A good offense is the best defense, which is why the best way to avoid a fight is to verbally abuse every person you pass in the street. Form a self-defensive backup plan with today's Groupon: for $90, you get 12 classes and a uniform (a $190 value) at Haben's Martial Arts Academy in Spring Branch. Classes are held in the evenings Monday through Friday. Check the schedule for available times.
Trained by JuKiDo founder Kyoshi Ivan Ujueta, Haben's Martial Art's head sensei Paul Haben draws from his hard-hitting experience to help students reach their individual goals. Classes cover a range of disciplines including the syncretic style of JuKiDo, which blends the soft defensive styles of judo and jiu-jitsu with the uncompromising strikes of karate and kickboxing. Students can also learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which enables the neutralization of larger opponents through the assistance of the floor, or focused, mixed martial arts for students determined to kick through lead. Since in utero instruction has proven impractical, Haben's Martial Arts accepts students starting at 4 years of age, with classes especially designed for different age groups.
The studio's open, mirrored practice space gives limbs ample room, and the roped-off ring positions strikers in a realistic arena to prepare for local competitions and national gift-wrapping contests.