North Wind Martial Arts and Fitness to open at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — Florida native Brian Kelley says he came to Wichita a couple of years ago to work as a personal training director for Genesis Health Clubs and liked it so well that he decided to stay and open his own business.

North Wind Martial Arts and Fitness opens in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler on Sept. 17.

“I really enjoyed my time here,” says Kelley, who quit working for Genesis last summer for family reasons.

“I really enjoyed your downtown and just the people,” he says. “I looked at the fact that there is a market here for traditional martial arts.”

Kelley’s studio will be in 2,350 square feet.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Kelley says he’ll teach martial arts for “defense, exercise (and) just overall well being.”

“I teach traditional martial arts for a modern world,” he says.

“If you’re not a person who wants to go in a weight room and lift weights, it’s a great exercise.”

North Wind will be for students of all ages.

“I really am not going to confine myself,” Kelley says. “I have something for everybody.”