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:
- Our community: It’s brimming with positive, supportive, and encouraging women. You’ll always feel at home.
- 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.
- 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.”