The Total Impact System
The Total Impact System blends multiple styles together to create a well rounded system which utilizes techniques of American, Chinese, Israeli, Japanese, and Korean origins, including: Bu Kyoku Ryu karate, Kickboxing/Boxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and Judo & Jiu-Jitsu. It is about growing and continuing the evolution of martial arts by combining the best techniques from the various styles into one program. We are confident that our martial arts classes are the best in Arlington Heights, and we have regular students from Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Palatine, Wheeling, and surrounding area. Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness offers exciting and innovative programs that will help you reach all of your health, fitness and martial art goals.
Our Total Impact Instructors
Head Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt
Shihan Brian Baim, Head Instructor of Total Impact Martial Arts, is a Master instructor through the American Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate Association. He holds the rank of 5th degree Black Belt. Shihan Brian is a certified Alpha Krav Maga instructor and is also certified through the Martial Arts Teachers Association. He began his martial arts training at age 9, first studying Taekwondo, before transitioning into Shotokan karate and wrestling a few years later.
It was at Z’s Martial Arts Academy (formerly the premier kickboxing and karate school in Buffalo Grove and Wheeling) where he studied American Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate, a mixed martial art that combines Okinawan and Japanese Karate, Kickboxing, Boxing, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. Here, Shihan Brian was mentored by Master Rob Zbilski and the late, great Master Jim Zbilski. Shihan Rob Zbilski (WAKO U.S.A president for Kickboxing) is a 7th Degree Blackbelt and is ranked Grand Master in Bu Kyoku Ryu.
Shihan Brian became one of the first to achieve the rank of black belt and is currently one of the highest ranked black belts under Shihan Rob Zbilski and Z’s Martial Arts! Shihan Brian managed Buffalo Grove Martial Arts and served as head instructor for 10 years.
With 35 years of martial arts & kickboxing experience with 27 years of teaching experience, Brian has coached, trained and cornered many fighters. He is also the Co-founder of Total Impact Self Defense Systems (along with his business partner Jeff Nelson) and co-founder of Total Impact Global & Fitness an online training university. Total Impact is an innovative, exciting, family oriented Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Arlington Heights Illinois.
Jeff Nelson has been a serious martial arts student for the past 8 years. He has trained one on one with instructors from Kickboxing, MMA, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga. Jeff has trained with Shihan Brian for the past 6 years achieving the rank of 1st degree black belt.
Jeff was also a personal trainer/health club owner and has 24 years of strength training/fitness experience. Jeff is extremely passionate about martial arts and fitness and believes that it is the key to happiness.
“Total Impact Martial Arts and Fitness will allow everyone to learn high-quality martial arts in a safe, non-intimidating environment. We are here to not only spread the techniques of martial arts, but the strength of the martial spirit. This includes helping others, being a positive role model, and to help our community. Martial arts has given me so much, Total Impact is how I can give back to martial arts.”
– Jeff Nelson
“I’m 21 years old and I have been training with Shihan Brian since I was about 4 years old. I received my black belt in 2018 and am looking forward to continuing my training. I found a love in teaching martial arts because I can help others, especially the kids get stronger, both physically and mentally.
I’m currently going to school to get my degree in physical therapy, and one day I hope to run my own practice. Other than martial arts, I also love to snowboard and play competitive paintball during my free time.”
Kyle began training in traditional Okinawan karate at the age of four years old. Kyle moved with his family to Fort Collins, Colorado where he studied Chung Do Kwan for 8 years achieving the rank of black belt. Kyle was then trained and fought under Z’s martial arts academy and team Z. Kyle is a 2 Time WAKO national champion. Kyle has trained under Shihan Rob Zbilski and is ranked 3rd degree black belt in Bu Kyoku Ryu karate. Sensei Kyle and Shihan Brian have known each other & trained together for many years. Sensei Kyle is excited to be part of the Total Impact Martial Arts family.
Brandon Baim is an Assistant Instructor ranked Sempai Brown Belt and has been training for over five and a half years. Brandon is a fitness kickboxing coach and teaches the Little Ninja’s Program. Brandon also helps out in the Junior Martial Arts classes.
Martial Arts Classes For All Ages!
We offer a variety of classes at our Arlington Heights martial arts dojo for you and your family. Students gain confidence, build strength, learn focus, and embrace a healthier lifestyle! Our youngest students start training as early as four years old!
Whether it’s improving your overall health, learning self-defense, losing weight or improving overall focus and concentration, Total Impact Martial Arts has a class for you! We pledge to teach every class with the excitement, respect, professionalism, and knowledge you deserve. If you, or your child, is looking for a positive environment to train and achieve life changing results, you have come to the right place!
Current Schedule | Upcoming Classes
As we address COVID-19 and provide a safe environment for our students to return to class, we are rolling out a “first-come first-serve” model for class registration. If you have not yet signed up for class, contact Shihan Brian. No walk-ins!
- 7am-7:45am Kickboxing (No Live Stream Class)
- 4:00pm-4:45pm Children’s Beginner Martial Arts
- 5:00pm-5:45pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts Green Belts & Higher
- 6:00pm-6:45pm Beginner Children’s Martial Arts (No Livestream Class)
- 7:00pm-7:45pm Fitness Kickboxing
- 8:00pm-8:50pm Krav Maga/MMA
- 4:00pm-4:30pm Little Ninjas (4 & 5 years old)
- 5:00pm-5:45pm Beginner Children’s Martial Arts
- 6:00pm-6:45pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher)
- 7:00pm-7:45pm Fitness Kickboxing (No Live Stream Class)
- 7am-7:45am kickboxing (No Live streams Class)
- 4pm-4:45 Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher)
- 5:00pm-5:45 Beginners Children’s Martial Arts
- 6:00pm-6:45 Advanced Martial Arts Green Belt & Higher (No Live Stream Class)
- 7:00pm-7:45 Fitness Kickboxing
- 8:00pm-8:50pm Krav Maga/MMA
Friday. No Live streams on Fridays!
- 4:00pm-4:45pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher)
- 5:00pm-5:45pm Beginners Children’s Martial Arts
- 6:00pm-6:45pm Fitness Kickboxing
- 7:30am-8:15am Fitness Kickboxing
- 9:00am-9:30am Little Ninjas (4 & 5 Years Old)
- 10:00am-10:45am Beginner Martial Arts
- 11:00am-11:45am Advanced Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher)
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I would highly recommend this place to anyone who is looking either to learn martial arts or just have some fun while transforming their mind and body positively. Simply rocking!!
I loved the class. The instructors put their full efforts into making the class fun, & exciting. It is unlike other classes where just they aim to complete 1 hr & give you some basic stuff to do.
Total Impact instructor keeps on check technique they change the combinations, workout style every day. U should definitely join the class. Highly recommended.
Total Impact has been a true blessing for our family. We just transferred for my husband’s job from Texas so being unfamiliar with everything here in Arlington Heights/Chicago I reached out to a Mom’s group and received glowing recommendations for Total Impact. I have a 5 year old son and we have seen great improvement in his self confidence and he loves his teachers. Master Brian, Sensei Allen and Sensei John John are amazing with the kids. They have patience over and above. They truly know how to balance having fun and teaching discipline along with the true skills to be successful and grow in this sport. I could not have found a better location to send my son for true growth. Master Brian has all the right beliefs such as teaching the kids to succeed in life, not everything is handed to you it must be worked for, success comes with hard work and diligence. I believe children need to have the drive to win but the ability to accept loss and learn from it. A loss is only ok when you learn from it, gaining motivitation and drive to push forward to try again. You can be certain Master Brian, Sensei Allen and Sensei John John will give them positive reinforcement win or lose because no great accomplishment is given to you it is earned with determination and never giving up. All of these things will not only give our children discipline,healthy habits, like minded friends, sportsmanship and life skills that will put them on a path for success. One last thing and this is my opinion only and I respect others opinions so just know I feel strongly about this and pray others may take a moment and think about it. Don’t be afraid to see your children lose, don’t teach them they will receive a ribbon/trophy either way. Again, my opinion if you don’t win you don’t receive a ribbon, trophy or etc it’s just not real life. At work when you don’t get the big promotion you were working for they don’t say good try here is a corner office for your effort. Right or wrong I don’t believe in participation ribbons or trophies for everyone. I grew up in a time when 1st and 2nd received recognition and sometimes only 1st. Trust me I have a box full of trophies, ribbons and awards but just as many or more times I received nothing. The drive and desire that gave me to push harder, train more and succeed was the most powerful motivator out there. This has served me well in life so many times. Just a few to mention... I completed college on my own working during the day at Hardee’s to pay for night classes at the university, seeking out jobs at a very young age in the legal field with no experience being turned away and asking what do you need for me to be hire able? Experience they would say, time on the job, more training. I told them no problem I will be back and I was a year later receiving the lowest job they had as a mail/errand runner. I was thrilled because know I could show them my abilities which I did and found myself head of the legal department because I knew from a very young age what it was to be pushed to learn and never give up with failures along the way what sweet success in the end. All because I had a coach/ trainer like Master Brian who believed in getting up dusting yourself off and getting back to work. I understood what they were asking for. See I didn’t train in karate but I was a runner from the age of second grade our coach would take us to fun runs 5k and 10ks on the weekend. I never could win because we had one girl who was so thin, had legs for days and incredible stamina from my same school. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t cross that line first. I ran everyday for miles (I was young �). Finally we were headed to a Valentine 5k and I looked at my coach this was 5th grade by now and I told him coach I’m going to sprint this whole thing, I don’t care if I puke or faint at the end. I will just keep running I’m tired of not taking home a trophy. And I did just that when the race started I ran like my life depended on it. I passed the girl/my friend and I never looked back I actually started running harder out of fear she would just kick it in with those long legs and stamina that was hard to beat. I remember seeing the finish line in site and I could hear my coach hollering you did it, you did it. When I crossed the line I fell to my knees an accomplishment for the books, finally a trophy that yes I still display to this day 38 years later.
Sorry for the long story which might feel meaningless but Master Brian shares the same desires to motivate the young kids, mold them into young adults who know how to push and train for what they want at the same time teaching sportsmanship. My coach always, I mean always had me congratulate the winners and give them words of praise. Total Impact has these life lessons in mind. They want to see their students taught the right way, learning the skills they need to be healthy, strong mentally and physically. Total Impact also has a new word each week posted that they focus on teaching our children such as honesty, focus and courtesy just to name a few and each lesson they talk about it and have the kids say what they can do to implement. I believe this is the place to be because trust me your children will grow to be successful in the sport gaining each belt truly deserving the honor of moving up to the next level and when that ever sought out black belt is earned, it’s not because of money spent, 6 months of perfect attendance or other non related knowledge/skill. That belt will proudly be awarded because the time, effort, dedication and drive set forth to learn what was needed to wear that belt was accomplished. If you are looking to “buy” a belt just to say hey look at me, this isn’t your studio but I promise when your child EARNS that belt with his own efforts he will have so much more than just a black belt to show his skills. What a life lesson. My son will be at Total Impact for many years to come. I have seen so much growth in him in such a short time it is amazing. If you are looking for a place that will help build your child into a successful human being and prepare them for not only healthy living, defense skills but the most powerful life lesson to gain success “Never Give Up”. Finally, for those schools, churches and organizations that feel karate is violence I challenge you to reach out to me and allow me to visit with you on this matter. As a law enforcement officer certified in the State of Texas and Louisiana having worked for 10 plus years to date I have seen schools like Total Impact come in to public and private schools and teach children just the opposite that violence is the last resort. We ask our children to educate themselves but we in turn have to learn to do the same. Please give Total Impact a try you will not be disappointed!!! Join and get ready to watch your kids have a blast because it’s not drill instructors it’s a happy balance like I mentioned earlier. PS if your child suffers from ADD, ADHD, sensory disorders, social anxiety, etc. like my little boy these guys are amazing with patience like you can’t imagine. I see many of these issues minimizing greatly in 3 short months.
This is the best workout that also teaches you discipline, respect, and self-defense. This isn’t your typical “workout class.” The challenge is in its last week and I had already decided after Day 1 that I will absolutely be sticking around to train at Total Impact for a long time. I definitely recommend anyone and everyone to check this place out and try at least one class. You won’t regret it!!
Martial arts is a great way to instill confidence, bully proofing, sportsmanship, team spirit, a sense of accomplishment, and discipline in children. Total Impact is a place where kids truly receive the full lesson and learn not only what all of those things mean, but how to implement them in their daily lives and be there best selves.