Amerikick™ was founded in 1967 by Grandmaster Dennis Tosten and his wife Master Sharon Tosten. Over the past forty years Grandmaster Dennis Tosten has trained with the best martial arts masters in the world including Joe Lewis, Ed Parker, Remy Presas and Dr. Muang Gyi. This has given Grandmaster Dennis Tosten the ability and knowledge to develop the Amerikick™ system which includes curriculums that are based on the traditional arts of Kenpo, Bando, Taekwondo, Shotokan, Wushu, Ju-Jit-Su, Filipino Arnis, modern boxing, kickboxing and sport karate.
In 2007 Amerikick merged with Grandmaster Bob Leiker’s World Champion Karate Schools of Kansas and Missouri bringing together the some of the greatest martial artists in the United States under one organization.
How to get in shape fast
At the age of 19 I weighed in at 350 pounds, with a waste line of over 50′
and an all around unhealthy body. Walking a flight of stairs winded me, I
could only lift my legs about waist high and I was unable to do most of the
things I really wanted to do. However during the summer of 2010 I decided
to change all that, I began eating right and started experimenting with
different kinds of exercise to see what would work best for me. I tried taibo
videos, taking my dogs for walks, going to my local gym, ect. However none
of these options gave the feeling like I got a good workout and the
repetitious nature of these exercises quickly lost my attention.
So one day thinking to myself, I wondered what kind of exercise would get
me active, get me healthy, and not involve doing the same motions 45 times
in a row like lifting weights. Then I remembered how as a kid i always
wanted to do martial arts. Watching videos with Jackie Chan and Jet Li flipping
through the air always piqued my interest but I just never had the chance
to do it as a child. So in the summer of 2010 I started my first classes at
Amerikick. They had an awesome Mixed Martial Arts program and having seen
how popular stuff like UFC had gotten I decided to give it a try. The first
day really showed me how out of shape I was. I got winded almost
immediately, my arms felt like rubber and by the end of the class I could barely lift
my arms up high enough to use my steering wheel on the drive home. Even
though my body was thrashed and my muscles ached I found myself wanting to go
back. Even if I was slower than everyone else they worked with me and
never once did I feel embarrassed because of how out of shape I was.
Fast-forward a year later and I’m still actively going to Amerikick . I
have since lost over 30 pounds and 6 inches off my waistline. Now as an adult
purple belt i have upgraded to the Black Belt Club so i can attend class 3
times a week, as 2 times was just not enough for me anymore and I feel
great. Not only have I lost 30 pounds but I feel all around more healthy than i
did before. I’ve gone from being winded on a flight of stairs to leaping
up 4 flights to get to class and not breaking a sweat. As well I find myself
being much more flexible than before, kicking almost 6 feet high at times
and I can almost do a split which creeps out my family considering how big
a guy I am. Additionally I’m starting to see some definition in various
areas such as my forearms and legs, places which use to be flabby are now
tighter and look great.
A year ago I never would have thought I would feel this great from taking
martial arts, and I’m sure a year from now ill be looking back, healthier
and happier, on all the time well spent at Amerikick.
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