Children's and Adults' Martial Arts Classes at Karate America (Up to 89% Off)

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Dedicated instructors teach children and adults effective self-defense techniques that boost confidence

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required, same day reservations accepted. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. New customers only or those who have not visited in the past 6 months. Not to be combined with any other offer. Muay Thai &brazilian jiu jitsu for adults. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Martial artists typically only fight when they're struck first, and even then they hold off if the attack came from an endangered bird. Hone your fight-or-flight response with this Groupon.

Martial artists typically only fight when they're struck first, and even then they hold off if the attack came from an endangered bird. Hone your fight-or-flight response with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $19 for one month of unlimited martial arts classes for children ages 7-12 ($160 value)
  • $30 for one month unlimited muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu classes for an adult ($137 value)
  • $35 for two months of unlimited martial arts classes for children ages 7-12 ($320 value)
  • $59 for two months of unlimited muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu classes for an adult ($274 value)

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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