Coach Nat’s martial arts journey began as a youth doing traditional Tae Kwon Do. After receiving his 2nd Degree Brown Belt at the age of 17, he began studying Sil-Lum Kung Fu under Neil McRitchie (Canada), earning his Black Sash in 1992. He then went on to study other arts including Muay Thai, Jun Fun, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Marital Arts, and ground-fighting, arriving at The Academy and beginning his training under Head Coach Greg Nelson in 1998. Coach Nat has since then competed in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Shooto, traveling internationally and all around the U.S. to do so; he was even featured on the A&E network show, Dreamchasers: I want to be a Muay Thai fighter.
Coach Nat was the reigning the IKF and WKA United States Professional Lightweight Muay Thai Champion from 2005-2014. He is also a certified instructor under Ajarn Chai Sirisute (Thailand). He has faced such opponents as Lumpinee Champion Neungsiam Fairtex and Chinese WBC #1 Contender Li Ning, a bout that was showcased on Chinese national TV live from Las Vegas (Wu Lin Feng). In addition to his accomplishments in Muay Thai, Nat has proved himself a formidable BJJ & MMA contender. In June 2017 he was awarded his Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Pedro Sauer, Coach Nat is a NAGA Midwest, and Submission Hunt Champion, and has earned a number of IBJJF medals.
Having competed for much of his life, Coach Nat now also plays a very active role as an Academy coach, teaching everyone from beginners to pros. Incredibly passionate about his craft, Nat not only inspires his students as a teacher, but as a fellow athlete as well, constantly striving to expand his understanding of martial arts as a whole and continuing to test his skills in competition. In addition to his instruction at The Academy, Coach Nat has assisted in teaching the Modern Army Combatives Level 1 course, in both Texas and Minnesota.