kenpo karate Grand Rapids
James Faasse

Kenpo/MMA/Boxing Coach

4th Degree Black Belt Owner and Senior Instructor of Martial X Systems Kenpo Karate at Blues Gym in Grand Rapids.

James Faasse, aka Coach, is an extremely talented instructor of various progressive  martial arts to bring you the pinnacle of Mixed  Martial X Systems curriculum with training in Karate, Judo, Jujitsu and Boxing.

Kenpo Karate at Blues Gym is an institution of self-improvement and the home of champions. You and your family are in good, caring hands with us.

With their focus on creating a POSITIVE, safe, injury-free training environment, Martial X Systems Kenpo Karate at Blues Gym has earned the reputation in Grand Rapids and Wyoming of being the top Martial Arts school and character development center in the area.

Although some people think the martial arts are about just fighting, Blues Gym program is so much more.

When you train in our Blues Gym classes, you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Through the practice of physical self-defense skills, you will follow a blueprint for a successful life based on discipline, focus, and perseverance.

You will experience the satisfaction that comes not from winning over others, but from winning over yourself as you become stronger, healthier, and happier than you have ever been in your life with a strong sense of self-confidence and good character.


James grew up on the North East side of Grand Rapids attending Northview schools. He started Judo at the age of 12 and went on to participate on the Air Force Judo Olympic Team. After the service, James moved to San Diego to specifically study the art of Kenpo Karate and carried his martial arts training as an action stuntman. He has studied many other arts during his 40 years practicing martial arts, including JKD, Kali, Arnis, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Kajukenbo,Thai Kick Boxing, Boxing, and Brazilian Jujitsu.

Professional Life:

James owns and operates iNETready Communications, a digital marketing, design and web hosting company that develops innovative software, marketing & commerce solutions for small business & corporations.

In his spare time he enjoys training his three Border Collies performing at Disc Dog Events across the country.

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If you’re looking for information about the best Karate programs in Grand Rapids and Wyoming areas, you’ve come to the right place. Blues Gym will empower you with the self-defense and self-improvement programs you’ve been searching for!

James is a long time friend and instructor that demonstrates great character and ethics. As a law enforcement agent he has taught me techniques that are practical and applicable to my profession that have saved my life more than once.


To set up a private lesson
call James at (616) 855-7252 or contact Dino at Blues Gym.


Blues Boxing Gym has specialized in martial arts since 1997 and has one of the most innovative programs in Grand Rapids to create champions.

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