In 1996, Nick began training in American Kenpo Karate and earned his black belt in 2003. In 2009, he acheived the rank of 2nd degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate. In 1996, he started training in Jeet Kune Do Concepts, which lead into the journey of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jack McVicker in 1998 as well. He currently holds a Full Instructorship in Jeet Kune Do Concepts. In 2012, he earned his black belt professorship in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt James Brown. He continues to train with James Brown and with world renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Professor Octavio “Ratinho” Couto. As of 2018, Nick is an IBBJF certified 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over twenty years of experience in all facets of martial arts. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to cross-train in other martial arts including Muay Thai with Muay Thai legend Saekson Janjira (6x Muay Thai World Champion) and wrestling with US Olympic Silver medalist Jamill Kelly (2004 Olympics). Nick has been competing and training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu all over the United States, as well as Portugal, Brazil, and Japan. Nick continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, while also instructing (classes & private lessons) and coaching his students and teammates at various locations across the DFW metroplex. Nick’s unique approach of teaching style focuses on all techniques, levels, and on the student’s center of interest, or activity. Overall, Nick’s vision is to provide the best training environment, training facility, and seek the best martial arts knowledge & experience so he can share it with his students. Nick also continues to seek more knowledge and growth by traveling from state to state, to gain relationships with other jiu-jitsu academies and practitioners. More information can be found on the “Recent Experiences” tab above.
Developed in the 1930’s, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is the relatively recent form of an ancient Japanese discipline. BJJ is primarily a ground art, vital in self-defense today when over 75% of all fights end up on the ground. Its name, meaning “gentle art”, points to its emphasis: strategic positioning over your opponent rather than the more prevalent kick and punch. It does not rely on brute strength like many other martial arts, but instead, focuses on controlling an opponent through pressure, leverage, and holds. When training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we focus initially on students gaining dominant positions over their opponents while learning to escape from vulnerable ones. Once the basic positions and escapes have been established, we begin to teach submission techniques training toward ending conflict. In the process, students develop flexibility, physical and mental relaxation habits, stamina, and agility.
Judo was created as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan, in 1882, by Jigoro Kano. It is generally categorized as a modern martial art which later evolved into a combat and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata), and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice (randori).
While Kenpo, the “Law of Fists” has been practiced for centuries, American Kenpo was developed in the early 1950’s by Ed Parker as an effective self-defense martial art for modern times. Much of the Kenpo that he had been learning was limiting because of its ties to traditional practices and its assumption of historical circumstances. American Kenpo is a system that addresses all types of attacks from all angles, including grabs, punches, kicks, holds, as well as multiple and armed attackers. It is comprised of the straight line movements of Japanese Karate and the circular techniques of Chinese Kung Fu, effectively blended to equip students in “The System of Motion.” Relying on logic and practicality, American Kenpo is an explosive and highly effective discipline.
Jeet Kune Do was developed by Bruce Lee as an ever-evolving art that incorporates the best of other martial art disciplines without getting locked-in to the techniques of any single art. It is an art of response, teaching students to not over-plan a confrontation, but instead to respond to the moment, utilizing what is helpful and effective. Lee trained fighters in four ranges: kicking, boxing, trapping, and grappling. At Reding Martial Arts, we train these ranges and emphasize the ability to move from one range to another with ease. We also incorporate traditional boxing, knife-fighting, and the stick-fighting techniques of Filipino Martial Arts.