Nicholas began his martial art training in May of 2018 under the direct instructions of Master Jan Lappin, World Tang Soo Do Association. After promoting to Cho Dan (Black Belt) in October2021, he co-founded Chomic Combat Karate (CCK), St. Augustine, Florida in April of 2022 with his wife MeriAn. The establishment of CCK enabled him to assume the position of Chief Instructor and Sah Bum Nim (Teacher) over the studio. In June 2022 he began his training under the direct instructions of Master Matthew Hutchison, WTSDA. He has not missed the opportunity to train and test his skills when the occasion arrives.
He is very proud of his children AnaBelle & William who have stayed with the art and has risen to their current ranks. He is so grateful for how much his wife has given her support, time, and energy during their training over the years. Her devotion, and support has been elemental to all of their success.
He served his nation by joining the United States Air Force, June 2000. His service in the Air Force lead him to many locations at several airbases across the world and he also deployed several times to Southeast Asia in support of the Global War on Terrorism Campaign. He returned to Orange Park, Florida (Home) in June 2015 to start a new life after his honorable term of service. He also, served as Civil Service in the Department of Defense at Jacksonville, Naval Air Station from May 2015 – Present.
His martial arts goal is to reach the level of Master, teach as many people that God will allow him, and spread Tang Soo Do by growing Chomic Combat Karate with his family.
SAH BUM NIM
Sah Bum Nim means “teacher or transmitter of an art.”
Sah Bum Nim are distinguished as being wise and having exemplary character. All Sah Bum Nim are dedicated to reaching the idea summit of becoming among the most respected of mentors for all students.
Awards and Medals
World Tang Soo Do Association
- 3rd Place - Ja Yu Dae Ryun (Sparring) June 2022 WTSDA World Championship
- 1st Place – Hyung (Closed Hand Forms) Apr 2022 Region 21 Tournament
- 2nd Place – Ja Yu Dae Ryun (Sparring) Oct 2021 Region 21 Tournament
- 3rd Place – Hyung (Closed Hand Forms) Oct 2022 Region 21 Tournament
- 3rd Place – Ja Yu Dae Ryun (Sparring) Sep 2021 Middleburg Martial Arts Tournament
- 3rd Place – Hyung (Open Hand Forms) Sep 2021 Middleburg Martial Arts Tournament
U.S. Air Force – Active Duty
· Air Force Achievement Medal
· Meritorious Unit Award
· Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters
· Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
· National Defense Service Medal
· Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star
· Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
· Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
· Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
· Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
· Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
· Air Force Longevity Service with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
· U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned PME Graduate Ribbon
· Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
· Air Force Training Ribbon
· NATO Medal (Wear first NATO medal awarded (ISAF)