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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.

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 26 years of teaching experience, coaching kickboxing and 33 years of practicing martial arts, Brian’s passion created Total Impact Martial Arts along with his business partner Jeff Nelson. Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness was born! Total Impact is an innovative, exciting, family oriented Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Arlington Heights Illinois.

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 - 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 - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
Total Impact Martial Arts - Private Martial Arts Lessons - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove
Current Schedule | Upcoming Live-Streaming Classes
Total Impact Martial Arts dojo will be closed starting Wednesday, November 18th until further notice. We will be returning back to virtual classes on Thursday, November 19th.

Tuesday

  • 4:00pm Children’s Beginner Martial Arts
  • 5:00pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belts & Higher)
  • 6:00pm Fitness Kickboxing
  • 7:00pm Krav Maga/MMA

Thursday

  • 4:00pm Children’s Beginner Martial Arts
  • 5:00pm Advanced Children’s Martial Arts (Green Belts & Higher)
  • 6:00pm Fitness Kickboxing
  • 7:00pm Krav Maga/MMA

Saturday

  • 8:00am Fitness Kickboxing
  • 9:00am Little Ninjas (4 & 5 Years Old)
  • 10:00am Beginners Children’s Martial Arts
  • 11:00am Advanced Martial Arts (Green Belt & Higher)

Our Passionate Community on Facebook

Sensei Brian is great! He has a lot of experience and gets his students motivated. He instills good values along with confidence and discipline.
Scot Howat
Scot Howat
23:29 09 Apr 20
Will I recommend it..Totally.. It's an amazing place to learn kickboxing.. whether there are 10 people in class or 20, all the instructors address everybody individually.. I totally enjoy it..
Ritika Mathur
Ritika Mathur
01:57 07 Mar 20
I really enjoy the fitness kickboxing class. No matter what level you are starting at the instructors take the time to explain and help you whenever you need it. Everyone has been super welcoming so you feel very comfortable while taking the class. I would definitely recommend this class to whoever is looking for a kickboxing class or even for a new fun fitness class!
Samantha Berkheimer
Samantha Berkheimer
21:34 03 Dec 19
they do interesting stuff
Elżbieta Elsner
Elżbieta Elsner
01:49 29 Nov 19
Mr. Baim has a sincere dedication to his students and his own martial arts journey. Highly recommended for students of all ages and experience.
John Graden
John Graden
23:17 26 Sep 19
An awesome workout and a great staff! I highly recommend their kickboxing classes.
Mona Espinoza Garcia
Mona Espinoza Garcia
17:40 25 Sep 19
My son has been going to Total Impact for almost a year and we can see how his focus has been improving. Classes are designed for young kids so they have fun while learning how to be respectful, how to listen and behave.
Stephanie Chartres
Stephanie Chartres
20:44 10 Aug 19
What a gem of a place! The name “total impact” is so very right - its a Total Impact to your body and as a family we can see it everytime we go work out. Shihan Brian, Sensei Kyle, Sensei John John, Sensei Allen and Brandon are all so awesome and so friendly with all the students. Their Martial arts techniques and making young kids understand the value of focus, respect and discipline sets them way above the others. Our young boy loves going to his Martial arts class and always felt comfortable from day 1 - thanks to Shihan Brian and other Senseis for being so involved and always trying to motivate each and every kid while teaching the key moves. Also being part of their kickboxing classes has made us bring the best of ourselves and realize the importance of being fit and going. The circuit training for kickboxing is different every day and ensures all different levels are included. Shihan Brian and Senseis all bring a lot of fun and enthusiasm while ensuring every singe student is able to give his/her atleast 100%. Its great to have a place like Total Impact which has made us much stronger as a family. As Shihan Brian says - THE FAMILY THAT KICKS ALWAYS STICKS!! Thank you to him and all the Senseis. We love this place and the positive impact it has brought in our lives!

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!!
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
15:21 10 Aug 19
I am writing this review after taking the class for almost 2 weeks.
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.
Ricky Bhardwaj
Ricky Bhardwaj
03:48 20 Jun 19
We recently became a part of Total Impact and we love it! our daughter was able to do a free trial class, and fell in love! Every day she asks if its Karate Day! the instructors are amazing and we can not wait to see where this journey takes her!
Ashley Herling
Ashley Herling
02:49 26 May 19
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
23:35 13 Feb 19
Excellent place for kids !!! Transformation success
Rishi Borah
Rishi Borah
00:06 15 Dec 18
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
21:38 22 May 18
**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
21:33 22 May 18
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
22:36 16 May 18
Penny Lewandowski
Penny Lewandowski
18:32 07 Apr 18
Everyone is amazing here at Total Impact! My daughter joined in February and can’t get enough of the classes.
Sara James
Sara James
22:26 15 Mar 18
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
18:16 12 Dec 17
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
19:24 02 Nov 17
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
22:07 01 Nov 17
Kimmie Khomutov
Kimmie Khomutov
12:27 28 Oct 17
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
04:00 27 Apr 17
Srijit Sarkar
Srijit Sarkar
00:27 27 Apr 17
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
20:36 24 Apr 17
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
20:55 07 Apr 17
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
21:56 01 Apr 17
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
19:54 10 Mar 17

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