jiujitsu in Kalamazoo. Brazilian jiujitsu in Kalamazoo

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Kalamazoo 

Brazilian JiuJitsu is a martial art, combat sport system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.


Jiujitsu promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger, heavier assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent.


Lightning Kicks is the only Brazilian JiuJitsu (BJJ) school in Kalamazoo with two

Carlson Gracie Jr lineage black belt instructors.


Learn more and register by filling out the "GET STARTED" form on our homepage.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu may be the most effective self-defense martial art due to its practitioners being able to subdue and effectively control an attacker regardless of size.

We also have the only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the Kalamazoo / Portage area taught by a BJJ Black Belt and is from the Ghost Squad Jiu-Jitsu lineage. Professor Amir Khillah has studied directly under Master Tom Lynn, Jr and Senior for more than 20 years.  Master Lynn's school is located in Colorado. 


The UFC was originally started by the Gracie family to show its superior effectiveness compared to other martial arts with Royce Gracie winning 3 of the first 4 UFCs despite being the smallest person in the tournament.  This launched the popularity and global awareness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (also known as BJJ). It is now used by all UFC fighters and is taught to law enforcement and military combatives. 


Regardless of its obvious utility in fighting, it is said to be "THE GENTLE ART" due to the practitioner's ability to train hard against resisting opponents with limited risk of injury.  


We are a very welcoming, family-friendly environment.  


Give us a call, leave your information we'd love to have you join our team. 


  • Regardless of your fitness level, Jiu-Jitsu will help you achieve your goals.


  • You do not have to “get in shape” to start Jiu-Jitsu!! That’s our job and we’ll take you there.


  • All classes are scaled for all levels. No prior experience is required.


  • Everyone is always welcome at Lightning Kicks, we love beginners!

Have you ever considered training martial arts, but thought "I'm too ... out of shape, old, small, etc." or "I don't have time."
Men, women, and children have excelled in our program. You can be short, tall, thin, big – it doesn’t matter. Our instructor will help you develop a style that works best for you.

It’s never too late to start training. The average age of our adult program is about 27 years old, with many students over age 40 and several over 50. Absolutely no experience is required to begin your training. The best time to start martial arts is as a child, and the second-best time is now.


You have never done a day of exercise in your life? No problem! You do not have to be in shape to begin training at our academy – most people who begin are not.

You don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great. At Lightning Kicks Martial Arts, our instructor has years of specialized training in physical fitness, along with their martial arts expertise, and will develop a program that will work for you.
We have helped many students lose weight and get into shape. Our system of martial arts and self-defense has been proven time and time again by our instructors and students. Our instructor has utilized these techniques in the cage and the ring – at the national and international level in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and MMA. The difference between joining Lightning Kics and other schools is that with us, you know that the techniques we are teaching you work.


We all make time for what is important to us. We offer multiple classes morning and evening to fit your schedule.
Your children follow your lead.


Other sports can give you great skills in teamwork, physical fitness, etc, but nothing compares to martial arts in the depth of personal development.


Also as adults, we all get caught up in our daily routines. The average person watches 2-3 hours of TV per day. The average adult over 40 is also on blood pressure or cholesterol medication and at risk for diabetes in America.
Your health is important to you.


Make Time!


We have a very family-friendly training atmosphere with no ego or intimidation. We make sure that all of our instructors, staff, and students are helpful, friendly, and fun to be around. You will love the community that we have here.