About Us

OUR MISSION

Kips Gymnastics opened in 1966 as one of the first private gymnastics clubs in the country. The founding owner Jim Fontain went on to create exceptional gymnastics for many years. In Kips later stages, Dennis and Anne Mailly purchased the program and continued to take it to the next level. The Mailly’s added love, passion, and progressions to the program and it became less of a gymnastics school and more of a home. 
 
Fifty years later, the torch has been passed and the Elves family are continuing the KIPS traditions. While they are committed to keeping the same great quality of gymnastics, they bring a new look to youth sports. Positivity, behavior development, and life-long skills are what they focus on while adhering to the exceptional workings of the KIPS brand. 
 
Our mission has been, and always will be one of compassion. We are a place where every child should thrive and benefit from the sport of gymnastics. Our club motto is “Attitude is Everything” and we live by this message. If your child can dream it, we can help them achieve it. All it takes is some hard work, perseverance, and a great attitude.

Holistic Development

Gymnastics at Kips Gymnastics goes beyond physical skills, fostering dedication, perseverance, and excellence. Our training instills life lessons that shape resilient individuals.

Inclusive Second Home

We aspire to make Kips Gymnastics a second home for every child, a safe space to express themselves through gymnastics. Beginners or advanced, every child is valued and supported.

Life-Enriching Experience

More than a gymnastics center, Kips Gymnastics is a place where children thrive, learn resilience, and build confidence. We aim to create an environment where every child feels good and has fun.

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Our Story

When I was 15 years old, I knew I wanted to open my own gymnastics school. My parents started American Gymnastics Academy in 1989, and 29 years later, it still thrives in Southern California. It was their leadership and guidance that inspired me to extend the family business. The strength and dedication gymnastics requires has always brought a positive element to my life, and I want to share this within my community. I was a competitive gymnast for 15 years, a recreational and team coach for 16 years, and a manager for 5 years. My experiences have taught me that gymnastics is much more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle.

Gymnastics teaches you the meaning of dedication, perseverance, and excellence. Many of our retired athletes have returned years later and said “Kips taught me how to be strong even when life got tough. I’m such a better person because of my time spent in the gym.” At Kips, we believe the physical aspects of gymnastics are a small piece of the large puzzle. Teaching a child how to overcome fears and continue to have a positive attitude is a lesson that will support them throughout their life. Our club dedicates a great deal of our training to prepare children for their gymnastics skills as well as teaches them how to be a well adjusted person.

The question I asked myself when we started thinking about a Washington location, was “What do we want to accomplish?”

The answer is simple.

I want every single child to fall in love with this sport. I want every child to feel like Kips Gymnastics is their second home, and it’s a safe place where they can express themselves through the art of gymnastics. Whether they are a beginner or advanced, I want every child to feel important and special. I want them to thrive, and I want them to learn how to fall down, and pick themselves up. I want them to feel strong and confident. I want our students to be respectful and honest. I want to create an environment that I’m proud to raise my daughter in.

I eat, sleep, and dream gymnastics…and purchasing this gym was definitely part of my dreams. Kips Gymnastics is not just a place for gymnastics, it’s a place for children to feel good and have fun!

OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF

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