Upon moving to Seattle without knowing anyone in July 2017, Karthika was looking for a gym that would help her feel more at home as well as give her practical martial arts experience. She dabbled in boxing and kickboxing for fitness in the past, but wanted to learn how to use martial arts in a more practical way. Krav Maga Seattle offered both these things, and she was drawn into KMS' welcoming community as well as their teaching style that emphasized getting home safely at the end of the day. Their wide selection of martial arts and fitness classes made her look forward to coming to the gym!
As she got more comfortable with training in Krav Maga, Karthika decided to try the six-week Kettlebell Fundamentals class that KMS offers. She always wanted to get stronger to improve her athletic performance, but never knew how. Training with kettlebells through the StrongFirst system helped her focus on the basics while always finding room for improvement. She decided to train for the StrongFirst Level 1 certification in September 2018 to help others find the same inner and outer strength that she did. She enjoys learning how to deliver strength training principles to other members of the KMS community, and improving her eye as a coach.
When she's not at the gym, Karthika works as a data engineer at Amazon. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Seattle area (she's still relatively new and isn't phased by the rain), hiking, running, trying new restaurants, and attempting to cook Indian food.
StrongFirst Certified SFG Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor