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Welcome to Total Impact Martial Arts & Krav Maga

Creating Confident, Strong, and Healthy Students in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Wheeling, and surrounding area!

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.

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Total Impact After School & Summer Camp Programs

Our Total Impact Instructors

Brian Baim
Total Impact Martial Arts - About - Shihan Briam Baim - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
Head Instructor, 5th Degree Black Belt

Shihan Brian Baim is a master instructor through the American Bu Kyoku Ryu Karate Association and holds the rank of 5th degree Black Belt. Shihan Brian is also a certified Krav Maga instructor. He began his martial arts training at age 9, first studying Taekwondo, before transitioning into Shotokan karate and wrestling a few years later. However, 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 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 Rob Zbilski is a 7th Degree Blackbelt and is ranked Grand Master in Bu Kyoku Ryu. Shihan Rob is also the WAKO U.S.A president for Kickboxing. Shihan Brian managed Buffalo Grove Martial Arts and was head instructor for 10 years. Today, Total Impact Kickboxing is also an official member of WAKO U.S.A Kickboxing!

Jeff Nelson
Total Impact Martial Arts - About - Sensei Jeff Nelson - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

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

Allen Khomutov
Total Impact Martial Arts - About - Sensei Allen Khomutov - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

“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.”

Jonathan Khomutov
Total Impact Martial Arts - About - Sensei Jonathan Khomutov - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

“I’m 18 years old and began training with Shihan Brian since the age of 4. I am currently a certified Black Belt instructor. I am an instructor here at Total Impact Martial Arts and I love teaching Martial Arts and making a Total Impact on other peoples lives..

I recently graduated high school and look forward to receiving a degree in psychology. Hopefully allowing for me to continue further down a path of helping others. In my spare time I love to socialize with friends and spend time outside.”

Kyle Huffman
Total Impact Martial Arts - Instructors - Sensei Kyle Huffman

Kyle began training in traditional Okinawan Karate at the age of 4. Kyle moved with his family to Fort Collins, Colorado where he studied Chung Do Kwan for 8 years. He was taught & also was trained at Z’s Martial Arts Academy under Shihan Rob Zbilski for many years. Kyle is a 3rd Degree Black Belt. Shihan Brian has known Sensei Kyle for many years and has trained together. Kyle is very excited to join the Total Impact Team!

Brandon Baim
Total Impact Martial Arts - Brandon Baim

Brandon Baim is an Assistant Instructor and has been training for over 3 years. He currently helps out in the kids martial arts & fitness kickboxing 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!

Children’s Classes

Total Impact Martial Arts - Children's Martial Arts Classes - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

Adult Classes

Total Impact Martial Arts - Adult Martial Arts Classes - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

Private Lessons

Total Impact Martial Arts - Private Martial Arts Lessons - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
Total Impact Martial Arts - Private Martial Arts Lessons - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
Upcoming Classes

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Great place to train and learn...the instructors are top notch and genuinely care about each student. Fantastic, safe training atmosphere will keep you coming back to make your life better.
Shannon Mahoney
Shannon Mahoney
2019-02-13T23:35:42+0000
Excellent place for kids !!! Transformation success
Rishi Borah
Rishi Borah
2018-12-15T00:06:20+0000
When I found Total Impact I was at a point in my life where I kept telling myself I was going to get in better shape and doing yoyo diets and could not commit myself to any of it. After talking to the owner Brian and signing up for a “6 week get fit challenge” all of that has changed. They are so great with working with you every step of the way to make sure every move is correct and motivating you to keep you on track, from day 1 I have felt like family. Even though the challenge is technically over Brian has been more than willing to help me continue on and keeping me in the right direction towards my goals. I recommend this place to anyone that just needs that little push of motivation and is not afraid to go for their goals.
Meg Fitzgerald
Meg Fitzgerald
2018-05-22T21:38:39+0000
**PLEASE take the time to read. This is truly from my heart and not something I ever do. This is my first review to write ever.**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. #totalimpactforlife
Andie Thomas Boever
Andie Thomas Boever
2018-05-22T21:33:44+0000
I found Total Impact by clicking on this add (which I almost never do) about a 6-week Get Fit Challenge. When I entered the challenge, I didn’t know what to expect and was totally out of my comfort zone, but I went anyways and I am SO glad that I did. I absolutely LOVE this place and have fallen in love with the adult kickboxing classes. Everyone there treats you like family. It doesn’t matter your skill level or if you’ve never stepped foot in a gym before. They watch each student and take the time to train with you. They will correct your form for you and show you the right way to punch, kick, squat, etc. to prevent you from getting hurt. For me this is HUGE! I’ve been to other workout classes and even had a personal trainer, but I ended up hurting my back because no one corrected my form when I was lifting weights. I am now pained every day by this injury. Total Impact is NOT like that at all. There is a huge emphasis on stretching, drinking plenty of water, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. They take the time to show you the correct movements and will explain why its important to have the correct form. I could go on and on about this place . . . 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!!
Megan Elizabeth
Megan Elizabeth
2018-05-16T22:36:12+0000
Penny Lewandowski
Penny Lewandowski
2018-04-07T18:32:42+0000
Everyone is amazing here at Total Impact! My daughter joined in February and can’t get enough of the classes.
Sara James
Sara James
2018-03-15T22:26:28+0000
My son attends classes at Total Impact with Sensei Brian. He has seemingly endless patience with the children in the class. He balances periods of concentration and focus with games that let all that pent up energy out, and he's very careful that the kids have fun and don't get hurt. It is amazing how much my 7 year old has learned already, he is so proud of himself and he has so much fun he can't wait to get back to the dojo. 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.
Karli M. Provost
Karli M. Provost
2017-12-12T18:16:30+0000
Incredible!!! I started with The cardio kickboxing class two months after my 3rd kid was born and I loved it!!! The people in the class and instructor are so motivating!!! It’s located in my neighborhood and I really appreciate the flexibility, honesty, location, accountability of my whole experience! I highly recommend for people of ALL ages and abilities!... but come prepared to work hard, cause it burns!!!! In the good way 😉
Mary Crystal
Mary Crystal
2017-11-02T19:24:12+0000
I have been attending classes with Sensei Brian for about 7 months now and let me tell you, quality intructor. He has the ability to mold his classes to benefit all levels of his students as well as the energy to keep everyone focused and motivated. Aside from his elite knowledge of this art, his passion, heart and drive to share what he knows to improve his students skills really shows. He is truly the definition of a role model. If you're looking for a place for you, a friend or your kids to join, Sensei Brian at Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness is the man to see.
Lambo Gallo
Lambo Gallo
2017-11-01T22:07:36+0000
Kimmie Khomutov
Kimmie Khomutov
2017-10-28T12:27:04+0000
My kids absolutely love going to Total Impact! They really look forward to each class and are so happy to be there! Thank you!!
Tiffany Juergens Clark
Tiffany Juergens Clark
2017-04-27T04:00:45+0000
Srijit Sarkar
Srijit Sarkar
2017-04-27T00:27:35+0000
I have been training with Brian on and off since 2004. He is a top-notch martial arts instructor and puts on a fantastic cardio kickboxing instructor. I definitely recommend his school Total Impact!
Nate Ruben
Nate Ruben
2017-04-24T20:36:03+0000
I have been doing martial arts since the 60's. I have a 4th degree black belt in Japanese Karate , well versed in kickboxing, boxing and Graci Jui-Jitsu. I met Brian at the famous Z's martial arts in the early 90's while being trained by Shihan Rob Zbilski and world kickboxing champ Jimmy Z as well as other great martial artists. Brians skills are next to none, but more important he is a nice person who cares about his students. So if you want to learn self defense, just get in shape , or want a great work out , Total Impact martial arts is the place to try !
Bernard Fishman
Bernard Fishman
2017-04-07T20:55:03+0000
Congratulations Sensei Brian. This instructor is top notch. Coming from a martial arts background. People will benefit from training with this instructor. Brian has a very experienced background and a passion for teaching. Trained by the legendary original team Z crew. This guy truly was trained at the university of hard knocks. If you have children in need of a quality instructor. This is your guy.
Kevin Miller
Kevin Miller
2017-04-01T21:56:08+0000
Brian is an awesome instructor! Kickboxing classes are SO much fun that you almost (almost) forget you're working out, except that you're sweating hard and burning a ton of calories! BRAND new studio that looks and smells amazing. Check it out!!
Dana French
Dana French
2017-03-10T19:54:07+0000

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