About Total Impact Martial Arts & Fitness

Looking for Fitness Kickboxing, Karate, and Self Defense in Arlington Heights? Look no further than 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, MMA, 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 School Founder

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

Brian Baim

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!

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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 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.

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 21 years and they have two wonderful children. 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.

Our Total Impact Instructors

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 in Arlington Heights and Buffalo Grove 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

Total Impact Student Creed

I will IMPACT my mind by staying positive and motivated.

I will IMPACT my body by working hard and striving for excellence.

I will IMPACT my life by making healthy choices and uplifting myself and others.

I will IMPACT my family by treating them with respect and courtesy.

I will IMPACT my community by being an example of integrity and honesty.


More About Total Impact Martial Arts

Total Impact Children’s Martial Arts is a blended, well-rounded, system that utilizes techniques from several martial arts. All testing and advancement is at the instructor’s discretion and is not based upon time. Actual testing times will vary depending on attendance, student effort, and skill. All Black Belt Club Members receive a discount on belt testing fees.

Children’s Martial Arts
Total Impact Martial Arts - Arlington Heights Buffalo Grove - About Our System - Belt Rankings - Kid's Program
Adult’s Martial Arts
Total Impact Martial Arts - About Our System - Belt Rankings - Adult's Program - Serving Arlington Heights & Buffalo Grove

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