Leading Edge Kickboxing (L.E.K.), wow, where should I begin? I have been in the fitness industry for 6 years now first as a personal trainer and now a trainer and manager of personal trainers. L.E.K. offers an experience unlike anything you can get from your local gym. Not only does L.E.K. offer an outstanding variety of martial art styles to fit any and all needs, but John’s expertise, attention to detail and ability to deliver his teachings in a variety of ways so anybody can and will understand is some of the best I have ever seen. If you’re looking for a gym to sweat and burn calories or actual real life, ready-to-use, self-defense strategies, Leading Edge Kickboxing under the master tutelage of John Staab is the place you want to be.

Todd Dail

Master Trainer | Fitness Director

I’ve been taking Thai Kickboxing classes for over 5 years now and I LOVE it. I’m betting there are tons of people like me who want to get involved in an activity that not only is fun, but stays interesting over the long haul. I get so bored so quick with most forms of exercise, and traditional martial arts schools can be pretty intimidating. The instructor I train with is literally the best fitness leader I have ever worked with and I just want to spread the word to help support more enrollment into his classes, and to enrich some other peoples’ lives the way mine has been since I discovered Kickboxing.

Jen M.

I signed up for a Kickboxing martial arts class on a lark. Two and a half years later, I’m wondering why I didn’t try it sooner. Since I started, I dropped 16 pounds (16 pounds I didn’t realize I’d put on), and am now probably in the best shape of my life.

I’m not telling you this to brag–I’m telling you this so you can get in on the goodness, should you so choose.

I can’t say enough good things about [Instructor] John’s broad knowledge of martial styles, his overriding concern for the safety of his students, and his easy-going yet professional teaching style. No way would I have stuck with this program so long if John’s approach were anything like the traditional instruction styles of Karate and Kendo instructors I tried years ago.

John just opened his dojo south of Seattle, so if you’re in the area, check it out.

B. Cordell

I have to tell you – joining the school has probably been the best thing Jeff and I have ever done! We are all getting a great work out and setting goals for ourselves. Jeff and I are able to set a good example to the kids about keeping commitments and the importance of physical fitness. The kids are learning so much and it’s been such a blessing for our family to do this together! I have seen changes in both kids – Ayden has gained more confidence and Ethan is learning how to control himself and follow directions. We really appreciate all your efforts and you work so well with all of the kids. I believe it is important to talk to kids and not at them- you really help give them all a sense of value. Thank you.


“I went to Leading Edge and joined their Muay Thai Kickboxing class feeling intimidated and not knowing anything about martial arts. 7 months into it and I have to say I still love it!!! Not only have I improved my physical fitness but I enjoy pushing myself. For the first time I don’t watch the clock to see how much time I have left. John Staab and the other Instructors are all helpful, informative, and motivating. I also have taken the private lessons. They are amazing if you feel like you want or need a little extra help. It is nice to learn self defense being a woman and at the same time getting a great workout. I know it has built my confidence and stamina. I would definitely say it has been the best thing I have done for myself. I recommend Leading Edge Kickboxing to anybody looking for a way of improving oneself physically and mentally.”