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Buddy Edmunds, 71, keeps in shape for skiing with aerobic kickboxing

| Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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At 71, Buddy Edmunds enjoys an active lifestyle, which includes kickboxing several times a week at Culver Karate Club in Connellsville.

Buddy Edmunds always has been involved in sports of all kinds.

He believes physical activity is important for everyone at any age.

Edmunds retired last year at age 70 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Boiler Division, where he did inspections of hospitals, schools and apartment buildings to insure the safety of the boiler systems and pressure vessels.

A resident of Jones Mills, Edmunds is an avid skier, so his home, which he bought and remodeled in 1971, is in a perfect location near Hidden Valley and Seven Springs ski resorts.

Now 71, Edmunds attends aerobic kickboxing at Culver Karate Club in Connellsville several times a week.

“I'm always doing something,” Edmunds said. “I've always worked out. I played rugby up until I was 30 years old. I've played basketball, football, baseball, always athletic, and I've always done something in martial arts.

“I had been attending other places that had closed when I came to know about (Culver Karate Club instructors) Perry and Lorrie Culver. I attend Lorrie's aerobic kickboxing, and she is hard to beat when it comes to that.

“It is quite a workout. It really is fun.”

The camaraderie is one thing he enjoys about the class. Everyone is striving for the same thing: to have a better life, to live stronger and longer. Friendships are made. Classes get bigger at this time of the year, and anyone is welcome.

“Lorrie knows how to take care of the new people, putting them in where they are comfortable,” Edmunds said. “There is repetition that helps new students. It is easy that way, and it takes your breath away.

“I don't think it is difficult for beginners because of the way Lorrie goes about it. They can pace themselves and not hit it hard, and take breaks.”

Lorrie Culver said Edmunds is an inspiration for other students.

“Buddy has kept active and trained in other programs in an effort to keep in shape for his favorite sport: skiing,” Culver said. “He loves the aerobic kickboxing workout and says it gets him in shape and keeps him in shape for his strenuous winter sport.

“I love the effort and fun that Buddy puts into his training. He has such a young spirit. He is very special. In class, he encourages other students and gives them motivation.”

Edmunds has been a local ski instructor at Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and at Snow Peak, when he lived in Harrisburg.

“When people see the drive and effort that Buddy puts into his workout, they are really motivated to try harder, too,” Perry Culver said. “He's a great person to have in our program.”

For more information on the programs offered at Culver Karate Club, visitculverkarate.com or call 724-626-KICK.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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