Total Impact Martial Arts - Arlington Heights - Buffalo Grove - Kid's Karate NOW OFFERING VIRTUAL CLASSES!

Welcome to Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness

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

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
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Hard Work
  • Self Control
  • Teamwork
  • Indomitable Spirit

Our Total Impact Instructors

Total Impact Martial Arts - About - Shihan Briam Baim - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
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.

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In 1992 Shihan Brian began working for Z’s Martial Arts Academy as a martial arts and fitness kickboxing instructor. It was not long before Brian was promoted to program director and head instructor. While teaching full time, Shihan Brian earned his 2nd degree Black Belt in 1999. It was in this moment Shihan Brian decided to dedicate his life to his passion and dream of owning and operating his own Martial Arts and Fitness school. It has taken many years of hard work, during which Shihan Brian continued to train, study, teach and manage along side his instructor, Shihan Jim Zbilski in Lake Zurich, Illinois and other martial arts schools within the community. In 2002, Brian was promoted to 3rd degree Black Belt and by 2005 he achieved the rank of 4th degree Black Belt. Shihan Brian was promoted to 5th degree blackbelt in January 2017 by Shihan Rob Zbilski and Z’s Martial Arts Academy.

For more than 24 years, Brian has also been training with his father- in- law, Master Kirk Herrig. Master Kirk has been a martial arts instructor for over 40 years and holds Black Belts in many styles including Taekwondo, Karate and black sash in Kung Fu.

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.

Brian says “At Total Impact we teach martial arts, self defense and fitness classes to children and adults. However, its so much more than just classes. The confidence you and your family will gain the energy and positive training environment is unlike anything you have ever seen before.” Shihan Brian wants Total Impact Martial Arts to positively impact the lives of his students and truly make a difference in all peoples lives. His goal is for Total Impact to become an important part of the community and to be known as “The Family Martial Arts and Fitness Center of Arlington Heights and surrounding communities.” Shihan Brian also encourages students to make a positive impact in the community and in everything they do.

Shihan Brian lives and has grown up in the local area. He is married to his beautiful wife Angela for over 24 years, and they have two wonderful children and a French Bulldog named Leo. Shihan Brian says “family is so important and my family has been my support during this journey.” Another interesting fact, Shihan Brian’s sister in-law is one of the top UFC women fighters in the world, Felice ‘Lil Bulldog’ Herrig.

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

Children’s Classes

Total Impact Martial Arts - Arlington Heights - Kid's Martial Arts - Children's Karate - Building Self Esteem

Adult Classes

Total Impact Martial Arts - Arlington Heights - Adult Martial Arts - Fitness Kickboxing and MMA Classes

Private Lessons

Total Impact Martial Arts - Private Martial Arts Lessons
Total Impact Martial Arts - Private Martial Arts Lessons
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!

Tuesday

  • 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)

Thursday

  • 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

Saturday

  • 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)

Need to get in touch? Call (224) 248-8692 or message us below:

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