rc martial2

OWENSBORO, Ky. (9/12/13) – Teaching discipline, self-defense, and focus are just a few of the lessons Jennifer Coomes and her husband, Jack, offer at their martial arts school on Salem Drive.“It’s a commitment,” Jennifer Coomes said of Master Chai’s Martial Arts. “It’s not a place to exercise and leave.”

Coomes said she teaches a variety of different martial arts styles, including karate, tae kwon do, and tai chi. She said knowing multiple styles can help people incorporate a wider range of self-defense and exercise techniques.

“Tai chi is a moving meditation. It’s good for the joints and the mind,” she said.

In addition to blocking and kicking styles, Coomes provides instruction in kendo – swords, but she said she is very selective about who is allowed to take part in training with weapons.

“We don’t start children with weapons,” she said. “Children are not allowed to use weapons until they are invited. They’re not allowed to do any sparring. A parent has to want you to (learn kendo).”

She said to get invited, the child must have earned at least a green belt, and demonstrated discipline in their duties at school and at home.

“If they get in trouble at school, they’re in trouble here,” she said. “They have to report back if they’ve done their chores.”

Coomes said she also uses her classes to teach kids about safety, and how to use the self-defense skills they learn to avoid a fight, not to win it. The first motto kids are taught is “walk away.” The second is “find a mom.” She said when a child gets separated from his or her parents, it’s best to find a mother because that person will be more likely to stay with the child until they find their parents, and to help them at the customer desk if in a store.

Coomes began her training with Master Chai a few years ago as something she could do with her husband, who’d been training since the late 90’s.

“I started practicing and he’ll never catch up with me again,” she said, jokingly. She has a black belt in multiple styles and said she is trained in use of every weapon in the martial arts school.

Her family is involved with the school as well, she said. Her oldest child has a green belt, though no longer trains. She said her five year old also has a green belt, and she spends time with her three year old teaching her the basics.

She said she is planning a kids camp program, but hasn’t finalized the details for that yet.

Coomes spoke about her business during a Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting held Tuesday.

For more information, call 270-683-7674 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dennis Beard
SurfKY News
Photo provided by Missy Gant

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 6725

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 13, 2015 6230

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 5135

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 4569

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 16, 2015 3417

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

April 02, 2015 8489

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 6725

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks

Stories Trending Now

April 17, 2015 6725

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 18, 2015 4569

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 19, 2015 1405

ATV Ride, Cookout Raises Funds for Shanice Bean…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 1084

MPD Offers Advice On Prom, Underage Drinking

by Lt. Billy Poe
April 18, 2015 866

Market Commentary - April 18, 2015

by Randall L. Franklin
April 18, 2015 591

Home, Garden Show Concludes Today at Ballard…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 538

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 535

Keeping the Faith - 'God Smiles'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 18, 2015 500

TVA's Regional Energy Resource Council to Meet in…

by Tennessee Valley Authority
April 18, 2015 493

Hooked on Science - Skewer a Balloon

by Jason Lindsey