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Martial-arts classes for children and adults including karate and kickboxing

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. One month option expires 30 days from activation. Two month option expires 60 days from activation. Reservation required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Valid for new customers or customers that have not visited within the past 6 months. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Martial artists wear colorful belts to indicate their mastery of fighting techniques and their long-standing blood feud with suspenders. Self-defend in style with this Groupon.

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  • $39 for one month of unlimited martial-arts classes (an $80 value)
  • $69 for two months of unlimited martial-arts classes (a $160 value)
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Martial Arts University

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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  • “It's a good place, but this is more martial art oriented (more karate)”

  • “The owner/instructer is great! Very patient and seems to enjoy teaching. My son loves it.”

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    Smithfield

    2035 Milford Rd

    Unit 600

    East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

    +15704848500

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