Kerry and Hillary push us to be our best selves, acknowledging that everyone’s abilities and goals are different. For example: me. I am a person who never ever thought I would enjoy getting stronger. I’m not sporty; I’m getting older. I looked at having to follow a doctor’s advice re: getting some exercise as a thing to try, show how it wasn’t for me, and then go back to not trying.
Marine Kickboxing has been a totally different experience for me. Kerry and Hillary are clearly passionate about the sport itself. Turns out, kickboxing is a lot of fun! It’s a fantastic stress release as well as a major confidence booster. After two years, I’m pretty thrilled by my own skill advancements and also my classmates’. We’re learning more than just a martial art, the discipline – in my case, a willingness to keep trying even when not trying is so much easier – has carried over into other parts of my life.
When I started, I was intimidated by my own low ability level. Kerry and Hillary are so positive and welcoming; they foster a truly inclusive class environment, with no bullying tolerated. The goal here is for everyone to get better over time. For some of my classmates, this means training to compete. For me, it’s meant some pretty remarkable health improvements.
Hillary and Kerry are role models; they work hard, devote so much to their coaching and have been incredibly supportive of all of their students. These classes go beyond just getting fitter and stronger.
– Naomi Macleod
When I started training with Kerry and Hillary over 2 years ago, I was looking for a high intensity cardio workout, in a group setting with a technical skills focus. I found that right away with their training program. I also discovered how inclusive their progam is. Men and women with different goals – fighting, sparring and/or fitness and varied athletic abilities- beginner to very experienced, were there training together, under Kerry and Hillary’s instruction and guidance in a respectful environment that fostered hard work and good technique. And that is why despite my busy life of full time work, part time schooling and sole parenting, I continue to train with them today.
I visit Toronto several times each year from my home town of London, England. I’m lucky enough to train in many gyms worldwide due to my work with an airline, and have been involved with Muay Thai and kickboxing since 1984. I always get excited when a trip to Toronto appears on my schedule because it means a training session with Kerry Marine. Technique, encouragement, motivation, fun and fitness. It’s all there in an exhilarating mix, shared with a friendly and welcoming group of people.
– Mick Letuska
My situation: coming up on 50, out of shape, very shy of the gym and no martial-arts experience.
For the first month or so it took all my willpower to get my ass out there. Now it’s coming on two years and the reason I stuck with it has so much to do with Kerry and Hillary. They always made me feel comfortable not just because of how they treated me but how they treated everyone with respect.
Now I’m back in shape and feel 20 years younger. Learning and training with others is certainly the best way to do it. Everyone in the classes is great!
– Paul Kelly
I have trained under Kerry and Hillary for almost two years now, and I can say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Kerry and Hillary have created a program that is open to everyone and only requires passion and commitment. Under their tutelage I have gained more confidence and reached a level of fitness and skill that I didn’t think was achieveable. When I think back to when I started a year ago I was convinced that I would try their program for a week and quit. After bringing this up with Kerry he simply replied “I wouldn’t have let you quit.” They are two of the most caring and considerate people I know, both of whom I admire and look up to. I am proud to call them my coaches and friends.
– Fawaz Azim
About 2 1/2 years ago, I went to my first kickboxing class with Kerry and Hillary. My intention was to workout and try something new to help me achieve some of my fitness goals. Looking back to that first class and looking at me now, I have gained so much more than just a day at the gym. I have gained meaningful friendships, amazing role models and lasting memories. Kerry and Hillary have created an environment that makes learning so easy. They’re always there to help you fix your mistakes and never make you feel bad about yourself if you do make one. Training with them has allowed me to push beyond my limits and do things I was never able to or never thought I would do. They have fostered a sense of community in the classes that shows support for one another and it’s great to be a part of it. Besides being one of their students, I’ve had the opportunity to become one of their assistant instructors. I’ve gained so much respect for the two of them while doing this and will never be able to thank them enough for what they do for us. I’ve seen the growth in our students and the program and I’m honoured that they allowed me to take part in that. They definitely love what they do and it shows in how much attention they give you during the classes. Kickboxing has become such a large part of my life and it’s mainly due to the efforts of Kerry and Hillary and the value I get from their classes. I would recommend their classes to anyone looking to try kickboxing. You won’t regret it!
– Carmen Chau
I have been training with Kerry and Hillary for over 2 years and have never enjoyed working out as much as I do now. Their classes are an amazing experience for any age group and for any experience level. Being that before I began classes and never had any previous martial arts training, they made me feel comfortable from Day 1. They pull you aside from the group and teach you basic techniques which you then build off of. These classes are a no judgement zone and they make you feel like you are a part of a family. Everyone is supportive of each others’ goals whether it being weightloss, you would like to start living a healthier lifestyle or would like to fight prefessionally. You could not ask for a better kickboxing program. Thank you Kerry and Hillary for all you have done for me.
– Piotr Seniszyn
I started kickboxing classes because I wanted to lose weight, but soon found a new goal – to be strong! Three years later, I am thrilled with the progress I’ve made, and the confidence my classes with Kerry and Hillary have given me. I’m much calmer, dealing with stress is easier, and I have more energy and physical strength. They are dedicated teachers, individualizing instruction with patience, so each student receives attention and care – from those who just want to get fit, to those who want to fight competitively. Highly recommended!
– Liza Zawadzka
Kerry and Hillary possess the technical knowledge, patience and passion that is needed to teach the life changing martial art of kickboxing. Whether you are looking to shed unwanted pounds, learn a practical form of self defense or step through the ropes to test yourself in this combative sport, Marine Kickboxing has the formula for your success!
– Dan Caron
I’ve been training with Kerry and Hillary for over a year and I have never been more dedicated or happier with a training program. The instruction they provide is specific and technical and leads to noticeable improvements – I have never felt stronger or more confident. They are supportive of all students’ desires, whether it is to train for fun or to compete. The environment they have created in this program is extremely supportive, especially in the women’s only classes. I have always felt welcome and am extremely comfortable with the instructors, the assistant instructors, and my training mates. It’s a bit like a family and I feel so privileged to train with this wonderful group of people every week.
– Kate Davis
Let me start off by saying I never wanted to do kickboxing. It wasn’t something I believed I could do, due to my physique and cardio. However, after hearing about Marine Kickboxing from a good friend of mine I decided to sign up. I have never regretted that decision. This isn’t because the program that Kerry has put together is of the highest calibre, or that it’s affected my confidence, health, and mental well-being in a positive way. It was due to the fact that the community had such a huge effect on me that I couldn’t turn away. It was clear to me over the years that regardless of an individual’s age, gender, weight, knowledge of kickboxing, and/or level of activeness, this community and Kerry were always ready to welcome you in as one of their own. I have sweat tremendously, fallen down many times, have been hit more times than I can count, and have ended up with bruises that have taken time to heal. However, I kept coming back, because I knew I was under the watchful eye of a coach, and community that would keep me safe and always push me to be better.
– Aman Chohan