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About Poulsbo Kickboxing

Kitsap Martial Arts is home to Poulsbo Kickboxing (PBOKBX)—where you can have a great time while getting into the best shape of your life.

The benefits of kickboxing are well-documented: it’s a full-body workout that engages all major muscle groups. Regular kickboxing can help you meet fitness goals by building strength, increasing stamina, and improving coordination—all while burning over 300 calories in just 30 minutes!

Poulsbo Kickboxing is the only cardio kickboxing studio in Kitsap County. With classes at Poulsbo Kickboxing, students experience the power of an incredible aerobic workout that can help them:

  • Reach fitness goals, including building/toning muscle, improving coordination, or losing weight
  • Increase strength, flexibility, agility, and stamina
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Get excited about exercise and movement
  • Relieve stress in a way that’s healthy, safe, and offers positive results
  • Continually improve abilities in a supportive environment
  • Have fun and make friends
Poulsbo Kickboxing Coaches
Photo Credit: Lemolo Mile Photography

Poulsbo Kickboxing believes kickboxing is for every body.  Classes are challenging and rewarding, while being highly accessible no matter fitness level, age or previous injury. The instructors pride themselves on creating a safe and supportive environment where students can explore the movements and push themselves towards constant improvement.

The unique brand of cardio classes available at Poulsbo Kickboxing not only builds muscle, but also community. Classes are kept small enough for one-on-one instruction as needed, and students are urged to motivate and help one another master the moves and achieve fitness goals. All this while having fun, moving to the music, and punching out the stresses of the day.

Whether you’re new to kickboxing or are a seasoned pro, you’ll find your next and best fitness community at Poulsbo Kickboxing. It’s time to put on the gloves and experience the Poulsbo Kickboxing difference.

Poulsbo Kickboxing classes are open to those aged 14 and older.

Poulsbo Kickboxing Schedule

Monday6:00 am – 7:00 am
7:45 am – 8:45 am
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wednesday6:00 am – 7:00 am
7:45 am – 8:45 am
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Thursday5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday7:45 am – 8:45 am
Saturday8:30 am – 9:30 am

Meet The Instructors

Melanie Stroud, Poulsbo Kickboxing program manager and instructor

Melanie Stroud

PBOKBX Manager and Instructor

Melanie found kickboxing over half a decade ago and she’s been punching out her fitness goals and daily stressors ever since.

Using her day-job skills as a voice and music teacher, Melanie fosters a welcoming and encouraging environment at PBOKBX. She understands that when people feel safe, strong, and supported, they can become the very best version of themselves.

When she isn’t teaching students or dreaming up new kickboxing routines (often while lying in bed!), she can be found exploring the trails and walking paths of the Pacific Northwest with friends and family, including her three kids and black Labrador, Mona.

While she proudly sports her (all black) PBOKBX gear to every class, her favorite color is turquoise, which she’ll wear to commemorate her 500th kickboxing class—a goal she’s hoping to reach in time for her 40th birthday later in 2022!

Kela Quichocho

PBOKBX Instructor

Hawaiian-born, Washington state-raised Kela (pronounced Kay-La) might be new(ish) to teaching, but her passion for kickboxing runs deep. She started classes in 2017 and quickly fell in love with all the benefits of the sport, including being able to let go of the frustrations of the day simply by hitting the bag.

As an instructor, she is devoted to creating challenging routines that are accessible to all, mastering proper form, and sweating it out alongside her students.

In addition to kickboxing, Kela is a huge fan of home workouts, as well as nature hikes with her family, including her high school sweetheart husband and three young children. While travel (which includes regular trips to Disneyland!), adventure, and activity are central to her life, she also relishes quiet moments on rainy days reading and snuggling with her kids.

Verna Dumlao

PBO KBX Instructor

Almost a decade ago, during a particularly stressful time in her life, Verna walked into her first kickboxing class. Today, she helps others create healthy habits, reach their fitness goals, and manage stress as an instructor at PBOKBX.

She credits kickboxing with giving her the tools and the outlet she needed to create a healthy, positive mindset that has allowed her to meet and exceed goals in every facet of her life. In her classes, she’s constantly inspiring her students to work hard and believe in what they’re capable of achieving. This attitude extends to new challenges she sets for herself every day.

Verna was born in the Philippines, raised in Hawaii, and went to school in California, but has embraced Kitsap County as her current home. She enjoys the beauty of the area and everything it offers, including digging her own clams—which she does while maintaining a (as-perfect-as-possible) squat!

In her less active moments, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family.

Erica Williams

PBO KBX Instructor

A lot of people start working out to lose weight, but it can be hard to maintain motivation. Erica found hers with kickboxing! Just six months after walking into her first class, Erica began training as an instructor. Now, several years later, she continues to enjoy helping her students have fun while meeting their fitness goals.

In addition to her kickboxing routine, Erica lifts weights several times a week all while maintaining a busy schedule, which includes working towards a degree in Medical Assisting and helping out with the Tracyton Peewee Sport Association.

A Texas native, she met her husband when they were both in middle school. The couple has two kids and moved to Washington ten years ago on a military deployment.


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