Wearing a black belt, once a mere sign of sartorial savvy, now informs the world who's capable of arm barring a car door into submission in the event of an accidental grocery bag lock-in. Rescue ensnared edibles with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get one month of unlimited martial arts and fitness classes at Gracie Barra North Houston's Magnolia or Spring locations (a $179 value).
A team of accomplished coaches and instructors at the family-owned Gracie Barra studios enlightens disciples with mixed martial art expertise, with special emphasis on Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand. In classes such as Muay Thai Youth, Boxing for MMA, and Cardio Kick-Boxing, students learn to kick, grapple, and execute the car-wash hand gesture as dramatically as if in a Broadway musical. Kids five and older and adults of all ages and skill levels are welcomed with open dragon-tattooed forearms and will find appropriate classes on the schedule.
Students needn’t purchase a uniform to participate in their month of unlimited classes, and Gracie Barra’s standard $100 registration fee is waived for Groupon customers' first month. Additionally, those who wish to continue on at the gym may do so for a halved registration fee, though persevering pupils will then need to purchase a uniform and, eventually, a second stick of deodorant.