Martial-arts rankings are indicated with different colored belts, with yellow for beginners, black for experts, and navy blue for beginners trying to pass themselves off as experts. Defend yourself against martial con artists with today's Groupon: for $30, you get eight martial-arts classes (a $70 value) and a uniform (a $55 value) at Okamoto's Karate (a $125 total value), with locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla. Today's deal also includes a complimentary martial-arts orientation.
At Okamoto's Karate, martial-arts masters guide students of all experience levels through a fusion of Japanese karate and Korean tae kwon do classes, helping pupils heighten skill mastery and hone inner focus. Draped in a crisp new uniform, grown-up protégés can kick it in training sessions tailored to belts of all colors, learn protection maneuvers in self-defense classes, or study alongside siblings, kids, or pet beta fish in family classes. Youngsters separate into classes based on age, with fighters as young as 3 practicing in the Tiny Tigers class, and kids age 6–12 and teens of every rank practicing together. Classes range from 20–50 minutes, depending on age, and are scheduled six days a week, making arranging exercise as easy as breaking into a velcro-sealed safe.
Okamoto's Karate's dedicated karate and tae kwon do instructors transform pedestrians of all ages and experience levels into finely calibrated martial artists within fully mirrored training facilities replete with changing rooms. During a diverse lineup of classes, the highly trained staffers shepherd students aged 4 to typewriter-user through a dynamic training system that fuses Japanese karate with Korean tae kwon do, working to lay the foundation for active and confident lifestyles. In addition to hosting classes for average citizens and out-of-shape superheroes disguised as average citizens, the studio is also home to the world-championship team, Team Alaska, which has been featured on ESPN's worldwide telecast of the US Open & ISKA World Martial Arts Championships in 1999 and 2000.