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.
Sensei Matt Schildt | Owner
Sensei Matt has been a martial artist for much of his life, training in Karate and Tae Kwon Do in his teenage years. He 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 Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2014, Sensei Matt taught for three years under Orchard in the Total Ryu children's karate class. Sensei Matt 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.
Senpai Jackson Marshall
Senpai Jackson Marshall started training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense in 2015, at the age of 13, after four prior years of martial arts training. He quickly became a Class Leader, then a Kohai (junior instructor), and assisted Sensei Matt with the Kids Classes.
Senpai Jack earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in 2019. Shortly after he was promoted to the Senpai of the dojo, the chief assistant to the Sensei.
Alicia Reinhardt | Director of Dojo Operations
Alicia officially joined our Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense team as our Director of Operations in May 2020, but she was our acting office manager during the COVID-19 shutdown and was crucial in keeping the dojo running on our Zoom classes. Alicia handles our new student scheduling, social media, and office management.
Alicia's entire family began training at the dojo in 2018. Her daughter, Evelyn, 6, is on track to become the youngest student to earn a Junior Black Belt at our school. Her son Scott is in our Small Samurai Class, and her husband Neil is in our Adult Class. Alicia also does our kickboxing classes.
Kohai Mason Schildt
Kohai Mason started training in Karate when he was five years old, and he earned his Junior Black Belt in 2017 at the age of 11. He became a Kohai (junior instructor) a year later, and he assists Sensei Matt and Senpai Jack with the Small Samurai and Kids Classes. He is also training to earn his 1st Degree Black Belt.
Kohai Mckailah Smith
Kohai Mckailah started training at Kaizen Karate & Self-Defense when she was 11, shortly after we opened in 2014. After earning her Orange Belt in Adult Class, she quickly became a Class Leader in the Kids and Small Samurai Classes. Kohai Mckailah became the dojo's first Kohai (junior instructor) in 2018. She assists Sensei Matt and Senpai Jack in the Kids and Small Samurai Classes. Kohai Mckailah earned her adult Brown Belt in 2019 and is training to earn her 1st Degree Black Belt.
Morgan Schildt | Dojo Assistant
Morgan started training in Karate at the age of 7, but when she became a teenager she found her true passion in theatre. When she is not working at the dojo, she performs twice a year in plays and musicals at Windsor High School. Morgan also does our kickboxing classes.