Kickboxing is a gratifying activity for both would-be action movie stars and recovering pyromaniacs desperate enough to settle for burning calories. Fuel fitness regimens with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get 10 kickboxing classes at Diekema Taekwondo (an $80 value). Kickboxing classes are held on the following days and times:
- Sundays at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
- Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
- Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
- Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Diekema Taekwondo garners its name from its sole instructor, Clint Diekema, a multi-black-belted champion martial artist who strives to bolster student self-confidence via daytime and evening kickboxing classes. All sessions, open to ages 10 and older, begin with methodical warm-up exercises and a rehearsal of some of kickboxing’s core movements, such as threatening eye squints. After awakening hibernating muscles, a horde of defiant thai pads (padded shields that enable injury-free striking practice) emerges from the far corners of Diekema Taekwondo’s 3,000-square-foot facility to challenge pupils as they practice kicking and punching as guided by their supportive instructor. After bookending the 45-minute class with additional kickboxing core movements, kickboxers leave with calories burned, more agile limbs, and the ability to adjust ceiling fans via roundhouse. Diekema Taekwondo offers both contact and no-contact classes as well as special martial-arts classes exclusively for women.
Three-time tae kwon do world champion and current captain of Team Canada Clint Diekema has taught self-defence and fitness classes at Diekema Taekwondo for more than 14 years. The seasoned instructor categorizes each of his tae kwon do classes by age and belt to ensure that students train alongside others of the same skill level and Power Ranger preference. The 3,000-square-foot training centre's schedule also carves out time for women-only sessions. During classes, students run through a set of warm-up exercises before they can strap on gloves and practice their skills by striking padded shields with their hands and feet.
3330 Fairlight Dr.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 5H9