Our women’s gym is a body-neutral space to find the joy in movement and to feel empowered and strong.
We are throwing away the standards of fitness. Our body-neutral space stays focused on how movement makes you feel and we don’t talk about weight loss, take measurements, or use before and after photos.
We are redefining what fitness means for women and reclaiming the gym from diet-culture.
Our body-neutral space stays focused on how movement makes you feel and our coaches deliver classes that leave you feeling powerful and strong.
The KUMA community of friendly and supportive women creates a safe and positive space for all women to feel comfortable doing the movements they love.
This is our (wo)manifesto:
- We support every woman
- We promote positivity through words, actions, and beliefs
- We know that every woman is a badass
- We are all here to help you feel empowered to do anything
- We believe fitness has to be redefined and reimagined
- Fitness doesn’t have to suck
- We celebrate new standards of beauty
- Every body type can be the right body type
- We reject diet-culture
- Kickboxing builds killer confidence
Hi, I’m Coach Stacy! I’ve been training and teaching martial arts for 15 years and nothing is more amazing than seeing a woman feel more confident and powerful. KUMA is more than a kickboxing studio, it’s a community where women can feel safe, positive, and supported by the coaches and other members. I hope we redefine what women’s fitness means and bring the focus on feeling positive and strong. As a coach, I am here to help you succeed with your fitness, your mindset, and your life!
When I’m not teaching or training I love spending time with my family – my partner and my silver lab, Ransom. I also enjoy being creative (I went to Maine College of Art) so I use my graphic design skills to make things or I love to make music on the drums or with my uke.
I know how it feels to walk into KUMA for the first time, and now I’m excited to provide a friendly and welcoming vibe. I’ve been kickboxing for almost a year and I’m completely obsessed! Hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors with my husband keep me sane. By day, I’m a choral director and pianist, having taught music in school and directed the Voices in Harmony Choirs in Saco since 2000. I’m thrilled to be part of the KUMA family!
Though fairly new to coaching kickboxing, I’ve been throwing jabs and hooks since high school. I believe kickboxing is not only a fantastic full-body workout but also a holistic and supportive approach to fitness that promotes inclusivity and confidence. When I’m not at KUMA, I balance my marketing career at IDEXX with beachside adventures alongside my Vizsla, Senna. I dream of winning the lottery to open a dog sanctuary and devote more time to KUMA Fit.
I joined KUMA in May 2019 and instantly fell in love with kickboxing and the supportive environment. Fitness has been a rollercoaster journey for me, but KUMA allowed me to celebrate my body’s abilities, build strength, and connect physical and mental wellness, all while surrounded by incredible women. Outside KUMA, I’m a scientist, home cook, baker, book lover, and musical theater fan. I’m committed to being a lifelong learner, focusing on the good, celebrating the little things, and never stopping personal growth.
I began taking classes at KUMA in October 2020 and instantly connected with the encouraging and compassionate community. When I’m in the studio, my goal is to inspire women to embrace their authenticity and tap into their inner strength to overcome obstacles. As a USM student, I enjoy roller skating, skiing, and outdoor activities in my free time.
I started my KUMA journey on my 50th birthday, searching for something new and exciting. I had been considering kickboxing for months, and when I put on my first set of gloves and heard the “SNAP” of the bag, I was immediately hooked. Outside the studio, I’m a happily married mother of three nearly grown-up boys and a General Manager of a big box retailer, having been with my current company for 23 years. I love traveling, hiking, kayaking, and staying active in any way I can.
I joined KUMA in May 2021 after recovering from an injury. Wanting to test my limits with kickboxing, I quickly fell in love with KUMA’s atmosphere, people, and vibe! During the week, I’m busy with meetings and developing software, workflow, and IT initiatives for a major health insurer. When I’m not in meetings or at the gym, I entertain my cats and plan my next adventures on the water or in the mountains.
I’ve tried various workouts but finally found my passion at KUMA. From day one, I felt welcomed and excited to work out with strong women of all ages and backgrounds. Now, as a coach, I’m thrilled to contribute to KUMA’s positive atmosphere. Outside the studio, I’m an elementary school Assistant Principal, and kickboxing helps me recharge. I love watching feel-good movies, tackling my reading list, and cherishing every moment spent with my family, especially since two of my three kids live away from home.
From my very first experience at KUMA, I’ve felt empowered and welcomed, surrounded by a diverse and amazing tribe of women. I adore coaching and empowering others, as we grow together into strong, fearless goddesses. When I’m not at the studio, I work as a Patient Care Coordinator at a pediatric dental office, and in my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring the local food and beer scene, or cozying up with a good book.
Throughout high school, I was highly active with synchronized swimming and soccer, but struggled to find a new passion during college. That changed when I discovered KUMA in March 2021 and fell in love with the empowering community of strong women. KUMA provides a positive, safe exercise environment that emphasizes feeling good over looks. Outside of KUMA, I manage a recruiting company, which motivates me to unwind in class. I also enjoy swimming, surfing, and scuba diving, keeping my childhood dream of being a mermaid alive!
My passion for kickboxing started in October 2021 at KUMA. As a 200 HR YTT certified yoga instructor, I focus on self-awareness and making yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of their “yoga body.” My aim is to provide a pow(her)ful and mindful practice that complements kickboxing while challenging societal perceptions of body image. Outside of KUMA, I embrace a simple life of holistic health coaching, RV living with my spouse, and enjoying the company of our two cats, Thelma and Sandwich.
As a former rugby player, I sought a new fitness challenge and discovered kickboxing at KUMA in September 2021. The practice has not only boosted my confidence and provided great workouts but also improved my mental health, thanks to the KUMA community. I aim to help other women experience these benefits as well. Outside the gym, I love traveling, watching sports, spending time with friends, and enthusiastically pointing out every dog I see to ensure no one misses the joy of spotting them.
I struggled with maintaining a healthy relationship with fitness until joining KUMA in April 2021. Kickboxing pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me feel empowered, thanks to the supportive KUMA ladies. It’s the perfect therapy after a long day, always leaving me better than when I arrived. Outside KUMA, I’m a head manager at a camping resort in Old Orchard, enjoy spending time with my two cats, and love soaking up the sun while listening to true crime podcasts—even when home alone at night! I hope to inspire others as KUMA has inspired me.
I’ve been a KUMA member since June 2021 and appreciate the coaches’ emphasis on strength rather than size. Growing up, I wasn’t athletic—I picked clovers in soccer fields and even learned Latin to dodge gym class. But after reading a fantasy book featuring strong female characters who boxed, I tried kickboxing and now adore it alongside KUMA’s amazing ladies. Outside of kickboxing, I enjoy reading, crafting, napping with my three cats, working as a children’s librarian, and providing administrative support to KUMA.