Karen Mayne 5th Degree
Hi, I'm Karen Mayne and I run SOUL KICKBOXING.
Since I was 6 years old I've always done some form of martial arts. I firstly did Tae Kwon-Do for 14 years but then found that I wanted to try a different form of art. Boxing became my next challenge. I had a few amateur bouts, which I loved every minute of. I then decided to move back to an art where I could use my legs again as felt alot safer to me and I felt alittle lost without them to be honest….so thats when I found KICKBOXING!
I trained under an association for many years. I then decided I wanted more than just the training. I decided I wanted to become an Instructor within it to pass on the knowledge and to see others progress to there ability within it too just as I had. That's when I decided to set up S.O.U.L KICKBOXING in December 2013. Since having started S.O.U.L I’ve never looked back!
The association S.O.U.L is made up from so much. Great students, a great variety of challenges for each individual to achieve and of course qualified and very knowledgeable Instructors in the art.
I love fitness as a whole. I love to run, go to the gym but also really appreciate my long peaceful dog walks too! I feel fitness is not only good for the body but also helps the mind.
I also enjoy chilling at the cinemas, reading and going out with my camera and catching the beauty in the world.
Personally, the best thing I receive from teaching my classes is how much I see the students achieving their individual goals.
S.O.U.L KICKBOXING really is a huge fitness family and I’m proud to be part of it all!
Nikki Rich 2nd Degree
My journey started at a ladies only fitness class taken by Mrs Mayne in 2009, just after my 40th birthday. From the first lesson I was hooked. Unlike most fitness classes where the participants stand in lines copying the instructor, I felt fully engaged. The exercise was tough and continually changing to work on different areas of the body using every muscle including my brain!
I soon joined the Kickboxing evening sessions and was inspired by the progression through the belt system and by the friendliness of the higher grades who were always willing to help and advise. The sociability and respect between students is what makes S.O.U.L stand out from many other clubs.
More than once on my journey, family life took over and it was necessary to take time away from kickboxing, but I returned each time with more determination to move forwards. I took my Black belt in 2015, it was a fantastic feeling to get to that level. I followed it up with instructor training and now take my own classes in the Dorchester area.
Rob Stokes 3rd Degree
Myself and my family started training in martial arts back in 2000, it was a great way to come together and share a hobby as a family. I started kickboxing in 2006 and soon got hooked, I attend most S.O.U.L Kickboxing classes. S.O.U.L students and teachers see me more than my wife as I'm both a student and a stand in Instructor.
I started kickboxing to improve my fitness and to lose weight, however size is not something that the instructors at S.O.U.L focus on. At S.O.U.L it's all about fitness, strength and finding out what works best for each individual, fortunately the
result of that is often weight loss. I have always believed that kickboxing is for everyone and the team at S.O.U.L provides a great environment and atmosphere for people to achieve their goals. That's why at 50, I am still setting myself targets and seeking the next achievement, becoming an instructor and helping to guide the students is very rewarding and I am very proud to be a part of the S.O.U.L team.