Martial arts are meant to be the last line of self-defence, used only after you verbally warn the assailant and then clench your fist until it glows. Power up with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- C$25 for 10 mixed-martial-arts, jeet kune do, or filipino martial-arts classes (a C$175 value)
- C$20 for a three-hour hands-on self-defence seminar (an C$85 value)
Mixed-martial-arts classes blend fighting styles from various cultures around the world. Jeet kune do takes a similar multistyle approach and was first developed by Bruce Lee. Filipino martial arts classes, also known as kali-silat, teach students how to strike opponents and block blows using hard bamboo sticks.
The three-hour self-defence seminar takes place on the first and third Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During each session, a trio of instructors uses hands-on instruction to teach participants how to thwart or defeat attackers with basic techniques. Armed with this new knowledge, students test their skills against a padded opponent.
Paul Brown Boxfit
For Paul Brown, combat arts have been a way of life more for than 30 years, leading him to become the second-highest ranked fighter in the Canadian Lightweight Division and to train with the likes of Paul Biafore and Phil Carra. He boiled down his boxing knowledge to a simple fitness class to introduce the sport to beginners, which he now teaches at his personal studio, Paul Brown Boxfit. Other disciplines offered include jeet kune do—the martial art and philosophy developed by Bruce Lee—and muay thai, a form of kickboxing that makes use of the elbows and knees as well as fists and feet. They teach the expanded array of classes in the ample room in their new studio, which sits steps away from the Wellesley subway station, close enough to be convenient but far enough away to recapture fleeing punching bags before they board the train.