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Nicole’s Koe

Fitness for Procrastinators – Working Out 30 Seconds at a Time

L ike many professional procrastinators, I never put off what I needed to do by engaging in some trivial, mindless activity. No, I put off important work by getting

Getting “Back” to Basics: Three Things All Adults Should Know About Back Pain

A staggering 80% of Americans complain about back pain, and it remains one of the most common causes for missing work.  Even the words “back pain,” mean vastly different


I wish I could bottle the feeling I get when I finish teaching.  It’s partially endorphins; I do complete at least part of the workout when I teach.

Playing Through Head Pain? Not the Wisest Decision! A Concussion Education for Fitness Lovers

T his past September I finally acquiesced to an amusement park trip to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.  (She’s been asking for years.)  I drove nearly 200 miles with two

Andrew’s Koe

Scala Sensei’s Meditations: Why I went to Japan

I had always been interested in martial arts, and though I had little exposure to the Japanese arts, I found them fascinating. Since childhood, I was drawn to the

Why I Stayed

I can write a book about why I stayed. The short answer is I fell in love with everything about Japan: the people, the culture and without a doubt,

In the News

Darien Times: “From the Beltway to a black belt”

By Darien Times on June 14, 2014 Nicole Nason went from sparring a courtroom to sparring in the dojo, and after four years of work, she has earned “Diplomacy, humor take new NHTSA chief far”

View original article here. Nicole Nason seems more mom-next-door than woman at the top of the nation's highway safety agency. But bubbly personalities can be misleading. The 36-year-old

Auto News: “NHTSA’s Nason Earns Car Seat Credentials From Safe Kids Worldwide”

View original article here. Child Passenger Safety Technicians train parents and caregivers to select, install and adjust car seats and booster seats and to determine when a child “For NHTSA Chief Nason, Family Influences Policy”

View full article here. Update: Nason stepped down from her position in September 2008. She was replaced by David Kelley, her former chief of staff. When Nicole

“I love Nicole’s class – in fact, I’m obsessed! The workout is fun AND challenging and my body always ‘hurts so good’ the next day. I feel great since I started and it’s TOTALLY EMPOWERING!”
Jaclyn, age 30
“I really liked how we learned to protect ourselves and it was really fun.”
“Nicole’s class is a terrific all-body workout, and it’s great for clearing the mind. Let me be honest – it’s really hard! I wasn’t good at anything to start. Little by little, my skills have developed under Nicole’s firm but forgiving guidance.”
Terry, age 55.