kaizen philosophy


What is kaizen?




KAIZEN is the Japanese practice of continuous improvement. Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986.


Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an institution’s long-term competitive strategy. Kaizen is continuous improvement that is based on certain guiding principles:

• Good processes bring good results

• Go see for yourself to grasp the current situation


• Speak with data, manage by facts


• Take action to contain and correct root causes of problems


• Work as a team


• Kaizen is everybody’s business


• And much more

One of the most notable features of kaizen is that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time. However this has been misunderstood to mean that kaizen equals small changes. In fact, kaizen means everyone involved in making improvements!

Kaizen = Continuous Improvement...by Everybody! Everyday! Everywhere!


Team Kaizen Volleyball provides athletes and coaches with collegiate-level technical skills training and tactical instruction in a fun, competitive, and positive learning environment that cultivates a passion for growth and the game of volleyball. The club aims to provide an avenue of guidance and support for any player or coach seeking to prepare themselves for their future and a future in the sport. 

from the Director:

We are committed to ensuring that every Team Kaizen Volleyball athlete has a positive experience that fuels their love of volleyball, personal growth, and competition. We focus on the process over results; improving and giving each athlete the feedback and tools to help them improve as a volleyball athlete and person every day is our number one goal.  While we do provide our athletes with the highest caliber of volleyball training, it is equally important that athletes learn life lessons that will stay with them long after their volleyball career comes to an end. Our coaches are mentors, role models, and above all, teachers.  We teach our athletes the game of volleyball including all aspects of skills training, tactical knowledge, and match strategies.  Additionally, we teach our athletes to be disciplined, compete and train at full effort, be a positive and supportive teammate, be a problem solver, push beyond their comfort zone, and compete with confidence and enthusiasm.

We expect both our athletes and our coaches to constantly find ways to improve and grow. Our coaches get together at least twice a month to discuss training methods and techniques and share their successes with their teams so that we can learn from one another. We are fortunate to have an outstanding team of coaching upon whom our athletes can rely on for instruction, guidance, and support. Having a Director who has spent 6 years of NCAA and international training, giving a formerly under .200 NCAA DIII program its first ever sweep of a DIII top-ten team will help us in achieving our goal.

​Team Kaizen is a family.  Our older athletes work with and get to know our younger athletes and our teams support and cheer for each other whenever they can.  We host club wide events and activities throughout the season that give all of our athletes and families the chance to get to know each other better and grow as a family.

We expect a high level of commitment from everyone involved with Team Kaizen and seek athletes who want to put in the time and work necessary to be the best volleyball player they can be. We firmly believe that the best athletes are developed from those with the greatest character and "the best leaders were at one point great followers."   Our staff share that commitment and work tirelessly to develop valuable teamwork, leadership, accountability, communication, and resource gathering skills that build highly successful teams and athletes. 

-Cesar A. Maza