Martial arts teach children mental discipline as well as physical attacks, so that they only use their new skills on math textbooks that refuse to give them the answers. Train body and mind with this Groupon.
$99 for Three Months of Unlimited Martial-Arts Classes for Kids, Including Uniform ($415 value)
Instructors lead 45-minute, fun-filled classes for up to 15 students aged 3–18. Classes incorporate lessons in listening and responding, discipline and self-control, and respect, as well as increasing flexibility, coordination, and strength. Students also receive a traditional uniform at the beginning of class, with their belt ceremoniously presented to them at the end of their first class.
Ken Gibson began training in martial arts 20 years ago and has practiced hapkido, russian sambo, brazilian jujitsu, and escrima, to name a few styles. He thought he was prepared for any martial-arts challenge, but he describes his first attempt to teach the tradition to children as "shocking" because of how difficult it was. But he stuck with it and learned that engaging his youthful students was as much about entertaining as educating them. He grew to love the challenge of taking on young and adult students, and eventually he opened the Pouncing Tigers school as a way to impart lessons of fitness, discipline, and self-confidence to students of all education levels full time.
In his children or adult classes, he draws from techniques of longtime trainer Bill Schettino's estacada and farang mu sul, an art adapted from the fighting style of ancient Korean special forces known as the Farang Knights and the Sulsa Warriors. Regardless of the physical techniques he covers, he always emphasizes the values of self-control, indomitable spirit, and respect, which can be demonstrated by swiftly kicking doors open for your elders.