Live Oak Center for Martial Arts and Healing

Garrison Wells watches Samantha Oliphant throw down fellow student Erik Johnson Wednesday at Live Oak Center for Martial Arts and Healing in Washburn. Wells and his wife, Laura, recently opened the martial arts studio after moving to the Chequamegon Bay area from Colorado in November.

The class lined up in staggered formation in the martial arts studio’s gym, called a dojo.

Synchronized, the five karate students practiced a series of simple offensive and defensive movements. They bowed, crossed their hands briefly in front of their bodies, placed their feet shoulder width apart while uncrossing their now fisted hands and together said, “Kihon kata.”

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