What You'll Get
Karate-belt colors correspond to levels of distinction: black indicates master, white indicates apprentice, and clear indicates vulnerability to dishonest belt salesmen. Learn a spectrum of skills with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $59 for one month of kids' karate classes with uniform ($150 value)
- $199 for a one-month after-school karate program with uniform ($559 value)
The after-school program takes place Monday–Friday until 6 p.m. Participating kids are picked up from their schools and delivered to Karate America, where they receive snacks and karate training.
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.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required for initial class. Only valid for new students or students who have been inactive over last 6 months. Classes must be used in consecutive weeks. Subject to available class times. Classes valid for 4 and up. After-school; only valid for 6 and up, runs between Sept 2nd-June 10th, Elmbrook and Menomonee Falls school districts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.