Rachael flies through the air as Steve flips her to the ground
Another round of testing for the Martial Arts class on Tuesday was followed by an awards ceremony. The entire Center turned out in the gym as five students and Travel Instructor Steve Patten all received orange belts from Karate Denver instructors Rachel and Travis. Steve is a bit of a ringer, of course, since he already has a black belt in Judo and competed internationally.

Brittany throws Travis flat on his back on the mats
Warren holds on to his cane while throwing elbow jabbs at the pads
Jimmi throws Rachael to the ground while keeping hold of his cane

Each class meets for eight sessions in our gym, learning any number of defensive strategies and moves, punches, kicks and holds. This class included Jay, Jimmy, Warren, Brittany, warren and Courtney C along with Steve.

“I feel a lot more confidence in myself,” said Brittany after the class. Wearing a warrior’s face during her belt testing, she giggles when asked about it. “It was fun too!”
Group shot with instructors standing with the students who are wearing their orange belts and holding their certificates