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The Ancient Art of Fitness Kickboxing

Cool Link of the Month

Jump Start Your Metabolism

Tell us what you think

Rank Promotions


Located at the Heiter Community Center • 100 North Fifth Street •  Lewisburg, PA 17837
November 2003

The Ancient Art of
Fitness Kickboxing

Fitness Tip of the Month

Jump Start Your Metabolism   
After Tae Bo disappeared from late night TV we asked ourselves, "Is fitness kickboxing really just a trend?" No! There has always been a fitness element and component to traditional martial arts. Often times being a separate program of sorts.

Aerobic kickboxing is nothing new and has always been considered a  valid way of training for martial arts/self defense. So what components make up an effective safe fitness kickboxing program?

First to be both effective and safe, fitness kickboxing should be taught by trained martial arts instructors. Ideally these instructors would also have a background as group fitness professionals. CardioKicks! was developed by Kicks Martial Arts for Women instructor, Laura Kamienski who has been a fitness professional for over a decade and has been certified by the National Association of Professional Martial Artists to teach fitness kickboxing classes. Her experience as a fitness professional and a martial artist makes CardioKicks! a great workout combining practical martial arts techniques with the excitement and fun of traditional aerobic classes.

"There are two weaknesses with most aerobic kickboxing classes. Either they are run by aerobics instructors with no martial arts background, or they are run by martial artists with no aerobics or fitness backgrounds. Either way the outcome is less than perfect," said Kamienski

An aerobics class has to have certain components to be safe and effective. This includes class components, knowledge of body mechanics and kinesiology as well as heart rate monitoring and testing. Knowledge about music tempos, safely choreographing routines and teaching to a mixed population are other areas which must be considered when teaching group fitness classes. Most aerobics instructors have some kind of training and background in these areas. Most martial artists do not.

The other side of the coin is learning the proper mechanics of martial arts techniques as well as their applications. Martial artists train for years at these techniques and are uniquely qualified to teach and demonstrate them.

So it seems that far from a fitness trend, a class that combines the elements of a safe and effective aerobics class with the proper mechanics of martial arts techniques makes for one kick butt workout!

CardioKicks! Fitness Kickboxing with Kicks instructor Laura Kamienski is held every Tuesay and Thursday at
5:00 PM at Bucknell University Fieldhouse dance studio.

Bucknell fitness facilities are open to faculty, staff and current members. You must have a valid Bucknell ID to attend.


Cool Link
of the Month

Women's E-News
Bridging the gender gap every day

Women's eNews is a nonprofit independent news service covering the issues that are of particular concern to women. Women's eNews editor, Rita Henley Jensen and staff have nearly a half-century of journalism experience with newspapers, wire services and national publications and are determined to deliver full and balanced reporting to Women's eNews readers.

Women's eNews grew out of a 1996 roundtable discussion conceived and funded by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and hosted by the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. After additional research on the need for a media outlet to distribute news of concern to women and the opportunity to provide women's voices to commercial media, NOW Legal Defense undertook in 1999 to create Women's eNews as an Internet-based news service for all women, with a special emphasis on being a resource for commercial media. Two years later, NOW Legal Defense determined Women's eNews could sustain its success and stand on its own. January 1, 2002, Women's eNews was born as an independent news agency.

The reporters and commentators for Women's eNews are selected based on their professional experience as news reporters and connection to women's communities in the United States and the world. The commentators are often sought out by Women's eNews editors in an effort to provide our readers a breadth of viewpoints. Women's eNews is in the process of affiliating with several major journalism schools so that its editors may mentor less experienced journalists and provide them an important outlet for their work.

One of the "joys" of getting older is that our metabolism slows down. I just turned forty and mine seems to be crawling these days. That means we burn claories more slowly. The following list of tips can help to jump-start a tired metabolism:
  •    Don't skip meals.
  •    Drink more water.
  •    Tone up with hand weights.
  •    Get lots of aerobic activity.
  •    Watch calories.
With a faster metabolism, you're burning more calories all the time -- even while sleeping or sitting at your computer.

Kicks Rank Promotions

Welcome new White Belts: Katie, Rachel, Jackie, Molly, Meghan, Martha and Anya. You're on your way!

  • Gold Belt: Kristen, Deena and Meghan
  • Orange Belt Lindsey, Micah, Michelle and Alyssa
  • Green Belt Liz
A special congratulations to Kristen and Lindsey who earned a medal for her outstanding performance in Forms. Also a special congratulations to Liz who earned a medal for her outstanding performance in Board Breaking.

Liz, Micah, Lindsey and Sabum Nim Kamienski
Michelle and Sabum Nim
You can check out more test photos by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

  • The next rank test will be held on December 13th at 2:00 PM.
  • A-Z class for senior students will be held on November 1st from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. You must register to attend. Class is open for students ranking blue belt and above.

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