What You'll Get
- One Month of Classes with a Uniform
- One Month of Classes with a Uniform for Two
Includes one 30 minute private class per week and two 45 - 60 minute group classes per week.
Gi: The Duds of Discipline
People often joke that the robes worn by martial-arts practitioners resemble pajamas, but that may not be such a far cry. Read on to learn more about this ancient garb.
Though its proper name might not spring to mind, the customary outfit of a dojo sensei, commonly known as a gi, is eminently recognizable: a jacket called an uwagi tied by a belt (or obi) over a pair of short pants (shitakabi), the whole ensemble draped loosely to allow for swift and acrobatic movements. The particular materials used to make the gi follow the needs of specific martial-arts styles. A karate master who relies on quick strikes and powerful blows, for example, will likely don a lighter gi, whereas a judo fighter might enlist heavier, more durable fabric to endure the endless grapples and throws. In Japan, the catchall term for the customary robe isn’t gi but rather keikogi—keiko translates to “practice.” The name might also take on a prefix according to its intended discipline: judogi, karategi, aikidogi, and so forth.
Despite being a symbol of martial-arts culture for centuries, the gi’s origin remains unclear. Some speculate that the airy uniform was simply designed to accommodate the lifestyle of the Okinawan farmers and fishermen who invented it. Others contend that, in light of a 13th-century imperial ban on the possession of weapons, warriors trained at night to avoid detection. In a pinch, the robes could pass for sleepwear, concealing their transgression.
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About Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios
Operating under the core values of respect, discipline, and humility, Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios uses a custom, personalized approach to instruction in order to most effectively teach students the art of Ultimate Kenpo. Using a standard mixture of private and group classes, men, women, and children ages four and older receives training that is specially-tailored to unique preferences and abilities. In addition to teaching skills, classes are designed to promote focus, confidence, and overall health and fitness in the lives of its students.