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Kicks Martial Arts has a staff of courteous, certified, professional instructors and trained assistant instructors. Kicks' Instructor Training Program demands that each instructor and assistant instructor meet the latest and highest standards in martial arts training, teaching skills, professionalism and integrity. Not only do our instructors love martial arts...they love teaching martial arts.

Head Instructor Laura Kamienski supervises all of the instructor training under the guidelines and requirements set forth by the International Tae Kwon Do Union and the National Women's Martial Arts Federation. These guidelines ensure quality instruction from qualified teachers.



Head Instructor Laura Kamienski

Head Instructor
Laura Kamienski

Laura Kamienski holds a third degree black belts in the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. Ms. Kamienski was named 2001 Instructor of the Year and 2002 Woman of the Year by the International Tae Kwon Do Union (ITU). She was also awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts award by the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame and 2002 Instructor of the Year by the World Karate Union. Her other awards include three exemplary achievement medallions, which she earned for forms presentation and sparring. 

Sabum Nim Laura is a certified instructor with the National Women's Martial Arts Federation, International Tae Kwon Do Union and the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors. As ITU Pennsylvania State Director she is responsible for overseeing ITU rank testings and seminars.. Laura has also trained in other styles of martial arts including Krav Maga, Modern Arnis, American Wrestling, Shotokan Karate, JuJitsu and Kickboxing.

Ms. Kamienski has recently finished co-authoring  book with Sabum Nim Jennifer Lawler. Her book entitled, Training Women in the Martial Arts: A Special Journey , published by Wish Publishing is now available.

Laura has been a professional group fitness and aerobics instructor for over a decade and has been certified by the National Association of Professional Martial Artists to teach fitness kickboxing classes. Her experience makes CardioKicks! the area's premier fitness program combining practical martial arts techniques with the excitement and fun of traditional aerobic classes.

Laura has been teaching women's self defense seminars, workshops and courses for the past ten years. She is a certified self-defense instructor with the National Women's Martial Arts Federation. She has successfully trained in several women's self defense systems including: R.A.D.-Rape Aggression Defense Systems, ASAP Women's Street Defense Intensive, IMPACT Personal Safety, and S.D.I.O.-Self Defense From the Inside Out. She is the founder and creator of Empower! Self-defense for Women.

Ms. Kamienski's articles on women's self-defense have been published in several martial arts news and web magazines including ATA Magazine,Women in the Martial Arts, The Stand, Va-Voom and New Traditions, The Catalyst, Martial Arts Professional Magazine, Feminista.com and The Sunbury Daily Item. She has been featured in several publications including Central PA Magazine. Along with pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania 



Lindsey


Lindsey is Kicks' youngest senior ranking student. At a ripe old age of fourteen she's already accomplished a great deal in her Tae Kwon Do career, winning numerous awards in addition to her rank promotions. Lindsey is a born leader and has trained hard to become a Kicks' assistant instructor. Lindsey is a busy girl! Not only does she do well in school (winner the academic achievers award) and Tae Kwon Do, she also likes to write and is an advocate for mountain gorillas.She's already adopted two Rwandan baby gorillas and hopes to adopt a mother adult in the near future. Lindsey recently landed a solo spot in the Lewisburg High School production of State Fair. Lindsey is featured performing a round kick on the cover of Sabum Nim Kamienski's recently released book Training Women in the Martial Arts: A Special Journey.


Congratulations to Lindsey for taking first place at the 2005 Battle of the Arts Tournament in Fulton, NY! And a huge congratulations to Lindsey who was recently promoted to first dan!



Assistant Instructor

Tae Kwon Do Girls
Lindsey Brodie




Melissa 

Assistant  Instructor

Tae Kwon Do Girls
Melissa Yankowski

Spanish teacher at Lewisburg High School by day and Tae Kwon Do instructor at night, Melissa is one dedicated teacher!


 

Assistant  Instructor

Tae Kwon Do Girls
Molly Pavlechko

When Molly isn't teaching Tae Kwon Do you can often find her practicing with her oldest of two daughters, Ella, who is also a Kicks' student. (Lauren's got a couple of years to go before she can start training.) Molly is also busy working at Bucknell University and is a graduate student in education there as well. She is an all around athlete and also enjoys cycling, running and weight lifting