Kaizen Mixed Martial Arts was officially started in Brisbane 2008 and has been running for seven years; and going strong. Kaizen MMA has now opened a new Melbourne club based at 14/306 Albert Street Brunswick, just near the Brunswick Train Station.
Kaizen was started as a way to bring Foot & Fist Boxing to Brisbane while giving those interested in learning it a place to train. It aimed to emphasize sparring and live applications of the techniques over kata and ‘open air’ kicks and punches. Due to the founder’s belief that no one style holds all the answers, Kaizen MMA also incorporates groundwork and reality based self-defence into its curriculum in an effort to give each student a realistic idea of the stresses of combat while giving them a platform to grow as martial artists in a safe and supportive environment.
As a club, we strive to allow all members to have a say in their own development and emphasize spiritual growth amongst a group of people with the same passion and interest.
We also aim to develop a mix of traditional virtues beliefs taught in a way that does not compromise the reality of the environment and reality of today’s society.
A large part of our training is the conditioning of the body and mind through exercise and technique work and a high level of sparring in the most realistic but controlled environment possible.
In July 2012, a significant milestone was achieved at Kaizen MMA with the graduation of its first three black belt students; congratulations to Riley Moloney, James O’Connor, and Minh Nguyen.
Since then three others have joined the ranks of Black Belts under Kaizen MMA, Owen Cox, Gary Hunter and then his wife and second female Black Belt, Susan Hunter.
It is important as a martial artist to have a moral code on which to model our behaviour.
As a club, it is our responsibility to set an example and live the example we set. At Kaizen MMA we try to encourage people to be better people, not just better martial artists. To be able to fight is not hard; to be able to not have to fight is a far loftier goal to aim for.
The seven virtues of the Bushido are: honour, respect, benevolence, courage, fairness, honesty and dedication. These are the principles we try to engender in our students.
The word Kaizen means the constant striving for perfection. There is never an end to this journey, simply more road. But each training session we try to define then forget, discover then lose all that we know. It is through not thinking that we find the true expression of the Martial Artist.
We build trust based on mutual respect for one another. Martial Arts are, by its very nature, a physical art than can be very dangerous if done incorrectly. It is through good technique and respect for your opponent that we stay safe and grow. As our confidence builds in martial arts, so to should it build in life. The discipline and effort is a microcosm of the elements needed to be a constructive member of society.
Kaizen MMA is not a money making venture. Money can be the death of the spirit of a club and, though we do need to pay for our time at the club, we do not live and die by the dollar. Too many times people are stopped from training as they can’t afford it. This is not our way.
We are also selective in who we take as students as ego can tear a club apart and make people afraid to train. Martial Arts are a journey to lose our ego’s and thus become a better person.
Martial arts are like any journey; if you keep going, you will get better. Some at different paces, but you cannot go backwards. While Kaizen MMA is forward thinking in its approach to the martial arts, we also see the strength in some of the old ways. Thus, conditioning is done in the traditional way, respect is shown to the dojo and its members and our interactions with others are based on humility and benevolence.
Guy Rogers has been training in Foot & Fist Boxing for approximately 18 years and holds the rank of Black Belt 6th Dan.
Having previously trained in Melbourne under Alfonso Scibilia and Mario Scibilia, the two most senior belts in the style, Guy moved to Brisbane and now teaches Foot and Fist Boxing as the foundation style of Kaizen Mixed Martial Arts.
Guy has studied and trained in various martial arts including Win Chun, Taekwondo, Zen Do Kai, Grappling, Kendo and Hapkido. More recently Guy has been training extensively in Judo, Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in an atemp to further his Martial Arts knowledge.
Further, he has worked extensively in the security industry and was a teacher of Foot & Fist Boxing at an intervention school for children with behavioural disorders. He also delivers programs to schools and community groups on Martial Arts and self development.
With regards to martial arts and self-defence Guy beliefs are steadfast. Firstly, realistic sparring is essential in knowing how to apply techniques and understanding their effectiveness. Secondly, ground defence is a fundamental skill in a martial artist’s repertoire as the majority of self-defence situations will end up going to the ground.
With the aim of sharing his skill, knowledge and experience with individuals interested in a more realistic style of martial arts rather than the highly regulated sparring of many traditional styles, Guy began teaching his style to friends and acquaintances in Brisbane. Realising that there was demand for this realistic style of sparring combined with grappling and submissions, Guy opened Kaizen Mixed Martial Arts in 2008.
Minh Son has been training with Kaizen since June of 2009, coming from a pure kick-boxing background. His dedication and focus saw him get his Black Belt on 14th of July, 2012 in Melbourne at the home of Foot & Fist Boxing. He has since trained tirelessly with the club, becoming an assistant instructor due to his technical ability.
Minh has also trained in Krav Maga, Taekwondo and other Self Defense Systems, were his passion lies and is well versed in weapon defenses and realistic scenario training for both men and women.
When Guy Rogers left Brisbane to return to Melbourne, Minh was asked and accepted the role of head instructor of the Brisbane Dojo and has since thrived at the club.
Minh is an extremely technical Black Belt, putting a large emphasis on the correct technique and its realistic application. He also has a passion for general fitness and nutrition, learning different forms of cardio and muscular workouts to help benefit the club and to help people achieve their own personal goals. His approach is one of the Budo, taking a more holistic approach to the Martial Way.
Owen has been training intensively at the club since around 2011, getting his Black Belt in August of 2013. That he has done so at such a young age is a testament to his his dedication and focus.
Whilst Owen had no other training before joining Kaizen MMA he has since cross trained extensively in Boxing and Muay Thai, having competed in MMA, Boxing and Muay Thai competitions and helping some of our cub members get ready for their own fights.
Owen is also keen to find new ways to help people get fit and reach their own goals, but where Owen’s true strength lies is in his ability to set an example to others and lead from the front.
When Guy Rogers left the Brisbane club, Owen was asked to be an Instructor due to his dynamic training style and technical ability and since has gone from strength to strength. He is a true testament to what Martial Arts can do to a persons life.