Most martial arts were developed hundreds of years ago by visionaries who foresaw the need for self-defence skills and summer blockbuster movies. Arm and entertain yourself with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $75 for 10 tots jiu-jitsu classes (no kicks or punches) for kids aged 3–5, including a uniform (a $225 value)
- $75 for 10 R.E.A.L. martial-arts classes for kids 6 or older, including a uniform (a $225 value)
During 30-minute tots jiu-jitsu classes, instructors teach wee ones the basics of grappling, with an emphasis on improving coordination and flexibility while nurturing budding self-confidence and potential, but leaving out the kicking and punching. The R.E.A.L. martial-arts program draws on the art of kickboxing, augmenting the same lessons as the tots program with teachings on the self-control, the jiu-jitsu-based Gracie street self-defence system, and anti-bullying techniques necessary to stay safe and succeed in school. Across nine locations, instructors hold classes up to seven days a week; see the schedule.
West Coast Martial Arts
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.