World Class, Beginner Friendly Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Plymouth Michigan!
At Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu You Will:
1. Learn realistic self defense skills that would actually work in a real situation if you ever had to defend yourself or loved ones.
2. Get in the best shape of your life.
3. Learn an amazing art for that can change your life. Relieve stress while developing the inner peace that comes from unshakable confidence.
Take The Next Step, At No Risk To You:
If you would like to experience Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for yourself, click the Schedule Appointment button below. By scheduling your free appointment and tour, you will receive:
A free group class, and if you like, a private introductory class! (a $40 value)
A tour of the facility, and we will go over our pricing and schedule in detail.
"Easily one of the top facilities in the midwest. Three of the top blackbelts in Michigan on the mat at any given time, a world class judo instructor, and dozens of other great teachers. Love it here!"
Why We Are the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School in Michigan:
Classes 7 Days Per Week
4,200 Square Foot Facility
We are inside of a 4,200 square foot facility on Five Mile Road west of Haggerty. We are conveniently located in Plymouth on the border of Northville, and Livonia, one mile from the I275 Freeway.
Leave Your Ego At The Door
We train by the Machado creed, "Leave Your Ego At The Door." Train safely, have fun, no egos, no politics.
Our classes are designed to build unshakable confidence by teaching you realistic self defense while getting in shape, having fun, and relieving stress.
"What I have come to like most about Kaizen BJJ is that I can train hard, develop my skills in BJJ, learn self-defense, and get in shape.
And I can do all of this alongside men and women who don't simply value but demonstrate humility and respect for each other."
World Class Instructors
Our instructors make the difference. We don't choose instructors just based on their fighting ability, but their knowledge of the art, their communication skills, their level of patience, and their desire to teach.
We have 4 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts: one is a BJJ World Champion, and the other is the highest ranked black belt in Michigan and leader of the Midwest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Alliance.
We have two Judo black belts, Ted Tripp and Christian Gerlitz. In addition to both holding many tournament titles, Christian was on the Junior National Olympic team with along Ronda Rousey.
Additionally, our Head Boxing Coach was ranked 7th in the world by the WBO in the 80's.
The Option of Training Several Martial Arts
Kaizen BJJ gives student the option of training in one or more of these classe:
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu PLUS Judo & Wrestling
We're so confident in our classes, schedule, philosophy, facility, and instructors, that we offer a 30 day guarantee for all new members.
If you would like to experience Kaizen BJJ for yourself, click the Schedule Appointment button below. By scheduling your free appointment and tour, you will receive:
A free group class, and if you like, and private introductory class! (a $40 value)
A tour of the facility, and we will go over our pricing and schedule in detail.
Taking the Next Step is Simple:
1. Click the Schedule Appointment button above.
2. Choose which time works for you for your introductory lesson.
3. You're scheduled! Show up a few minutes before class, wear something comfortable, and be ready to try something that may change your life! You will immediately begin receiving Kaizen BJJ Online Training Videos for free!
After your trial class, our Program Director Kristi Kapla will go over pricing, schedules, and other program details in detail. From there you will be able to schedule your first group class. If she is busy or unavailable, she will be happy to meet with you soon after.
"It's going to be hard for me to express in words how Kaizen Jiu-Jitsu has changed my life, but, here I go...
My family and I have been training at Kaizen close to 3 years. I started my kids at ages 3 and 4. I would start training a little while later. I was out of shape and 30 pounds overweight. I was having a difficult time keeping up. Sensei Ryan Fiorenzi really took the time to help me and my family to flourish.
Once I really was able to train, I was seeing some crazy results.
Signing up to train at Kaizen was one of the best decisions of my life."
Beginner Friendly Classes
You do not have to already be in shape to join. Our classes will get you in shape! They are a great cross training workout, and may students find the workout far more interesting than a treadmill or lifting weights.
You do not need previous experience to start. We offer several classes that are only for beginners, as well as all levels classes. Students find our instructors patient and very helpful. We do not choose our teachers only based on just physical ability. They must be patient, good communicators, like teaching, and have in depth knowledge of their art in order to teach at Kaizen BJJ.
Do not let fear of getting hurt or embarrassed stop you. We train by the Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu creed, "Leave your ego at the door." Our goal is to develop your confidence by learning the basics first, then gradually working your way into live training (or "rolling"). Students start rolling when they are ready and want to roll. And we have found that students learn better when they are having fun.
"I've been with Kaizen BJJ for over 6 years now, and throughout the years the school keeps getting better and better.
The staff at Kaizen is excellent, the instructors are extremely knowledgeable, and constantly strive to expand that knowledge. The students there are all very friendly, and since Ryan (the owner) has a "leave your ego at the door" policy, very rarely do you see injuries caused by "tough guy syndrome."
Kaizen BJJ just relocated to a nicer building on 5 mile and Haggerty, the new building is outstanding, there is lots of mat space, and the building as well as the mats are kept very clean.
I give Kaizen BJJ an A++."
What Will I Be Doing In My Introductory Lessons?
If you have never trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu before, and you do an introductory private lesson, you will spend 15 minutes or so going over basics with an instructor. You won't be sparring, you won't be going through an intense workout... this is just an opportunity for you to get to know us and see if our system is a good fit for you.
-We will start by explaining the 4 main positions of Jiu-Jitsu, and the theory of the guard position. Then we demonstrate one of the first basic submissions, which is called the americana (it's a shoulder lock.)
-We demonstrate the americana slowly, and explain how submissions and tapping works. You will do the submission several times to the instructor, starting off slow to make sure you have all the details right. As you get more comfortable applying the submission, you can start to do it a little faster (but still with control.)
-After the americana, we will show you what to do if you can't get the americana. Jiu-Jitsu means "gentle art" in Japanese, and it is designed for a smaller person to protect themselves against a larger attacker. So we are not using strength to force a submission. If we try for the americana, and they use a lot of strength to stop it, then you redirect their energy to put them in the next control position, which is called the gift wrap.
-The gift wrap is a powerful control position that you can strike the attacker (or just hold them under control where they can't hurt you), and they cannot hit you back. If you want to go into an armbar, go to the back position, or just hold them down, it's totally up to you!
-After the gift wrap we will go over a few techniques from the guard position.
-And we will cover the most important movement in BJJ, which is a hip escape or the shrimp.
-At the end of the lesson we will do a light review, and tell you more about our schedule, our beginner friendly / leave your ego at the door training phillosophy, and andwer any questions you have. You will meet Kristi, our Program Director, who will help you figure out what group class will work best for you.
If you have trained before, and you want to do the introductory private lesson, then we will do a light review of some of the submissions and escapes you know to see where you're at. If you haven't trained in a while, don't worry! We will help you review some of the basics that you already know, adding details where you are missing them.
-After that you will meet our Program Director, Kristi Kapla, and she will make an appointment with you for your first group class.
You don't have to do an introductory private lesson. If you have trained before, or if you just want to jump into a group class, no problem!
We offer the introductory private lesson because we understand that visiting a martial arts school can be intimidating. People are afraid of being hurt, embarrassed, being out of shape, etc...
Whether you want to do the introductory private lesson and the group class, or just the group class, the next step is to click the schedule appointment button below.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
What happens in the group class?
Most of our classes consist of a light warmup, a focus on technique for around half of the class, then the rest of the time rolling (live training or free sparring.)
If you are a beginner, you will have the option of doing some light rolling with higher ranks that will give you advice and guide you as you go. Otherwise, you will pair up with advanced students that will walk you through some basic techniques for the remainder of the class.
After that our Program Director, Kristi Kapla, will go over the pricing in detail.
This is all at no cost to you. You have absolutely no risk!