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 […]

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 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 […]

The Best Way to Win is to Lose… a Lot!!!

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The best way to win is to lose a lot! I know, it seems crazy right? What are you going to say next James, the best way forwards is to walk backwards? No-Gi is actually MORE fun than Gi? Amir isn’t secretly a panda walking around in a human disguise? Well of course not, all […]