What You'll Get
Many Americans know that the average kickboxing class does not at all prepare them to build microwaves using common household items. For $20, today's Groupon lets you see the real benefits of kickboxing with one month of unlimited classes (a $112 value) at Condition and Competition Kickboxing.
The numerous health benefits of kickboxing—it burns calories, builds lean muscle, tones and conditions the body, and increases flexibility—have made it such a gym-class mainstay that it's easy to forget it can also be used for self-defense. Coach Ed Carpio and his team of instructors, AKA the Nine Deadly Venoms, which is also the name of their Bee Gees tribute band, will remind you in a big way. Carpio is a San Shou (Chinese kickboxing) champion, and he'll teach students how to box, parry, take down opponents, and free-form spar in his San Shou training class. Martial artists and martial poets can also take a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class. Peaceful warriors, meanwhile can get all of the health benefits of kickboxing without any of the fighting by taking CCK's condition training, condition paddle training, circuit-bag training, Thai pad training, or power kickboxing classes. See the full schedule for class descriptions and times.
With classes for every age group, even a junior San Shou class for kids 6 through 17, Condition and Competition Kickboxing offers a kickboxing program the whole family can enjoy—providing a fun new way to resolve Monopoly disputes that doesn't involve hiring a real-estate lawyer.
Yelpers give Condition and Competition Kickboxing five stars and love the challenging classes:
- The gym offers different type [sic] of classes. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner at kickboxing or if you are more advanced. Each class will push you [sic] limits and make you sweat. – Genevieve L., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid for all classes offered. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Condition and Competition Kickboxing
As CEO and chief instructor of Condition and Competition Kickboxing, Ed Carpio draws from a victory-studded background of competitive fighting. Though he came to the art of Chinese kickboxing (also called sanshou) at 21, later than many greats, he rose through successive bouts to become a national lightweight champion. Ed then turned to training others with his expertise, remaining devoted to his sanshou students throughout his sporadic returns to the ring, a study in judo, and a government summons to deflect an impending asteroid.
CCK preaches acceptance and positivity through programs for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Its gym has been highlighted on one of KRON 4's "Best of The Bay" segments for casting a familial air over martial-arts learning. Bordered by camouflage-painted walls, guests can launch strikes at bags, pads, and partners during kickboxing courses, or focus on classical conditioning with weights and fitness machinery.