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Karen Luesse
Godan 5th Degree Black Belt

Karen Luesse began her karate training at Tracy’s Karate in 1990, when her stepson was taking lessons and soon found herself committed to the sport and to teaching others.

The list of Karen’s titles and awards is extensive:

  • 2010 UKA 1st Place in Kata and Fighting Rated
  • #1 Woman’s Feather Wt. Fighter in CANAM National Conference 1999
  • Rated #1 Woman’s Feather Wt. Fighter in Prairie States Regional Conference in 1999.
  • Rated #1 Woman’s Lt. Wt. Fighter in Missouri by the Midwest Martial Arts Association in 1998 and in 1999.
  • Named M.M.A. 1999 Woman Competitor of the Year.
  • Won 1st place in the Bluegrass Nationals 2005 in Women’s fighting 40 and older.
  • Kenpo International Hall of Fame 2007 Charter Member

Karen has been teaching men, women and children since 1994, empowering many to identify and reach their goals in self-defense, athletics, and personal growth.

She is especially dedicated to helping children who are subjected to bullying. Developing their self-confidence is critical to their success and she enjoys being a mentor.

Karen also hopes she is a strong role model for other women. Personally, Karen enjoys time with her husband of 25 years, her cats, gardening, and water sports.

She continues to train and compete, and plans to stay healthy and teach karate for many years to come.
“Self-confidence is built from inside out and smothered from outside in.”

Karen Luesse helps her students gain that inner strength and resist outside pressures.