A poorly trained martial artist, like a man whose pants are too baggy, tends to strike unusual poses and fears the scornful glares of those wearing belts. Fashion a defense-ready fitness regimen with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a private half-hour introductory martial-arts lesson (a $25 value) and 10 fitness or self-defense classes (a $149 value), plus hand wraps (an $8 value) and a T-shirt (a $15 value) at Empire Martial Arts in Colonie (a $197 total value).
Empire Martial Arts schools men and women ages 14 and older of all fitness and experience levels in the ways of krav maga, self-defense, and martial arts within a 6,500-square-foot studio. The real-world self-defense tactics of krav maga have been taken up by law enforcement, military, and vigilante anti-jaywalking groups across the globe as well as making ordinary civilians more sinewy, while fitness boot camp licks limbs into shape with varied high-energy routines. Mixed-martial-arts sessions stir up a potent cocktail from the kickboxing strikes and blocks of muay thai and the grappling techniques of Brazilian jujitsu. Each class has a different schedule with its own days, times, and recommended wine pairings.
Students can sort out their options with a private half-hour introductory lesson and consultation from Empire Martial Arts owner and chief instructor Alan Condon or another qualified staff member. With the experienced staff's guidance, students can better decide which style or combination of styles will best match their fitness goals and stock of homemade superhero outfits and sign up for 10 classes of their choice. Each hand-to-hand fitness combatant also receives an Empire Martial Arts T-shirt and hand wraps that can be used to giftwrap newly minted fists of fury.