The Kaizen Karate Team

"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.

 

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Shihan Matt Schildt  |  Owner

Shihan Matt Schildt, 48, the owner of Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense, has been a martial artist for 24 years.

Before opening Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2014, Schildt trained in karate and Tae Kwon Do from 1984-91, then resumed his karate training in 2005 under Master Charles Orchard at Total Ryu Martial Arts. Schildt taught for three years under Orchard in the Total Ryu children's karate class, and 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.

In 2016, two years after opening his own school, Schildt joined the Colorado Karate Association (CKA). He began training under Grand Master Jerry Davis, Grand Master Ben Ramsey, and Master Todd Jonas. In March 2021, Grand Master Davis (9th Dan) promoted Schildt to 5th Degree Black Belt and Shihan (Master Instructor).

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Sensei Jackson Marshall

Sensei Jackson Marshall, 20, started training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2015 after four prior years of martial arts training. He quickly became a Class Leader, then a Kohai (junior instructor), then Senpai (chief assistant to the Sensei) at 1st Degree Black Belt.

In March 2021, Shihan Matt promoted Marshall to 2nd Degree Black Belt and Sensei.

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Kohai Mason Schildt

Kohai Mason, 15, started training in Karate when he was five years old, and he earned his Junior Black Belt in 2017. He became a Kohai (junior instructor) a year later. Kohai Mason earned his 3rd Level Junior Black Belt in December 2020 and is training to earn his 1st Degree Black Belt. Kohai Mason is a multiple Colorado Karate Association (CKA) State Finalist, including placing 2nd in Sparring in 2021.

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Kohai Wyatt Talbot

Kohai Wyatt Talbot, 15, began training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2017. Wyatt struggled initially to learn karate and almost quit at White Belt. Instead, he worked hard and became one of our best students. Wyatt, a Brown Belt, was promoted to Kohai (Junior Instructor) in 2020. Wyatt was a Colorado Karate Association (CKA) State Champion in 2019 in Sparring and a CKA State Finalist in 2021 in Forms. Wyatt is training to earn his Junior Black Belt in 2022.

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Kohai Ian Van Horn

Kohai Ian Van Horn, 14, began training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2017. He quickly became one of our best students and was promoted to Kohai (Junior Instructor) in 2020. Ian, a Brown Belt, was a Colorado Karate Association (CKA) State Champion in Sparring in 2021 and a State Finalist in 2019. Ian is training to earn his Junior Black Belt in 2022.

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Kohai Patrick Cole

Kohai Patrick Cole, 14, began training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2016. Patrick earned a red sash for leadership in 2018, and he was promoted to Kohai (Junior Instructor) in 2020. Patrick earned his Junior Black Belt shortly after. Patrick was a double Colorado Karate Association (CKA) State Champion in Forms and Sparring in 2019, and he finished 4th in Sparring in 2021. Patrick is training to earn his 3rd Level Junior Black Belt in 2022.

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Meishu Emmitt Palmer

Meishu Emmitt Palmer, 10, starting training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2020 and is currently a Blue Belt. He joined Black Belt Club in Spring 2021 and began competing in the Colorado Karate Association (CKA). Through Emmitt's outstanding work ethic and leadership, he became our first Meishu (Class Leader) in Fall 2021. Emmitt is also a 2021 double CKA State Champion in Forms and Sparring.