Head Coach John (Nicolichuk)
“This club is not about me — it’s about us”
John began training martial arts in 2006 with the intention to compete in MMA. He started first with Regina’s Siam Kickboxing and ‘Regina Jiu Jitsu’/Infight. After attempting to compete in amateur MMA on two occasions with the bouts being cancelled last minute, John turned his focus solely to Jiu Jitsu and competed successfully in many tournaments across the prairies. Tournaments satisfied his desire for combative competition and it helped grow a deeper love for the sport.
After receiving his blue and purple belts in Regina, John set out to be responsible for his own growth. He became obsessed with mastering his own craft by traveling to learn under different instructors and putting in long hours of study and practice.
At brown belt John was teaching several classes a week and quickly became a great instructor. His success inspired him to pursue his dream of opening a facility with the belief that it was him that was to bring Regina’s Jiu Jitsu scene to the next level. While there were other Jiu Jitsu programs operating at that time, he knew what Regina was missing and set out to create it.
On February 1st, 2016 our facility opened out of love for Jiu Jitsu and the desire to help others. Since then our club has grown dramatically in a short period of time. Our adult and kid programs continue to grow and evolve, demonstrating the power of Jiu Jitsu taught in the right environment.
Near the end of 2018 John received his black belt from Jason Gagnon along side Cobrinha (Rubens Charles Maciel) the greatest modern black belt of all time; a dream come true.
Although John continues to travel to train and compete at the highest level, where he shines brightest is in his natural ability to teach both adults and kids high level, technical Jiu Jitsu in a manner that is simple to understand.
When John is not focused on Jiu Jitsu he enjoys working out, traveling, reading, art, meditation, photography and video games.