Ichiban Mixed Martial Arts provides a safe, family-oriented environment for people of all ages, skill levels, and goals to be able to train and prosper. Whether your goal is physical fitness, self-defense, an outlet for stress, or to be a competitor, Ichiban will provide you with the tools to reach that goal.
Our programs provide a well-rounded, athletic approach to martial arts. We focus on practical, hands-on training in an atmosphere that emphasizes teamwork and safety.
Kids learn Judo, which is composed of throws, pins, and submission holds. These same techniques translate easily to Jiu Jitsu competition, Mixed Martial Arts, and self-defense. Because Judo emphasizes grappling instead of punching and kicking, it feels strategic, rather than violent. Students are encouraged, but certainly not required, to compete in as many competitions as possible. The benefits of Judo include physical conditioning, understanding of strategy, cooperation, and confidence through personal empowerment.
Adults learn a mix of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Kickboxing, as well as MMA-specific techniques. Classes are divided by subject matter, so students can choose on which types of training they would to focus. Judo and Jiu Jitsu techniques are taught both with and without the gi (uniform). Kickboxing classes include technical drills and light, controlled sparring.
Above all, everyone is welcome at Ichiban MMA. Our goal is to share the benefits of martial arts with the whole community. You are more than welcome to try a FREE introductory week. For more information please consult our FAQ or contact us directly.
Erick Jordan, our chief instructor, has been in martial arts for over 25 years. He studied various forms of Karate for 9 years until the early 1990's, when he became fascinated with the grappling arts after seeing the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since then, he has earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and a black belt in Judo. Erick is a 2012 national champion, a four-time TN state champion and a NC state champion in Judo. He is also a 2013 ADCC national champion in Jiu Jitsu with and without the gi. Erick has competed in 12 Mixed Martial Arts competitions (8-4 record) and has held two MMA titles. He was inducted into the Warrior Fighting Challenge Hall of Fame in 2007.
Erick received his BJJ black belt from Casey Oxendine (Team Oxendine) in Johnson City, TN via Helio "Soneca" Moreira. He received his Judo black belt from Brian Rowe (Johnson City Judo) in Johnson City, TN.
Erick is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in business administration. He was also a youth leader at Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Johnson City before moving to Asheville.
Kickboxing instructor: Wes Nelson is a certified personal trainer with a background in MMA, kickboxing, boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has trained with multiple UFC and Belletor veterans, including Spencer Fisher, Roger Bowling, Daniel Straus, and Dom Steele.
Wrestling Instructor: Rodney Morgan has an extensive wrestling background with over 300 matches and a win ratio better than 4:1. He has metaled in multiple state championships and has competed at the national level. Rodney also holds a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Conditioning coaches: Shonte Barnes, Jeff Anderson (more info coming soon)