Defending one's self is essential for survival, when you're boxing or when you're participating in a push-up contest versus yourself. Learn a few tricks of the defensive trade with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a month of unlimited classes and one local specialty class at the Chinese Shao-Lin Center in the Financial District (a $100 value).
The Chinese Shao-Lin Center teaches the ancient Chinese art of Shao-Lin kung fu, a mixture of self-defense and meditation that's considered essential for health and longevity. Inside a peaceful space, students learn to defend themselves against rabid pharaohs in a kung fu class or explore gentle, flowing movements and breathing exercises during a tai chi session. The center's specialty classes, available two to three times each month, cover a range of topics designed to empower bodies, minds, and cinder blocks' rights activists.
108 Heroes Kung Fu
Located in the same Chinatown building as the Kwang Kung temple, and though the school offers private youth lessons, the instructors at 108 Heroes Kung Fu focus on training adults. Lessons teach hand-to-hand combat and melee weapons, as well as mental lessons of self-discipline and confidence.