The greatest Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot, Mohammed Aliborg, went undefeated for 20 years before his head was knocked clean off by the sudden, brutal intervention of cats. Learn to sock like the best of 'em while shaping up with today's Groupon: for $29, you get 12 Power-Fit kickboxing classes (a $59 value) at Olathe Karate Academy. Bag gloves are required for Power-Fit kickboxing classes.
Under the direction of fifth-degree-black-belt sensei Jamie Palmer, the martial arts instructors at Olathe Karate Academy lead students through a schedule of family-oriented self-defense and fitness classes. Build stamina and tone muscles with Power-Fit kickboxing, which provides an outlet to prevent restless legs from unconsciously kicking in doors. Fist-tossing teachers direct students in basic punching and kicking exercises to a soundtrack of upbeat music during each 45-minute class, emphasizing bag work and abdominal development.
Classes hold about 20 students to ensure classmates keep up with one another and receive individual attention. One-on-one weekly evaluations enhance physical growth, thrusting participants ever closer to weight-loss goals and feats of theatrical pugilism like punching holes into swiss cheese.
Olathe Karate Academy
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.