Instructors Make or Break Your Training!

Are they good communicators? Are they patient? Are they good with kids? We hear stories from students having bad experiences in their previous training.  Some of the common themes are instructors that:

  • Give special attention only to students that do well in tournaments
  • Do not speak English well
  • Get visibly upset with children students that have A.D.D / A.D.H.D.
  • Are competitors with lot of medals, but cannot explain what they are doing, or aren’t interested in explaining how they do what they do

Our instructors are chosen by their people skills, teaching ability, as well a their martial arts ability.

4 of our instructors are black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which takes on average over 10 years to achieve. We have 2 black belts in Judo. And our Boxing Coach was ranked 7th in the World by the WBO.

Ryan Fiorenzi

Ryan Fiorenzi

Ryan Fiorenzi is the Owner and Founder of Kaizen Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a 4th degree black belt under Chris Haueter (and originally under Rigan Machado), the first black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the highest ranked in the state of Michigan. He is also the Founder and President of the Midwest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Alliance. He also has a black belt in Kung Fu and training in numerous disciplines with over 28 years experience. He is the author of “The Beginner’s Guide to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Principles and Strategies,” available on, and of the informational website: He is also a contributor to and BJJ Legends Magazine.

Kristi Kapla

Kristi Fiorenzi KaplaProgram Director, BJJ purple belt, Aerobic Kickboxing Instructor, and sister of Ryan Fiorenzi. Kristi has a Marketing Degree from Madonna University where she played basketball at Team Captain.  Since graduating, she has coached several basketball teams, and continues to train Jiu-Jitsu. She has also worked for the Detroit Lions for over a decade. Our students love Kristi because of her warm and energetic personality.

Eric Pearch

Eric PearchEric Pearch is a BJJ black belt, Kyokushu black belt, a personal trainer, and has an undefeated Judo and MMA record. He was the creator of Couch 2 Cage, a popular MMA & BJJ blog. Eric is the Marketing Team Leader at Quicken Loans. A rare combination of gifted grappler and teacher, he is known for his technical instruction and high energy classes.  He has been known to push students beyond the limits they thought they had before! Equally skilled with the gi, as well as no gi, he is a well rounded martial artist that can strike, use and defend takedowns, as well as work on the ground.

Dan Smith BJJ Black Belt

Dan Smith

Dan Smith has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 15 years, the last 4 1/2 at Kaizen. He received his black belt in January 2016 from Ryan Fiorenzi. He has learned from and sparred with many legendary figures in the Jiu Jitsu world including Saulo Ribeiro, Xande Ribeiro, Rodrigo Comprido, and others. He is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of Jiu Jitsu theories/techniques and his keen eye for even the smallest detail. One of his specialties is leg locks.

Ted Tripp

Ted Tripp Judo Black BeltTed Tripp the 2009 Can American Black Belt Champion, and holder of numerous titles in Judo.  He is a 3rd degree black belt.  Ted hails from a family of well known black belts in the Tripp family. He has been surrounded from birth by Judo.

Daniel Levine Daniel Levine Muay Thai Plymouth

Daniel Levine is a dual green arm-band Muay Thai fighter, ranked by Lumpinee champions Saekson Janjira and Matee Jedeepitak. He is trained in both Dutch style Muay Thai as well as traditional Muay Thai from Thailand. In addition, Daniel trained with K1 Maxx dutch-style thai fighter Remy Bonnel, and Argentinian World Kickboxing Champ Diego DeVerra in Miami, Fl.  While in high school Daniel trained American Kickboxing under champion Ken Levy, and American Kenpo under a local Black Belt. Daniel began martial arts training at 7 yrs of age, doing Tae Kwon Do under the famous Kim family in Ohio. He is certified in personal training (ASPCA), dietary supplementation (BTFO), martial arts (USEMA), CPR, and Group Fitness (BTFO). He is also a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Johnny GloverJohnny

Johnny Glover was ranked 7th in the world by the WBO and he’s a three time Golden Gloves Champion.  His amateur boxing career includes 65 straight wins including 22 consecutive knockouts.  He’s sparred Hector Camacho, Greg Coverson, and Floyd Mayweather.