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    Expert Capoeira - TEST

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    What do you get when you cross dance, fighting, and stunning acrobatics? Sounds oddly like West Side Story. Not exactly. Originating as a means to disguise martial arts training in a fight for freedom, Capoeira is Brazil's fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian martial arts form. In this class, you'll increase agility, balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, posture, and overall cardiovascular health, as you practice the fundamental movements of Capoeira, including how to dodge and attack. This energetic and culturally-rich workout is energized by lively music so that you will hardly even notice just how intensively you are exercising. Can you ask for anything more from a workout?
    Expert Capoeira - TEST

    520 Madison Ave, Chicago

    • Incorporate music, self-defense, and dance into your workout regimen
    • Engage the mind and body in this active form of art
    • Increase your balance, body awareness, and strength through learning the basic moves of Capoeira, such as ginga, esquiva
    • No experience necessary
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    1 positive reviews
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    Jiu-Jitsu

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    Hop off the treadmill, drop the dead-lift -- well, maybe put it down gently -- and experience a class that will simultaneously incorporate both of these heavy-duty workouts. Jiu-Jitsu provides self-defense techniques that work to strengthen your body, biceps, and stamina. Here, you'll learn grappling methods, based on judo, that martial arts masters and MMA fighters use on a regular basis. Warm up your body and get ready to fight your way to your fitness goals. Sometimes your workout needs a bit of diversity.
    Jiu-Jitsu

    820 N Orleans, Chicago

    • Learn the ground fighting techniques of Jiu-Jitsu that involve grappling
    • Practice to improve your strength, stamina, and self-defense
    • Prepare yourself to spar with any partner
    • No experience necessary
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    3 positive reviews
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    Pekiti-Tirsia Kali

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    Blades swing through the air. It clips your shirt. Damn, you just bought that t-shirt. But there's no time. You need to fight in the style of a Filipino warrior. Pekiti-Tirsia Kali is an indigenous art featuring close-quarter combat tactics and an in-fighting system based primarily on the use of edge weapons. Watch out for the dagger! Learn how to defend against knives, sticks, or firearms. Without a doubt, PTK's no-nonsense approach will have you in shape and ready to fight. You'll acquire the skills and training to use edged and impact weapons. Take a swing at this exciting class!
    Pekiti-Tirsia Kali

    1803 W Byron St, Chicago

    • Explore the highly combative nature of Filipino Pekiti Tirsia Kali
    • Learn a close-quarter, in-fighting system based primarily on the use of edge weapons
    • Acquire skills for combat with other weapons, such as knives, sticks, and spears
    • No experience necessary
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    2 positive reviews
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    Boxing 101

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    Is the only boxing you know the kind regarding holiday gifts? It's probably time to expand your horizons, then. Come get your kicks at this Free Boxing 101 class! Alongside an experienced instructor, you'll learn how to jab, punch, and hook. Boxing exercises both the mind and the body, which will result in strengthened muscles, increased agility, and heightened confidence. This class is the perfect way to work your body and become a self-defense pro. By the end of class you'll be prepared for anything that might come your way! You're about to have boxing on the mind... all the time. And you're going to LOVE it.
    Boxing 101

    2600 W 35th St, Chicago

    • Learn how to jab, punch, and hook with fellow boxing beginners
    • Strengthen muscles, increase agility, and gain confidence
    • Discover ways to protect yourself in the face of danger
    • Excel with a fun and practical workout routine
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    2 positive reviews
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    Sanda Chinese Kickboxing

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    If someone starts beating you up, you need to be prepared to defend yourself! That's when sanda, or sanshou, will come in handy. Sanda, or Chinese kickboxing, is the simple concept of two people fighting against each other without weapons. Using four attacking methods -- kicking, hitting, wrestling, and controlling -- you'll train your body into an efficient, combat-prepared fighting machine. You'll quicken your defensive and offensive reflexes and improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, and sensibility. You'll also learn to fight respectfully -- attacking the back of the head, neck, and crotch of your opponent is prohibited. Come see what Sanda's all about, and give yourself a fighting chance!
    Sanda Chinese Kickboxing

    2724 N Harlem Ave, Elmwood Park

    • Learn the fundamentals of sanda (or Chinese kickboxing), a weaponless martial art
    • Train your body to use four attacking methods: kicking, hitting, wrestling, and controlling
    • Cultivate your mental concentration as you learn the philosophy behind the fighting style
    • Leave with a better sense of the value of self-defense
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    2 positive reviews
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

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    Want to learn martial arts, but can't decide which style is right for you? This is your chance to get a free introduction to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills! BJJ utilizes a combination of hip-takedowns and throws that turn your assailant's momentum against them to ensure that, no matter the size-difference, you'll be in a position take your opponent to the ground. You'll practice an arsenal of techniques designed to win the ground game, including chokes and joint locks meant to immobilize. You'll receive instruction from a martial artist trained in the discipline. Your instructor will focus on the fundamentals and teach you how to apply those techniques during live sparring sessions. In addition to building confidence in your ability to win a fight, you'll be getting a great workout that develops both your stamina and flexibility. Find out why BJJ attracts all the hip kids!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu All Levels

    1531 W Chicago Ave, Chicago

    • Enjoy a free introduction to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, if you are already a practitioner, brush up on your skills
    • Learn beginner punch, kicks, and takedowns to neutralize your opponents
    • Practice sparring against a real life opponent to see what you're capable of
    • Gain confidence in your ability to defend yourself should the need arise
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    2 positive reviews

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