Karate-belt colors correspond to levels of distinction: black indicates master, white indicates apprentice, and argyle indicates vulnerability to dishonest belt salesmen. Learn a spectrum of skills with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $29 for 5 one-hour self-defense or children’s karate classes (a $105 value)
- $39 for 10 classes (a $210 value)
- $49 for 20 classes (a $420 value)<p>
At a state-of-the-art midtown facility right around the block from Rockefeller Center, black-belted instructors lead introductory self-defense boot-camp classes, teaching students the quick basics of how to escape from attacks such as grabs, holds, chokes, and flat notes from street musicians. Kids build character, strength, and discipline during more than 3 available weekly sessions designated for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 11.<p>
For more than 20 years, Igor Dyachenko has trained with top coaches around the world and won numerous awards in international competitions. As a former world champion, certified instructor, and founder of D-Dojo Karate, he calls upon those years of experience to fuse classical Japanese karate techniques with modern science, including knowledge culled from biophysics, biomechanics, and reruns of The Bionic Woman. The dojo is a member of the World Karate Federation (WKF) and an official branch of the Shotokan Karate-do International Federation (SKIF), headed by Hirokazu Kanazawa. Dyachenko trained with Kanazawa, a 10th-degree black belt who studied with the creator of Shotokan karate.
Dyachenko and his team strive to train students quickly with basic karate techniques known as kihon, kata, and kumite exercises. Children practice exercises through running, jumping, and playing, in order to help develop physical strength, agility, and mental toughness. Dyachenko also used his karate skills and sense of humor to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech on The Colbert Report.