You will drill this counterattack...

The sucker punch is one of the most common--and devastating--first strikes during an assault. It is also virtually impossible to block so you must act before an assailant throws this punch. We provide mental and physical training to help you avoid getting sucker punched.

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Saturday, March 24th, 2-4PM.

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  • Comfortable workout clothing that will allow you freedom of movement. (Because you will do both standing and ground techniques, you might prefer long clothing for your arms and legs for the ground work and have short sleeves and shorts underneath that you can switch to in order to keep cooler for punching and kicking drills.)
  • We have locker rooms where you can change (bring a padlock if you wish).
  • While training at Kreimer’s Karate Institute you will be barefoot.
  • You will be able to wear eyeglasses during most of your training.
  • Enthusiasm!

Please do not wear:

  • Jewelry, except plain wedding band.
  • If you have items not removable we will let you know whether you can safely practice with a training partner or striking pads.
  • Long fingernails: You will be striking pads and practicing with others.

WDVM-TV visited us and aired a segment on our training. Watch our training HERE. 

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CLICK HERE for reviews of this course, including one by a law enforcement officer.

...a palm strike to attacker's solar plexus (vulnerable bundle of nerves).

Student executing disabling kick to the knee--realistic training that is not possible without our Athena padded suit.

What Succeeding With A Padded Instructor Feels Like

It happens with all our students. You begin by learning and practicing kicks and palm, elbow and knee strikes on a heavy bag, a Body Opponent Bag and a large pad held by a training partner. Then--at your pace--we introduce you to our padded instructor. He slowly approaches and you throw your first strike. Success! Then he reacts to being hit the way an untrained assailant would react: puts up his hands or bends over or moves forward and starts to counterpunch. You look at him...and the natural human reaction is to freeze.

We see it all the time. He's not standing upright and stationary like the bags and pads you've been hitting. All the bodily targets you've trained to hit aren't where they're supposed to be anymore and he's going to hit back! Where do I hit now? Should I use my hands? Elbows? Feet? Maybe I should cover-up block. Seconds pass. In real life those seconds would likely translate into injuries and an ambulance ride.

Of course we pause the simulation and continue to train you to bring you to your next stage: how to choose from moving targets, and how to make your feet, knees, hands and elbows work together. And in very little time you start spotting targets and putting together our techniques in a coherent way. In other words, now you're genuinely learning how to fight back. 

Without our padded instructor--if you train only against pads or bags--that freeze you experience during training would occur during a real attack. Our more realistic training--the padded instructor acting out common attack scenarios--might help you avoid or short-cut the freeze reaction in a real self defense situation.

Benefits Of Athena Women Training:

Experienced instructors focused on student goals

Mental and physical preparation to survive threatening situations

Endorsed by Law Enforcement Officers

Challenging but not overwhelming

Click HERE to see how the course will run during your training.

Kreimer's Karate voted the area's Best Martial Arts School for 2017!