Plymouth’s World Class, Beginner Friendly,
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!


Attention Adult Beginners and Parents…

Besides Learning How to Protect Yourselves and Your Loved Ones, Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is One of the Greatest Ways to Get in Shape, Relieve Stress, and Develop Confidence, Focus, and Discipline.

Whether you are looking for yourself or your child, your next step is to try out Kaizen BJJ Plymouth’s Free Introductory Program.

Click the Schedule Appointment button below, and you will receive:

  • A FREE Group Class
  • 30 DAYS FREE!
  • Pricing and Membership Options

What You Will Be Doing In Your Introductory Group Lesson

We start all of our classes with a light warm up, then we move on to instruction, and the last part of class is adding resistance. You don’t need any experience to try out a class, and no need to worry about getting hurt or slowing the class down-our classes are beginner friendly. At Kaizen we have a teaching culture, so everyone is trying to help everyone get better.

After the class one of our staff will go over the pricing and schedule with you.

This is all at no cost or obligation.

When you try out a class, you’ll get to see what the workout is like, the instruction, and the culture so you can make a decision if training at Kaizen is right for you.

We know that our program is not for everybody. If you decide not to join, you will have learned several powerful techniques, met some great people, got a workout, and had fun.

Why Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

First of all, we don’t just teach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) with the gi, and no gi.

We teach Wrestling, Judo, some Sambo, and adults have the option of training Muay Thai and Boxing as well.

The reality is that all self defense situations start standing up, and most end up in close and on the ground, which is the specialty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you only know how to defend yourself in one range of self defense, you are not prepared for any situation.

For example, if you learn how to box, you will be prepared for someone trying to punch you. But if they throw a kick, or they take you to the ground, you wouldn’t have been trained on what to do.

If you haven’t ever seen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu done before, here is a short video of a blue belt test that we did recently:

The Owner, Ryan Fiorenzi, testing students for their first BJJ Belt.

There are several powerful things about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

1. BJJ is based on submissions.

A submission is a choke or a joint lock. An attacker will be put to sleep, or their arm, leg, or other joints can be severely damaged. All it takes is ONE SUBMISSION.

If were attacked by someone in an altered state of consciousness, you could hit them with powerful punches and kicks, and they may keep attacking. There are stories of people in wars being shot and they won’t go down. But if you put them in a choke, they will immediately go to sleep.

2. It was designed for smaller people to defend themselves against larger attackers.

Jiu-Jitsu in Japanese means “gentle art.” If you watch the first 5 Ultimate Fighting Championships, you will see Royce Gracie defeat trained wrestlers and other martial artists that were much bigger and much stronger than him. Royce made them tap out, which means that they couldn’t fight any more.

At Kaizen BJJ Plymouth, you will regularly see smaller, more experienced students tapping out larger and stronger students. They are using leverage and strategy to use their attackers strength against them.

3. Most self defense situations end up in close and on the ground, which is the specialty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

If you do not know how to defend yourself on the ground, you are not prepared for most realistic self defense situations.

And for women this is especially important. The goal for an attacker is to get a woman on her back. And this is one of the strengths of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

4. You can defend yourself from being on your back.

In a self defense situation, if someone was able to take you down, or you tripped, or were hit, you would end up on your back. In Jiu-Jitsu, this is where we use the guard position. In that position, you are able to defend yourself using a choke, joint lock, sweep the attacker so you can get back on top, or you can use your arms and legs to get yourself back to your feet (especially important if there are multiple attackers.)

Why Kaizen BJJ Plymouth Is Different

We have had several students tell us that they have learned more at Kaizen BJJ Plymouth in one month than they did at their previous BJJ school in the last 6 months. Here’s why:

1. We teach both gi (with the uniform) and no gi (without).

In a realistic self defense situation in Michigan, people are wearing a jacket or coat 7 months of the year.  And in the summer, they are usually wearing a t shirt.

Training with the gi teaches you how to use someones clothing to choke and control them.

However, if you had to defend yourself and their shirt was ripped or came off, or you were at the beach, that’s where the no gi training comes in.

In a self defense defense situation, you cannot tell an attacker to change what clothes they are wearing, or to not grab your clothes.  This is why it is important to train both.

If your favorite takedown is a double leg, and they get a good grip somewhere on your upper body, you cannot get your takedown.  Of if you are only used to grabbing someone’s collar, and they didn’t have a shirt, you could be in trouble.

For takedown arts that we teach, this is why we incorporate both Wrestling and Judo.  Judo uses the gi to throw someone, and Wrestling does not use the clothing.

2. We offer over 25 adult classes per week! Early morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend!

We have lots of classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but students can also train in Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, and we even have a self defense class!

3. Many schools will tell you that they teach takedowns, but they don’t!

The only thing they know is something you see commonly in tournaments- they pull guard. Pulling guard is where you grab onto someone, fall on your back, and pull them on top of you.  This is terrible for self defense!

3. We teach leg locks- submissions that attack the ankle or the knee.

Leg locks are a powerful tool versus a larger and stronger attacker.  As with all submissions, we are very careful when we use them.

Many schools will tell you that they use leg locks, but they generally only allow higher ranks to use them.

4. Many schools only do tournament Jiu-Jitsu, which is very different from Jiu-Jitsu that would be used in a self defense situation.

It is sad that many Jiu-Jitsu students have never had a punch thrown at them in practice, even at a slow speed.  They could be in for a big surprise if they ever have to defend themselves or loved ones in a real situation.

5. We teach breathing techniques and meditation.

The first minute of many of our classes we spend practicing techniques to relax and control your breathing.

In a realistic self defense situation, you can be overwhelmed by adrenal stress. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to prevent the fight, flight, or freeze response from taking over.

Outside of self defense, deep breathing is a great way to reduce anger, fear, and anxiety.

6. We train with the “Leave your ego at the door” attitude.

We feel that it is very important to train safe and in an environment that you feel comfortable.  There are some schools that have a military style environment, and we don’t feel that facilitates learning or stress release.


I really like the training environment… I’ve trained with the owner on and off for over a decade now and let me tell you his bjj is top notch! If you’re a beginner you won’t find students with big egos here. The instructors are highly skilled and polite. If you live in Plymouth or nearby, I strongly suggest you give it a try.

-Professor Jamel McCurry, BJJ Black Belt


Don’t Let These Two Common Beginner Pitfalls Stop You

“I need to be in shape before I join.”

We have beginner only classes, so you don’t need to keep up with people that have been training for years.

And in our beginner classes we get you in shape. Everyone goes at their own pace. We will push you beyond your current levels, but not overdoing it.

“I’m afraid of being embarrassed or hurt.”

Our beginner classes require no previous experience. Each class we will demonstrate a technique, then you will have several minutes to practice the technique with no resistance.

After that we will teach a second, and sometimes a third technique.

From there we will gradually add resistance to those techniques. You let your partner know how much resistance you want, and you can change it as you go. For example, you may ask for 30% resistance. When you feel comfortable, you may ask for more resistance.

And you will not start sparring until you are ready.

Get your free group class, and 30 days free now by scheduling your appointment.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Conveniently located in Plymouth, near Livonia, Northville, and Novi, near I-275

We’re on 5 mile road just west of Haggerty on the border of Northville in Plymouth.