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About Sidekicks Martial Arts
Saint Clair Shores, MI

Since 1994, Sidekicks Martial Arts has provided a family atmosphere and a place where students can achieve their goals.  We focus on respect, perserverance, and self-improvement.  Our flexible class schedule allows adults and children to fit training into their busy lives.

Sidekicks Martial Arts was founded in 1994 by Grand Master Brian Pontillo, 8th Degree Black Belt, to teach the system of Moo Sool Do ("the way of the martial arts").  This style incorporates Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate) and Hap Ki Do.  For nearly three decades, Sidekicks has evolved to teach kickboxing and Krav Maga to meet the fitness and self-defense needs of the community.


Traditional Martial Arts


Little Kickers Ages 3-4, Children Ages 5-12, Mixed Age Classes -

For individuals and families seeking to develop self-defense skills, improve mental focus, and build self-confidence by learning an ancient art form.


Krav Maga


For Adults and Teens -

For individuals and families seeking to learn a hands-on self-defense system

and be in fighting shape.



For Adults and Teens -

For individuals and families who want a challenging and fun workout

to reduce stress, lose weight, and tone up.  



Grand Master
Brian Pontillo


Grand Master Brian Pontillo is an 8th Degree Black Belt with 44 years of martial arts experience.  He is the highest ranking Moo Sool Do student certified by Grand Master Sun Hwan Chung, 10th Degree Black Belt.  Grand Master Pontillo is also certified to teach Krav Maga and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.  


Mr. John Purdue,


3rd Degree Black Belt, teaches Moo Sool Do and kickboxing. He is also a Level 1 Krav Maga instructor.  He is pictured here with Grand Master Brian Pontillo after winning Grand Champion at the 2018 Michigan Cup Championship.


Getting Here:

Sidekicks is located at 21617 Harper Ave. between 8 and 9 Mile Roads.  It is on the west side of the road next to the 7 Eleven. Please use the side main entrance.

Our Address:

21617 Harper Ave. 

St. Clair Shores, MI  48080

Phone:    1-586-779-5425

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