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Although martial arts help students master invaluable self-defense techniques that come in handy in extreme situations, continued practice helps them develop the confidence and self-control to get a handle on everyday life. Kyoshi Jamie Palmer—a sixth-degree black belt—and Sensei Ashleigh Palmer emphasize both of these aspects as they teach Okinawan-style martial arts at Olathe Karate Academy. The husband-wife team caters to the needs of students of all ages, showing children and adults how to perform the forearm strikes and forceful kicks of kenpo as well as the throws and grappling techniques of jiu jitsu.
As dedicated attendees continue to develop their skills, they can deepen their practice by studying how to spar or safely use traditional weapons, such as staffs, sais, and sarcastic one-liners. The Palmers even use traditional self-defense techniques to create metabolism-boosting workout regimens by leading kickboxing sessions.
All of these classes take place within Olathe Karate Academy's fully equipped practice studio, which sprawls across nearly 4,500 square feet of space. The gray, padded floors provides a welcome bit of cushion and support during class. Opposite the main room's wall of mirrors, a line of crimson heavy bags hang from the ceiling, allowing students to practice their strikes against a sturdy target.