Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in krav maga training. Give fist paintings a little martial artistry with today's Groupon: for $30, you get four classes (a $60 value), a 30-minute private lesson (a $50 value), and a T-shirt (a $20 value) at ATA Martial Arts (a $130 total value).
ATA Martial Arts hones well-disciplined fighting machines with classes designed to whip bodies into shape while imparting principles of confidence and self-defense. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, commando krav maga boils self-defense down to practical essentials, stripping away abstruse martial-arts theories by teaching students how to defend themselves in real-life situations such as street fights, bar brawls, and tightly choreographed gang dance-offs. Commando krav maga classes are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and first-time students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.
The half-hour private lesson, which can be scheduled Monday–Saturday, allows students to get one-on-one time with instructors, further honing martial-arts moves and practicing flawless delivery of one-liners to use just before knocking out an opponent. An ATA T-shirt allows students to proclaim martial-arts prowess with stylish aplomb. Groupons can also be used for other programs—including children's martial arts and cardio kickboxing—offered throughout the week. Call ahead for class availability.
6030 St. Andrews Rd.
Columbia, South Carolina 29210