East West Martial Arts School was opened in 1997 in Canton Michigan. East West was the first representative of the Machado Brothers in Michgan, and the Head Instructor, Ryan Fiorenzi, was the first black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Michigan.
East West is one of the leading martial arts schools in the midwest because of the programs offered, the instructors, the schedule, the facility, and the training environment. Our mission is for our students to develop the confidence of a mixed martial artist, the discipline of a warrior, and the fitness of an athelete, while reducing stress and having fun. Martial arts is one of the greatest ways to improve your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
We train by the Machado creed, “leave your ego at the door.” We have found that students learn more quickly and enjoy the training more when they are relaxed and enjoying their practice. We believe that the more you can help your partners improve, the better training partners you will have, which will make you better.
A martial artist that is truly confident is both humble and kind. Most violence comes from insecurity. When we are no longer threatened by others, we don’t feel the need to attack. In that way we can be more open and loving to others. Martial arts training develops power and that power can be used in one of two ways: to control others, or to control one’s self. Some students try to control others through intimidation and fear. They become lonely and disconnected from others, and they sink deeper into their own fear. Those who develop the habit of controlling themselves learn to only have mutually beneficial relationships. They become stronger and more noble as they continue to conquer inner limitations and fears and grow their strengths.