Though normal boxing combines a total-body workout with the pleasure of being repeatedly punched in the head, cardio boxing combines rope jumping, shadowboxing, and pummeling heavy bags until they cry uncle. Defend yourself against inanimate objects with today's Groupon: for $50, you get five weeks of unlimited kickboxing at Martial Way Academy (a $139 value).
With more than 20 years practicing martial arts, Martial Way Academy's Larry St. Clair and his team of instructors coach beginner kickboxers of all ages into confident fighters. Trainers forge rock-hard physiques and sharp reflexes over the course of a five-week progression program, with techniques culled from Filipino martial arts, Thai kickboxing, jeet kune do, and vale tudo. With a ratio of one coach to every 10 students, personal attention and mathematical truths guide one-hour sessions. Fists and feet diligently pummel hanging bags and handheld pads to perfect a new, basic combination each week, eventually advancing to specialty takedowns and pinkie-swear sneak attacks. Tigers Youth group sessions give pintsize kickers the chance to earn a white belt while developing character and self-defense skills.
A packed schedule of classes calls to warriors with the promise of heart-pumping practice six days a week. To safely participate in training, students must either bring their own boxing gloves or hand wraps or purchase a pair from Martial Way Academy's shop.
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