The KUMA Story

Women in a small gym space on small kickboxing bags

In 2016, I founded KUMA Fitness & Leadership, a studio devoted to promoting fitness and empowerment, with an initial focus on kids’ fitness, including afterschool programs, summer camps, and martial arts.

By 2017, I was exploring new ways to engage adults in the martial arts discipline. I recognized that traditional martial arts — with its belt systems, uniforms, and formalities — might not resonate with everyone. Seeking to create an approachable, enjoyable alternative that still embraced the fundamentals of martial arts, I turned my attention to kickboxing. This form of fitness was gaining popularity and felt like the perfect solution.

With a keen awareness that kickboxing classes were largely frequented by women, I decided to tailor our classes to be women-exclusive. Understanding the intimidating nature of starting a new fitness journey, particularly one as intense as kickboxing, this exclusive setting aimed to alleviate common pressures.

In our first year, I fine-tuned our workouts, continually experimenting and researching to develop a dynamic, varied, and fun curriculum.

What stood out was not just the kickboxing program, but the vibrant community it nurtured. We cultivated a small community of women who evolved into accountability partners, friends, supporters, and motivators. The kickboxing was great, but the community was even better!

So, in 2019, I established a dedicated studio for this thriving community: KUMA Fit. Our body-neutral space welcomes women to embark on their fitness journey in a supportive and positive environment.

Here are three unique features of our studio you’ll love:

  1. Our community: It’s brimming with positive, supportive, and encouraging women. You’ll always feel at home.
  2. Our dynamic kickboxing workouts: If you’ve struggled with maintaining a traditional gym routine, our kickboxing might just be the workout you’ve been searching for.
  3. The empowerment of kickboxing workouts: Every class leaves you feeling strong and empowered. And this feeling of strength persists, thanks to the uplifting spirit of our tribe.”
Written By
Coach Stacy

Coach Stacy

Stacy Kim, the founder of KUMA Fit (a women’s kickboxing & fitness studio in Saco, Maine) and Stacy Kim Coaching, has dedicated her life to teaching. She has taught over 10,000 classes and has trained in martial arts and fitness for over 15 years. Today, her mission is to redefine what fitness means for women, to stop objectifying the body, and focus on moving to feel strong.

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