MARTIAL ARTS FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS!

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Lightning Kicks Martial Arts proudly serving Portage since 2001

Lightning Kicks Martial Arts has classes in Portage, perfect for Kids, Teens, and Adult Martial Arts Lessons.

Who we Are And why You Should Train at Lightning Kicks

Since Lightning Kicks opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing the lives of people one person at a time, through martial arts, education and coaching. We strive to provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for all students and family members. We take pride in creating an environment for individuals to achieve, develop and succeed in their personal goals.

We strongly believe that martial arts can be for everyone, regardless of age, gender or experience levels. Throughout all of our programs, students will not only learn the necessary skill sets to protect themselves, we stand behind our realistic and practical approach, confident it will enable every member to achieve greatness and live their best life..

Lightning Kicks is a small, family-owned business serving Kalamazoo and Portage area since 2001.

Lightning Kicks Class Offerings

Check out our world-class martial arts programs: Women’s Self-Defense, Hapkido, Kids Martial Arts, Jiujitsu, and MMA

Learn more about Lightning Kicks

Since Lightning Kicks opened, we’ve been dedicated to changing lives through the power of martial arts. Founded by Amir Khillah in 2001, the school has been guided by the principle of the Peaceful Warrior, which empowers each individual to defend and protect themselves when needed while also striving towards a peaceful existence. Master Khillah opened Lightning Kicks when he was 21 years old as an opportunity to help get kids off the street, to empower those being bullied, and mentor individuals with a passion for the martial arts, and created an environment where all feel welcome and are supported in their journey to become a Peaceful Warrior. It is more than just a martial arts school, it’s a family. In 2023, ownership of Lightning Kicks was passed to Hector Garcia who has been taking classes here for over 15 years.

As a family-owned business Lightning Kicks takes a great interest in each individual who would like to explore their potential in the martial arts. We have black belts who oversee the BJJHapkido, and Kid’s Martial Arts programs, and Master Khillah, an experienced professional MMA fighter who has fought in both the UFC‘s Ultimate Fighter and Bellator, oversees the MMA program. Master Khillah is also a national taekwondo champion and spent two years as a striking coach for UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hugh’s MMA team HIT Squad. Both programs are welcoming to those who are interested in joining either recreationally or to those who wish to compete. There are ample opportunities for competition both locally and nationally. With decades of training and competition experience under their belts, our instructors will put you in the best position to succeed. However, each individual must be prepared to work hard, leave their comfort zone and preconceived self-limitations, and learn to accept the rigorous physical and mental challenges our coaches will put you through.

Come enjoy our welcoming environment for any and all interested in the martial arts. Our commitment to the Peaceful Warrior philosophy sets us apart from other schools, and our commitment to helping one another become the best we can be on and off the mat. We hope to see you soon!

Get To Know Our World Class Instructors at Lightning Kicks

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Hector Garcia

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Todd Bradfield

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James Carrow

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Jeff Reed

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Amir Khillah

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Dr. Vincent Hodge

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Chris Tolmacs

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Ben Fredenburg

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Paige Carrow

Luke Carver

Master Beryl Brown

Jason Krupinski

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