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Kickboxer remains undefeated after Ontario Winter Games

Orangeville Banner Article
Macrh 17, 2014

By Todd McEwen| March 17, 2014 Orangeville Banner

Kickboxer remains undefeated after Ontario Winter Games

The Ontario Winter Games saw Shahzor Mangat parade to another victory.

The pint-sized Fitness Kickboxing Canada protege won the kickboxing title during the games, which ran from Feb. 27 to March 1 in Muskoka.

He took home the title in the 51 kg weight class after a three-round bout that ended in the judges unanimously favouring his performance.

Rarely do victors look back on fights with disappointment, but Mangat wishes he had faced a bigger challenge.

Not that his lone opponent Nigel Crosswell wasn’t an adequate adversary, Mangat said the two fighters have met each other one too many times in the ring.

“It’d be fun to fight other people,” Mangat said. “I was hoping I’d get another fight, instead of just one. Unfortunately I couldn’t.”

The two fighters are around the same age and same weight, and have met numerous times in competitions, with Mangat walking away the victor each time.

The Winter Game’s kickboxing tournament seeded Mangat in the finals as defending champion, while Crosswell had to earn his right to fight the Shelburne native.

Mangat’s homebase head coach is Fitnesss Kickboxing Canada’s president Ross O’Donnell, who had to forfeit coaching duties for the Winter Games so Mangat could gain experience under a new set of eyes.

“It’s a good learning experience, because you see different coaching styles,” O’Donnell said. “They need to experience coaching skills and styles to improve as an athlete.”

While O’Donnell certainly feels a strong sense of pride for the athletes he helps build, he doesn’t feel the need to hold ownership over them when it comes time for them to branch out in their respective directions.

“Some coaches don’t want their athletes coached by other coaches,” he said. “There’s that sense of proprietorship, that they need to keep their athletes to themselves.

“I still say an athlete learns best when he learns from different people.”

O’Donnell credits his own athlete’s ability to be open and educated around outside influences because of the stream of UFC talent brought into O’Donnell’s club throughout the year.

Fitness Kickboxing Canada often holds training seminars with UFC stars who can share their knowledge and techniques in areas such as jiu-jitsu, muay thai and wrestling.

Mangat would like to continue gaining fight experience before tackling the professional MMA circuit.

Before then, he’ll have to keep working through the small circle of competition he continually faces, and O’Donnell knows there’s plenty of talented opponents out there for Mangat to meet.

“The talent is incredible,” O’Donnell said.

“There’s not much more he can do than continue to practice, continue to improve and continue to stay on top.”

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Featured in canfitpro Magazine
September/October Issue
01 Oct. 2013


Fitness Kickboxing Canada is pleased to be featured in the September/October issue of the canfitpro magazine

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada - canfitpro
MMA Trainer Development Summit
September 22, 2013


Thank you to our partners canfitpro and the dedicated sttendees who took part in an epic day of training. Special thanks to Myles Jury, Firas Zahabi, Greg Jackson and Joe ferraro for their contributions to a tremendous day of MMA education.

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing protégé wins five-second bout
Shelburne native roundhouse kicks his way to first belt
Five-second bout
Orangeville Banner Article
September 20th, 2012

By Todd McEwen| may 9, 2013 Orangeville Banner

It took five seconds for Shahzor Mangat to seal the biggest victory of his young career.

The 15-year-old Fitness Kickboxing Canada protégé calmly waited in his corner at the Combative Sports Canada Grand Prix last weekend (April 26-28) in Burlington with head coach Ross O’Donnell cornering the young fighter.

After the ref drew the two competitors in and the bell rang, Mangat swiftly overwhelmed his opponent in a series of blows, a combination of punches and kicks, which forced the referee to stop the fight.

“Fastest (bout) I’ve ever seen,” O’Donnell said. “It was over in five seconds.”

After launching in with a push kick, followed by a jab, roundhouse rear kick and a superman hook, the referee deemed Mangat’s opponent as unfit to continue.

It was likely the roundhouse kick to the head of Mangat’s opponent that finished him, as he was seen discussing with the official and noticeably pointing to the location he was kicked on the left side of the head.

“I was confused,” Mangat said. “I didn’t know I won.”

O’Donnell, however, did.

“I could see in (Mangat’s) face, he thought he did something wrong,” O’Donnell said. “But (his corner) isn’t allowed to talk to him. I could have said, ‘You won already’, but we’re not allowed to say anything to our fighters once they’re in the ring.”

With his arm raised, Mangat was awarded his first belt of his career.

In only five bouts, Mangat’s already impressed his coaching staff enough to pre-maturely declare him open status.

“Normally you wait until 10 bouts to declare them open,” O’Donnell said. “You want them to get 10 bouts of experience, but he’s walked through every person he’s dealt with.

“There’s no point in him competing against people where the fight doesn’t make it past the first round.”

Mangat will now compete against older fighters with more experience rather than stepping into the ring against novice opponents, most of which are struggling to stay composed let alone win a bout.

“In order for him to grow his abilities and get better, he has to compete against better people,” O’Donnell said.

“For him, he comes in very composed and he’s very coachable. … Each time he’s gone in for kickboxing, it’s over.”

Mangat has an ability to stay focused on the game plan, which O’Donnell described as simply “overwhelming” the opponent from the opening bell.

“The plan going in was just to go right at him,” O’Donnell said. “You’re going in blind, absolutely blind. You can’t really prepare for what they’re going to do. You can only prepare for what you’re going to do.”

Mangat will be competing in the amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing tournament at the Toronto Pro Supershow on May 31.

Mangat will continue to strive toward maintaining his perfect amateur record before chasing a career as a professional fighter in a few years.

“So far there's not been a single glitch in his career,” O’Donnell said. “The future’s completely bright for him.”

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Fitness kickboxing Canada (FKCI) Announces Partnership with canfitpro be come preferred MMA Certification Provider
January 2013


canfitpro and Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. partner to bring MMA training to the Canadian fitness industry
January 18, 2013
Toronto, ON: Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc. (canfitpro) is excited to announce its new relationship with Fitness Kickboxing Canada Incorporated (FKCI). canfitpro will now be working alongside FKCI and recommending them as their official preferred MMA Certification Provider. It is the goal of FKCI to bring standardized training for professional trainers across Canada to deliver a safe, efficient and exciting program involving authentic Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA training in a non-competitive, fitness enhancing format.

What: canfitpro invites all fitness professionals to participate in FKCI certifications being held across Canada. This will allow canfitpro members access to FKCI's Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA techniques and conditioning to create safe and authentic programming for your class and clients.

How: Please visit canfitpro.com or fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca for more information on courses and workshops coming to a city near you.

canfitpro
canfitpro is the largest provider of education in the Canadian fitness industry. Founded in 1993, canfitpro delivers accessible, quality education, certifications, conferences, trade shows, and membership services. canfitpro's over 85,000 members include some of the world's finest fitness professionals, health club operators, industry suppliers, and fitness consumers.

Facts about canfitpro:
* canfitpro is Canada's largest certification organization for fitness professionals.
* canfitpro offers education for both fitness professionals and fitness consumers.
* canfitpro hosts more than 11 fitness conferences across Canada annually.
* The canfitpro International Fitness and Club Business Conference and Trade Show is the largest combined fitness conference and trade show in the world with over 11,000 delegates and visitors.

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. (FKCI) is a truly Canadian company founded in Ontario in 1999 and currently recognized as the leader in MMA Fitness delivering an education and certification course curriculum across Canada and internationally. It is the goal of Fitness Kickboxing Canada to standardize Boxing, Kickboxing and MMA for Fitness training worldwide for a safe and effective training program that will ensure authenticity in Mixed Martial Arts technique and adherence to the principles of fitness training.


For more information contact:
Erin Andersen
Marketing & Membership Development Manager
canfitpro
Phone: 416-493-3515 ex.228
Email: media@canfitpro.com
Website: canfitpro.com

Ross O'Donnell
President & CEO of Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc,
Phone: 519-942-1625
Website: www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca


Click here to go to canfitpro website

 

 

MMA Hot Seat
The first episode airs Sunday November 4th @ 10pm
Rogers TV Dufferin - Caledon, Rogers Cable Channel 63

MMA Hot Seat

Host: Ross O'Donnell

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc., FKCI, is pleased to announce that Rogers TV Dufferin-Caledon will be airing six episodes of "MMA Hot Seat" hosted by FKCI owner and head coach Ross O'Donnell. The show will introduce top personalities in the MMA industry in a Q & A format taking you inside the world of MMA, UFC, training, coaching and getting to know some of the celebs seen on TV.

Guests on the first show include UFC coach Greg Jackson and owner of Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico, coach to UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones, and UFC coach Firas Zahabi, owner of Tristar Gym in Montreal, coach to George St. Pierre, UFC Welterweight champion. Both coaches will be discussing training, coaching, inside scoops and how they got started.

Also on the show is Staci Bland, Coach at FKCI Orangeville and Nutrition & Wellness Specialist talking about MMA Fitness training for ladies and proper nutrition to get the weight loss results you ladies are looking for.

Future guests include:

Episode 2
UFC Fighter Myles "The Fury" Jury star of Season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter TV Series.

Episode 3
Canada's top UFC Celebrity commentator and Host of UFC Central TV and radio show "Showdown" Joe Ferraro

We hope you enjoy the program and look forward to your feedback.

Please feel free to email any question you would like address with future guests to info@fitnesskicboxingcanada.ca

Watch MMA Hot Seat TV Show - Episode 1 with Greg Jackson & Firas Zahabi

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Firas Zahabi MMA Jiu-Jitsu Program @ FKCI Orangeville
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
October 24th, 2012

Zahabi MMA finds new home in Orangeville

Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen Oct 24, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada (FKC) recently inked a deal to produce the training curriculum developed by Firas Zahabi of Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Zahabi is widely regarded as Canada’s top mixed martial arts (MMA) trainers, as he is the head coach of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
FKC is the first gym outside of Tristar to teach Zahabi’s program.
“Considering the fact that he’s the number one coach in mixed martial arts, recognized by the UFC in Canada, it’s a huge partnership for us,” FKC president Ross O’Donnell said.
FKC has held numerous training seminars throughout the past year, with a number of Tristar athletes and coaches.
“We developed a very good relationship with them over the last year or so,” O’Donnell said.
The curriculum will implement MMA and jiu-jitsu training into FKC’s schedule, with local instructors given the opportunity to travel to Montreal and digest the latest updates to the program from Zahabi.
“(Our instructors are) very excited about it,” O’Donnell said. “Think about it. It’s the top MMA program in the country and now they get to be grassroots, right from the get go and build upward."
Even as the only certified MMA facility in Orangeville, O’Donnell said he still wanted to implement a credible program rather than pull one together on his own.
The program’s start date is set for Nov. 1 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes will involve striking, sparring and jiu-jitsu, both gi and no gi.
To register, contact FKC at (519) 942-1625 or through email at info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.

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Myles"Fury" Jury MMA Training, Oct 13th, 2012
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
October 15th, 2012

Judge, Jury and Instructor
UFC in Orangeville
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| Oct 15, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada hosted a free training seminar on Saturday (Oct. 13), with Miles "The Fury" Jury. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight then did an open Q&A at Boston Pizza later that night, while UFC 153 occupied the screens

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. is pleased to announce our partnership with Zahabi MMA

FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Ontario
October 4th, 2012

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc (FKCI) Orangeville location will introduce the Zahabi MMA Jiu-Jitsu program developed by Firas Zahabi, head coach of Tristar Gym and Zahabi MMA in Montreal.

Over the past year we have had the privilege of working with Firas Zahabi at our National Training Development Center in Orangeville Ontario and at Coach Firas Zahabi's Tristar Gym in Montreal" says FKCI president and chief instructor Ross O'Donnell. "As a competitive kickboxing club for many years we have seen the evolution of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and recognize that it is crucial to develop an outstanding ground game with solid Jiu-Jitsu skills" O'Donnell said, "by joining forces with the top MMA coach in Canada, (Head Coach to UFC champion George St. Pierre and numerous upcoming UFC superstars including Rory MacDonald), the training curriculum developed by , implemented and overseen by Firas Zahabi will solidify our position as one of the top MMA school curriculums in Canada".

Fitness Kickboxing Canada will be the first club outside of Tristar gym in Montreal to utilize this educational curriculum to prepare athletes for Mixed Martial Arts competitions.

Firas Zahabi shares in the excitement of the new program partnership "I'm looking forward to helping FKCI create a first class Mixed Martial Art program". Zahabi confirms "FKCI will be the first school to have the Zahabi MMA program"

Applications for our November 1st program launch are now being accepted.

For more information or to apply contact:
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
National Training Development Centre
660 Riddell Rd. Orangeville, ON L9W5G5
519-942-1625

info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca

 

UFC-Ville Fitness Kickboxing Canada

FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
September 20th, 2012

UFC-Ville at Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Lisa Post September 26, 2012 Orangeville Banner

UFC-VILLE

UFC. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) coaches Greg Jackson (left) and Firas Zahabi swung through Orangeville on Sunday (Sept. 23), following UFC 152 in Toronto the previous night. The two coaches are out of Tri Star Gym in Montreal, which oversees UFC?champions Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre, held a seminar (at Fitness kickboxing Canada), while Boston Pizza selling slices for Dufferin Child &?Family Services. The event raised $750.

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Charity and UFC come together at Fitness Kickboxing Canada

FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
September 20th, 2012

Charity and UFC come together at Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| September 20, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Pizza slices and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) coaches are scheduled to swing by Fitness Kickboxing Canada on Sunday (Sept. 23).
Greg Jackson and Firas Zahabi of Tri Star gym in Montreal, which oversees the training of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, will be providing a training seminar, followed by pizza provided by Boston Pizza, with proceeds going to charity.
A barbecue was scheduled last month when UFC lightweight Clay Guida held a seminar, but was rescheduled due to poor weather.
The Orangeville facility joined forces with Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS).
Boston Pizza came on board to help raise money for the Dufferin Children’s Fund. The pizza will be on sale from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m
Email info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca for more information.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada (FKCI) is pleased to annouce that we are now affiliate partners with TRAININGMASK.COM.
FKCI National Training Development Center
June, 2012


Fitness Kickboxing Canada (FKCI) is pleased to annouce that we are now affiliate partners with TRAININGMASK.COM.

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Anthony "Showtime" Pettis MMA Training, May 27th, 2012
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
June 11th, 2012

Tap Out Time
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| June 11, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Anthony Pettis demonstrates an armbar during a seminar at Fitness Kickboxing Canada on May 27.
The former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion is being followed by UFC lightweight Clay Guida on Aug. 10-11.
Email info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca for more information.

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Anthony "Showtime" Pettis
FKCI National Training Development Center
MMA Canada.net Article
May 29th, 2012

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis in Orangeville at Fitness Kickboxing Canada
MMA Canada

By Chris Olech | May 29, 2012 mmacanada.net

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis made a trip up to Fitness Kickboxing Canada in Orangeville, Ontario for an action packed seminar. He thrilled the participants with a wide
range of fancy mma techniques like only "Showtime" could.

He spoke about his Taekwondo background. He also educated the crowd on the locker room mentality "before the fight is the most honest time of your life!"

He spoke about his brother fighting on June 15th in Indiana, who is hoping to step into his brothers footsteps as a world class fighter. When complimented on his technical break down and ability to pass on his teachings, he made it no secret that coaching will be in his future.

Ross O'Donnell, the owner and lead instructor at Fitness Kickboxing Canada had a lot of praise for Anthony, " It was a fabulous seminar, we have had the great fortune of having instructors such as Greg Jackson and Firas Zahabi do seminars here and Anthony obviously has a future in coaching. His structure of his seminar, the way he presented it, he built it up, everything was so easy to understand and very applicable to what we do.
Such an approachable young man, very respectable and just a phenominal teacher!"

mmacanada.net caught up with Anthony to get his take on his future.

mmacanada.net: You underwent some surgery on April 2nd, can you tell us about that and how you have been feeling and healing from it?

Anthony Pettis: Yeah just tore my labrum, front and back, it's pretty bad. Something I had to get done, surgery went great and it's a process now of getting better. Had to take time off, couldn't really do anything after shoulder surgery. I'm just recovering, I just got cleared to start doing some light excercises.

mmacanada.net: Do you know who is up next for you in the UFC, if not who do you want next?

Anthony Pettis: I do not know who's next at all. I would definately like to fight Nate Diaz, he's declaring he's the number one contender, I feel like I'm the number one contender so I think it makes sense for us to fight to decide who gets the title shot. We have enough time to do it too.

mmacanada.net: Your thoughts on fighting for the UFC belt? it's been a goal of yours for a while.

Anthony Pettis: Yeah it's something that was supposed to happen like two years ago, got pushed back, I made a decision to take the fight against Guida. Didn't go my way, so now it's just working my way back up, I'm excited to get there, when it happens I will be ready.

mmacanada.net: When it does happen, who would be your ideal opponent, would it be Benson? (Henderson)

Anthony Pettis: Yeah, I mean he has the belt now, he defeated Edgar and I think he will defeat Edgar again. Me and Ben have some unfinished business from
the WEC days.

mmacanada.net: Anything you would like to add or say to your fans around the world?
Anthony Pettis: I just have the best fans man. I just came out here and had a great experience, my Canadian fans, Toronto fans where just amazing. It is just a great time and I want to say thank you to everyone for having me.

Click here to read article from MMA Canada

Click here to view pictures of the Anthony "Showtime" Pettis MMA Seminat at Fitness Kickboxing Canada, Orangeville

 

 

 

UFC 519
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
May 8th, 2012

UFC 519
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| May 8, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada was in the “presence of greatness,” according to UFC Central’s Joe Ferraro on Sunday (May 6).
Firas Zahabi, the coach behind the likes of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, of Tristar Gym in Montreal, Que. made more than just an appearance at the Orangeville facility, he made an impression. Fighters, young and old, including instructor James Watson and Ross O’Donnell participated in the seminar taught by the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
Fitness Kickboxing Canada will host UFC’s Anthony “Showtime” Pettis on May 27.
The three-hour MMA seminar starts at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or call 519-942-1625.

Click here to read article and see the pictures in the Orangeville Banner

Be sure to watch UFC Central on Sportsnet Monday May 14th to catch the episode filmed at FKCI National Training Development Center featuring the Firas Zahabi Training Camp coverage.

Click here to watch the UFC Central interview of Firas Zahabi filmed at FKCI National Training Development Center, Orangeville. Be sure to watch the end of the segment where UFC Central host Showdown Joe Ferraro gets "punked" by Firas!

 

 


FKCI is proud to announce their partnership with BodyByVi

April 11th, 2012



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Tens of thousands of people every month are discovering the Body By Vi 90-day challenge . This challenge is a way for people to set specific health-related goals and then work towards them.

Professional athletes and trainers have discovered the effectiveness of the Visalus product by incorporation them with there clients programs and have received outstanding success.

As Canada's leading authority in FItness Boxing ,Kickboxing and MMA Certification we are excited to be partnered with Body By VI as is sweeps across the Nation!

To start your 90 Day Challenge or Promote alongside Fitness Kickboxing Canada please follow the link below

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For Further information please contact


Krista Ward (Pro Trainers, nutritionist, Visalus Partner)
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Lisa Glazebrook (Gym Owner, Certified FKBC instructor, Visalus Promoter)
ph: 780-621-7863
boxergirl@me.com

 

UFC Country
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
March 28th, 2012

UFC Country
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| March 28, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada continues to attract names attached to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with its UFC Fighter Event series, as one of the top Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) coaches, Greg Jackson, hosted a three-day seminar at the Orangeville facility.

Click here to read article and see the pictures in the Orangeville Banner

Click here to watch UFC Central filmed at FKCI National Training Development Center featuring the Greg Jackson Training Camp coverage.

UFC Central - Greg Jackson 1 on 1 Part 1

UFC Central - Greg Jackson 1 on 1 Part 2

UFC CENTRAL: Greg Jackson on influence of coaching

UFC CENTRAL: Greg Jackson breaking down a fight

 

 

FKCI Well Represented at Ontario Winter Games
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
March 21st, 2012

High Kickin'
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| March 21, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Orangeville was well represented at the 2012 Ontario Winter Games held in Collingwood last week, as Fitness Kickboxing Canada members Darren Miller (left), Zad Mangat (centre) and Carter Park each returned with shining medals.
Mangat snagged a gold in the under-65 kg category, Miller secured a silver in the under-80 kg category, while Park brought home a bronze in the under-53 kg category. Riley Hurst, not pictured, also brought home a silver in the under-75 kg category.

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National Kickboxing Champ
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
March 5th, 2012

National Kickboxing Champ

Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| March. 05, 2012 Orangeville Banner

He may be fresh out of his gi, but Zad Mangat’s having no problems finding a footing within kickboxing circles.
The 16-year-old Fitness Kickboxing Canada protégé defied the odds, acquiring the National Kickboxing Title in the 63 kg Intermediate division on Feb. 25 in Burlington during his first kickboxing bout.
“We had high hopes for him because he’s so talented,” Fitness Kickboxing Canada president Ross O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell wasn’t sure how well the former national karate champion would transition to the full contact style of kickboxing.
“Before the fight, I said, ‘Remember, this is not light contact. Do not be nice.’”
During preparation for the bout, Mangat was assigned the same dressing room as his opponent, who chose to warm up and attempt to intimidate the first timer.
“He was making all these noises, trying to make me nervous,” he said. “I didn’t really care. I was just sitting down, relaxing, while he was using all his energy.”
O’Donnell and Mangat quietly observed his opponent’s technique and knew how to handle him once the fighters hit the mat.
“Our opportunity between rounds is one minute,” O’Donnell said. “We try to use that for rest. (We) focus on one thing we need to do and one thing we need to stay away from.”
For example, O’Donnell advised Mangat to change his game plan in each of the three rounds. After Mangat knocked his opponent’s confidence down a notch in the first round by connecting with front kicks, Ross moved the fight lower to attack the competitor’s legs.
“I landed a couple pretty good on the chin, which shocked him,”Mangat said. “I caught him with a front (kick) to the face, which totally dropped his confidence.”
In the third round, O’Donnell threw the final wrench into the competitor’s game by advising Mangat to deliver flash kicks — a combination of faking a leg kick, but connecting with the head.
“The guy had no idea where we were coming from,” O’Donnell said. “He tapped him with some really good ones.”
With the recent win behind him, Mangat is confident in continuing to pursue his efforts in all areas of martial arts.
“Their goal is to go to the UFC, my goal is to get them there,”O’Donnell said.
Three other fighters from the Orangeville club are joining Mangat in the Ontario Winter Games held in Collingwood this weekend (March 8-11) — Darren Miller, Carter Park and Riley Hurst.

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Rory MacDonald MMA Training, Jan. 21st, 2012
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
Januray 18th, 2012

Rory MacDonald brings UFC home

Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| Jan. 18, 2012 Orangeville Banner

Who better to open the New Year at Fitness Kickboxing Canada than Canada’s own rising UFC star Rory MacDonald?
The 22-year-old British Columbia native will open the facility’s 2012 continuation of its UFC Fighter Event Series this Saturday (Jan. 21).
The series has brought such names as Jonathan Brookins, Wanderlei Silva, UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer and Nate Marquardt to town in 2011, and will continue to bring UFC talent to Orangeville every few months.
Ross O’Donnell, president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada, said the two-hour seminar, which starts at 4 p.m., covers an hour of stand up and an hour of ground game.
“It should appeal to all UFC/MMA trainers, athletes and fans,” he said in an email to The Banner. “There will also be an opportunity to get autographs and photos with Rory as well.”
The current UFC welterweight holds a 12-1 record since his professional career hit the ground running in 2005.
In 2010, he signed a four-fight deal with UFC and was scheduled to fight Che Mills at the Bell Centre in Montreal on March 24, but the event has since been put on hiatus.
Visit http://www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca/Mixed_Martial_Arts.html to register for the seminar.
Prices start at $99 for single registration with spots still available.

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Jonathan Brookins MMA Training, Oct. 29th, 2011
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
October 31st, 2011

Tap out
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| Oct. 31, 2011 Orangeville Banner

Current UFC featherweight and Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins stopped by Fitness Kickboxing Canada on Saturday (Oct. 22) for a three-hour on-the-mat seminar.
Brookins (above) demonstrated a variety of stand up and ground manoeuvres, in which students were eager to learn as part of the Orangeville facility’s UFC-fighter event series.

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Greg Jackson MMA Training, Oct. 23rd, 2011
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
October 24th, 2011

Showing 'em the ropes
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| Oct. 24, 2011 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada hosted an on-the-mat training seminar on Sunday (Oct. 23) with one of mixed martial arts top trainers, Greg Jackson (left), who has overseen the likes of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones to name a few.
Ross O’Donnell (right) and his Orangeville facility will feature Jonathan Brookins on Saturday (Oct. 29) for a similar training session.

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MMA Day Hits the mat in Orangeville Sep. 25th, 2011
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
September 28th, 2011

MMA Day hits the mat in Orangeville
Fitness Kickboxing Canada

By Todd McEwen| Sept. 28, 2011 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada hit the mat with the first of its UFC Fighter Event Series with a three-hour seminar from former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt on Sunday (Sept. 25) in Orangeville.
Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva, Jason “Shotgun” Young and UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer were all also on hand. On Oct. 29, Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins will be in town for a training seminar at the facility.

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Ultimate MMA Fan Day Sep. 25th, 2011
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner Article
September 19th, 2011

Ultimate MMA Day
Fitness Kickboxing Canada hosts UFC stars

By Todd McEwen| Sept. 19, 2011 Orangeville Banner

By now, names like Sean Sherk and Jake Shields may ring a bell to UFC fans in Orangeville, after Fitness Kickboxing Canada hosted on-the-mat seminars with both mixed martial artists.
This Sunday (Sept. 25), the training facility will add Nate Marquardt to the list of fighters who­­ have rolled through town.
Joining the former UFC middleweight is the “Axe Murderer” himself, Wanderlei Silva, and UFC ring girl Brittney Palmer for a live photo shoot with Jakt Apparel.
Fitness Kickboxing Canada owner Ross O’Donnell told The Banner his facility will host top MMA stars every few months to encourage locals interested in the sport to actually hit the mat, rather than simply hit the barstool.
“I find a lot of guys flood the bars to watch the fights, but they don’t always come in to do the conditioning training,” he said. “If you’re a member here, you don’t have to schedule a fight. We do have guys who do that, but if you want to come in here, you get hardcore training, but no one’s getting their head beat in.”
Mayor Rob Adams officially named this Sunday as MMA Day in Orangeville. Not only is the mayor looking forward to the series Fitness Kickboxing Canada has lined up, he will also attend the event.
“I’m really excited that Orangeville is hosting MMA Day in our community,” he said. “I understand we’re going to have some real successful and famous athletes here in town participating. For Orangeville, that’s really exciting.”
Marquardt, like Shields and Sherk in previous sessions, will hit the mat for a three-hour training seminar for members and non-members interested in rolling with a professional instructor.
Silva and Palmer, however, will devote their time to the photo shoot. O’Donnell said fans are welcome to watch the shoot live and request autographs and photos afterwards.
O’Donnell added that unlike most training facilities, he’s not afraid to welcome outside instructors, especially if it helps put Orangeville on the map.
“It’s great to run a program and always be the same instructor teaching,” he said. “But I just find to widen the scope of the education for your members … you need to bring in top quality people to let them see what the top quality fighters and trainers are doing.
“And it obviously puts (Orangeville) on map,” he said. “You don’t have to be from Toronto to do a good job. We’re trying to promote that Orangeville has top quality training here.”
Fitness Kickboxing Canada has also scheduled Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins for a three-hour on-the-mat training seminar on Oct. 29.
“If you enjoy watching UFC and the Ultimate Fighter on TV, we’re going to show you what these guys do,” O’Donnell told The Banner. “If it’s a sport you enjoy watching on TV, why not come in and get in shape?”
The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at Fitness Kickboxing Canada in Orangeville.
­For more information, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or call 519- 942-1625.

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Expanded facilities for Fitness Kickboxing Canada
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner
April 13th, 2011

Expanded facilities for Fitness Kickboxing Canada
By Mike Maloney | April. 13, 2011 Orangeville Banner

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. (FKCI) has grown once again with the official opening of a new 2,200 square-foot athletic performance training centre.

“This is something we felt was missing in the area,” FKCI president Ross O’Donnell said at an open house held at the centre last Saturday (April 9).

Intended to provide a space where teams and athletes can train as an alternate to other facilities and programs in the area, the space is fully turfed with a professional grade field and outfitted with a complete range of equipment, from agility ladders and hurdles to battling ropes and Bosu balls.

Available for rental to groups, teams or even individuals, O’Donnell noted the space is not just for elite athletes. “We can obviously train elite athletes, but it is also open to anyone whether they are in house league or weekend warrior-type sports,” he said.

Currently also being used for FKCI training and conditioning programs, O’Donnell feels it is an affordable option for those looking to get in better condition and shape, which helps prevent injuries, before heading out at the start of any season.

For further information on this event, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or call 519-942-1625.

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FKCI's Silva claims national kickboxing belt
Orangeville Banner
March 9th, 2011

Silva claims national kickboxing belt

By Mike Maloney | March. 09, 2011 Orangeville Banner

You don’t have to speak long with Alex Silva to know this is one focused young man.

Competing in Burlington on Feb. 27 at the Canadian National Sport Kickboxing Championships, Silva proved he has all the right moves to be a champion, winning the Intermediate class, Novice — Under 81 kg title belt.

Silva earned a by directly to the final after having competed at the Ontario Winter Games.

Heeding the words of his coach, Ross O’Donnell, before the match, Silva wasted no time in taking the fight to his opponent, Avery Kendall.

“Right off the bat when the bell rang, I went in there with a superman,” Silva recounted matter-of-factly.

“I continued to go one-two, one-two, threw some hooks in there and when I had a chance, threw a few kicks in as well. I was being just really aggressive the whole fight,” he said.

Half way through the third round, a roundhouse to the head took Kendall down for the final time, prompting a decision from the referee to call the fight in Silva’s favour.

“It was an awesome feeling,” Silva said of the feeling. “I was really just so pumped after I won.”

For O’Donnell, the win really came as no surprise. After commenting on his charge’s work ethic of training hard and doing everything that is asked of him, O’Donnell simply said of Silva’s win, “He fought an awesome fight, he followed the game plan exactly. ... Alex completely overwhelmed his opponent.”

Enrolled at Westside Secondary School, the 18 year-old Silva joined Fitness Kickboxing Canada about two years ago after finding taekwondo not as competitive as he hoped.

Training six hours per week in the club and another 10-12 hours perweek on his own, O’Donnell feels Silva has what it takes to get to the next level of his development and a spot on the national kickboxing team.

Silva, for his part, would eventually like to turn pro.

He knows there is a lot to do between now and then to acheive that end. But in his own words, the way to ultimately reach his goal is “train really hard and kick some ass.”

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Press Release
MMA Fitness Training Education Offered at UFC® Fan Exp
February 17th , 2011

UFC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MMA Fitness Training Education Offered at UFC® Fan Expo in
Toronto on April 29-30

Orangeville, ON, Canada - February 17, 2011 - Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. (FKCI) announced today that it will serve as an approved education provider for the UFC® Fan Expo on April 29 and 30 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. FKCI will offer MMA-Fitness education workshops to UFC fans, fitness professionals, coaches and martial artists during the weekend event.

A strong supporter of ParticipAction Canada, FKCI promotes the guidelines of a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise. UFC fans will have the opportunity to learn how to incorporate exercise principles into their daily activity via MMA training by attending FKCI training workshops offered each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Research has shown that more than 50 percent of the Canadian adult population is inactive. Likewise, results prove that Canadian children are far less active than previous generations. By holding workshops at major events like the UFC® Fan Expo, FKCI is hoping to inspire and motivate Canadians to pursue exercise.

“We are excited to participate in the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto and continue our ongoing mission of creating awareness of the benefits of daily exercise,” FKCI president Ross O’Donnell said. “By showing the positive impact of MMA fitness training, we want to motivate Canadians to seek and obtain healthy lifestyles. Holding a workshop at the UFC Fan Expo also gives us a great opportunity to reach thousands of people who’ve traveled from all over the world to attend this great event.”

For more information on FKCI, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.

Tickets for the UFC® Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto on April 29-30 are still available at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Featuring the largest collection of UFC® fighters ever to appear in one location, exciting special events, interactive Q&A sessions, meet and greets, training and development sessions, the Octagon®, and much more, the UFC Fan Expo is a can’t-miss event for UFC fans.

About Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Incorporated (FKCI) commenced operations in 1999 in Orangeville, Ontario and has since expanded across Canada. They provide nationally recognized boxing, kickboxing and MMA certifications for fitness training in a safe and effective training program that ensures authenticity in technique and adherence to the principles of fitness training. Through Fitness Mixed Martial Arts training they create a positive impact on youth, in the communities they teach and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Contact:
Ross O'Donnell
President
Fitness Kickboxing Canada
519-942-1625
info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca
www.FitnessKickboxingCanada.ca

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Jake Shields shows them how it’s done in Orangeville at
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner
January 31st, 2011

Jake Shields shows them how it’s done
By Mike Maloney | Jan. 31, 2011 Orangeville Banner

Jake Shields is a man on a mission.

At UFC 129, being held on April 30, the 32-year-old California native will step into the octagon in front of an estimated 42,000 screaming fans at the Rogers Centre to challenge Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title.

Visiting Toronto for the first time this past weekend to have a look at the Rogers venue, Shields also took time out of his busy schedule to make a stop in Orangeville on Saturday morning (Jan. 29).

Appearing at Fitness Kickboxing Canada, he stepped before a much smaller audience of about 34 eager young fighters, hosting an on-the-mat seminar concentrating on striking, takedowns and Jiu-Jitsu.

“It’s my first time out here,” Shields said. “This is a nice little town. We have a great turnout and all the kids are excited and eager to be here.”

Making a career on the mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit, Shields knows well the role training plays in his success.

With his bout with St-Pierre less than three months away, it is something he has stepped up during the past few weeks. “I've started the hard part of training now, from here on, the training only gets harder and harder.”

At the grassroots level though, he also knows the reality is many young athletes involved in the sport will never work their way up to a title shot, but he still stresses the importance of proper training for those into the MMA scene.

“It’s fun, it’s great for self-confidence and is good to be able to protect yourself just because you need to. I think the majority of those doing it won’t be fighters, but it’s just a great way to stay in shape, stay healthy and stay out of trouble.”

Shields also notes there is a benefit in training with the best and learning proper technique from the beginning.

“I definitely think so,” he said, adding by learning to do it right, you’re less likely to get hurt and, while hopefully you won’t ever need those skills on the street, “it’s good to know what your doing” if need be.

A lifelong vegetarian, Shields has been involved in various sports since a young age and began wrestling when he was nine years old.

Asked what the most important thing he could pass on to young athletes in the sport, Shields kept it simple. “It’s the whole package. It is a lifestyle, really being healthy, which means eating good and exercising.”

He said everyone has different goals in what they are looking to get out of the sport of MMA. For some, it is to fight, but for others, it is just for the learning and the fitness. “The ones that do want to, let them fight. The one’s that don’t, you shouldn’t be pressuring them into it.”

For further information on this event, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or call 519-942-1625.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Elevation Training Mask National Distributor for Canada
January 15th 2011


Sean Sherk & Ross O'Donnell at FKCI National Training Development Center

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada is now the national distributor of the Sean Sherk endorsed Elevation Training Mask.

Elevation Training Mask mimics the affect of High Altitude Training. When top athletes want to improve in their performance, they go to high altitude levels to train, and when they come back to sea level to race, they are performing much stronger, faster, and have more endurance due to the type of training they have been doing prior to the event

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UFC challenger Jake Shields to make stop in Orangeville at
FKCI National Training Development Center
Orangeville Banner
January 6th, 2011

UFC challenger Jake Shields to make stop in Orangeville
By Mike Maloney | Jan. 06, 2011 Orangeville Banner

After weeks of speculation, promoters announced earlier this week that Jake Shields will get his shot against welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 131 in Toronto. But before he steps into the ring at the Rogers Centre on April 30, Shields will be making an appearance in Orangeville on Jan. 29.

Hosted by Fitness Kickboxing Canada, he will stage a two-hour on-the-mat seminar concentrating on striking, takedowns and Jiu-Jitsu. After the seminar, Shields will also be available for photos and autographs.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our members and others in the community to be training with a fighter who’s credentials have earned him a title shot,”Ross O’Donnell, president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada, said.

A dominant fighter on the Strike Force professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) circuit, where he has twice held the middleweight title, Shields started wrestling at the age of nine. Working his way up to the varsity ranks, he began his MMA training in 1999 and two years later, decided to make a career out of the sport. In 2007, he became one of only three people to receive a black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

“We are obviously very happy to have him coming here,’ O’Donnell added. “It provides more authentic training to help our athletes as well. The main thing is to keep our members current with the top UFC training, with the top UFC stars.”

The seminar runs between 10 a.m. and noon. Spaces are limited.

For further information on this event, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or call 519-942-1625.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
UFC Star Jake Shields Training Session
FKCI National Training Development Center
January 29th, 2011


We are please to announce that UFC star Jake Shields will be at our National Training Development Center in Orangeville to teach an MMA on the mat training seminar. Don't miss the opportunity to train with the UFC #1 Welterweight contender as Jake Shields will be teaching a training seminar in striking and jiu-jitsu.

Saturday, January 29th 10:00am-12:00pm

12:00- 1:00pm
Open autograph session

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
National Training Development Centre
660 Riddell Road
Orangeville, ON

Photo & autograph opportunities as well as free giveaways!
Only 40 spots available, all registrations must be pre-paid!

Register & purchase online NOW!

We are pleased to present this training event inconjunction with and be sponsored/supported by;
Jakt Apparel
www.mmacanada.net
Mixed Martial Arts Expo

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
SEAN SHERK INTRODUCES HIGH ELEVATION TRAINING MASK FOR MMA WORKOUTS
Soon to be available through Ftness Kickboxing Canada
December 10, 2010


SHERK INTRODUCES HIGH ELEVATION TRAINING MASK FOR MMA WORKOUTS

Friday, December 10, 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Elevation Training Mask today announced the sales of its training equipment, which is specifically designed to improve cardiovascular stamina and simulate high stress situations. Former world champion and current top contender Sean Sherk helped create the mask for high altitude training in his personal MMA workouts and is now excited to offer the mask for order at www.trainingmask.com.

“I've been using masks for about 3 years now in my own training and had always kept it a secret, because I knew it was a huge advantage for me in the gym and in the cage. Being able to simulate high altitude training without actually going into the mountains is a huge advantage over my opponents. Now, we've created our own mask that's small, lightweight and brings the altitude to you. And it's time to make it available to the public,” Sherk said.

High Elevation Training Mask Increases Lung Stamina

The Elevation Training Mask is quickly gaining exposure and popularity, because its benefits are backed by scientific fact. Athletes who use high elevation training have learned that reducing oxygen consumption triggers the body to increase red blood cell and capillary production, ultimately sending more oxygen from the lungs throughout the body.

By creating pulmonary resistance, the Elevation Training Mask helps condition the lungs, strengthen the diaphragm and increase surface area and elasticity in the alveoli (of the lungs). These benefits stem from the Elevation Training Mask's unique ability to regulate air intake, essentially thinning the air and decreasing oxygen intake to mimic high altitude training.

The High Elevation Training Mask Benefits the Body for Maximized Athletic Performance:

- Increases lung capacity, forcing lungs to work nine times harder for oxygen
- Increases anaerobic thresholds
- Improves efficiency of gas exchanges
- Causes energy production levels to rise
- Strengthens mental and physical stamina
- Sharpens mental focus

Used in MMA workouts, the Elevation Training Mask increases cardio stamina and provides a mental edge. Sherk notes that “the mask not only simulates high altitude training and limits oxygen flow, it also causes a claustrophobic effect. Forcing me to perform and train in these conditions lets my body require less oxygen while exerting myself and teaches me to relax while in claustrophobic, intense situations. Coupled with dedicated MMA technique training, using the mask everyday gets my body acclimated to needing less oxygen, giving me a physical and mental edge to defend chokes and remain fresh and focused in the championship rounds.”

When asked how fighters and other professional or serious athletes can best incorporate the Elevation Training Mask into their workouts, Sherk suggested using it for “all cardio workouts along with most MMA workouts including pad work, foot work drills, drill takedowns, heavy bag work and so on,” and he emphasized that “sprint work is key, because the harder you work, the harder you'll breathe and the more oxygen your body will need.”

Sherk cautioned athletes to start slowly and gradually increase intensity, working up to the heavy workouts. “After acclimating my body to perform with limited oxygen, when I'm able to train without limitation, my body feels super charged, and I feel unstoppable!”

For more information about Elevation Training Mask, visit: www.trainingmask.com

Soon to be available through Fitness Kickboxing Canada. For more information contact us direct at info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or
519-942-1625

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Coverage of the Sean Sherk Training Sessions at our FKCI National Training Development Center
December 4 & 5 2010

We would like to thank MMA Canada. Net for their coverage of our Sean Sherk on the mat MMA Training sessions held at our National Training Development Center Saturday Decemebr 4th and Sunday December 5th 2010 in Orangeville.

Click on the link below for the interview and highlights of the event

http://seansherk.com/

http://www.mmacanada.net/

 

UFC Star at Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Orangeville Banner
December 6th, 2010

UFC star takes to the mat at local gym
By Mike Maloney | Dec 06, 2010 Orangeville Banner

The group of wide-eyed and attentive students surround the two figures centred on the mat.

They watch as one of the pair makes a few simple moves that happen in what seems like little more than the blink of an eye. A jab to get the range, step in, hook and drive forward — bam! — opponent on the mat.

Easy enough said, something entirely different to execute. But they are movements that come second-nature to mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk, who was in Orangeville this weekend, the feature instructor at two sold-out, on-the-mat workshops, hosted by Fitness Kickboxing Canada.

Hailing from Oak Grove, Minnesota, 37-year-old Sherk was bitten early by the fight bug. Starting out wrestling at the age of seven, he continued competing in that discipline for the next 13 years.

Finding himself looking for new challenges and intrigued by a sport that tied so many fighting styles together, Sherk began training in MMA right out of high school. It wasn’t long before he found himself with an opportunity to fight professionally, which he took without hesitation and has never looked back since.

An 11-year veteran of the professional MMA circuit, he defeated Kenny Florian in October 2006 to claim the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world lightweight title. Sherk is still an active fighter and currently boasts a pro record of 38 wins, four loses and one draw.

While it was his love of the game that drew him to fighting, the growing popularity of the sport attracts many others for different reasons.

“When I first started fighting, there was no fame and there was no money. I did it because I loved it — my first pro fight, I made 250 bucks. I was working a full-time job as well for my first 15 fights.”

Sherk commented that now that with the UFC and mixed martial arts having become so big, he thinks for some, it’s not purely the love of the game that draws them in, “People see dollar signs and they see fame and maybe they want a piece of that.”

From the spectator perspective though, he feels most people watch because it's a mixture of everything.

“I think it’s the most pure fighting there is ... basically every fighting style combined into one.”

For Fitness Kickboxing Canada president Ross O'Donnell, teaming up with Sherk and bringing him to Orangeville for the two workshops, seemed the perfect fit.

“His nickname is The Muscle Shark because he is a fitness fanatic. That is one of the reasons we seemed to form a good, close bond really quickly. Because of his training and conditioning (style), he matched up fairly closely with what we do,” O’Donnell said. “It worked out to be a really good fit and that is why he has been with us at many seminars and locations to help promote our program.”

Those years in the octagon have taught Sherk a few tricks and given him a wealth of experience he shares with workshop participants.

Teaching striking, takedowns and takedown defense at this event, he is an engaging teacher on the floor. Drawing lessons learned from hundreds of fights as well as countless hours of training, “I like to try and give everyone a little different look or style, while share some of my experience with them,” he said. “Show them something different or add a little spin to something they already do.”

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Orangeville Banner
November 29th, 2010
Former UFC Champion Sean Sherk MMA Workshops at The Fitness Kickboxing Canada National Training Development Center Decemebr 4th & 5th

Sean Sherk wearing the Fitness kickboxing Canada logo on his fight shorts in the octagon at UFC 119 in his match against Evan Dunham

UFC fighter coming to Orangeville
By Mike Maloney, Orangeville Banner, November 29, 2010

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. will be welcoming Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and UFC star Sean Sherk to the Orangeville club on Saturday (Dec. 4) and Sunday (Dec. 5) for an pair of on-the-mat workshops.

The 37-year-old Sherk holds a professional fight record of 34-4-1, most recently defeating Evan Dunham at UFC 119 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He previously held the lightweight championship title.

Known as a “The Muscle Shark,” he will be demonstrating a number of MMA techniques including how to move, striking and takedowns, as well as offence and defence on the ground.

On Saturday evening, he will also be making an appearance at Boston Pizza between 8 and 9 p.m. before The Ultimate Fighter finale show and he will also be available between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Fitness Kickboxing Canada facility located at 660 Riddell Rd for a public meet-and-greet and autograph signing session.

For more information about the Sean Sherk workshops and club programs, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
canfitpro Nutrition & Wellness Courses now available at our FKCI National Training Development Center
November 2010

We are pleased to announce that Staci Bland, Director of Personal Training and Nutrition at our National Training Development Center in Orangeville has earned her canfitpro Nutrition and Wellenss, NWS, PRO TRAINER credentials. Staci will be offering the NWS Certifications course in Orangeville starting in January 2011. Check our courses page for new course dates.

All NWS Certification course registartions can be done online at canfitpro Certification Courses or by phone at 1-800-667-5622

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
First and only
Authorize TapouT Dealer
in Orangeville
October 2010

Visit our new Training and Development Centre location at
660 Riddelle Rd. Orangeville and start shopping for the
Tapout Fanatic on your Christmas list

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada is the first and only Orangeville location to become an authorized TapouT dealer.

TAPOUT: AN EXPRESSION OF COMBAT KNOWN WORLDWIDE
This counterculture crew boasts a sought-after clothing line, a raucous in-demand TV reality show, and sponsors the best MMA Fighters all the while creating hype and mystique The trio equaling the TapouT Crew - Mask, Punkass and Skyskrape - are no strangers to the fanfare surrounding the infamous sport of MMA and are never too shy to strike their notorious poses with fight-frenzied fans. As the premiere lifestyle brand of the MMA world, TapouT undoubtedly corners the competition- in and out of the octagon.

As the energy is escalating around the MMA culture, TapouT is taking on a life of its own with an attitude so American and Arrogant that the demand for the brand has gone global. “The TapouT phenomenon can’t be explained easily. TapouT is here to help bring the sport to its rightful place of world domination, and our products are just an extension of that,” says TapouT’s ringleader Mask. The ubiquitous logo-blazen tee shirt that made TapouT a madhouse-hold name can now be purchased in over 20,000 retail stores worldwide (not including online), along with a full line of fighter gear, men’s, women’s, and youth clothing and accessories.

Members and public can now come in to our Orangeville location just in time for Christmas shopping for the Tapout fan in your family!!!!

 

Orangeville Banner
September 1st, 2010
NEW FKCI NATIONAL TRAINING DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

 

Kickboxing studio unpacks at new home
By Richard Vivian, Orangeville Banner, Sep 01, 2010

Orangeville is home to a new National MMA Training and Development Centre. Ross O’Donnell, owner of Fitness Kickboxing Canada, moved his business into new digs this week — expanding his programs and stretching his reach.

“We’re excited about it. We can’t wait to get this place open,” he said Tuesday (Aug. 31), noting he expected to begin holding classes at the mixed martial arts (MMA) centre, located at 660 Riddell Rd., yesterday. “We just needed more space. Our business had grown drastically.”

Fitness Kickboxing Canada has been in operation for about a decade, offering boxing and kickboxing training — for competition and fitness — bootcamp and MMA conditioning classes.

“The bulk of our business ... is our certification programs that span across Canada,” O’Donnell said. “We do certification of instructors for boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts. ... We also do certification for personal trainers as well as CPR (cardio pulmonary respiration).”

All those services have been packed into about 3,000 sq. ft. for the past five years. The new centre comes with a quarter more room to roam, but more importantly for O’Donnell, a less encumbered layout.

“It’s broken into all kinds of little rooms, which really made it kind of difficult to have any kind of large class formats,” he said of the former location, which capped classes at about 24 people and has a “lot of wasted space” because of it’s many small rooms. “It was really not laid out for what we want.”

The new location is wide open, featuring 2,200 sq. ft of MMA training mat-covered floor and a boxing ring, as well as a classroom for some of the certification education sessions.

“We can now handle classes for about 50 people ... in a very easy manner,” O’Donnell added.

Last month, the provincial government officially sanctioned professional MMA competitions and O’Donnell is convinced amateur competitions will be allowed soon too.

“We’ll be right onboard to start offering competition here,” he said, crediting his businesses growth to the growing popularity of professional MMA, in particular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

“The emergence of the UFC in general has helped our business drastically,” O’Donnell said, explaining his organization put on demonstrations in Las Vegas ahead of a recent UFC event. “That was great for us.”

Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk will wear a Fitness Kickboxing Canada logo during a fight later this month, O’Donnell added. “It will be the first time, I believe ever, that an Orangeville club has been represented in the octagon. That’s a huge thing for us.”

He hopes to have Sherk at the new centre “by year-end” to assist with a training seminar.

A grand opening will be held at the National MMA Training and Development Centre on Sept. 18, featuring live demonstrations.

For more information about the centre and its services, visit www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.

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Orangeville Banner
March 24 2010

Silva kicks his way to silver at 2010 Ontario Winter Games

Kickin' it to silver:. Orangeville kickboxer Alex Silva, 17, won silver at the 2010 Ontario Winter Games on March 7. Chris Halliday Despite withstanding Mitchell Fowler’s attack at the 2010 Ontario Winter Games for more than two rounds, Orangeville native Alex Silva’s face hit the canvas moments before the third round ended.

After suffering his third eight count of the match, the 17-year-old kickboxer fell to his opponent in the 74- to 79-kilogram gold medal match on March 7.

“I almost made it,” Silva lamented. “If he didn’t throw that lucky punch, I could have ended the third round (standing).”

The local kickboxing student didn’t come home from Muskoka, Ont. empty-handed. He returned sporting silver around his neck.

Since it was the first year kickboxing was incorporated into the Games, Silva takes solace in the fact he’s the first ever silver medalist in his weight class.

“I was pretty pumped to go and do kickboxing at the Winter Games for the first time,” Silva said. “I wanted to go in there, fight and give them a show.”

Joining Silva at the competition as a coach for the provincial team was Ross O’Donnell, instructor and owner of Fitness Kickboxing Canada.

While he felt Fowler “should have lost in points because he landed a couple of low blows,” O’Donnell was pleased with Silva’s performance against the more experienced 18-year-old from Cambridge, Ont.

“What can you do? It was a great fight,” O’Donnell said, noting Silva’s performance was nothing to be ashamed of. “It was just the way it went down. The other kid ended up taking the gold and Alex got the silver.”

For a change of pace, Silva wasn’t receiving instruction from O’Donnell in his corner, as several of the coaches chosen to represent the province split up to guide other athletes. Although Silva didn’t win gold, O’Donnell’s team of five students stood atop the podium twice.

“We actually did pretty good. I ended up with a couple of gold and a couple of silvers,” O’Donnell said. “The format they had there was fabulous because the kids are used to listening to the same coach over and over again.

“You weren’t coaching your own people so they got a completely different perspective on coaching and training for four days.”

On a more sombre note, Orangeville’s 18-year-old Darren Miller, who had originally qualified for the Games, was unable to participate after tearing his ACL playing handball.

“That was a downer,” O’Donnell said, noting 2010 as Miller’s only chance to compete at the Games. “The kid was devastated he couldn’t make it because of the injury.”

Silva may, however, be able to earn one more kick at the Ontario Winter Games in 2012. In the meantime, he’ll have to “train harder” to re-earn his spot in two years.

“Keep my hands up a little bit more,” Silva said of what he’ll be working on. “And use more of my legs. I didn’t use a whole lot of what I’m used to.”

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Exclusive CEC Provider
2009 MMA Expo Vancouver
April 10th & 11th 2010
Pacific National Exhibition

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada has partnered with MMA Expo Vancouver to be the exclusive CEC provider for the first such two day Mixed Marital Arts event in British Columbia at the Pacific National Exhibition (The Forum) 2901 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1, Canada

Special Guest in the Training Sessions Both Days
Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk
Former UFC Light Weight Champ


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ONLINE REGISTRATION

The the two day MMA Expo gives fans the unique opportunity to meet, get autographs from and take pictures with MMA celebrities, professional fighters and world champions. The weekend event also features a wide variety of hands-on seminars, CEC accredited fitness workshops, action-packed martial arts tournaments, insightful demonstrations and a vibrant exhibit show floor where fighters and fans shop a wide array of top brand MMA, traditional martial arts and fitness products and services.

Fitness professionals have the option of attending either Saturday April 10th for MMA Level 1 CEC workshop or Certification or Sunday April 11th for the Level 1 Kickboxing CEC workshop or Certification.

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CEC Accredited


 

 

Orangeville Banner
January 20 2010

O’Donnell named coach for 2010 Winter Games - Ontario

When kickboxing headlines for its first time at the 2010 Ontario Winter Games, Orangeville will be well represented.

Ross O’Donnell, owner and instructor of Fitness Kickboxing Canada Orangeville has been chosen as one of 10 provincial coaches for the upcoming Games.

“I’m quite pleased to say I’ve been selected as one of the coaching staff to do all this and be involved as a coach,” O’Donnell said. “Each coach will be assigned about five to six athletes and while we’re there, we’ll basically be taking care of them.”

In addition, two of O’Donnell’s kickboxing students, Alex Silva and Darren Miller, will compete at the province-wide games to be held in Muskoka, Ont. from March 4 to 7.

Sixty-four athletes, including Silva and Miller, will soon head to training camp in Mississauga on Feb. 14 for the provincial team’s selection process. Silva will fight in the 74-kg class while Miller will test the 70-kg group.

In early November, Miller, 18, fought to an Ontario Cup intermediate (69- to 72-kg) kickboxing championship in Burlington.

Silva, 16, finished second in the junior division at the same Ontario Cup tournament.

“I’m hoping there may be two or three bouts for them in the tournament,” O’Donnell said

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Can-Fit-Pro Conference & Tradeshow

February 5-7 2010
Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Convention Centre
Montreal, Canada



We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada will be a sponsor and presenters at the Can-Fit-Pro Conference and Tradeshow held at the The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel & Conference Centre
Montreal Februay 5-7, 2010

Pre-Conference particiipants will take part in the Ultimate "Fighting-Fit" Boot-Camp session taught by co-presenters Sean Sherk, former UFC world Champ and Ross O'Donnell FKCI president and chief instructor. Tradeshow goers and conference delegates will also get a chance to take part in interactive training with our expert FKCI staff of instructors.

Attendees on the Saturday February 6th will be able to meet and greet Sean Sherk at the FKCI booth in the MMA Zone where they had an opportunity to get autographs, picture with Sean Sherk and prize giveaways.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Official UFC Webstore
November 2009

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Official UFC Store Affiliate
Click on the UFC banner and start shopping for the
UFC Fanatic on your Christmas list

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada is the newest member of the UFC Store Affiliate Team and now have the capability to offer official UFC merchandise online.

Members can click on the UFC Store logo to take you directly to the official UFC Store website for purchases of apparel, DVD's, equipment and much, much more.

Just in time for Christmas shopping for the UFC fan in your family!!!!

 


Orangeville Banner
November 12th 2009

Kicking way to Ontario belt
Thursday November 12th 2009
By Chris Halliday - Orangeville Banner Sports

When Darren Miller, 16, first walked through the doors of Fitness Kickboxing Canada in Orangeville around five years ago, little did he know it’d be the first day of his new life.

Then, the 12-year-old Miller, less than five feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds, began kickboxing simply as a way to get fit.

Now, after dismantling his opponent in the final at his first-ever competitive tournament in Burlington, Ont. this weekend, the 150-pound Grade 12 Orangeville District Secondary School (ODSS) student is an Ontario Cup intermediate (69- to 72-kilogram) kickboxing champion.

“Basically, I was your average young kid, just go home after school, eat a bag of chips, watch TV, don’t do homework, so it wasn’t very much exercise,” Miller said. “I came here with my mom and just worked together as her partner. From there, it got competitive and I was like ‘wow, I’ll go for it,’ try it out and I fell in love.”

Miller dusted Josh Medland of the Golden Tiger Kickboxing Club in Hanover just 30 seconds into the final, breaking his opponent’s nose about 15 seconds in.

“Darren’s instructions were to be very aggressive, come at him right away and never back down. ... If you dance around the ring too much, it gives him a chance to figure out what your style is,” said Fitness Kickboxing Canada owner Ross O’Donnell. “He came in with a kick, got his hands down and came in with a hard cross. (Medland’s) nose started bleeding right away. ... The blood kind of flew. At that point, we knew it was over.”

Scheduled to make his competitive debut several times before, issues like a broken toe, his grandfather dying, and getting his finger slammed in a door always held him back. But, there was nothing keeping him away last Saturday.

“The way we were trained, I thought it would be a lot harder. I thought I’d be exhausted, but once you get in there, it is completely different,” Miller said. “The harder you train to do it ... the easier it is.”

O’Donnell was impressed by his young pupil’s demeanour, especially considering it was Miller’s first official match.

“Never seen a kid more calm in my life,” O’Donnell said. “I think there are several weight categories above and below he could have still won. His punching capabilities are tremendous.”

Next, Miller will join teammate Alex Silva, who finished second at the same tournament for his junior division, at an upcoming provincial training camp before competing at the 2010 Ontario Games in Muskoka this March.

“Never threw a punch in his life until he came in here,” O’Donnell said. “He is a fine example of what kids can become if they put their mind to it.”

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Can-Fit-Pro International Tradeshow
and Consumer Fitness Show
August 21-22 2009
Metro Convention Centre
Toronto, Canada



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We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada was a huge success at the Can-Fit-Pro International Tradeshow Conference and Consumer Day presentations held at the The Metro Convention Centre, Toronto August 21-22, 2009

Conference attendees the conference were given the opportunity take part in sold out MMA Ground'n Pound session taught by co-presenters Sean Sherk, former UFC world Champ( who will be fighting in UFC 104) and Ross O'Donnell FKCI president and chief instructor. Tradeshow goers and conference delegates also got a chance to get in a regulation size boxing ring and take part in interactive training with our expert FKCI staff of instructors.
Long lines of fans were treated to meet and greet Sean Sherk at the FKCI booth in the MMA Zone where they had an opportunity to get autographs, picture with Sean Sherk and prize giveaways.

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
BC Fit 2009
August 14-16 2009
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada



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We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada was a huge success at the BC Fit 2009 Conference held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver August 14 -16, 2009

Conference attendees were given the opportunity take part in sold out kickboxing session taught by Ross & Joanne O'Donnell as well as experience the tradeshow exhibitors including the FKCI team who performed demos and provided interactive training opportunities for delegates.

FKCI also held a one day of certification course for BCRPA trainers to become certified in Fitness Kickboxing and implement the classes in the BC locations.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Fitness China Conference 2009
August 7-9 2009
China Internation Exhibition Centre
Beijing, China

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada was a huge success at the Fitness China 2009 Conference held at the China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China, August 7 -9, 2009

Conference attendees were given the opportunity take sessions taught by Ross & Joanne O'Donnell as well as experience the over 100 tradeshow exhibitors including the FKCI team who performed demos and provided interactive training opportunities for fans and media.

FKCI also held 3 days of certification courses for Bally's China trainers to become certified in Fitness Kickboxing and implement the classes in the Bally's Beijing locations.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Exclusive CEC Provider
2009 MMA Expo Montreal
October 17th & 18th
Place Forzani Conference Centre

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada has partnered with MMA Expo Montreal to be the exclusive CEC provider for the first such two day Mixed Marital Arts event in Quebec at the Place Forzani Centre.

Following the huge success of the two day MMA Expo held at the International Centre in Toronto June 6th & 7th the Montreal MMA Expo gives fans the unique opportunity to meet, get autographs from and take pictures with MMA celebrities, professional fighters and world champions. The weekend event also features a wide variety of hands-on seminars, CEC accredited fitness workshops, action-packed martial arts tournaments, insightful demonstrations and a vibrant exhibit show floor where fighters and fans shop a wide array of top brand MMA, traditional martial arts and fitness products and services.

Fitness professionals have the option of attending either Saturday October 17th for MMA Level 1 CEC workshop or Certification or Sunday October 18th for the Level 1 Kickboxing CEC workshop or Certification.

Please check back soon on our conferences page for details and registration information.

CPTN Can-Fit-Pro
CEC Accredited


 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
UFC 100 Fan Expo
July 10-11 2009
Mandalay Bay Events Centre

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada was a huge success at the first ever UFC Fan Expo hled at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas July 10-11 2009.

Over 60,000 UFC fans attended the Expo and were given the opportunity to meet the biggest stars in the UFC as well as experience the over 150 tradeshow exhibitors including the FKCI team who performed demos and provided interactive training opportunities for fans and media.

The UFC 100 fights were amazing as the Expo attendees and the entire city had an electric atmosphere the entire weekend

Check the links below to see coverage on Las Vegas Channel 5 TV News and ESPN special on the UFC Fan Expo.

Channel 5 Las Vegas

ESPN

 

 


Orangeville Banner
February 6th 2009

Kickin’ it up at a notch at nationals
Thursday February 5 2009
By Chris Halliday - Orangeville Banner Sports

Alex Silva had a taekwondo background to fall back on before starting to train as a kick-boxer about five months ago in late August.

However, after coming in second at the Canadian middleweight amateur kick-boxing championships in Burlington on Jan. 24, the 15-year-old Orangeville resident may have found his true calling, explained his instructor Ross O’Donnell from the town’s local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club.

“I think he has tremendous potential,” O’Donnell said of Silva. “You don’t have to teach this guy a mentality, he has already got it. He’s got that fighter mentality.”

Silva qualified for his national intermediate division match up against Algonquin’s Steve DeJong on Jan. 24 after winning the 2008 provincial championships last November in Kingston.

Although DeJong, 17, won early in the second round of their tilt, it was clear the Algonquin fighter wanted nothing to do with Silva’s kicks.

DeJong executed his game plan to force the Westside Secondary School student into the corner, thereby forcing the younger Silva into more of a punching match.

“He was more a boxer,” Silva said. “I wasn’t using as many kicks as I was hoping to use. I eventually got pushed into a corner and got my ass kicked.”

By finishing second in the intermediate division’s national rankings, the amateur fighter will get the chance to tryout for Canada’s national kick-boxing team.

“I’m just going to try my best and see if I can make the team,” Silva said. “I’ll just have to see where this takes me.”

Just three official fights into his kick-boxing career, O’Donnell certainly believes Silva has a bright future in the sport.

“He has done very well, having won the provincials and then coming into this. He is always fighting outside his class,” O’Donnell said. “When he turns 16, he’ll have two years in this division and he is already ranked second. I think a national title is definite for him in the next couple years.”

If Silva plans to fight his way to a national title, he knows he’ll have to work on a few things.

“I’ve to keep my hands up more (and) move around a bit,” Silva explained, “instead of staying in one spot and heavy on my feet.”

While qualifying for a national team tryout, Silva wasn’t the only Orangeville kick-boxing club member to earn the chance in Burlington. Fergus resident James Watson and Steve Scarfe of Milton also earned tryouts.

In Burlington, both Watson and Scarfe were forced to fight outside of their division and lost challenging matches at the competition on Jan. 25. Watson fought well-known Newfoundland fighter Robbie Wiseman, who grabbed bronze at the worlds in 2002. Scarfe was forced to accept a low-kick contest, rather than the full contact matches he usually trains for, O’ Donnell said.

“I thought all three guys did great,” the Orangeville trainer said. “I know it sounds ridiculous, but three guys out of a town of 27,000 are getting a shot at the national team. If we can get three guys on the national team, we’ll be very happy with that.”

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Shirley Sawchuk
Receives 2008 Member Award



(L to R) Joanne O'Donnell, Shirley Sawchuk and Ross O'Donnell at award presentation

We are pleased to announce that Shirley Sawchuk has been named the 2008 Ross O'Donnell Sr. Award recipient. The award recognizes the member who best display dedication and commitment to the Kickboxing program.

Shirley has been a loyal member of our kickboxing program since it's inception in 2000.She is an example for all as she continues to attend classes regularly while into her retirement years. Due to her tremendous commitment, Shirley has also been awarded a "Life Time" membership with Fitness kickboxing Canada for as long as she wishes to remain in the program. Congratulations Shirley from all the staff at FKCI.

 

Barry Sinclair
Receives Honourary Black Belt Designation
December 2008

(L to R) Ross O'Donnell -Chief Instructor and Barry Sinclair at Black Belt Presentation

We are pleased to announce that Barry Sinclair, has been awarded his Black Belt level Instructor designation. Barry holds his 3rd degree Black belt in Karate and has been a loyal member of our Orangeville location since 2005. His technical skill and patient manner has been invaluable as he has assisted with new members in teaching basic fundamentals, teaching and participating in the competitive skills development program and presenting courses as one of our course conductors. Barry also holds his Certification as a Personal Trainer with Can-Fit-Pro and as a Certified Tai Chi Instructor. We congratulate him on his diligence and look forward to his continued contributions to our program and development of our staff and students.

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Exclusive CEC Provider
2009 MMA Expo IV
June 6th & 7th Toronto International Centre

We are pleased to announce that Fitness Kickboxing Canada has partnered with MMA Expo IV to be the exclusive CEC provider for the two day Mixed Marital Arts event of the year.

Now in its fourth year, the two day MMA Expo held at the International Centre in Toronto gives fans the unique opportunity to meet, get autographs from and take pictures with MMA celebrities, professional fighters and world champions. The weekend event also features a wide variety of hands-on seminars, CEC accredited fitness workshops, action-packed martial arts tournaments, insightful demonstrations and a vibrant exhibit show floor where fighters and fans shop a wide array of top brand MMA, traditional martial arts and fitness products and services. The 2009 forecast for attendance is 4,000 which has increased in location size, number of exhibitor, presenters and delegates.

It has been a challenge trying to introduce authentic boxing, kickboxing & MMA training for fitness into mainstream fitness and traditional martial arts. The fitness and martial arts industry’s tended to be akin to oil & water. The fitness industry shied away from any type of training that involved “contact” even though it was with pads and heavy bags and not person to person. The martial arts industry looked upon fitness as something that belonged in the aerobics classes. If it didn’t involve combat, it wasn’t of interest. I have been fortunate to be a Conference presenter in both the fitness and martial arts field and after several years of teaching our seminars the two industries have come to accept that there is benefit to both types of training and that cross training is the way of the future. We are very pleased to see that once strict martial arts clubs are now implementing our fitness boxing, kickboxing and MMA curriculum and fitness clubs and instructors are now having members flock to their fitness boxing, kickboxing and MMA classes.

For the first time ever, MMA and Fitness will unite in one conference venue. Martial Artists will experience fitness formatted training to add value and broaden client base to their programming at their Dojo's and Fitness Professionals will be introduced to authentic MMA training that is transferable to their studios while taking part in accredited workshops to earn Can-Fit-Pro and CPTN CEC's towards recertification.

Fitness professionals have the option of attending either Saturday June 6th or Sunday June 7th and take part in numerous workshops featuring Canada's top fitness and martial arts presenters...and earn CEC's!

The list of presenters, exhibitors and sessions will be available soon so please check back for details and registration information.

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Official Business Club Partner & "Boatmen Builders"of
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club
For the 2009 Season

We are pleased to announce that for our 5th year in a row Fitness Kickboxing Canada has become an Official Business Club Partner of Toronto’s #1 Community Team, The Toronto Argonauts for the 2009 season. We have also bolstered our relationship to the Argos by continuing with our commitment as Business Club partners and "Boatmen Builders" to help grow and ensure a strong fan base for our favourite team.

In recognition our past commitment the Toronto Argos presented Fitness Kickboxing Canada with an autographed Toronto Argonaut helmet at a business club event in October 2008. Pictured are (top L to R) Brittany O’Donnell, Lorraine O’Donnell, Argos Hall of Fame legend & CEO, Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Joanne & Ross O’Donnell. (Below) Brittany and Michael “Pinbal” Clemons

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has had a lengthy and proud tradition a as a part of the Canadian Football League, CFL, and we look forward to being a part of Argos team for the future.

Please look for our logo and company description on the Argos website, 2008 media guide, video board Jumbo-Tron and ribbon board during all home games at Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome).

 

 

Scarfe Continues Winning Ways
Orangeville Banner
October 23rd 2008

Scarfe Continues Winning Ways
Friday October 23rd 2008
By Mike Rawn- Orangeville Banner Sports

Kickboxers gear up for provincials

Steve Scarfe recorded his seventh win Saturday night, but it wasn’t the victory he was hoping for.

Scarfe, who fights out of the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club, defeated Shawn McCarthy from Team PEI last weekend at an amateur card in Oakville. However, he was supposed to fight Brian Douglas for the Canadian Amateur Sport of Kickboxing (CASK) cruiserweight title. Douglas pulled out of the fight due to a back injury.

“It is pretty upsetting, especially because we only found out five days before the fight,” Scarfe said. “But I really can’t be mad at him since I pulled out last time because of a busted nose. We’re kind of even now. But the fight is still going to happen, so it’s not that bad. The only downfall was that I was in really good shape for it.”

That showed in an easy unanimous decision win over McCarthy.

“I was training to fight Brian, so my conditioning was through the roof,” Scarfe said. “I knew I wasn’t going to get tired, and looking at him I figured he would be a big puncher. He’s shorter than I am so I just used my distance and I was really technical. I’m getting away from the style of trying to knock people out, which is a lot smarter way to fight. I wanted to win on points, so we went the distance and I outscored him every round.”

Local fighter Alex Silva, 15, had his first kickboxing match on the same card against Robert Sullivan. With more than 6 lbs separating the competitors, the exhibition match was supposed to feature light sparring and kicks only. The result — a double disqualification — was inevitable according to Fitness Kickboxing Canada head instructor Ross O’Donnell.

“It’s pretty hard when you’ve got a 15-year-old kid who is training with full contact, to all of a sudden have to go light,” O’Donnell said. “He did very well; he’s very aggressive and technically sound. Despite the disqualification we’re very pleased with his performance. He’s fearless. He’s sparring with guys five inches taller and 30 pounds heavier, and he’s not backing down.”

A third fighter from the Orangeville club, James Watson, won by walkover. Scarfe, Watson and Silva will all fight at the provincial championships, to be held Nov. 8 and 9 in Kingston.

“We think every one of them has the potential to win at provincials,” O’Donnell said. “Of course Steve has already proven he has the ability. Although the calibre of fighters is getting better all the time, we feel we have guys that on any given night could win. And other clubs do too. But there’s nobody here in the competitive level that can’t win.”

Scarfe, a member of the Canadian national team and defending provincial champion, is expecting a tough road to the nationals this year.

“It’s going to be high competition,” he said. “Everybody I talk to is going to it. There seems to be a lot of interest in it this year so it might be tough to keep that title for two years. But I want to get back to nationals, and I want to go there with the momentum of winning provincials.”

He also wants to get that long awaited shot at Douglas’ CASK title, and is confident that will happen in 2009.

“I figure it will probably happen next year,” Scarfe said. “With a back injury he’ll take a month or two off and then have to get back in shape. We’ve got nationals in January, so maybe we can do it in March.

“I definitely think I can win. He’s a good fighter; he won nationals a couple of years ago. He’s definitely really talented and has a lot of experience. It will be a huge step up for me in competition, but I’ll be ready for it by the time it comes around. I was ready for it on Saturday, so now I just have more time to prepare myself.”

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Genene Corbett
Earns Black Belt Instructor Designation
September 2008

We are pleased to announce that Genene Corbett, has earned her Black Belt level Instructor designation through the CASK Skill Development Program. She has been a loyal member of our Orangeville location since 2005 where she has been teaching classes, participating in the competitive skills development program, sparring program and as a certified competitive coach with CASK. We congratulate Genene on her diligence and look forward to her continued contributions to our program and development of our staff and students.

 

Watson Scores KO Win
Orangeville Banner
September 19th 2008

Watson scores KO win
Friday September 19 2008
By Mike Rawn- Orangeville Banner Sports

Ross O’Donnell described it as the most devastating knockout he’s seen in amateur kickboxing. The owner of the Orangeville based Fitness Kickboxing Canada club was describing the roundhouse kick that his pupil, James Watson, landed on John Eddington at a kickboxing card in Hanover Sept. 6.

“It was an awesome knockout,” O’Donnell said. “James had to fight a guy who was 15 pounds heavier and an inch taller; he was a bit concerned about that because he had never fought anyone taller than him. But he took the first round handily. In the second round, as per our instruction, he landed with a jab cross and roundkick. He hit him in the neck and I’ve never seen a guy drop like this. He didn’t move, and we didn’t know how serious it was. Fortunately the doctor was in the ring instantly. They took him out on a stretcher but he’s okay.

“There were a lot of coaches there, and everyone said that was the most devastating knockout they’ve seen at the amateur level. It was a spectacular win.”

Watson was pleased with the knockout, but happier to get his first win in three attempts.

“I just wanted to fight, and wanted to win,” Watson said. “The first fights were close, but I got a couple of standing eight counts both times because my nose wouldn’t stop bleeding.

“I just went in there full bore; I didn’t want to get hit. I thought I’d bring it to him first.”

Watson’s teammate Steve Scarfe, a member of the Canadian national kickboxing team, had a tougher time in Hanover, losing a close three round decision to Vitto Virginillo from the Twin Dragons club. Scarfe had a good excuse, however. He had just returned from a national team training camp in South Africa — a 36-hour flight — where he fought more experienced opponents to a 1-1 record. And he dropped eight pounds the day of the fight in order to match up with Virginillo, the fourth ranked light heavyweight in Canada.

“Mentally I thought I was going to be there for the fight,” Scarfe said. “I wasn’t nervous
because I just had two fights, so it wasn’t a big deal to me. When I was in there I found myself really tired. I don’t know if it was a combination of jet lag and dropping down a weight class. I just felt mentally really drained when I got in the ring. I still went three rounds but I didn’t have the snap to my punches that I normally do.”

Still, Scarfe is expected to fight Brian Douglas for the CASK (Canadian Amateur Sport of Kickboxing) Eastern Canadian championship next month. The two were expected to fight in May, but the fight was postponed when Scarfe broke his nose while training. The title fight has not been confirmed.

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Launches Two New CEC Workshops to it's
Continuing Education Credits, CEC's Program
August 2008

We are please to announce that we have been accredited by Can-Fit-Pro as CEC providers for two new workshops.

Fitness for the MMA-Ultimate Fighting Fan-Atic

Can-fit-Pro accredited for 2 CEC’s for PTS/FIS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and Ultimate Fighting is the newest phenomenon to sweep North America. As a coach of a competitive Boxing & Kickboxing club and personal trainer, I find that 95% of those who come through the door are MMA/Ultimate Fighting fans that recognize the benefits of training authentically to improve overall fitness, learn proper self defense and satisfy a passion, but aren’t interested in the full contact competitive side of the sport that occurs in the Octagon. This workshop is designed for you, the trainer, to tap that market by incorporating authentic MMA-UF drills for cardio, strength, striking, kicking and ground work into a rigorous training program format to capture your MMA-Ultimate Fighting Fanatic client’s new found passion for training to the extreme without actually fighting!!!!!!

Self-Protection for the Fitness Professional

Can-fit-Pro accredited for 2 CEC’s for PTS, FIS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
Many trainers provide on site training at all times of the day and night, this 3 hour workshop will teach you to raise your awareness to potential danger, assess your environment and prevent putting yourself in harms way. This workshop will focus on educating the fitness professional on key elements of personal safety and will include demonstrations on typical situations that can arise and how to safely remove yourself from these situations with simple defensive techniques.

Both workshops will be introduced in September 2008 so please check back then for course listings

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Launches Franchises and Certification Program in China
Fitness Kickboxing International-CHINA
July 8th 2008

L to R Joanne O'Donnell, Naijuan Cheng & Ross O'Donnell

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada has now gained international exposure through our certification courses and continuing education workshops. Since 2003 we have trained numerous instructors from other countries who are anxious to teach our style of fitness boxing and kickboxing programs.

In February 2008 Naijuan (Tracy) Cheng travelled to Canada to be trained to implement our CEC and Certification program as well as our FKCI group training class format program. No such programs of this nature had been available in China before this time. We are pleased to announce that we have finalized the terms for a 20 year agreement with Ms. Cheng and her Co-operative Group, Union International Trade Corporation, that will provide her with the exclusive rights to operate our Fitness kickboxing curriculum of certification courses and workshops as well as our group format program for China on behalf of FKCI.

She will be marketing franchises as well as recruiting and training Instructors to build the Certification program nationally in conjunction with FKCI operated as Fitness Kickboxing International-China. Ms Cheng expects to have the program implemented and recognized by the Chinese governing body following the summer Olympics in Beijing where she will open her head office and training centre.

Article from Orangeville Banner 11 July 2008


Article from Fitnet.ca 05 August 2008

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Receives Accreditation as OFC
Continuing Education Credit Course Providers


Fitness Kickboxing Canada is please to announce that we have been approved as Continuing Education Credits Providers through the
OFC-Ontario Fitness Council.

OFC was established in 1984 by a volunteer group of health and fitness professionals, who decided that it was time the fitness industry was recognized as a profession. It was their vision to provide fitness leaders with a sense of pride in their work and their skills. This group of courageous volunteers took the first steps that led to where the Ontario Fitness Council is today.The Ontario Fitness Council (OFC) is a well recognized provincial body that sets the standards for fitness professionals in Ontario and when you join the OFC, you become part of a provincial and national network of individuals, groups, and organizations who are responsible for the fitness and health industry throughout Canada.The Ontario Fitness Council (OFC) continues to keep its members informed within the rapidly changing fitness industry by providing opportunities for education and professional development in fitness and active healthy living.

For CEC credits for each course please check our course listing page for details
CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO ALL COURSE LISTINGS


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada - New Course Conductors
Province of Quebec
June, 2008 News Release

We are pleased to announce that David & Jennifer Jones have joined our team of course conductors. They wil be responsible for conducting courses in the Quebec region.

David & Jennifer Jones are FKCI Accredited Fitness Boxing & Fitness Kickboxing Course Conductors, and are excited about this opportunity to work with Fitness Kickboxing Canada!

Between them, they have a wide range of martial arts experience including, Kickboxing, Jui Jitsu, Karate, Tea Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Kali Sikaran & Yoga.

David is a retired International Fighter. Having trained with The Ice Man, Jean Yve Therieult. Dave has fought in numerous competitions throughout Canada, Geneva and Ireland.

David & Jennifer founded Ægis Feng Kickboxing MMA, an original Kickboxing-Jui Jtsu mixed curriculum designed by David. Realizing there were nfitness programs for children or adults in their area, David & Jennifer were inspired them to open up this new school in Wakefield, QC. Their school offers classes for all ages. Children as young as age 4 years old can come and join in the Lil' Dragons program, while older children up through adults can join the various Combat programs. They also offer a Cardio program and personal training.

David & Jennifer can be contacted by calling: 613.230.5555 or emailing: Aegis.Feng@gmail.com

For information on their upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Steve Scarfe Scarfe gets title shot

May 9th 2008

Scarfe gets title shot
Friday May 9 2008
By Mike Rawn- Orangeville Banner Sports

Ever since Steve Scarfe began kickboxing three years ago, he’s dreamed of getting a title shot.

That dream will become a reality tomorrow (Saturday) night in Oakville, when Scarfe will challenge Brian Douglas for the CASK (Canadian Amateur Sport of Kickboxing) Eastern Canadian championship.

Scarfe, a member of the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club, has a 5-2 record. Amateur kickboxing became an officially sanctioned sport in Ontario in October 2005.

“It’s basically because it’s a new organization that he’s had limited fights,” Fitness Kickboxing Canada coach Ross O’Donnell explains. “But when he has fought he’s done well. And he’s shown through the national training camps that he’s earned a shot at a title.”

Scarfe, who recently made the national team for the second straight year, had a chance to watch Douglas at the latest tryouts. He’s hoping that knowledge will be beneficial on Saturday.

“I would assume he’s going to come out hard,” Scarfe says. “I know he’s going to be well-conditioned. When I saw him fight he used a lot of hands, but I know he can use his feet as well. I’m not going to focus as much on what he’s going to bring, and more on what I’m going to bring. That way I won’t be thrown off my game plan if he comes in with something different.”

Scarfe hasn’t fought in six months, with his opponent unable to make weight at the provincial championships in December. During the long layoff, Scarfe, 24, has sparred with Canadian national boxing team member Steve Franjic, mixed martial arts professional Jay Alexander, and former Canadian professional super middleweight kickboxer Jason Battiste.

The fight is scheduled for four rounds, with each round lasting two minutes.
“I think it’s probably going to go the distance,” Scarfe says. “I think it’s going to be a hard fight, but I’ll come out on top.”

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Kick-Box Boot-Camp™ Program Operator
May, 2008

We are pleased to introduce our newest opportunity for trainers to expand their businesses with our FKCI Kick-Box Boot-Camp™ Program Operator positions.
We have been teaching the Kick-Box Boot-Camp™ Instructor courses since 2003 to thousands of fitness professionals. To keep up to the demands for our style of classes we now introduce this opportunity to those certified fitness professionals who meet the following criteria;

To be considered for a Kick-Box Boot-Camp™ Program Operator position you should possess a combination of the following attributes:

  • A current certification as a fitness instructor or a personal trainer.
  • A minimum qualification-FKCI - "Kick-Box Boot-Camp™ Instructor".
  • Be physically fit for duty.
  • Experience operating a fitness program or personal training business.
  • Experience teaching classes and/or personal training sessions.
  • Attend our Program Operator Orientation Training.
  • The ability to operate and manage a fast growing business.
  • A genuine passion for fitness, kickboxing and Boot Camp.

For more information on this opportunity, Click here

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Launches CPTN Boxing, Kickboxing & BootCamp Courses
Continuing Education Credits, CEC's Program
April 2008

Fitness Kickboxing Canada is pleased to announce that we are now an accredited CEC provider for The Certified Professional Trainers Network-CPTN.

CPTN The Certified Professional Trainers Network has firm roots as the former Canadian Personal Trainers Network, first established in 1993. The organization integrates current research and practical applications for education, communication, professional development and marketing opportunities for Personal Trainers to maintain a leading edge on professional training developments. We have been accredited for 3 of our courses in our current curriculum
. See CEC accreditation below

Fitness Boxing Basic Instructor Level I Course 6 CPTN CEC’s
Fitness Kickboxing Basic Instructor Level I Course 6 CPTN CEC’s
Kickboxing BootCamp Instructor Course 3 CPTN CEC’s

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Official Business Club Partner & "Boatmen Builders"of
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club
For the 2008 Season

 

 

We are pleased to announce that for our 4th year in a row Fitness Kickboxing Canada has become an Official Business Club Partner of
Toronto’s #1 Community Team, The Toronto Argonauts for the 2008 season. We have also bolstered our relationship to the Argos by agreeing to a 3 year commitment as "Boatmen Builders" to help grow and ensure a strong fan base for our favourite team.

In recognition our past commitment the Toronto Argos presented Ross & Joanne O'Donnell with a framed Argo jersey "F.K.C.I. #1" at a business club event in March 2008. Pictured with Ross & Joanne (L to R) are Agro players Kevin Eiben, Chuck Winters & Andre Talbot.

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has had a lengthy and proud tradition a as a part of the Canadian Football League, CFL, and we look forward to being a part of Argos team for the future

Please look for our logo and company description on the Argos website, 2008 media guide, video board Jumbo-Tron and ribbon board during all home games at Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome).

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada - Insurance
for Certified Boxing & Kickboxing Instructors
January 2008

We are pleased to announce that AON Insurance has just introduced a Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Trainer Insurance Program for coverage up to 3 million dollars.

Many Instructors know how hard it is the secure independent insurance coverage for boxing and kickboxing training. Now FKCI certified trainers & Instructors can gain the peace of mind of being fully insured at very reasonable rates comparable to traditional personal training coverage prices.

For more information on coverage and premiums check our brochure and application below...be safe, be professional, be insured!!!

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Insurance Brochure
Exclusively for Our Certified Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA Instructors

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Insurance Application
Exclusively for Our Certified Boxing, Kickboxing & MMA Instructors

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Launches Level III Boxing & Kickboxing Courses
Continuing Education Credits, CEC's Program
December 2007

We are please to announce that we have been accredited by Can-Fit-Pro for Level 3 Boxing & Kickboxing

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO COURSE LISTINGS

Fitness Boxing Level III - Ultimate Instructor

Can-fit-Pro accredited for 4 CEC’s for PTS, SCS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
For the ULTIMATE Trainer/Instructor. Learn “Real” Boxing punch techniques, block, slip, duck and counter complex combinations and drills designed by a certified Competitive Boxing Coach and Can-Fit-Pro PRO-Trainer for the ultimate in authenticity in Boxing techniques and fitness ensuring a safe and efficient class or personal training session utilizing focus pads, free standing or stationary heavy bags, partner training and boxing ring drills.

The Level 1 & 2 Fitness Boxing Instructor Courses are a prerequisite for this course, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Includes: Guidelines and Practical Application of all equipment selection & usage, sample class format & Personal Training session format, Ultimate-Level 3 Instructor Manual.

Fitness Kickboxing Level III - Ultimate Instructor

Can-fit-Pro accredited for 4 CEC’s for PTS, SCS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
For the ULTIMATE Trainer/Instructor. Learn “Real” Kickboxing punch/Kick techniques, block, slip, duck and counter complex combinations and drills designed by a certified Competitive Kickboxing Coach and Can-Fit-Pro PRO-Trainer for the ultimate in authenticity in Boxing techniques and fitness ensuring a safe and efficient class or personal training session utilizing focus pads, free standing or stationary heavy bags, partner training and boxing ring drills.

The Level 1 & 2 Fitness Kickboxing Instructor Courses are a prerequisite for this course, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Includes: Guidelines and Practical Application of all equipment selection & usage, sample class format & Personal Training session format, Ultimate-Level 3 Instructor Manual.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO COURSE LISTINGS


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada - New Course Conductor
Steve Scarfe - National Team Member
December, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce that Steve Scarfe has joined our team of course conductors. Steve will conduct FKCI Kickboxing courses in the Milton region and join the instructor/coach staff at our Orangeville location.

Scarfe brings a wealth of knowledge and skill as he is the 2007 Ontario Cruiser Weight Full Contact Kickboxing Champion and 2007 Canadian National Team Member, having won a gold medal for Canada at the Trinidad International Kickboxing Tournament in August 2007.

Contact Steve at 519-942-1625 or e-mail info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca

For information on his upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Steve Scarfe wins Cruiser Weight Title
Ontario Provincial Kickboxing Championships
November , 2007 News Release

Steve Scarfe won the first ever provincial championship for the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club Nov. 4 in Burlington. Scarfe -- a member of the national team -- had an easier tournament than he expected, winning by walkover when his opponent pulled out at the last minute.

James Watson, the club's only other competitor at the provincials, had his fight stopped in the second round when his nose wouldn't stop bleeding.

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Kickboxing Ontario Provincial Championships
November , 2007 News Release

Local Kickboxers at Provincials
Thursday November 1 2007
MIKE RAWN -Orangveille Banner

A pair of local kickboxers will be looking for gold medals at the inaugural provincial tournament this weekend.
Steve Scarfe, 23, and James Watson, 28, members of Fitness Kickboxing Canada in Orangeville, will compete at the Ontario Provincial Kickboxing Championships in Burlington beginning Saturday. Amateur kickboxing became an officially-sanctioned sport in Ontario in October 2005.

"We hoped we'd have more participants, but due to injuries and inexperience they weren't ready for it yet," Fitness Kickboxing Canada head instructor Ross O'Donnell says about the provincials. "We hope to have more involved next year, but we have high hopes for Steve and James. With Steve, we really expect him to do well, we always do."

Scarfe was named to the national team in June. He scored his first international win in September, a first round knockout over Trinidad's Marlon Fayan.

"I'm pretty confident," Scarfe says. "I'm coming off a pretty big win, so I want to keep that going.

"This is huge. I have tons of my friends coming to watch this. I've got to keep the momentum going. I want to get a title shot, and I've got to get some more wins for that to happen."

Scarfe is currently the sixth ranked cruiserweight (178 pounds) in Canada, his highest ranking to date. With fewer opponents in the open (experienced) class, he'll only get one fight at the provincials.

"The guy he's fighting obviously has experience as well, so it will be a tough fight," O'Donnell says. "His days of getting guys who are fighting for the first time aren't going to happen anymore, which is ok. We're looking forward to it."

Watson, who is coming off a loss, will fight in the novice heavyweight division.

"My nose wouldn't stop bleeding, so the fight was stopped in the second round," Watson explains about the loss. "My training's been really good. I hope I do better than last time."

Click here to read article in the Orangeville Banner

CASK-Ontario Kickboxing Championships
Check here for Bout List
Location - Burlington Senior Center
Address - 2285 New Street, Burlington, L7R 3N9
Phone - (905) 335-7888
Spectator Tickets - $20 each day

 

 

FKCI New Course Conductors Introduced
October, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new Course Conductors to our team.

Kerry Jackson, Fitness Kickboxing & Boxing Course Conductor for the Hamilton, Ontario Region holds certifications from Can-Fit Pro, YMCA FIT in the UK, and five years of kickboxing experience and competitive boxing training with a previous Heavyweight titleholder in Sydney, Australia. She also brings with her a history of extensive dance training (ballet, tap, jazz, highland), personal training and fitness experience from across the world. Contact Kerry at 905-616-9899 or e-mail jaxaction@yahoo.ca

Chaouen Reynolds, Fitness Kickboxing Course Conductor for British Columbia, based out of Vancouver, is completing her PTS Certification through Can-Fit-Pro. She holds Level 1 & 2 Kickboxing Certification and has 4 years experince in sport kickboxing.
Contact Chaouen at 604-813-0044 or e-mail chaouen@shaw.ca

For information on their upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Gains National Exposure in the October issue of Fitness Experts Magazine
October 1st, 2007 News Release

Fitness Kickboxing Canada has again gained national exposure being featured in the October issu of Fitness Experts magazine one of the Canadian fitness industry’s leading magazines. The article details the program’s workout, benefits to the martial arts clubs, participants, benefits of operating our program, qualifications to becoming an instructor and features our new portable boxing ring and actual class photos.
To read the entire article, Click Here!

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Introduces our Newest CEC Workshop
Boxing & Kickboxing - In the Ring
October 2007

We are pleased to announce we had added another Can-Fit-Pro accredited CEC workshop to our curiculum:
Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing
"In the Ring"
This 3 hour workshop teaches "Real” Boxing & Kickboxing punch, block, kick techniques, combinations and drills specifically designed to maximize efficiency in the space of a boxing/kickboxing ring.

Private & Semi-Private Courses available, Call for details.
Maximum: 8 participants as all drills are conducted in a boxing ring
Recommended: Completed Level 1 Boxing & Kickboxing
Includes: Instructor Session Handout.

Can-Fit-Pro accredited for: 2 CEC's PTS/FIS/SCS

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Steve Scarfe a knockout in International Debut
September , 2007 News Release

Scarfe a knockout in international debut
Team Canada newcomer too much for opponent
By Herb Garbutt, Special to the Champion
Sports

Steve Scarfe absorbed a couple of kicks from his opponent as he worked himself in closer. After all, you don't go into a sport like kickboxing not expecting to take a little bit of punishment.
The 23-year-old waited patiently for the arms to drop or split apart to provide the opening he was looking for. Suddenly, it was there, the bit of daylight he had been hoping for. As quickly as it appeared, Scarfe delivered a vicious upper cut that caught his opponent's chin, sending him tumbling backwards, through the ropes and on to the canopy.

"I knocked him right out the ring," Scarfe recalled. "It was pretty crazy."

Still, he fully expected his opponent to get back up. Scarfe was only 45 seconds into his international debut representing his country. Had he really devoted all that time training for less than a minute in the ring?

As it turned out, Scarfe's night was done. He had just scored Canada's only knockout in its 11 amateur bouts in Trinidad. Not bad for a guy who didn't even expect to make the team.

"That's the usual for Steve," said Ross O'Donnell, who trains the Milton resident out of the Fitness Kickboxing Canada club in Orangeville. "The fights he's won, he hasn't gone the distance yet."

Scarfe had his doubts, though. Upon arriving in Trinidad, he and his Canadian teammates began searching the internet, looking for any information on their opponents that might give them an indication of their skill level or fighting style. Though the search came up empty, it didn't matter for Scarfe, who made short work of his rival.

"I came out strong. I had trained really hard because I didn't know what to expect down there," he said. "I moved well and I took advantage of his weaknesses. I thought I read the fight really well."

Combine that with the six-foot-two-inch, 178-pounder's physical gifts and his opponent never stood a chance.

"A lot of fighters with karate backgrounds are powerful with their kicks," O'Donnell said. "Those that have boxed are good with their hands. Steve's trained as a kickboxer right from the start so his kicks are incredibly strong and so are his punches. Being a bigger guy, he has great reach."

O'Donnell said Scarfe also displays an outstanding work ethic and is very coachable.

Scarfe was originally just looking to get in shape when he went to the Orangeville club with O'Donnell's nephew two years ago. O'Donnell recognized some potential as well as a fearless attitude and suggested kickboxing to Scarfe.

Scarfe began training and won his first three bouts by first-round knockout. When he went to the Canadian team trials in June, he was still stinging from his first loss in the ring.

"I was basically just going to get more training and experience," he said. "I knew most of the guys there had a lot more fights than I did and I really didn't know what level I was at. But making the team was a huge confidence boost."

Next up for Scarfe, who now sports a 4-2 record, are the provincial championships in Burlington November 2. That, he hopes, will help him toward his next challenge.

"The goal is trying to get a (Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing) title shot within the next year," said Scarfe, whose most recent victory moved him from ninth to sixth in the Canadian lightweight rankings.


Click here to read article in the Milton Canadian Champion


 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Proud Sponsors of The Orangeville Crushers Jr. "A" Hockey Club for the 2007-2008 Season
September 19th, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce that we have become sponsors of the Orangeville Crushers Jr. "A" Hockey Club for the 2007-2008 Season.

The season should provide some real excitement as The Orangeville Crushers President Dale Hawerchuk will be taking on the position of Head Coach & Director of Player Personal for the upcoming 2007/08 season. Hawerchuk having played 17 years in the NHL in 1188 games had 518 goals 891 assists for a total of 1409 points. Dale was selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.Dale will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this young Crushers Team.


Click here for The Crushers game schedule and be sure to look for our Ad in all Home Game Programs


 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Introduces
The Portable Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Training Ring
Sales Affiliate Program

August 2007

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Affiliate Program
Start earning commission with Fitness Kickboxing Canada.

The Fitness Kickboxing Canada Affiliate Program is perfect for anyone in the Boxing, Kickboxing, Martial Arts or Fitness industry with a Website to earn commission by placing the Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Portable Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Training Ring sales advertisement on their website along with PDF attachments for Product Specs and Order Form.

How it works, and how you get $$$$.
It's FREE and easy. Once a buyer submits an order form to you from your website, Fitness Kickboxing Canada will do the rest!
Fitness Kickboxing Canada will fill the order…your part is done!

• It's FREE!
• No stock for you to carry!
• No filling orders or shipping orders!
• As soon as the customer’s payment is received, YOU GET PAID!!!
• Your payment is 5% of sale price per unit sold! ($100.00 on full sale price)

For more information on how to become an affiliate contact Fitness kickboxing Canada at: info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca or 519-942-1625




 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Introduces
The Portable Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Training Ring
As seen at the Toronto Can-Fit-Pro Conference

August 2007

Fitness Kickboxing Canada® introduces the “Portable Fitness Kickboxing-Boxing Ring”. Clubs and studios that can’t afford the price or dedicated space for a traditional boxing ring can’t afford not to have this new cutting-edge training tool. The portable ring provides for authenticity, variety, innovative training drills and sparring sessions. Assembled in 15 minutes, weight (approx 230lbs) stores easily. Customized flooring, corner heavy bag and speed bag attachments available.

Entire ring and parts are made and hand built in Canada by Canadian engineers to ensure highest quality standards!

For more information contact Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. at
519-942-1625 or e-mail info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca




Fitness Kickboxing Canada -Orangeville
Proud Sponsors of Theatre Orangeville 2007-2008
August 1st, 2007 News Release

Fitness Kickboxing Canada is proud to be a business sponsor of
Theatre Orangeville for the 2007-2008 Season.

We are also pleased to make our facility available for the Theatre Orangeville Youth Company Workshops during July and August .

Above are the facilitators and cast at the July 27th, 2007 rehearsal for the production of “Alice in Wonderland”.

For more information on Theatre Orangeville Please visit:
www.theatreorangeville.ca


 

New Columnist added to Ultimate Boxing Results.com
July 31st , 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce that Ultimate Boxing results .com has added Fitness Kickboxing Canada's Ross O'Donnell to their team of columnists.

Ross will be a contributing guest columnist for the United Kingdom based website specializing in both amateur and professional boxing reporting. Ross will be feature as the Boxing/Fitness Columnist.

WWW.ULTIMATEBOXINGRESULTS.com brings you all the latest boxing news from around the world with pre and post fight reports.
Predictions for future matches, currently running with a 90%+ success rate.
Exclusive interviews with the world top boxers and the future up and coming stars, together with debates and guest articles.


Click here to read Ross O’Donnell’s column


 

 

New Course Conductors Introduced
July 24th, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new very talented members to our FKCI Course Conductor team.

Terry Sulkye, Fitness Kickboxing Course Conductor, is the founder of Golden Tiger School of Kung Fu located in Hanover Ontario. Terry started studying Martial Arts over 25 years ago studying Traditional Hung Gar Kung Fu. Terry has black belt rankings in a couple styles in Kung Fu, and has studied many other styles of Martial Arts. Terry. has extensive knowledge and provides instruction in over 23 weapon systems. He is a CASK certified level 1 Kickboxing Coach and has a recreational and competitive Kickboxing program for men and women of various ages. Our school also offers competitive Boxing programs and recreational MMA. Terry is looking forward to working with the Fitness Kickboxing Canada Team as a course conductor. Contact Terry at 519-364-0123 sulkye@bmts.com

Bas Gohar, Fitness Boxing Course Conductor, is a student at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, with 2 years remaining on his studies towards his degree in Sport Psychology. (2009). Bas is a
Can-Fit- Pro Certified Personal Trainer, Level 1 Technical boxing Coach through Boxing Ontario. He is also an amateur Boxer out of Bigtyme Boxing (Orangeville, Ontario). Bas holds an impressive competitive record as 2005 Canadian Champion, Multi-time Ontario Champion, International Competitor (USA, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Poland) 2004-2007 .
Contact Bas at 519-939-3027 bx_gohar@laurentian.ca

Ben Spooner, Fitness Kickboxing Course Conductor, is a third degree black belt in TaeKwon Do and a four-time National TaeKwon Do Federation heavyweight champion. After spending 13 years competing in tournaments, training and conducting martial arts seminars across North America, Ben is now focusing on group exercise instruction and class development. Ben is a very dedicated instructor and participant in all types of group exercise classes, ranging from Ripped! to Core to Spin to yoga. A recent AFLCA graduate, Ben can now be found teaching unique high energy group fitness classes all across Calgary.
Contact Ben at 403-863-4123 bspooner_350@hotmail.com

For information on upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Orangeville Banner
June 21st 2007
News Release

Scarfe named to national team
Thursday June 21 2007
MIKE RAWN, Banner Staff Writer


Despite being a relative newcomer to the sport of kickboxing, Steve Scarfe has earned a spot on the national team.
Scarfe, a member of the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club for the past two years, competed with approximately 60 people for one of 11 positions on the team.

"They put us through some crazy conditioning workouts," Scarfe said about the two-day tryout in London. "They were just testing where everyone's breaking point was. At the end of the last day they called everyone that made the team. So they called me, and I was pretty excited.

"I was just going there to train and learn. I didn't think I was going to make the team. I guess I impressed somebody."

Scarfe, 23, will represent Canada at his first international competition in Trinidad in October.

"We're very proud of Steve," Fitness Kickboxing Canada instructor Ross O'Donnell says. "It's the first time we've ever sent anybody to the national team trials. We were pleased that he got an opportunity to go there. We knew he'd get a lot of experience because of all the top-level coaches there. We knew he'd come back as a better fighter, it was just a bonus for him to make the team."

Scarfe, along with Fitness Kickboxing Canada teammate James Watson, will compete on Sunday at a Twin Dragons event at The Docks nightclub in Toronto. The fight will be Watson's first.

"His sparring has been limited to a couple of guys in the club," O'Donnell says about Watson. "This will be a real test for him but we expect him to be competitive. He's gung-ho, he doesn't mind getting hit and he can dish it out. We're looking forward to him putting on a good show."

After starting his career with three straight first round knockouts, Scarfe lost his last fight. He's anxious to get back in the ring and redeem himself.

"My pride was destroyed, because I had been walking through people," he says about the loss. "But it's good, too. It's humbling. You start getting in your head that you're invincible, and maybe I didn't train as hard. But ever since then I've been killing myself in the gym."


TITLE
If kickboxing becomes an Olympic sport in the next few years, Scarfe would like an opportunity to compete at that level. He also has another goal in mind.

"I want to go as far as I can in this sport," Scarfe says. "I want to climb in the rankings. My ultimate goal is to win a title in CASK (Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing), that's what I have my sights set on."

Banner Article Link


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Official Business Club Partner of
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club
June 2007

We are pleased to announce that for our 3rd year in a row Fitness Kickboxing Canada has become an
Official Business Club Partner of
Toronto’s #1 Community Team,
The Toronto Argonauts for the 2007 season.

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has had a lengthy and proud tradition a as a part of the Canadian Football League, CFL, and we look forward to being a part of Argos team for the future

Please look for our logo and company description on the Argos website, 2007 media guide, video board Jumbo-Tron and ribbon board during all home games at Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome).

 

New Course Conductor-Ottawa Introduced
June 7th, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of John McMahon to our FKCI Course Conductor team.

John is the founder of Nomad Kickboxing & Boxing and focuses on teaching his students to get good first, then worry about getting fast second. His principal aim, when creating Nomad Kickboxing & Boxing, was to ensure that students receive the highest level of instruction available. In order to do this, each of his instructors is certified as a national level boxing coach and must have national level fighting experience. The aim is not to have the best fighters in the world teaching the classes, but rather the best coaches. John's passion for the sport is easily recognizable from the energy levels of the class. It's a whirlwind from start to finish.. His qualifications include: Black Belt - Karate - Head Instructor, Certified National Level Boxing Coach - Level 2,Certified National Level Kickboxing Coach - Level 1, Certified CASK Kickboxing Official - Level 2.
John will be offering courses in the Ottawa and Hawkesbury area at his club: Nomad Boxing & Kickboxing - Ottawa.

For information on his upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Launches new division
Fitness Kickboxing International
June 1st, 2007 News Release


Fitness Kickboxing Canada has now gained international exposure through our certification courses and continuing education workshops. Over the past few years we are pleased to have trained many instructors from other countries who are anxious to teach our style of fitness boxing and kickboxing programs. We have created a new company, Fitness Kickboxing International, a division of Fitness Kickboxing Canada which will offer our boxing and kickboxing curriculum of certification courses and workshops that have been implemented in Canada from coast to coast.
We are now recruiting course conductors in the United States and Europe and expect to be offering courses early in 2008. Our new logo, (pictured above) will be used outside of Canada on all training and course material to reflect our multi-nation presence.

Please check out our new website at:
www.fitnesskickboxinginternational.com


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Receives Accreditation as Continuing Education Credit Course Providers in
British Columbia and Alberta


Fitness Kickboxing Canada is please to announce that we have been approved as Continuing Education Credits Providers in both
British Columbia and Alberta.

Sue Dumais's courses in British Columbia as well as our Distance Education course are now accredited for CEC's with the British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association, BCRPA.

British Columbia Parks and Recreation-BCRPA

Linda MacKinnon and Lisa Glazebrook's courses in Alberta as well as our Distance Education course are now accredited for CEC's with the Alberta Fitness Leaderships Certification Association, ALFCA.

Alberta Fitness Leasdership Certification Association

 

FKCI New Course Conductors Introduced
May, 2007 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of six new Course Conductors to our team.

Muriel Townsend will represent FKCI as a Skipping Course Conductor in Vancouver B.C. with her first courses already posted in May.

Karlene Krusch will be teaching Boxing and Kickboxing as our Course Conductor in the Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo area.

Kelly Parker will be our Boot-Camp specialist Course Conductor in the Burlington-Oakville area.

Jacqueline Giella-Crespo will be teaching Boxing and Kickboxing as our Course Conductor in the Toronto GTA area and will be traveling to Argentina to offer our courses internationally.

Genene Corbett and Gwen Thompson from our Orangeville competitive club will be teaching Boxing and Kickboxing as our Course Conductors in Ontario where we receive requests for private in-house courses for club staff instructors

For information on their upcoming courses, Click here

 

 

Toronto Sun
May 8th 2007
FKCI's Coach Jason Battiste at Variety Villgae
Golden Gloves Amateur Event
News Release

By TOM GODFREY, SUN MEDIA

Wheelchair boxers "Pitbull," "Dynamite Dave" and "Big Ben" were among two dozen fighters on the card last night at a popular Golden Gloves amateur fight night to raise money for Variety Village.

Brett Toleck, Dave Henderson and Ben Devoy took to the ring to demonstrate wheelchair boxing at the event, which attracted more than 1,500 fans who hoped to raise $50,000 for the Children's Charity.

"These guys just don't give up," said coach Jason Battiste, a 2003 Canadian kickboxing title holder. "This sport is very demanding and it takes a lot of discipline."

In a women's match, Anna MacNeil, of Essex, took home a tough win over Darlene Goodwin, 47, a Mississauga court reporter. The women boxed for three, two-minute rounds. It was the first fight for both.

"I plan to go in and go all out," MacNeil said before the fight. "I like the competition, but I am really here to help the children."

Boxer Andrew Aceti, 18, said he drove from Aurora to help raise funds for Variety Village.

"My strategy is to stick with the jab and follow up with a cross," Aceti said. "It's get in and get out."

Variety event director Nancy Busby said this is the second time her agency has teamed up with Golden Gloves to raise funds.

"The support for this event has been overwhelming," Busby said.

CFRB radio personality Spider Jones, the show's MC who is also a three-time Golden Glove champ, said last night was a win-win situation for Variety Village and amateur sports.

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Orangeville Banner
May 8th 2007
News Release

Scarfe faces toughest test at Tournament of Champions
RICHARD VIVIAN - Orangeville Banner May 8th, 2007

When kickboxer Steve Scarfe steps back into the ring on May 12, it will be with the opportunity to impress the national team coaches.
Scarfe, a member of the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club, has won all three of his fights by first-round knockout. He knows his toughest challenge will come on Saturday at the Tournament of Champions in Oakville, against Brian Douglas from Taz Kickboxing in Burlington.

"We're very confident he's going to win," says Fitness Kickboxing Canada head instructor Ross O'Donnell. "It's going to be his toughest fight.

Douglas has ring experience; he's been trained by the national team coach. We expect him to be much more skilled and ring savvy than (Scarfe's) previous opponents, but we are expecting a win."

The national team coaches will be at the fight taking a close look at Scarfe, with the possibility of inviting him to the national team trials in June.

"I wanted to win a fight, I wanted to win a medal, and I wanted to join the national team," Scarfe says. "So I've done the first two already, and now my goal is to join the national team. The coaches want to see me in this fight, so I plan to go out and be impressive and make an impact."

Scarfe is currently ranked ninth in Canada in the 178-lb division, while Douglas holds the same ranking in the 185-lb class.

Kickboxing became an officially sanctioned sport in Ontario in October 2005.

"Getting on the national team will be tough with his limited ring experience," admits O'Donnell, "but depending on what he does in this fight, we think he's heading in that direction."

Although he's never been out of the first round in any fight, Scarfe is ready to go the full three rounds if necessary.

"I go 20, 25 rounds in sparring," Scarfe says. "So going three rounds doesn't worry me.

"I'm going to come out hard, use push kicks. When I see that he's tired, if his cardio isn't there, I'm going to put him away."

O'Donnell believes that kickboxing will become an Olympic sport in the next five to 10 years, and Scarfe has targeted an Olympic Games as his ultimate goal. A win Saturday is the first step towards that goal.

"I don't want to lose," Scarfe says about the fight. "There's a lot more pressure now that the national team is starting to take a look. I figure if I can beat a ranked fighter, people will have to start taking notice."

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Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Launches Distance Education
Continuing Education Credits, CEC's Program
April 2007

We are please to announce that we have been accredited by Can-Fit-Pro as a distance education provider

Distance Education CEC Program

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO COURSE LISTINGS

Fitness Boxing for Personal Trainers
Module 1 Home-Study CEC Package
Can-fit-Pro accredited for 2 CEC’s for PTS, SCS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
Distance education course can be started anytime during the year. This 4 hour Home-Study package comes with your own copy of the 140 page book, “The Ultimate Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Workout”, which includes a wide variety of topical information on both general and specific components of fitness, it is professionally detailed with over 300 photographs depicting every punch and kick technique combination. From the warm-up, boxing & kickboxing drills and combinations, strength exercises, abs routine and cool down stretches it is designed to ensure safety and efficiency in planning your client’s personal training session. Home-Case Study exam also included. This home study is an ideal way to perfect your skills if you have already attended the Fitness Kickboxing Canada Instructor workshops or prepare for attending for the full 4 CEC physical workshops or Certification. Upon receipt of your registration and payment, we will mail you your exam which must be completed and returned to Fitness Kickboxing Canada within 60 days of receipt of your home study package. Your exam will then reviewed and your CEC's sent to you.

Fitness Kickboxing for Personal Trainers
Module 1 Home-Study CEC Package
Can-fit-Pro accredited for 2 CEC’s for PTS, SCS
Presented By: Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc
Distance education course can be started anytime during the year. This 4 hour Home-Study package comes with your own copy of the 140 page book, “The Ultimate Fitness Boxing & Kickboxing Workout”, which includes a wide variety of topical information on both general and specific components of fitness, it is professionally detailed with over 300 photographs depicting every punch and kick technique combination. From the warm-up, boxing & kickboxing drills and combinations, strength exercises, abs routine and cool down stretches it is designed to ensure safety and efficiency in planning your client’s personal training session. Home-Case Study exam also included. This home study is an ideal way to perfect your skills if you have already attended the Fitness Kickboxing Canada Instructor workshops or prepare for attending for the full 4 CEC physical workshops or Certification. Upon receipt of your registration and payment, we will mail you your exam which must be completed and returned to Fitness Kickboxing Canada within 60 days of receipt of your home study package. Your exam will then reviewed and your CEC's sent to you.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO COURSE LISTINGS


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Gains National Exposure in the Spring issue of Martial Arts Experts
April 1st, 2007 News Release

Fitness Kickboxing Canada has again gained national exposure being featured in Martial Arts Experts magazine the Official Canadian Martial Arts industry’s leading magazine. The article details the program’s workout, benefits to the martial arts clubs, participants, benefits of operating our program and qualifications to becoming an instructor.
To read the entire article, Click Here

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
MMA Magazine, March 2007
News Release

MMA Magazine-March 2007 Issue
By Christopher Park
MMA writing staff


While being a kick boxer living in the 1980’s, it must have been tough to accept that this sport they practiced wasn’t legal and if you thought that the sport of kickboxing was going to remain legal, then prepare for a change.
Kickboxing saw its heyday come in the 1970’s and had some miraculous moments as non-sanctioned organizations throughout its respected time period. In the 70’s many karate fighters were influenced to try out kickboxing because the techniques that kickboxing provided were more realistic with actual fighting combat.

On October 1st, 2005 the day every kick boxer had been waiting for had arrived, and it came with reliance. The sport had established a positive reputation that made its way around the world and now it had gained respect in Canada. It was after numerous proceedings, government meetings and extensive planning, that the Government of Ontario officially sanctioned kickboxing a recognized sport in Ontario.

When this day came, and from that day forward, kick boxer’s united and were determined to take this sport to higher limits. These were limits we had not been witnessed to yet.

CASK (The Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing) in conjunction with Kickboxing Ontario played host to the very first amateur sport kickboxing championship in Ontario on November 25th and 26th in Burlington, Ontario.
Kickboxing came to Canada and when it became recognized as a national sport this is when the sprawl occurred among MMA, Muay Thai and multiple Jiu-Jitsu organizations, one of which was Fitness Kickboxing Canada . Fitness Kickboxing Canada opened up in 1999 with owner Ross O’Donnell leading the pack. O’Donnell, who is a black belt instructor, a personal trainer and a certified pro trainer also teaches courses in certifying instructors through personal training.

Fitness Kickboxing Canada is a certified competitive kickboxing club with The Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK) organization.
As coaches that are certified through CASK, they teach boxing, competitive kickboxing, as well as skill level kickboxing, which is in a belt ranking system. They also teach fitness kickboxing which is primarily made for women to learn authentic moves but not to compete.

During the non-sanctioned period in the 1980’s the sports level of ability was limited due to unclear rules, which in actuality, it increased the chances of fighters suffering any injuries.

“Kickboxing was non-sanctioned in the early 1980’s because the rules and regulations were not very clear, rules were not well enforced, training wasn’t that good, equipment was not up to par, and there were serious injuries” said O’Donnell. “Because of that, it was non-sanctioned over the last 5 years. But now The Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK) has come to meet all the government requirements and its almost a mirror of the five level program that the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) has which has been around for a long time.”

O’Donnell explained that it was like Karate or Taekwando to start, but early kickboxing as a combat type sport, had very few rules which resulted in injuries. Now it is regulated where full head gear is mandatory along with mouth guards, 10 oz. boxing glovers, shin guards, foot protection and low blow protection. Only certified clubs and coaches are permitted to train and enter their athletes into sanctioned events.
There is a referee in the kickboxing ring with the exact same perimeters that there are in a regulation boxing ring.
Yes, we would be mistaken if we said Mixed Martial Arts isn’t on the rise. It’s escalation has been a great achievement for the sport and it is managing to have a substantially positive impact on not only North American’s between the ages of 18 and 30, but from individuals of that demographic worldwide.

Anyone who disagrees with the notion of kickboxing and MMA inevitably becoming one of the top sports in Canada should think twice.
“I would see it (kickboxing) in 5-10 years definitely paralleling boxing. I see young kids programs evolving and I expect it to be one of the top 5 sports in Canada within the next 5 years,” said O’Donnell.
“People are going to love it with the evolution and the amount of exposure of MMA with the ultimate fighting. It teaches proper mixed martial arts, enhances fitness, and it teaches them self defense skills which can be helpful these days with what takes place at some schools.”

In kickboxing there are different skills that each fighter may have in their repertoire, but having patience, being able to listen and maintaining an intense physical regime that consists of working out three to five days a week will take fighters along way in this sport.

“It (working out) can’t be something you just feel like doing for today as you have to have a passion for it and it has to be a burning passion when getting into the ring,” O’Donnell added. “You can’t convince someone to get into the ring, they have to want to get into the ring.”

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for now, as we watch this upcoming sport in Canada ascend.


 

Sports Conditioning Specialist
Continuing Education Credits, CEC's
Now Available Through FKCI Workshops
March 2007

We are pleased to now offer Continuing Education Credits, CEC's for recertification of the Can-Fit-Pro Sports Conditioning Specialist, SCS, certification.

In addition to our current CEC accreditation for Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors, Sports Conditioning Specialist may now be accredited with Can-Fit-Pro CEC's upon completion of the FKCI workshops for the following:

Fitness Boxing - Level I - Basic Instructor
4 CEC’s for PTS, FIS,SCS

Fitness Boxing - Level II - Advanced Instructor
4 CEC’s for PTS, FIS,SCS & ADV-PTS, FIS,SCS

Fitness Kickboxing - Level I - Basic Instructor
4 CEC’s for PTS, FIS,SCS

Fitness Kickboxing - Level II - Advanced Instructor
4 CEC’s for PTS, FIS,SCS & ADV-PTS, FIS,SCS

Kick-Box Boot-Camp
2 CEC’s for PTS, FIS,SCS

Fitness Boxing 101
1 CEC for PTS, FIS,SCS

Fitness Kickboxing 101
1 CEC for PTS, FIS,SCS


Kick-Box Skipping Workshop
1 CEC for PTS, FIS,SCS

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO COURSE LISTINGS


 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Gains National Exposure in the March issue of Fitness Business Canada
March 1st, 2007 News Release

Fitness Kickboxing Canada has gained national exposure being featured in the Canadian fitness industry’s leading professional trade magazine. The article details the program’s workout, benefits to participants, qualifications and benefits of operating our program and becoming an instructor. To read the entire article,
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Orangeville Banner
February 8th 2007
News Release

Hastings ready for kickboxing debut
MIKE RAWN - Orangeville Banner February 8th, 2007

Angie Hastings has made a seamless transition from martial arts to kickboxing, and she's ready to prove it this weekend in her first ever tournament.

Hastings, a 33-year-old mother of two, will compete Saturday in The Canadian Open Kickboxing Development Tournament in Burlington.

"It really is just a continuation of my martial arts training," Hastings says. "I've been training for almost three years. I started taking Kung-Fu, basically to learn self-defence."

Hastings joined the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club five months ago after the martial arts club she belonged to relocated to Cambridge.

"Since she's come here she's adapted to the kickboxing style really easily," Fitness Kickboxing Canada head instructor Ross O'Donnell says. "She keeps herself in excellent physical condition. She never misses classes, works on her strength and conditioning away from the club. And we expect great things from her."

Hastings, a personal trainer, sticks to a weightlifting program and three or four days of cardio per week as well as her kickboxing training.

Kickboxing has only recently been recognized as an officially sanctioned sport in Ontario, and Hastings admits that she has no idea what the competition will be like. But she's optimistic about her chances at the tournament.

"Everybody fights to win," Hastings says. "I know my training has been good with Ross. Hopefully it will all come together for that day. We'll see what happens."

"I don't want to put the bar too high for her, but we expect her to come away with a gold or silver," O'Donnell says. "We'll be happy if she does well and we know she'll be competitive, but our goal is to come away with a medal."

Hastings says that her two children, ages seven and nine, won't be in attendance to watch mom fight this weekend.

"Only because if I hear them when I'm in the ring, I don't want it to throw me off," she says. "I don't know if they really understand what I'm doing. But they think it's pretty cool."

SURPRISED
O'Donnell says he's surprised at the amount of women that are competing in kickboxing tournaments, because "the sport was traditionally male dominated."

"There's more competitors in the women's division than the men's right now," he says. "A lot of the women that traditionally took fitness kickboxing, or in the old days Tae-Bo, are switching over now to competitive kickboxing because they want the challenge and to test the skills they've learned in fitness kickboxing classes."

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Orangeville Banner
December 1st 2006
News Release

Kickboxers medal at provincials
by MIKE RAWN -Orangeville Banner-December 1st 2006

Two members from the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club brought home medals from The KO Challenge, the inaugural provincial amateur kickboxing championship held last weekend in Burlington.

Steve Scarfe won the lone gold medal for the Orangeville club, and he did it in impressive fashion. The 22-year-old won both bouts by a first round RSC (referee safety consideration, similar to a technical knockout in boxing) to win the 189-pound class.

"Once I got in there I tried to go slow, work my push kicks and take my time," Scarfe says. "But I tagged them with a couple of shots, and they were getting hurt with the low kicks so I just decided to push it. I ended up putting them out.

"With all the equipment on, a knockout doesn't usually happen. You expect to fight to the distance (three rounds). I guess I just got lucky. I don't think my opponents were as prepared for it as I was."

Orangeville's Steve Ball was supposed to fight in the intermediate (16 to 19 years old) division, but moved up to the more competitive senior open class. He won his semifinal match by a unanimous decision, and lost a heartbreaking one-point split decision in the finals. Still, he was pleased with earning a silver medal.

"I'm ok with the decision, because it wasn't one-sided," Ball says. "We both fought well.

"I was only expecting one fight on the weekend, but I got two out of the deal."

Ross O'Donnell, the chief instructor for Fitness Kickboxing Canada, was impressed with the level of competition at the first amateur competition held in Ontario.

"I thought with being novice there would be a lot of feeling each other out and waiting to see what the other person is going to do," O'Donnell says. "And right from the opening bell everybody was aggressive. You wouldn't know it was their first time competing. The calibre was quite good."

There will be six amateur kickboxing tournaments held in Ontario in 2007, with competitors collecting points in order to earn a spot at the provincials.

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Orangeville Banner
November 24th 2006
News Release

Local kickboxers take aim at provincials
Sport of kickboxing expected to grow following provincials
by MIKE RAWN -Orangeville Banner-24 Novmber 2006

Four members from the local Fitness Kickboxing Canada club will compete at the first ever Ontario amateur kickboxing championship this weekend.
Steve Ball, Leonard Heramchuk, Steve Scarfe and Ryan Shepherd will step into the ring tomorrow in Burlington, in what is being billed as The KO Challenge. Fifteen clubs, with 65 competitors in total, will participate in the inaugural event.

"It was five years in the making," Fitness Kickboxing Canada head instructor Ross O'Donnell says. "Full contact kickboxing was not a sanctioned sport in Ontario for many years. The CASK (Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing) lobbied for five years to make kickboxing an officially sanctioned sport in Ontario, and we received that designation in October 2005.

"We anticipate that after this, it should grow exponentially. Once they see that there is a provincial title, the doors will open and I think you'll see a lot of people switch over from other sports."

Although kickboxing has been around in Ontario since the 1970s, it was banned because of serious injuries.

The sport at the amateur level mirrors amateur boxing, with competitors wearing head gear and 10-ounce gloves. They also wear kickboots, which is essentially a glove for the foot, and a shin guard to prevent bone-on-bone injuries.

"The rules and regulations are absolutely safe," O'Donnell stresses. "All the kicks are above the waist, there's no knees, no elbows, no headbutting. It's not like an Ultimate Fighting situation. It's in a ring, and competitors are required to land six kicks per round above the waist, or you lose points."
The competitors have spent the past few months preparing for the event, including kickboxing, running, strength training and sparring.

"I definitely think I can win," Scarfe says. "I know I have solid cardio, we've been training hard. I think I do have everything it takes to win, it just depends how well my opponent has prepared."

"The unknown is always a little scary," Heramchuk, an Alton resident, says. "But I've prepared the best I can, and I'm just anxious to get into the ring."
The competitors are placed into pre-novice (less than five fights), novice (five to 16 fights) and open (over 16 fights) divisions. Each bout features four two-minute rounds.

"It's a big unknown because we don't know what the other clubs are like," O'Donnell says. "They're all pretty much in the same boat as we are. Some of the clubs that have gone to other provinces to do a little bit of competing might have a small advantage. I know that our guys have trained hard over the last few months. We feel they're as ready as they can be.

"From what we've seen from our guys, even if the skill level isn't up to some of the others, their conditioning will be."

Anyone wanting more information on the local club, which has operated in Orangeville for four years, can check their web site at www.fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca.

"We're very excited about the provincials," O'Donnell says. "We anticipate that once this happens, not only in this town but across Canada, kids and adults that want to get involved in a competitive sport may turn to kickboxing."

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Orangeville Banner
November 10th 2006
News Release

Fitness facility recognized

Fitness Kickboxing Canada, a local fitness facility, is the first kickboxing institution in Canada, and the first fitness facility in Orangeville, to receive national recognition for compliance with the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards. The standards are guidelines and recommendations regarding fitness-related personnel, emergency procedures, communicable disease, fitness environment, pre-screening and informed consent, and special exercising populations.

"Safety of fitness club members is critical, and we are pleased that Fitness Kickboxing Canada has shown that they too value the safety of their members," said Patricia Clark, executive director of the Ontario Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (OASES).

"We are pleased to be the first fitness facility in Orangeville to be recognized for complying with the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards. We are proud of our role in leading the way for other facilities to ensure all participants are trained by fully certified trainers and instructors in a safe and clean environment", said Ross O'Donnell, president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada.

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FKCI Announces Opening of Toronto Kickboxing Program By Former Canadian Super-Middle Weight Champion
November, 2006 News Release

We are pleased to announce that Jason Battiste (pictured left), former Canadian Super Middleweight Professional Kickboxing Champion will be opening an official FKCI Fitness Kickboxing and Personal Training Program in Toronto. Jason is a Can-Fit-Pro certified personal training and brings with him almost 20 years of competitive kickboxing experince. His programs, will range from fitness based kickboxing classes and personal training sessions to preparing competitive athletes to gain the edge they need to succeed!
For information on Jason Battiste's upcoming courses or programs please click on our Trainer Listing for his contact information. Also, see Get Active Now


 

Local business makes national fitness first
Front page of Orangeville Citizen Newspaper
19th of October, 2006


Orangeville-based Fitness Kickboxing Canada has become the first kickboxing institution in Canada to receive national recognition for compliance with the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards.

The standards are guidelines and recommendations regarding fitness-related personnel, emergency procedures, communicable diseases, fitness environment, pre-screening and informed consent and special exercising populations. These were developed after a lengthy consultative process with fitness facilities across Canada.

"We are pleased to be the first fitness facility in Orangeville to be recognized for complying with the Canadian Fitness Safety Standards," said Ross O'Donnell, president of Fitness Kickboxing Canada. "We are proud of our role in leading the way for other facilities to ensure all participants are trained by fully certified trainers and instructors in a safe and clean environment."

As part of the safety recognition package the facility will receive prominent placement in www.Canadianfitnessmatters.ca , which also lists the standards, directory results for people searching for a fitness facility in the area.

The site's introduction coincides with growing public awareness of the importance of personal health and safety and is meant to educate consumers to help reduce fitnessrelated injuries and health risks. Launched by the Ontario Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (OASES), a nonprofit organization.

"Safety of fitness club members is critical and we are pleased that Fitness Kickboxing Canada has shown that they too value the safety of their members," said Patricia Clark, executive director of OASES.

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FKCI Introduces New Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing Specialist Certifications
October, 2006 News Release

We are pleased to now offer a full certification in Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing. We will still be offering our full CEC curriculum but have incorporated a theory exam for certified fitness professional to another certification to their credentials.

Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors may now complete a theory exam upon completion of the CEC workshops for the following:

Fitness Boxing - Level I - Basic Instructor
Fitness Boxing - Level II - Advanced Instructor
Fitness Kickboxing - Level I - Basic Instructor
Fitness Kickboxing - Level II - Advanced Instructor

The theory exam is a 3 part exam covering all the material taught at the workshop and included in the instructor manuals.

Those who have taken the above workshops within the past 12 months are eligible to write the exam only to receive their certification.

Candidates can now request that the exam be included in the workshop fee and will be mailed a copy of the exam upon registration. All candidates must complete the exam with 30 days of the date of the workshop and submit it to Fitness Kickboxing Canada for marking. Candidates must also submit a copy of their current fitness certification and current CPR certification. All certification must be renewed annually by attending a workshop within the 12 month period. Those who do attend within the 12 month period will not be required to re-write the exam portion.

Those successful candidates fulfilling the above requirements will be mailed a full colour copy of their certification designation as:

Fitness Boxing Specialist- Level I
Fitness Boxing Specialist- Level II
Fitness Kickboxing Specialist- Level I
Fitness Kickboxing Specialist- Level II

For further information please contact us at 519-942-1625 or
e-mail at info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca

 

FKCI Officillay Goes Coast to Coast
With New Course Conductors & New Program Operators
September 24th, 2006 News Release

We are pleased to announce that our FKCI Continuing Education Credit Courses are now available form B.C. to Nova Scotia, with the addition of two more Course Conductors and a new Program Operator to our team.

Sue Dumais will represent FKCI as a Course Conductor in Vancouver B.C. with her first courses available in October.

Sylvie Roberge, already a Courses Conductor for the Elliot Lake, Sudbury and Sault Saint Marie Region will be opening our unique FKCI Program at her new Elliot Lake location on October 1st, 2006.

Shelley Greig, our Program Operator in the Saugeen Shores Region will be opening her brand new facility on November 1st, 2006 in Port Elgin and will be serving the Port Elgin-Southampton communities. Shelley has also taken on the role of Course Conductor for the Grey-Bruce Region.

For information on their upcoming programs and courses, please click on our Franchises or Trainer Listing for their contact information.

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada
Marriage Announcement


On July 1st 2006 Ross O’Donnell and Joanne Morden (now O’Donnell) were married in a backyard family wedding ceremony. In keeping with our family business vision, Brittany O’Donnell will soon be instructing skipping classes and workshops for family owned FKCI.

Left to Right: Jake Morden (Joanne’s son), Joanne, Ross, Karissa-Ann Morden (Joanne’s daughter) and Brittany O’Donnell ( Ross’s daughter)

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Affiliates with
Lebert Fitness Inc.
To introduce the first "EQUALIZER" Instructor Training
Courses & Workshops

The Equalizer Athletic Training
Instructors Course – LEVEL I


Can-fit-Pro accredited for 4 CEC’s for both PTS & FIS
YMCA recognized for 6 hours towards recertification

Course Description: Designed for a unique alternative class or PT format incorporating the “Equalizer” for new cardio, strength and flexibility training exercises. The “Equalizer” was designed to do traditional strength training exercises for group aerobic classes and is portable and inexpensive for personal training sessions at the club or in-home. This workshop is for PTS & FIS.
Includes: Guidelines and Practical Application of all exercises & usage, sample class format & Personal Training session format, Instructor Manual and Certificate of Completion.

Please check our Courses website page for soon to be posted
Courses Dates, Locations and Registration package

 

WANTED
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Course Conductor-Program Operators


Fitness Kickboxing Canada is currently accepting applications to add new Course Conductor-Program Operators in every Province across Canada to teach our CEC curriculum courses and operate our unique program
from coast to coast.

For complete details on the application process please Click here
or contact us at:

(519) 942-1625 or info@fitnesskickboxingcanada.ca

We will also be presenting at the Can-Fit-Pro Toronto Conference,
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre August 24th to 27th 2006
and will be available to provide further information and conduct scheduled interviews for prospective candidates for these positions.

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Affiliates with
Lebert Fitness Inc.
To introduce the first "EQUALIZER" Instructor Training
Courses & Workshops

We are pleased to announce that we have affiliated with Marc Lebert, inventor of the "Equalizer".

Together we will be introducing the first ever "Equalizer Athletic Training Instructor Course" across Canada.

The Lebert Equalizer could be possibly the hottest new strength and flexibility training tool to come to market in many years. It was designed to do traditional strength training exercises for group aerobic classes and is portable for personal training sessions at the club or in-home.

The Equalizer targets muscles we love to hate. It works the triceps, lower abs and back muscles like no other. Participants use their own body weight as resistance and decide what level is right for them (resistance is variable as the legs can be used to assist the exercise).

The Equalizer is safe and most importantly will add an new exciting dimension to your workouts!

Please click on the logo to go to The Equalizer website. We will soon be announcing our newest courses and workshops dates and location.

 

FKCI Announces Two New Program Operators
June 13th, 2006 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of two more highly talented new Program Operators to our team.

Robert Foster and Mindy Parmar, already FKCI Course Conductors will now be expanding their services to offer the Fitness Kickboxing Canada program for group and personal training at their Mississauga location.

For information on their upcoming programs please click on our Franchises or Trainer Listing for their contact information.

 

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc.
Official Corporate Partner of
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club

We are pleased to announce that
Fitness Kickboxing Canada has become an
Official Business Club Partner of
Toronto’s #1 Community Team,
The Toronto Argonauts for the 2006 season.

The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has had a lengthy and proud tradition a as a part of the Canadian Football League, CFL, and we look forward to being a part of Argos team for the future

Please look for our logo and company description on the Argos website, 2006 media guide, video board Jumbo-Tron and ribbon board during all home games at Rogers Centre (formerly Sky Dome).

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Independent Associate for
Isagenix International

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. is pleased to announce that we are now an Independent Associate for Isagenix International nutritional products.

Isagenix International promotes becoming healthy, clean, and lean for life! Isagenix programs offer the complete solution for ultimate health and wellness.

For more information on The Isagenix System or to place an order please click on the Isagenix logo

 

 

March 2006 News Release
Fitness Kickboxing Canada Inc. Affiliates with
Twist Conditioning Inc.

We are pleased to announce that we have affiliated with Twist Conditioning Inc.
As leaders in the field of Sport Conditioning, Twist Conditioning has developed a Sport Conditioning Specialist Certification as well as the most comprehensive line of Sport Conditioning, Fitness, and Functional Rehabilitation Products in North America.

With over 200 training tools, Twist Conditioning has become a name that people associate with innovative, effective, high quality, and reliable products to increase sport performance, health, and fitness.

Please click on the logo to on-line shop for the ultimate resource for trainers, coaches, teachers, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, rehab practitioners and training clients as incorporated into our FKCI, Can-Fit-Pro accredited CEC courses and workshops.

 

March, 2006 News Release
Joanne Morden Designated as
Can-Fit-Pro PRO-Trainer PTS

We are pleased to announce that Joanne Morden, one of our FKCI Trainer Course Conductors has received her Can-Fit-Pro PRO-Trainer designation. She will now assist in presenting the Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist, PTS, Certification Courses as well as proctor theory exams and PTS practical exams.

For information on upcoming Can-Fit-Pro PTS courses please click on our “Courses” Page.

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada now recognized as a continuing education provider by the
YMCA National Level - Canada

Fitness Kickboxing Canada is pleased to announce that all of our FKCI courses and workshops are now recognized by the YMCA at the National level, Canada.

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Courses are now applicable to YMCA Instructor continuing education hours for recertification.

Please contact your local YMCA our check our courses section for the next available course near you!

 

FKCI Announces Two New Course Conductors
March, 10th 2006 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of two more highly talented new Trainer Course Conductors to our team.

Hang Nhan, holds many certifications including, Can-Fit-Pro Certified PTS and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Taekwondo 2nd Black Belt. She has addition martial arts training in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Kali stick fighting, Tai Chi and Teaches Self-Defence Courses for Women at Queen’s University. Hang will represent us as a Trainer-Course Conductor in the Kingston-Ottawa Region..

We also welcome Sylvie Roberge who also holds many certifications including Can-Fit-Pro FIS and a 3rd Dan (degree) Black Belt in Karate. She is also has additional martial arts training as a Maharlika Kuntaw Instructor. Sylvie will represent us as Trainer-Course Conductor in Northern Ontario, based in Elliot Lake and teaching courses throughout the Sudbury & Sault. Saint Marie Region.

For information on their upcoming courses please click on our Trainer Listing for their contact information.

 

 

FKCI Announces Four New Course Conductors
February, 16th 2006 News Release

We are pleased to announce the addition of four highly talented new Trainer Course Conductors to our team. Jason Battiste (pictured left), former ISKA Super Middleweight professional champ , has just completed his Can-Fit-Pro PTS certification and will joining Gail Gibson, Can-Fit-Pro PTS, FIS & FKCI Program Operator- Trainer Course Conductor in Richmond Hill and York Region..

We also welcome our western Canada teammates, Linda MacKinnon, Can-Fit-Pro PTS & FKCI Program Operator- Trainer Course Conductor in Drayton Valley and the Alberta Region. Teaming up with Linda is Liza Glazebrook, Can-Fit-Pro PTS and Canadian Amateur Boxer.

For information on their upcoming courses or programs please click on our Trainer Listing for their contact information.

 

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Orangeville trainer gives fitness tips in book

KAREN MARTIN-ROBBINS

Ross O'Donnell was proud to have his first book, The Ultimate Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing Workout, published.

But what he'd accomplished didn't actually hit home until one day this fall when he was surfing the Chapters.ca website. He typed in his name in and his book came up.

"That felt really good," says the 49-year-old Orangeville resident.

O'Donnell, who writes a regular column called Tips from the Trainer in The Banner and is owner and operator of Fitness Kickboxing Canada and O'Donnell Personal Training in town, had his book published by Trafford Publishing this fall.

It's available in most bookstores -- including BookLore and the Chapters/ Coles/Indigo chain.

The local kickboxing expert says his book is geared to anyone that wants to learn a self-taught fitness program.

The book emerged from the Tips from the Trainer column. O'Donnell says a few of his regular readers suggested he put his columns together in a book.

He selected about 50 columns that were topical and included them in the book along with training manuals he has written for personal training.

The book has over 300 pictures in it and is laid-out in a user friendly way with clear "how-to-do-it" instructions.

O'Donnell says he expected the book would mostly be purchased locally and at the courses he conducts (which he does across Canada) but he has found that people are buying the book from Nova Scotia, B.C., Kentucky and Texas.

"I'm shocked," he says. "Who knew people in Texas would take an interest in it."

But then kickboxing and fitness boxing is a hot trend in the fitness world.

O'Donnell spent about two years completing the book and he says it was a lot of fun -- up until the last two weeks.

"Going over it with a fine tooth comb was cumbersome," he says. "But the rest of it was fun."

And O'Donnell believes the book will help his business thrive -- although there will not be a second book, he says.

"I want to focus on expanding my business."

His business is already doing quite well. By the end of January, there'll be 11 franchises and 19 trainer franchises operating from Nova Scotia to Alberta and O'Donnell says he has plans to be in B.C. by the end of 2006. He's also just launched his own line of equipment and apparel.

O'Donnell's proud to point out that his head office is in Orangeville.

"People always ask me why we are located in Orangeville and not Toronto. This is where I live and this is where I plan to stay," he says.

O'Donnell dedicated his book to his parents, Ross and Lorraine O'Donnell.

His father passed away just before the book was published which was quite a shock to O'Donnell.

"It was a really tough thing. He saw a rough copy, though, so he knew (the book) was coming out. He was very proud," O'Donnell says.

As for his mother, well, like all good moms, she carries a copy around with her in her car to show to people.

The Ultimate Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing Workout is available locally at Coles, BookLore and online at Chapter.ca, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

 

Fitness Kickboxing Canada Becomes Certified Member Club with The Canadian Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK-Ontario)

Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing

We are pleased to announce that we have become a Certified Member Club with The Canadian Council of Amateur Sport Kickboxing (CASK-Ontario). We will be integrating the CASK Skills Development Program into our existing program. Our students will receive the CASK certification program that provides for a graduated skills development program similar the belt level ranking system in martial arts. This will provide the students/participants the opportunity to receive accreditation as they progress through their Kickboxing training. The program will be fully operational incorporating a youth and adult curriculum in January 2006 with a view to move toward training future potential competitive Kickboxers.

With exposure of Kickboxing training to the general public, comes growth to the sport.

 


Toronto Argonauts Football Organization Honours
Ross O’Donnell Sr.

On September 3rd 2005 Ross O’Donnell Sr. passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. On September 10th 2005 The Toronto Argonauts Football Organization Honoured him for his years of support to the team by naming him the Season’s Ticket Holder of the game. His wife Lorraine O’Donnell was presented with a dozen roses to commemorate the day. The O’Donnell family would like to express our sincere thank you to The Argos Organization and in particular Mr. Rob Richardson for this very special memory.

We would also like to thank the members of Fitness Kickboxing Canada, Orangeville who have donated funds to be put towards a memorial plaque, “The Ross O’Donnell Sr. Memorial Award” that will be presented annually to the student who displays outstanding dedication to the kickboxing program.

 


Ross O’Donnell Appointed I.S.K.A.
Master Instructor and National Program Director for Canada

Fitness Kickboxing Canada is honoured to announce that Ross O’Donnell has been appointed the I.S.K.A., (International Sport Kickboxing Association) Master Instructor and National Program Director for Canada to train Instructors to teach the Kickboxing for Fitness Program. Participants attending The Fitness Kickboxing Instructor Course will now be afforded the opportunity of obtaining a Certificate as an Associate Instructor under the authority of the ISKA Kickboxing for Fitness program


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Ross O'Donnell & Bryon Mackie
Melanie Hennessey/For The Banner
Local experts training the trainers

Orangeville boxer Bryon Mackie and Ross O'Donnell of Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing Canada are now teaching fitness professionals and other interested individuals how to instruct boxing and kickboxing classes.

Local experts training the trainers
Fitness professionals from all over the country could soon be flocking to Orangeville to learn how to instruct authentic boxing and kickboxing classes.

Orangeville boxer Bryon Mackie and Ross O'Donnell of Fitness Boxing and Kickboxing Canada were recently accredited to train certified fitness instructors and personal trainers on teaching kickboxing and boxing for fitness.

"We're really the only ones in Canada doing this," O'Donnell says from Mackie's Bigtyme Fitness and Boxing.

"It's really individualized. It's almost like having a personal trainer in a class environment."

While the classes may be aimed at those already instructing in the fitness field, O'Donnell says even people who just have an interest in boxing or kickboxing can take them.

"Some have very little experience, some have a brown or black belt. Anybody can take it."

Participants will work in pairs and cover things like shadow boxing, bag work and stretching.

"We don't go to the beat of the music. We're training like you would if you were a real boxer or kickboxer," O'Donnell says. "It's the closest you'll get to sparring without actually sparring."

For the first course, 14 people came out to take part, some from as far away as Kitchener and Whitby. Surprisingly, O'Donnell says 99 per cent of those participants were women.

"A lot of the instructors in aerobics are women," he says. "They started off dainty, but within two weeks they were whacking each other."

Mackie says he thinks the first course went really smoothly and the participants are definitely ready to teach a class on their own now.

"At the end of the day, I felt really good about what I had passed on to them," he says.

Certified fitness professionals who do take part in Mackie and O'Donnell's program will receive a continuing education credit, which is required to maintain their certification.

Next month, the two local men will be taking their boxing and kickboxing instruction to the University of Toronto.

After that, they are hoping to spread the word across the country on the course at the Canadian Association of Fitness Professionals annual cross-Canada conferences.

For more information on the boxing and kickboxing instruction program, call Bigtyme Fitness at 940-8269.


Work it out

From yoga to kickboxing, these six stress-busting workouts tone your body and soothe your mind

By Sara Marett-Carter

Kickboxing
What it is: combines martial-arts moves with boxing-inspired punches

Stress-buster: Tension-releasing punches and kicks are a good stress and frustration outlet. Focusing on your instructor’s calls and reacting with the right move gets your mind off everything else.

Other benefits: It’s an excellent cardio workout; promotes lean-muscle building (due to high repetitions and low weight); improves balance, coordination, speed and agility; you learn self-defence moves.

Find it: Champions Martial Arts Academy, (604) 983-3799, Vancouver;
Fitness Kickboxing Canada, (519) 942-1625, Orangeville, Ont.;
Kickboxing Montreal, (514) 814-8099, Montreal.

First Published in the November 2004 issue of Flare Magazine


 

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