A small fighter may defeat a larger opponent, much like a small prince forcing a mighty ogre to double over with a series of hilarious knock-knock jokes. Turn the tables with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one month of unlimited jiu-jitsu classes at Charles Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Reno or Truckee, California (up to a $99 value).
Seasoned instructor, black belt, and veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Gary Grate arms his students with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a ground-based fighting style with realistic self-defense applications. By one-upping opponents with prime positional control, jiu-jitsu trainees gain an upper hand without super-gluing foam fingers to their foreheads. Instead, wrestlers subdue foes with a variety of class-taught techniques that rely on the science of motion and geometric angles, instead of brute strength or direct punching and kicking. Along with jiu-jitsu fundamentals, classes also cover specific takedown techniques and judo moves, and students can opt to enlist in women-only, kids', or law-enforcement-only defense sessions. Although jiu-jitsu is perfected in the classroom, many students rely on it as a form of self-defense in compromising real-life situations or as an alternative to rock-paper-scissors when deciding who has to take out the trash. Customers can check the studio's weekly schedule for both children's and adult classes.