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Hanshi Nico

Founding Father of Nikidokai
Hall of Fame Member
Trainer of World Champions

Hanshi Nico began his training in the martial arts at a very young age, in his native Country of the Philippines. He moved to the United States in the early 1970’s. In 1986 he started training in Muay-Thai style kickboxing, and continued his Shorin-Ryu Karate, Aikido, Judo and Kobudo training under Master Noel Fernandez. It was at this time that he began to combine American style kickboxing with the Muay-Thai style and with this found great success.

From 1980 through 1984 Hanshi fought many bare-knuckle karate tournaments Boxing and Kickboxing fights. It was during this period in 1983 that Hanshi became the head instructor at a prominent Dojo in Phoenix. Shortly after in 1986 Hanshi founded, Nicks Kicks Dojo in west Phoenix. There he spent many years teaching students of all ages the martial arts.

After several years of training and receiving his 6th degree black belt” he created and founded Nikidokai, which combined the five disciplines, Aikido, Judo, Shorin-Ryu Karate, Muay Thai kick boxing and Kobudo weapons.

For many years Hanshi trained many students who became amateur kickboxing champions as well as several who went on to become Professional Kickboxing champions. Some of the Professional champions he trained are; Gene “Red Sting Warrior” Stambaugh, first world champion in Arizona, Ray “Loverboy” Fernandez, Jean Claude Leuyer, Everrett ‘Ring Warrior” Berry, Johnny “Thunder” Maglianico, Marla “Poison” Conrad, Tom “Polish Bulldog” Waceinga, Mikki D’Rain, Chris “Joker” Mack, Nathan Broacher, Todd “Good Night” Guess, and Pat “Lightning” White. Just to name a few.

In 1989 he promoted Arizona’s first Muay Thai fight, which was televised in two countries outside the United States. He also formed the United Amateur Kickboxing Federation. In 1989 through 1993, Hanshi became a representative of the World Kickboxing Association (W.K.A.), International Kickboxing Association (I.K.B.A.), as well as the I.S.K.A.

For several years Hanshi taught hundreds of rape prevention classes. He was a co-founder of the Phoenix Center for Rape Prevention, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault as well he worked with C.A.S.A, (Center against Sexual Abuse.)

Through both he taught self defense and self awareness training. He is also Co-founder of W.A.R. (Women against Rape.)In 1997 Hanshi was inducted into the Karate and Kickboxing “Hall of Fame” with Legends like Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Benny Urquidez, and all the great Master of the Arts. He received this great honor for his life long commitment in sharing his Martial Arts with the community and the world.

2010 Hanshi became the Head striking Coach for the infamous MMA LAB ELITE FIGHT Team, he trained UFC World Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson. Some of the UFC fighters Efrian Escudero, Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberera, Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman, Luke “Cool Hands” Sanders, Yaotzin Meza, Chris Gruetzemacher, David “BullDawg” Michuad, Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres, Lauren Murphy, Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger, just to name a few MMA Fighters that Hanshi has helped in the MMA World.

In the words of Hanshi: “If the major necessities of society could be brought into order as well as maintained in a centered and harmonious fashion, then every man, woman and child regardless of age, race or background could live in good health, be stress free, productive and prosperous.”