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 with Regina’s Siam Kickboxing and Infight BJJ under Jeff Wiley with whom he received his blue belt from. After two attempts to compete in amateur MMA 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 helped grow a deeper love for the sport.
After receiving his purple belt from Chris Desautels and Joe Bossenberry of QCMA, he set out to be responsible for his own growth. John became obsessed with mastering his own craft and began traveling to learn under different instructors and putting in long hours of study and practice to become a stand out practitioner.
By brown belt John was teaching several classes a week and quickly became what many considered to be a great instructor. This success inspired him to pursue his dream of opening a facility with the belief that it was him to help bring high level Jiu Jitsu to Regina. 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 that time our club has grown dramatically. 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 in just over ten years of consistent training, John received his black belt from Jason Gagnon along side Cobrinha (Rubens Charles Maciel) one of the greatest modern black belts of all time; a dream come true.
Although John continues to travel and compete out of the love of Jiu Jitsu, where he shines brightest is in his ability to teach, coach, and communicate.
When John is not focused on Jiu Jitsu he enjoys exercise, traveling, reading, art, meditation, photography and video games.