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.
Total Impact Teaches the Attributes of a Black Belt
- Hard Work
- Self Control
- Indomitable Spirit
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 training with Shihan Brian for more than 10 years, achieving the rank of 1st degree black belt. Jeff is a certified instructor trained in Kickboxing, MMA, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Krav Maga.
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.”
Sensei Kirk has over 47 years of martial arts experience, and 40 years of teaching. Kirk has blackbelts in Taekwondo, Northern Shaolin & Cobra Kai Kung Fu, and Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate. Kirk is also a certified Krav Maga instructor. Kirk is a master instructor in the martial arts and is ranked 4th degree under the Total Impact Systems. Kirk has trained with Shihan Brian for over 27 years and is Brian’s father-in-law.
Brandon Baim has been training more than six years at Total Impact. Brandon is ranked 2nd Kyu Brown belt and is also a certified Coach. 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!
Find out why so many parents have chosen Total Impact for their children’s after school program!
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!
What Can Karate Do For Your Kids?
- Anti-Bullying Strategies
- Better Grades
- Develop Discipline
- Foster Respect
- Improved Focus
- Increased Confidence
- Make Healthy Choices
- Pursue Goals
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
Wednesday (No Live Stream Classes)
- 4:00pm-4:30pm Little Ninjas (4 & 5 years old) | (No Live Stream Class)
- 5:00pm-5:45pm Beginner Children’s Martial Arts (No Live Stream Class)
- 6:00pm-6:45pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher) | (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 Stream Classes)
- 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
- 8:00am-8:45am 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)