Fivestar Athletics owner Justin Donally explains the change in programs comes from the departure of the former taekwondo instructor and says it is open to anyone starting at four years old.
“We have recently made the transition from our taekwondo program into a full kickboxing program from kids starting at four years old all the way up to adults and family classes,” he adds. “We’re really going to focus on kickboxing that comes with a ranking system similar to taekwondo, and karate, and jiu-jitsu and it falls in line with our kids and adult Brazilian jiu-jitsu program.”
Donally adds that at Fivestar the program is more well-rounded than the former taekwondo classes, and that the gym offers additional classes in other areas.
“We do have professional mixed martial arts fighters here but we don’t really have a true mixed martial arts program. If kids come in here and they want to train mixed martial arts then they are going to go through the kickboxing curriculum and the Brazilian jiu-jitsu curriculum. We’re also offering some free style wrestling and straight boxing as well.”
Teaching the program will be Donally himself, along with heavyweight taekwondo champion Jon Zaleski and Paul Rosborough. Donally feels good about the level of instruction that those taking part in the class will get.
“I’ve had some amateur boxing and kickboxing bouts. I’ve been involved in the sport for close to seven years now. [I’ve] trained all likes of fighters, boxers, kickboxers, MMA fighters, so I’m going to be the one that’s here running the majority of it but I’m going to be assisted by Jon Zaleski,” he says. “The guy is a two time world champion ITF taekwondo heavyweight. The guys will do the direct belting under will be Paul Rosborough. He’s a retired Western Canadian and B.C. kickboxing champion. He’ll be here every other week to assist with classes.”
Anyone interested in joining the classes can do so risk -ree by coming to the gym to try a couple of classes to see if they like it first.
Donally says that changes will be coming in fees in the New Year that makes things more flexible for children who may only want to take one program.
“We are going to be doing a little bit of rate changes in the New Year so kids aren’t going to be forced to do kickboxing and jiu-jitsu,” he explains. “If they want to do one sport or the other they’ll have that option for a certain fee without having to commit to the year-round, five day a week grind.”
More tournament opportunities will also be presented under the new format with one potentially lined up for the fall of 2014.
“We’re working with West Coast Martial Arts to bring a tournament to FortSt. John in the New Year, probably closer to fall, so all of these kids in the Peace River area will have an opportunity to compete in jiu-jitsu,” says Donally. “It will be really good for the kids to get an opportunity to get out there without having to travel to Edmonton or Vancouver where they normally have to go to compete.”
Anyone looking for more information is encouraged to call Fivestar Athletics at 250-785-2736, or 250-793-0132.