Martial artists wear colorful belts to indicate their mastery of fighting techniques and their passionate disdain for suspenders. Achieve stylish self-defense strategies with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a one-week martial arts summer boot camp (a $150 value), T-shirt (a $15 value), and set of ID tags (a $5 value) at Hwa Rang Do Martial Arts Academy in Glendale (a $170 total value). Choose between camps held July 25–29 or August 1–5.
A student of martial arts since 1974, Master Tim Elliott employs the skills he has acquired to help boys and girls build confidence, strength, and discipline. A supportive faculty of black belts and orange girdles call mini kickers to the mats from 9 a.m. to noon for introductory lessons in the Korean martial art of Tae Soo Do. The low student-to-teacher ratio of 6 to 1 ensures that trainees develop a reverent attitude toward their developing talents along with nuanced instruction in self-defense. Legs brace bodies as feet soar during standing, jumping, and spinning kicks; arms rocket forward in various grabs at undefended wrists and ice-cream cones. The camp concludes with a graduation ceremony and a certificate to celebrate each student's increased flexibility, confidence, and passing resemblance to Jean Claude van Damme.
Students of body ballistics must come outfitted in camouflage pants or shorts to complement the Academy's black T-shirts and military-style ID tags, and should bring a bottle of water or sports drink and light snacks for mid-morning re-fueling. The spacious, mirrored dojo accommodates both whirling appendages and curious guardians, who may admire their charges from protected seats.