Life lesson from Jiujitsu

Perseverance: The Key to Success in Jiujitsu and Life Jiujitsu, like many martial arts, requires a high level of discipline and perseverance. The sport is physically demanding and can often be frustrating, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences one can have. The same can be said for life. The road to […]

Our kids uniforms represent our Lightning Kicks philosophy

Dear Parents of Our Martial Arts Students, As you know, the kids’ uniform is an important part of their martial arts training. Not only does it help create a sense of unity and camaraderie among the students, but it also has a deeper meaning that we would like to share with you. The uniform represents […]

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Situational awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend information about one’s surroundings to make informed decisions. In self-defense, situational awareness is critical for staying safe and avoiding potentially dangerous situations. One of the most important aspects of situational awareness is being aware of your surroundings at all times. This means paying attention to […]

Let Lightning Kicks unlock your potential

Lightning Kicks is a high-energy martial arts program that combines elements of kickboxing, Jiujitsu, boxing, wrestling, and taekwondo to provide a full-body workout that tones muscles and improves cardiovascular endurance. In addition to the physical benefits of Lightning Kicks, the program also offers a range of mental and emotional benefits that can help participants feel […]

How Belt Promotions Work

First, I need to emphasize the importance of the process, not the outcome.  Belts will come as long as you keep showing up, work on your techniques, and be a good training partner. With that being said,  there are a few criteria that help us determine when a student is ready or getting close to […]

MMA Legend talks about MMA training in Kalamazoo and Portage

Jeremy Horn, Amir Khillah, and coach Vklok. MMA in Kalamazoo and Portage

Jeremy Horn talks about MMA in Kalamazoo and Portage: Hi guys, this is Jeremy Horn. I trained some of the biggest names in this sport [mixed martial arts], Jens Pulver, Tim Silvia, Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler; UFC champions, all of them, and when I needed someone to help me Get ready for my fights, I […]

BJJ Gym Culture

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BJJ Gym Culture is one of the most important factors to consider when looking for a new gym. For those of you who haven’t quite committed to walking into a new BJJ gym, the anticipated culture may have you running in a different direction: what dudes are training there?? Brock Lesner and his bros, or the […]

Jiujitsu Near Me

Jiujitsu in Kalamazoo and Portage

Like most other things in my life, “Jiujitsu near me” in Google started a fantastic journey at Lightning Kicks. I was overweight, struggled with self-esteem issues, and lacked the confidence to excel in my professional field. I was tired of being tired. Flipping through my list of podcasts, I came across a Joe Rogan episode […]

Jiujitsu for women in Kalamazoo – Brazilian Jiujitsu is for Women too

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“Why would I want to roll around with a bunch of sweaty people?” If you’re anything like me – I questioned the appeal of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before I started training. My husband is obsessed with BJJ, but I struggled to see how it would benefit me. One day, I decided to join him on […]

A Dog’s Guide to the Perfect Training Partner

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The great American novelist Mark Twain once said “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” Many people inherently love dogs, and I find it difficult to trust those who don’t. Their loyalty and enthusiasm know no bounds, and their ability to love unconditionally is inspiring. Apart from all […]