One Month of Unlimited Traditional-Style Karate Classes at FMA Center (Up to 70% Off)

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Nicole C. · 2 reviews
· Reviewed December 19, 2017
I just started attending on 12/15, have attended 2 classes so far and I'm really enjoying it! The 2 different instructors I've met so far have been great, very knowledgable, very good at instruction. The class moves at a really good pace, they seem to be very skilled at adjusting the pace to the level of students attending that night. I'm looking forward to the next month or so!


Angela G. · 2 reviews
· Reviewed August 22, 2017
Great instructors with equally great classes that really get you sweating and engaging all the muscles in your body! The most fun work out I've ever done - JOIN !!


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· Reviewed July 26, 2017

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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.

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