Though it is now clear that the best defense is a good offense, ancient philosophers once thought that the best defense might be a tear-stained Garfield snuggle blanket. Preserve your dignity with today's Groupon: for $39, you get five martial-arts and fitness classes at Ultimate Martial Arts in Lincolnwood (a $100 value).
Ultimate Martial Arts owner Dante E. Peña, an award-bedecked tae kwan do black belt, instructs fleet-fisted self-defenders in a state-of-the-art, 5,600-square-foot wonderland. The school's schedule teems with classes that furnish men and women of all ages with the muscle-molding prowess of krav maga, boxing, kickboxing, and jiu jitsu. Ultimate Martial Arts' cutting-edge TRX suspension system gives burgeoning cores an intense resistance workout, and the school's yoga classes maintain the flexibility necessary to select hard-to-reach Street Fighter characters.
Krav maga incorporates self-protection techniques that can be utilized by warriors of any stature, and the gym's kids' martial-arts courses cater to diminutive defenders as young as 4. The expansive facilities boast two elucidating levels, packed with rubber mats, heavy bags, viewing rooms, and changing and shower areas.