Martial artists wear colourful belts to indicate their mastery of fighting techniques and their passionate disdain for suspenders. Achieve stylish self-defense strategies with today's Groupon: for $29, you get 12 kickboxing or karate classes at Douvris Martial Arts & Fitness (a $150 value). Choose from the following locations: Bank Street, Lancaster Road, or Richmond Road in Ottawa, or locations in Aylmer, Gloucester, Kemptville, or Stittsville.
An experienced team of instructors, captained by masters John and Peter Douvris, helps Ottawans get fit while learning self-defense during kickboxing and karate classes. Comprised of three classes—kickboxing, Cardio Bag, and Body Shape—the kickboxing program builds endurance, chisels muscles into diamond-like hardiness, and improves reaction time and coordination for dodging projectile bags of money. Kickboxing classes sync footwork drills to antielevator music, and Cardio Bag classes instill proper punching form with heavy-bag routines (must bring boxing gloves or hand wraps). Specialized weight training isolates muscle groups during Body Shape classes, which also incorporate calisthenics and stretching exercises.
Geared toward beginners who want to learn the basics of martial arts, karate classes cultivate focus, discipline, and confidence by executing dynamic stances, strikes, and blocks. Instruction includes how to fall safely into a lover's arms and sparring techniques, always with an emphasis on self-defense. Class times for both kickboxing and karate classes vary by location, though they are typically held afternoons and evenings Monday–Friday and Saturday mornings. Buyers should contact the location they are interested in for a specific schedule.