There’s a new kick in town

There are few trends with as much up-side as personal fitness – therefore, the move to Sooke by a world-class martial artist and personal trainer is worth noting.

Jim Sinclair photo Michelle Carpenter

There are few trends with as much up-side as personal fitness – therefore, the move to Sooke by a world-class martial artist and personal trainer is worth noting.

Dire warnings of health woes related to overeating and under-activity are delivered almost daily and the problem is serious, not just for the individual, but for the society which will ultimately be expected to pay by way of spiraling health care bills.

Enter Michelle Carpenter who is looking to continue her multi-faceted vocation here in Sooke. Presently employed as a fitness programmer with Recreation Oak Bay, she’s made contact with SEAPARC in regard to getting some space in which to serve a new group.

With her brother, Michelle is also the owner/operator of a Tae kwon do school with 20 years experience.

Add to that 14 years instructional experience in the fitness industry, a degree in biology, plus national coaching and instructional certifications and she’s ready to make a positive impression in her new town.

“MIJO Sport is a joint business I have with my brother Jonathan, he runs MIJO Sport in the Comox Valley and I am down here,” Michelle informs.

“We offer WTF Olympic style Tae kwon do, personal training, sport specific training, police training, MIJO Boxfit (the discipline and benefits of fighting without actual combat), and fitness education.”

Aspiring police officers are also known to have made use of her high-end instruction.

Michelle has competed in WTF Taekwon do for many years, representing Team Canada at such events as the Commonwealth Championships, US Open, and World University Games.

“I trained under the Olympic coach,” she relates, “and my teammate, Ivett Gonda, has competed at the Olympics twice. I retired in 2008.”

A mother of a young child, Michelle is aware of the general hurdles a parent must deal with, and how the hurdles can get even more challenging with a fitness program added to the mix. With that in mind she is willing to do “housecalls.”

A mom, for, example, can avail herself of professional instruction and motivation without leaving the homebase and dealing with the expense and hassle of making arrangements for her young one(s).

Michelle and her brother Jonathan have been on this career path since she was eight and he was six.

“I got hooked on it and started competing nationally at the age of 15 or 16,” she related.

Michelle is excited to be sharing her expertise with the people of Sooke.

For more information shoot Michelle Carpenter an email – mijofitness@gmail.com.

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