Fitness Kickboxing and Sports Chanbara

  • Ages 12 and older.

  • Classes are Saturday mornings 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Participants will need to purchase boxing gloves, a padded sword and a helmet.

Kids Sports Chanbara

  • Ages 6 - 11.

  • Classes are Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • Participants will need to purchase a padded sword and a helmet.


All meetings are held outdoors.  Masks are not required at this time, however you may choose to wear a mask.  We want everyone to be as safe as possible while enjoying the fresh air and the training.


Kevin Meisner started martial arts training at the age of 14 in 1979 with C.M. Bookwalter and Dave Salyards at the Hollidaysburg PA YMCA. In 1984 Kevin started his first class at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on the roof of Mitchell Hall with three students. He has trained and taught consistently ever since (see below for a bit more). 


Christine (Cunha) Meisner started her training in 1992 with Kevin Meisner in Arlington, Virginia. When Christine and Kevin moved back to Connecticut in 1997, Christine started assisting with the teaching, eventually offering karate and self defense classes of her own.

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Some thoughts after 40+ years of martial arts by Kevin Meisner


For some of us, martial arts becomes a lifelong pursuit. I’ve done a fair amount of seeking.


I’ve studied the karate I learned from C.M. Bookwalter, Dave Salyards, Tom Handest (and some of their senior students including Ginny Bowman, John Franks, Doug Hoover, Joe Keller, Larry Sutt Sr., Bill Melton, Steve Winterstein, Rowdy and Glen Kagereis, and others).


I’ve learned some Isshin-Ryu (Angi Uezu), Uechi-Ryu (George Mattson and Jim Maloney), American Kickboxing (Peter Rogers), Reeders Kuntao (Joe Gionti), Kosho Shorei Ryu (Bruce Juchnik, Dave LoPriore and Frank Smith), Tai Chi (Tai Yim Kung-Fu school in Northern Virginia), Okinawan weapons, Western weapons (Josh Simon and others), adrenalized stress conditioning (Impact Model Mugging), grappling, use of firearms (LFI-1 Massad Ayoob and others), practical self defense (Marc MacYoung and others), Chanbara (Dana Abbott and Tim Vandenover), Dagorhir, and more.


I’ve done (and continue to do) extensive reading and research on many different martial arts styles and forms from all over the world.

All of this activity was sparked by various incidents in my youth where I felt weak and unable to handle a verbal or physical confrontation. Having eventually made peace with that part of me, the quest for me now is just an activity that keeps me in reasonable shape/health and not bored (so I keep at it). I’ve run and I’ve lifted weights and had various calisthenic routines, all of which come and go and return.


Today my practice consists of certain series of techniques that I like, mostly for exercise and fitness. I very much enjoy generating power (hulk smash), regularly unleashing the fury on kick shields, focus mitts and heavy bags. Finally, I enjoy sharing my practice with other people. I literally started doing that immediately upon learning, even before I earned a white belt.

So, all of that is me. We each have our own individual reasons for practicing and learning. The trick is to figure out what it is that you like, find it, do it. That may change over time, all depends on you.