• We are open and enrolling new students! We are currently doing small classes in accordance with the health, safety and social distancing guidelines for personal training set forth by the State of Colorado. NEW STUDENT INFORMATION: You may register for our trial offer on our website and we will contact you to get you scheduled. Please call us at 970-217-0501 for more information!

    • "Kaizen" is the Japanese term for “continuous improvement,” and we believe that epitomizes what Karate and self-defense training is all about. We opened our doors in 2014 with a mission to bring the wonderful life skill of self-protection to children and adults alike in the Windsor area.

      Why choose us? Our teaching method combines the discipline and practical self-defense applications of traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate with the "I Refuse to be a Victim" mentality for the street. We specialize in self-protection and empowerment for both adults and children -- including anti-bullying, verbal self-defense, "stranger danger" and more. We are also proud members of the Colorado Karate Association (CKA), and students who choose to compete can attend multiple CKA tournaments throughout the year. We've produced 10 CKA State Champions in four years! 

      Our kids and adult karate classes are self-protection based, including anti-bullying, stranger danger, and practical self-defense for the street. Our popular "Refuse to be a Victim" Women's Self-Defense Class epitomizes our training philosophy -- focusing on making each student a "hard target" for criminals and predators. This training includes verbal self-defense, awareness, body language, assertive behavior, striking and escaping. Even our kickboxing classes include a self-defense drill at the end of each class!

      Sensei Matt Schildt, the owner of Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense, has been a martial artist for much of his life, training in Karate and Tae Kwon Do in his teenage years. Schildt resumed his martial arts training with Master Charles Orchard at Total Ryu Martial Arts in 2005, and in 2013 Schildt became the first student in more than 10 years to earn a prestigious Karate Black Belt in the Total Ryu System.

      Before opening his own studio, Schildt taught for three years under Orchard in the Total Ryu children's karate class. Schildt also trained for five years in Orchard's Adrenalized Confrontation Training (ACT), which is regarded as one of the best practical self-defense programs available, and has been taught to police and military personnel.

      Schildt joined the Colorado Karate Association in 2016, and he earned his 3rd Degree Black Belt in October 2017 under Master Ben Ramsey, Master Jerry Davis, and Sensei Todd Jonas.

      Schildt and his wife, Carissa, moved to Windsor from Fort Collins in 1999 and have two children, Morgan and Mason. Schildt volunteered as a Watchdog dad for his children's schools for many years, including Tozer Primary, Mountain View Elementary and Skyview Elementary. He also worked for three years providing security at Windsor High School, where he was the Campus Monitor. Schildt now runs Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense full time. 

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