A brief explanation of what is GarifunaRobics & What is Garifuna.
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The objective of GarifunaRobics is to infuse culture and fitness to today's society; showcasing the Garifuna culture through something almost anyone can relate to, which is a workout. The music that is being played during the class is strictly Garifuna, with different genres of Garifuna music such as, Punta, Punta Rock, Gunchey (Goon-Chay), Wanaragua (Wah-Nah-Ra-Gwah), Hungu Hungu (Hoon-Goo Hoon Goo) and Parranda (Pah-Ran-Da). The class is a mixture of dance and fitness, so that you get your ultimate workout, and also learn some new moves. These classes are a barefooted experience, primarily because we want to stick to the traditions of our dances being done barefooted. You don't have to be a pro at what you are doing. You just have to be in it to win it, be prepared to burn some calories, and most importantly HAVE FUN!
The Garifuna (Gah-Ri-Fu-nah) culture is a mixture of Arawak Indian, and West African that was formed in the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. After vigorously fighting for their land, they were exiled in 1797, and arrived to the coasts of Honduras. From there, they migrated to Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua, and the U.S. Through all of this, the Garifuna people were able to maintain their culture alive through their language, drums, dances, foods, and spirituality.
The colors of the Garifuna flag are Yellow, White in Black;
Yellow representing the Arawak Indian tribe, hope and liberation.
White, representing purity
Black, representing the death and suffering of our ancestors, also our African tribes.
Arnol Guity Martinez, the founder of GarifunaRobics, is a fitness enthusiast with a passion for bringing his culture to the forefront of the fitness industry and across the diaspora. Born in the Bronx, NY to Honduran immigrant parents, Arnol has always been proud of his Garifuna heritage and wanted to find a way to incorporate it into his fitness routine. That's how GarifunaRobics was born.
GarifunaRobics is not your average fitness class. It's a dynamic and energetic workout that blends traditional Garifuna music and dance with high-intensity interval training. Arnol's vision was to create a fitness experience that not only improves physical fitness but also celebrates the vibrant culture of the Garifuna people.
Arnol's mission is to share his passion with the world and introduce people to the beauty and history of the Garifuna people. He has taken GarifunaRobics to cities across the country and internationally, from New York to Los Angeles, Belize & Honduras, inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to move and groove to the rhythms of Garifuna music. Arnol's infectious energy and enthusiasm have made him a beloved figure in the fitness world and an ambassador for the Garifuna culture.
LIST OF UPCOMING IN PERSON CLASSES
12/01- Oakland Bay Area, CA
12/02- Carson, CA
12/03- Los Angeles, CA
12/08- New York City
The Battle Of The Drums in Partnership with GarifunaRobics Presents: THE GARIFUNA EXPERIENCE TOUR IN BELIZE, CA