academy in Tribeca (a $175 value).
Featured on Good Morning America, Anderson's teaches furious fight styles and sage self-defense techniques in New York’s largest martial-arts training facility. With a five-class pass, nunchuck novices can test out any of the variety of martial-arts styles at Anderson's, including muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, jeet kune do, Filipino martial arts, and competitive spooning. Sifu Dan Anderson and a team of black-belt bruise beauticians lead muscle-toning classes throughout the week, all of which are open to beginners, except for phase two, three, and advanced muay-thai sessions. Toddlers born with the eye of the tiger can take children's classes, and fitness-minded pacifists enjoy noncontact yoga and draco fitness workouts.
Before and after each class, punchy pupils also enjoy access to the sprawling 12,000-square-foot fight complex at Anderson's, a two-story facility complete with heavy bags, a mixed-martial-arts and boxing ring, and cardio equipment specifically selected to enhance martial-arts training. Participants have access to on-site shower facilities and should come dressed in comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement, such as T-shirts, sweatpants, or Spider-Man footie pajamas.
A kettlebell feels extra heavy in the hands of fitness expert and martial artist Dasha Libin. After all, she's packed over a decade of work into into that seemingly simple workout tool. That's how long it took for Libin to develop her signature Kettlebell Kickboxing system, a method in which she draws on her background in martial arts and her masters degree in sports science to help people dramatically transform their lives.
Men and women can experience this unique workout through in-person classes in NYC and home fitness DVD programs. In both, an instructor calls them to grab hold of kettlebells—or dumbbells, if they prefer—and then guides them through motions that echo martial arts disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, French kickboxing, and martial arts yoga. The programs also incorporate basic nutrition rules and guidelines to help encourage lasting lifestyle changes. It's an approach that has earned Kettlebell Kickboxing praise from outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Shape Magazine. Students who attend classes in person will be able to take advantage of the facility's new showers and lockers with custom codes.
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