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Kids learn discipline, self-respect, and martial arts skills during fun-filled five-day camp

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Promotional value expires Aug 21, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Younger than 18 must have guardian-signed waiver. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. The kids must bring their own lunch and snack. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $75 for 5-day martial arts camp ($150 value)

Choose from 10 available camp sessions.

Gi: The Duds of Discipline

People often joke that the robes worn by martial-arts practitioners resemble pajamas, but that may not be such a far cry. Read on to learn more about these ancient garbs.

Though its proper name might not spring to mind, the customary outfit of a dojo sensei, commonly known as a gi, is eminently recognizable: a jacket called an uwagi tied by a belt (or obi) over a pair of short pants (shitakabi), the whole ensemble draped loosely to allow for swift and acrobatic movements. The particular materials used to make the gi follow the needs of specific martial-arts styles. A karate master who relies on quick strikes and powerful blows, for example, will likely don a lighter gi, whereas a judo fighter might enlist heavier, more durable fabric to endure the endless grapples and throws. In Japan, the catchall term for the customary robe isn’t gi but rather keikogi—keiko translates to “practice.” The name might also take on a prefix according to its intended discipline: judogi, karategi, aikidogi, and so forth.

Despite being a symbol of martial-arts culture for centuries, the gi’s origin remains unclear. Some speculate that the airy uniform was simply designed to accommodate the lifestyle of the Okinawan farmers and fishermen who invented it. Others contend that, in light of a 13th-century imperial ban on the possession of weapons, warriors trained at night to avoid detection. In a pinch, the robes could pass for sleepwear, concealing their transgression.

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Fantastic! My son loves it! Mr Lopez is also fantastic! Highly recommend! And you cannot beat the price!
Lisa B. · August 9, 2016
Great place for learning a martial art! I purchased this Groupon, which was good for one free month, to learn Krav Maga, but have since then become a full time student. I learn something new every time I attend class. It's a great workout and will make you a better person, mentally and physically. Mr. Lopez has been instructing since the age of 15 and is proficient in karate, krav maga, jiu jitsu, gun and knife defense. His accomplishments, knowledge and physical abilities have showed he is the right teacher for me. I highly recommend Matthews Family Martial Arts to anyone of any age or background, whether you're a new learner or experienced competitor.
Scott G. · February 29, 2016
The guy who runs this place is fantastic.
Ada H. · January 31, 2016
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    Matthews ATA Martial Arts

    3122 Fincher Farm Rd

    Matthews, NC 28105

    +17043212553

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