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 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 Alpha Krav Maga instructor, and he is 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. 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 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 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!