A well known kickboxing instructor has opened a new gym in Watertown, and will host an open house on Saturday.
Konstantin Selivanov first began training in martial arts 40 years ago in his native Russia. He learned Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai.
After running a martial arts club in Russia, he moved to Brooklyn in 1991. In 2004, he headed up to Boston, and opened PowerHouse Kickboxing and Fitness in Cambridge.
This month, after 10 years in Cambridge, PowerHouse moved into a 4,000 square-foot space at 150 Belmont St. in Watertown, which used to be a flooring store.
The move was a dream, said Konstatin’s wife and business partner Elena Selivanov.
“We will be able to implement what we have been dreaming of for 10 years,” Elena said.
PowerHouse has prided itself on personalized attention, Elena said, and that will continue. Typically, classes are no bigger than 10 people. Some children’s classes might be up to 15, Elena said.
In addition, the studio will be able to offer more classes and training space. There is a full-size boxing ring, an area for private training, a gym with weights and cardio equipment, and punching bags.
Along with the martial arts training, Konstantin works with students on how they train.
“Konstantin believes in injury prevention,” Elena said. “We are acutely aware that children grow up with out injury prevention training. They are not taught properly, not trained properly.”
The nutrition part is Elena’s side. She is a board certified health and wellness coach. She hopes to teach children about healthy eating along with fitness.
“I ask the kids to go home and count how many sodas you have this weekend,” Elena said. “No one does it, but it is so simple. The seed is planted. When they come back you ask how they feel. Also, the parents see them being more mindful of what they are drinking and they become more mindful.”
PowerHouse Kickboxing and Fitness invites the public to the open house on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the studio, 150 Belmont St., next to Magnolia Wine.