Welcome to the Mushin Academy of Martial Arts

We are a full feature martial arts academy with training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts.



The Mushin Academy of Martial Arts in Battle Creek Michigan is a place where you can come and study a variety of martial arts for health, fitness, fun, and competition. The benefits of training with our expert staff in our arts means you will get the highest level instruction in genuine arts that will give you the benefits you are looking for.

We provide a fun and safe environment where you express and enjoy your martial arts training in the manner that suits you. We have an “ego free” training environment where beginers and pro’s alike can train together and help each other grow.  Speak with one of our friendly staff today on how our arts can help you today.

There Are No Limits to What You Can Do!

Unequalled for Fun, Fitness and Personal Development

The Mushin Academy of Martial Arts in Battle Creek Michigan, is a full feature martial arts academy with training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts. Have fun, get fit, while learning real life self defense skills that work.

Joe Moreira Jiu Jitsu de Brazil

We are a Joe Moreira Jiu Jitsu de Brazil affiliate with a black belt instructor teaching classes. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to use balance and leverage to defend yourself and overcome your opponents. We train with the traditional Gi and No-Gi. Most our members train for health, fitness, self defense or for competition. We have a “No Ego” policy, which means you can count on training with friendly and courteous partners who care about your safety, development and your goals.

Our system of teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is methodical and well thought out, making it extremely effective and yet fun and easy to learn.

Muay Thai Kickboxing

We have West Michigan’s only Thai Boxing Association certified and registered coach of Muay Thai Kickboxing. Learn what is known as the most effective striking art in modern martial arts. Muay Thai combines powerful kicking, punching, knees and elbow strikes in a methodical and strategic ways to overcome an opponent. It is also famous for producing its incredibly well conditioned practitioners.

Practice consists of shadow boxing technique, pad drills and glove drills with partners, body weight conditioning, and for fighters we do optional sparring.

Inosanto Blend / MKG Filipino Martial Arts

Learn the deadly and reality based art of stick, knife and empty hand combat from Midwest Michigan’s only instructor Certified with the world famous Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts and the Minnesota Kali Group International. Filipino Martial Arts are featured in some of the most exciting, realistic and dramatic fight scenes featured in movies like The Bourne Identity series, James Bond: Quantom of Solice, The Book of Eli, and The Hunted. Primarily recognized for its training in blade combat, it is also an excellent source for no nonsense “dirty boxing” and combat grappling.

Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee's Martial Arts Heritage)

Everyone wishes they could say they trained under the legendary Bruce Lee. He is the father of “modern” martial arts and began mixing fighting styles decades before it became popular with the UFC and televised mixed martial arts. Our JKD instructor is a 3rd/4th generation instructor in the arts of Jeet Kune Do and Jun Fan Gung Fu under Dan Inosanto and Sifu Rick Faye. Learn the science behind MMA and historical techniques that are still effective today! JKD fights in all ranges and helps us put all our arts into the context that best works for each individual student and the situation of the moment.

Push yourself to new achievements

Training has never been so fun!

Learn at your own pace

Get fit 1 step at a time

When you enjoy what you do, it is not a workout, it is playing that gets great results!

A Healthy Lifestyle Begins With Making the Right Choice.

It is not always easy to get in shape or lead a healthy lifestyle that makes work, family, stress and daily challenges easier to deal with. But when you begin your journey with the martial arts at The Mushin Academy of Martial Arts, you begin a simple process that builds your character, strengthens your body, and fortifies your spirit!


The first thing built up from training our martial arts is personal discipline. We don’t mean the “drill sergeant” type where you do something because someone is shouting at you. This is the inner strength to pursue your goals that comes from regular hard work done in an environment that nurtures and supports you while at the same time always challenging you. A stressful or hard day at work is easy compared to the workouts our students love to do every day! 


It is of utmost importance to respect the safety and effort of your fellow students. If you damage or injure your training partners, pretty soon you have no one to train with! At Mushin we believe the dojo is an EGO FREE zone where we strive to better our partners, thereby ensuring we get better as well. By respecting each other and suffering the hard work each of us puts in, we come to see all people as worthy of respect and that each person carries their own burdens, and are seeking their own goals. 


We all have other demands in our lives. Your gym should be a source of growth and vitality, not a burden or just another source of stress or injury. At the Mushin Academy we believe that training, even when serious in nature, should be fun. Even when training for self defense or competition, it should spring from a source of deep appreciation and love for the activity that you are doing. When you want to do something, no matter how hard or difficult it may be,  it is easy to stick to it and push past your boundaries to new levels of success!

Calories Burned

Positive Effects of Exercise

Classes Per Week

Chances to Make New Friends

Burn an unprecedented amount of calories while learning new skills and having fun!

  1. Control Weight
  2. Combat health conditions and diseases
  3. Improve Mood
  4. Boost energy
  5. Promote better Sleep
  6. Improve your love life
  7. Exercise can be fun!


With so many classes available, everyone can find a schedule to meet their needs.

Meet new people, make new friends and make better use of your fitness time. Training martial arts is in individual pursuit in a social setting!

Events, Seminars and Competitions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your class times?

See our schedule calendar for all our classes, seminars and events!

What art is best for me?

Everyone has different needs, goals and personal tastes. We have several different programs for people to enjoy, but each one has a unique flavor and offers its own skills, attributes and conditioning. We recommend you come in an let us know what your goals are and we can give you an overview of the classes. The best thing from there is to try them out for yourself and let us know what works well for you! Many people end up adding classes or shifting their schedule based on their personal needs.

Do I need to get in shape before I start classes?


While we do recommend that you consult a physician before beginning any new sport or workout, you do not have to feel like you have to “be in shape” before you “get in shape”.  Our workouts are meant to encourage beginners and challenge intermediate and advanced enthusiasts. The great thing about many of our workouts is that they are scalable and you can push yourself as hard as is right for you. Fitness starts with small consistent steps forward towards a healthy lifestyle. The longer you move in the right direction, the easier it is to take bigger steps!

How do I apply? When can I start?

Most our programs let you start immediately, but please contact us by phone, email or in person to get all the details about your interests. The first step is acting on your goals! Contact us today!

Common Terms and Definitions

Filipino Kali – A weapon based system, putting emphasis on using anything as a weapon, and translating weapon motions into empty hand.
Jeet Kune Do – JKD is an art and a philosophy developed by Sijo Bruce Lee. JKD is tailor-made to each individual practitioner.

Silat –  An art from Indonesia as well as the Philippines and Malaysia. Silat is used today in our military as well as other nation’s defense forces.

Panantukan – This Filipino art is sometimes referred to as, “dirty boxing,” because the fighters incorporate slaps, eye gouges and shots below the belt, as well as holding the head and “sandwich hitting.”

Jun Fan Gung Fu – In this art you will see aspects of wing chun, western boxing/kickboxing, fencing and many more all blended together to create an exceptional form of blended kickboxing.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Our Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class offers advanced instruction in combat grappling involving striking and clinch. Learn to take control and gain advantage over your opponent for survival, weather your goals are for physical fitness, self defense, competition or camaraderie this class will fit your needs.


What equipment to I need?

Each class may have its own equipment needs, but we have some equipment for group use available at the gym. Clean attire that allows freedom of movement is recommended for most fitness classes. For martial arts classes it is recommended that you invest in a groin cup and a mouth guard. Many students will pick up gear once they get enthusiastic about which classes they are training in, but you need very little to get started.

Your journey is ready. Get Started Today!