Karate-belt colors correspond to levels of distinction: black indicates master, white indicates apprentice, and clear indicates vulnerability to dishonest belt salesmen. Learn a spectrum of skills with this Groupon.
$199 for One Week of All-Day Karate Camp ($399 Value)
Instructors gather students for five days of fun, intensive bouts of self-defense education. Camps—which include a free uniform—start on June 25, July 9, and July 16, and additional dates will be added to accommodate all campers. Kids learn the mixed martial art of kajukenbo, which draws from five disciplines to create a unified, all-purpose fighting style.
Sessions start at 9 a.m. and end every day at 2 p.m., with instructors watching over their charges until 3:30 p.m. to accommodate parents who need some extra time to finish vanquishing their own mortal foes. After the five days of camp, including one field trip, kids take home martial-arts certificates acknowledging their accomplishments during the week.
TKO San Jose
Through they only teach one style of martial arts, TKO San Jose’s instructors work from a broad curriculum. The made-in-America art of kajukenbo combines the best parts of five different disciplines. Fighters fling feet in karate-inspired kicks, deriving their lightning-fast fistwork from Japanese kenpo and Chinese kung fu. The leg sweeps and throws of judo allow practitioners to take down much larger opponents, coupling well with the joint locks and manipulations of jiu-jitsu, which immobilize an opponent without throwing blows.
Inside the studio, black-belted instructors—from first through eighth degree—coach students of all ages in each in the five aspects of their art. Boiled-down martial-arts programs teach women essential self-defense strategies, and weapons training sessions arm students with the knowledge to effectively use a bo staff to defend themselves, most often by whittling it down to an actual bow and firing arrows from a safe distance.