Classes for kids and adults include kenpo, jiu-jitsu, and sparring; birthday party includes group class and cake cutting with a sword
About This Deal
Choose from Two Options
$42.80 for 10 martial-arts virtual classes, plus a free uniform ($150 value)
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$97 for a two-hour virtual party package for up to 15 children ($300 value)
Two free webinars are included in offer.
- Setup and cleanup
- Group karate class and games
- Birthday child receives an official karate uniform
- Birthday child gets to be a black belt for the day
- Birthday child cuts the cake with a real samurai sword while being supervised
- Gift bag and one free week of classes for each guest
Each additional guest is an extra $5
- Offer not Valid in West Lafayette location.
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.