We were honored to have Master Tom Merritt and Master
Lucy Hanson at our April 20th, 2004 and April 12th, 2005 rank testing. Along
with overseeing the test, Master Merritt taught two seminars on Tae Kwon
Do form and technique.
Master Merritt is the youngest seventh degree black belt in North
America and is the founder and president of the International Tae Kwon Do Union (ITU).
The ITU was formed in retaliation to increasing internal "politics" in
martial arts organizations. The ITU promises a "politics free" environment.
According to Master Merritt, "I started the ITU because other major organizations
are politically influenced and unaffordable. The ITU is based on a philosophy
of no favoritism and openly accepts practioners from all different kwans."
As the first male instructor to ever be invited to Kicks, Master
Merritt said, "I am very honored to be here. It means a great deal to
me to be the first male to teach at Kicks." Master Merritt went
on to comment that, In his more than 20 years of martial arts training,
"Kicks students are some of the finest Tae Kwon Do students I've ever seen."
Kicks director, Laura Kamienski, was re-certified as an International
Tae Kwon Do Union instructor during the course of the events. "I am extraordinarily
proud to be affiliated with the ITU. Master Merritt sets a new standard
for all martial artists, female and male," said Sabum Nim Kamienski.
This year, along with Masters Merritt and Hansen, we also had the honor of
Masters Smith and Munk visiting Kicks.
Master Merritt works with the entire group on obverse punch.
Masters Smith and Munk attack white belt students Margaret and
Amy during the rank testing.
Masters Merritt and Hansen look on
Master Merritt demonstrates proper high blocking technique.
Master Merritt works with Kicks senior student Gaby
Sabum Nim Jennifer Lawler
Dr. Lawler is a black belt and author of nineteen books including,
Tae Kwon Do for Women, Coaching Women in the Martial Arts, Kickboxing
for Women, Punch: Why Women Participate in Violent Sports, and Martial Arts
for Dummies. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of
Kansas in 1996. She is experienced as a tournament competitor, judge
and referee, and martial arts and self-defense instructor. Currently, she
devotes most of her time to writing and speaking about martial arts training.
Her latest book Dojo Wisdom explores using martial arts philosophy in daily
life, even if you're not a martial artist.
Kicks Tae Kwon
Do for Girls
Kicks Tae Kwon Do for Women
Left to right:
Sabum Nim Lawler, Lindsey, Joanna, Sarah, Martina, Micah
Bottom row, left to right:
Elizabeth, Julie, Gaby
Sabum Nim Kamienski
Standing, left to right: Esther, Brittney,
Sabum Nim Kamienski
Sabum Nim Lawler,
Introduction to Self-defense, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing for Women
Kneeling, left to right: Tish, Coralynn, Deena
Standing, left to right: Gaby, Esther, Doc, Sabum Nim Lawler, Brittney
Linda, Donna, Kristen
Jennifer Lawler and our friend Grace
Sabum Nim Jennifer Lawler and
Nim Laura Kamienski
Sabum Lawler guest instructs Kicks' Girls
Sabum Nim Lawler guest instructs Kicks' Adult
Tae Kwon Do Students.
Sabum Nim Lawler helps Brittney improve her round kick.
Michelle is the attacker as
Sabum Nim Lawler demonstrates
an escape from a lapel grab.
Kicks hosts a two hour workshop entitled "An Introduction
to Self-defense, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing for Women" with Jennifer Lawler.
Each participant received a signed copy of Jennifer's latest book
Jenny Perrin taught a one-hour
introductory workshop on wrestling. Jenny's impressive wrestling career,
including regional and state championship titles, spans from her days in
junior high and high school to her current status on the wrestling team
at Bucknell University.
Sabum Nim Silke Schulz
Sabum Nim Schulz is a third-degree
black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She owns Kicks! Martial Arts and Fitness in
California City, CA where she also works as a women's legal advocate.
Left to Right:
Rachel, Cristin, Melanie, Ann, Sabum Nim Kamienski,
Sabum Nim Schulz,
Elizabeth and Esther
Sabum Nim Schulz
helps students with their "back-fist" technique.
with Sabum Nim Schulz
Sabum Nim Schulz was a lot of fun..
and a REAL challenge!
Sensei Charity Warren
Sensei Warren hales from Fort
Worth Texas. She has been training in martial arts for over 14 years and
holds the rank of second-degree black belt. Sensei Warren also teaches
women's self-defense seminars for local women's shelters.
Sabum Nim Laura
Kamienski and Sensei Charity Warren 2001
Don't let the
name fool ya!
Charity in action!
What's in a name?
Grace and Charity