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Warrior Spirit Fitness and Self-Defense

Our Team

We strongly believe in quality over quantity, and we never hedge on our standards. We cast a wide net in our search for the best of the best. Although the creators of our training come from elite special operations units, anyone who teaches on our behalf now and in the future will have undergone a rigorous selection and training process--and our selection process never ends. In other words, we uphold our standards every day. Our instructor selection process is a very humbling experience, so you can be assured that you'll not only be learning from the best of the best--you'll also be learning from very humble, quiet, and down-to-earth professional instructors who can always do two things better than others-- PERFORM and TEACH OTHERS HOW TO PERFORM.

Our founder, Nick Ugrin, is a former U.S. Army Infantryman (MOS 11B),  Special Forces Sergeant (MOS 18E), Mandarin Chinese Linguist, Songwriter/Guitarist, Fine Artist, an excellent cook, and an aspiring Chef.  In addition, since leaving the Army in 2011, Nick has spent over ten years receiving daily, personal 1-on-1 instruction from Tony Mafnas, a lethal Saipan-born martial artist who began formal training in Karate at 6 years old, was invited to study and teach in Japan at 13 years old, spent 17 years in the Department of Defense's highest priority Tier-1 Special Operations unit (Delta Force), 25 years in Special Access Programs, and twenty years building tactical training programs for the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  Nick began his training relationship with Mr. Mafnas in 2002, and he continues to train with him today.  

Nick has served abroad in Afghanistan with the Army's 1st Special Forces Group, contracted as a tactical instructor teaching State Department Special Agents, lived and studied overseas in China and other parts of East and Southeast Asia, and he still trains daily to maintain and build new skills.  Nick has been studying Asian languages, cultures, martial arts, and martial history since the mid-90's.  In 2013, he was awarded a full scholarship by the Chinese government to study in China for a year.  He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Language and Culture--Mandarin Chinese--from George Mason University.  

It's important to point out that we don't really care very much about titles, nor should you.  What truly matters to us is PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE. We've put out a few videos to give our potential clients a small taste of our skills and our training. Please compare our videos with what exists elsewhere. We're confident that you'll be able to see the telling results of our training through our students movement and the confidence with which they perform their actions. More importantly, YOUR PERFORMANCE, after spending some time with us, will speak for itself.

We carry on training methods and traditions that have been passed on and improved upon by countless generations of warriors. Our training methods never cease to be improved upon!

We strive every day for self-improvement and intend to uphold this tradition for the betterment of our students, our country and our world.

Contact us today to find out more. Call (571) 762-2818 or email [email protected].