Founder, Owner, and Head Coach at Sor Sumrit Muay Thai, Nik Rodriguez has 15 years of training and teaching experience under the mentorship of legendary Thai fighter Kongnapa Wacharawit. Nik's love for combat sports began at age 8 when he started boxing while his family was stationed in Alaska. The love for the striking arts eventually led him to Muay Thai where he fell in love with the art. Known for his counter striking skills, Nik is considered one of the best striking coaches in South Carolina.
The MMA and JIu-Jitsu classes are taught by Adam Ginsburg. Adam is a 4 stripe purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Joshua "Foca" Miller. He has been coaching amateur and professional fighters for the past 7 years, with a focus on fundamentals and strong game plans, he has helped develop the top fighters in the Columbia area. Adam is also an ABC certified MMA referee.
The wrestling classes are taught by 8-1 Pro MMA Fighter, and current Conflict MMA Heavyweight Champion, Adrian "The A-Train" Henderson. As an amateur, Adrian held Heavyweight Championships in 3 different promotions. Adrian's accolades in wrestling include becoming a 4 time regional champ, 3 time lower state champ, and he placed 2nd at the S.C. state tournament. He has won many other tournaments in freestyle wrestling (Olympic rules) . During high school, he won over 110 matches which place him on the All-star team in 97. Adrian is highly respected for his grappling and is the top Heavyweight in the Southeast.
KIDS MUAY THAI
Sebastian Munoz runs our kids Muay Thai program. He has years of experience in Karate and Kickboxing and is a current Muay Thai and MMA fighter.
H.I.I.T. AND YOGA
A little bit about me.
Leading an active lifestyle has always been a part of my life. Throughout my childhood years growing up in South Carolina, I could be found being involved in a multitude of activities. Life happens though and my focus shifted to other parts of life and taking care of my children, working and other responsibilities. I put myself on the back burner. Once my three children were in school, I happened in to a gym one day and the rest is a journey that has lasted over seventeen years, the relentless pursuit of health and living life to the hilt. We live everyday, we die once quickly became my motto.
In my twenties, I found a love for the gym. Having been overweight after the births of my children, hard work was and is the only way to change and I knew it. Seeing the changes and the power I had over my body and the ability for it to be sculpted by diet and exercise was and is fascinating to me.
During that time, I entered, competed and won a national title in Women's Open Class Natural Bodybuilding Middle Weight.
Muay Thai, Thai kicking boxing, the art of eight limbs, is also in my arsenal. Being introduced to the martial art as a way of working on relieving stress has culminated in my being able to train along side and by the likes of Kongnapa, Smokin' Jo Nattawut, Kaensak, Khunpon. My martial arts practice has continued for nine years.
Cardio quickly became my exercise of choice, it was freeing. A bucket list goal to finish a marathon was my lure to distance running which ended up with my new found love of ultra distance, 50k's, 100k's, 100 milers, 24 hour and 48 hour races, not relays all done alone. Ultra running was my life, I represented the state of South Carolina at a national qualifier in March 2014, as a walk on novice runner and finished 4th overall with the elites in ultra from all over the United States. I have also competed an completed Ironman 70.3 San Juan in 2011.
Due to the extreme endurance distance and damage to my body of ultrarunning, I stumbled upon a Groupon for Bikram Yoga as a mean to get peace back to my mind and heal my body. I entered that door into the hot room in August 2014, my life has not been the same since.
Then along came Gabriella Walters with her creation of Inferno Hot Pilates that couples with Bikram Yoga to perfection. I tried and fell in love with this workout genre. Gabriella came to Columbia, held a teacher training, so there was no choice but to get certified to teach.
My choice of a healthy lifestyle, in conjunction with a daily workout routine has helped me maintain a healthy weight, positive mental attitude and also self love and discipline.
With teaching at Jeep Rogers YMCA - Columbia and at Sor Sumrit Muay Thai - Lugoff, my intention is to empower my athletes through giving them the tools they need to better themselves, gain body awareness and self acceptance. To defy the limits,they have placed upon themselves and show them that anything you want or anything you want to do, is attainable with hard, consistent work. A dose of discipline, determination and dedication...and a whole lot of fun.
Recently I am enrolled and studying to become a vinyasa flow yoga teacher, with the Rolf Gates based program here in Columbia, SC. I will complete the course study in March and am thrilled to be adding that to my skill set, for an even more rounded offering.
Joey Dean (along with his wife and children) is a competitive athlete in submission grappling and has been training in combat sports since he was a kid, beginning with wrestling and USA Boxing. Joey is a black belt in Judo under 4th degree black belt Peter Campbell and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under black belt Mitch Coats. Coaching and competing are major parts of Joey’s life, both of which he has been doing since 2010.