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In 2023, 6.6 million Americans participated in martial arts. | Photo by @heyblondiephoto
Whether you’re wanting to learn self-defense, improve your physical fitness, or become part of a supportive + inclusive community, there are dozens of gyms in Indy that teach a variety of martial arts disciplines.

Naptown Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing, 500 N. Meridian St., Ste. 10B
The only nap you’ll be taking here is an accidental one if you refuse to tap. This gym right in the center of downtown offers classes all day for both kids and adults. If you’re north of the city, there’s also an affiliate gym in Fishers — City Editor Shea is a member here, so say hi if you see her.

Choi Martial Arts Academy, 6957 E. Madison Ave.
This south side gym is is Indiana’s oldest taekwondo school. Grandmaster Min H. Choi is a ninth degree black belt and has been teaching for more than 40 years, meaning the training you’ll receive here is the best of the best.

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Capoeira is unique for its dance-like style, once described by Bob’s Burgers as “sexy dance fighting.”

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United Kempo Karate Schools, 5450 E. 21st St.
At this school, you’ll find a unique combination of Chinese Kempo martial arts, combat fighting style tactics, and an Okinawan influence of weaponry. It also offers special programs such as reiki sessions and anti-bullying training.

North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave.
Most devotees of this gym go for bouldering or yoga — but did you know it also has capoeira classes? Instructor Ethan teaches this Afro-Brazilian cultural practice that is a mix of expressive movement and martial elements. Practitioners learn to use kinesthetic awareness, strength, balance, and dexterity within the context of a playful, game-like setting.

Indianapolis Martial Arts Club, 8647 W. Washington St.
Not sure exactly what type of martial art you’re interested in learning? This bright, airy gym is a great place to start. It offers beginner Muay Thai and kickboxing classes, as well as a proprietary blend of mixed martial arts for kids and for advanced adult students.
 
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Tuesday, April 2
  • Pinhole Projector Solar Eclipse Craft | Tuesday, April 2 | 5-7 p.m. | Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Dr., Indianapolis | Free | Celebrate the upcoming eclipse by creating your own box pinhole projector — supplies and free eclipse glasses are provided.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Dance Kaleidoscope Open Rehearsal | Wednesday, April 3 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Dance Kaleidoscope Studios, 1125 E. Brookside Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Experience the creative process and see how a dance piece comes together at an open rehearsal.
  • Signal to Noise | Wednesday, April 3-Thursday, April 4 | Times vary | Eskenazi Hall, 735 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Free | Attend the premiere performance of this longform piece for four cellists, accompanied by mesmerizing visuals.
Thursday, April 4
  • Bird ID Hike with Wild Birds Unlimited | Thursday, April 4 | 9-11 a.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Take a 1.5-mile guided hike to see white-breasted nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, goldfinches, and more.
  • Author Reading: Susan Muaddi Darraj | Thursday, April 4 | 5-7 p.m. | Indy Reads, 1066 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, join Susan Muaddi Darraj for a reading and discussion of her debut novel.
  • The Bygones | Thursday, April 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Irving Theatre, 5505 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | $20 | Enjoy the combination of genres from traditional jazz to classic country with this indie folk duo.
Friday, April 5
  • First Friday Art Show: Indiana Waterways | Friday, April 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Hoosier artists present their depictions of Indiana to call attention to the need for conservation and restoration of the state’s waterways.
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News Notes
 
Traffic
  • There will be new lane restrictions on Capitol Avenue due to ongoing construction at IU Methodist Hospital downtown. The restrictions will last at least one month, during which time drivers are encouraged to take detours. (WTHR)
Outdoors
  • If you’re in the mood for a jaunty saunter, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail just launched Indy Solar Stroll. It’s a free immersive scale model of the Solar System that spans 1.3 miles along Virginia Avenue from Washington Street to Fountain Square. The walk is open to the public through the first week of April.
Concert
  • We’re howlin’ for this news: The Black Keys will be stopping at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5. (WTHR)
Plan Ahead
  • April 20 is Record Store Day, and shops around Indy will be hosting special events and offering discounts to celebrate the holiday. Start planning your itinerary. (WISH/Mirror Indy)
Seasonal
  • Christmas? In April? Submissions have just opened for artists of all ages and abilities to redesign the iconic Carmel Christkindlmarkt mug for 2025. Get more information.
Sports
  • Purdue’s Zach Edey looks more and more unstoppable with each game. Get excited for the Boilermakers’ Final Four appearance with Locked On’s daily Big 10 podcast.
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    His Place Eatery offers everything from chicken and waffles to in-house smoked meatloaf and rib tips. | Photo by @melodieyvonne
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    From the editor
    Serious personal testimony, guys: Jiu-jitsu is amazing. I get to learn from people from ages 16 to 60 from all walks of life, and get a really good workout while I’m at it.
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