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National Karate - Ramsey

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$11.25 for Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform at National Karate ($150 Value)

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The instructor is a fifth-degree black belt

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July 31, 2019
Absolutely LOVED the Andover National Karate! My daughter took advantage of the 4 classes a week for the month this Groupon was good for. She not only earned the White Belt, she earned the next stripe. The instructors are really good with kids. Studio was clean and cool (hot summer). The Master Black Belt was Due.

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  • $11.25 for one month of unlimited martial-arts classes with a uniform ($150 value)
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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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