Join Rocky Mountain Karate Academy in Granby

Sixth degree blackbelt, Ken Crossman (far left), is teaching karate for his second year for Grand County students of all ages. The first class runs from Oct. 7 to Dec. 16.
Ken Crossman/Courtesy photo

Shihan Ken Crossman is offering fun, progressive, year-round karate classes through the Granby Recreation Department. Shihan is a Japanese term for an expert instructor.

This ongoing, year-round program, held at the Granby Community Center, is for karate enthusiasts all ages. Classes are divided between kids ages 7-12 years old, and those ages 13 and up. The registration deadline for new and returning students is Oct. 1. Three month, six month and annual memberships are available.

The next three-month session is from October through December.

Classes are offered every Saturday for all students, and on Thursday evenings for adults. This training program will advance participants through the Certified Belt Ranks. The cost ranges from $195-$225 for three months of unlimited classes. There are also options for six and 12 month classes.

Shihan Crossman brought this ancient martial art to Grand County in 2022. Crossman is not new to teaching, however. He earned his sixth-degree black belt in 2020, and now runs Rocky Mountain American Karate. His classes have sanctioned by the American Karate Academies National Association.

Crossman is excited to teach all levels of students, helping beginners become black belts. Students will learn the art of self-defense, as well as life skills such as discipline and patience.

Before Crossman, there were no karate classes in Grand County. He teamed up with the Granby Recreation Department to teach the art to students of all abilities.
Ken Crossman/Courtesy Photo

Registration is going on now, via online, phone, and in person. For more information or to register, visit or call the recreation department at 970-887-3961.

Three Generations of “karatekas,” or those who practice karate. Crossman and his daughter both practice karate, and are teaching Crossman’s grandson.
Ken Crossman/Courtesy Photo
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