Meet the new MMA Coach: Rick Reeves
We are pleased to announce the addition of a MMA coach to Performance Martial Arts Academy. Rick Reeves is joining the team, and looking forward to mentoring young, up-and-coming fighters, in Springfield, Oregon.
Rick has been in the fight game for over 10 years, and compiled an impressive 12-4 professional record. Aside from an accomplished career in cages and rings all over the US–fighting in the IFL, Bellator and numerous other high level promotions, he also holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Charles Gracie. We look forward to seeing the growth of the MMA team here at Performance Martial Arts Academy.
Here’s a quick interview with Coach Rick Reeves:
How did you get your start in MMA?
I grew up with a big passion for martial arts. I did karate for a couple years when I was growing up, and for the most part, I only watched movies about martial arts. This love stayed with me, and when I was 12 years old I stayed the night at my friends house and his dad rented UFC 1 & 2 for us. I loved it! Years went by and I continued to have a desire to do something so I got into some boxing and tried that for a little while. However, when I turned 22, I decided I was going to try my luck at MMA- so that’s what I did, and I never looked back.
What has been the best part about your MMA Career thus far?
I have built life long relationships through the sport of MMA. I think it has taught me a lot about discipline, character, and what it looks like to work hard for something you want.
What are you looking to accomplish as a coach, now that you’ve retired as a competitor?
I have learned a lot about the sport of MMA through my 9 years of fighting (2005-2014). I have been through many training camps and have seen things I like and don’t like. I have seen things I would want to implement if I was coaching fighters and things I wouldn’t. Therefore, now I have the opportunity to run a fight practice in a way that I believe strongly benefits the fighter. In addition, I don’t think most fighters careers will be remembered in 10-15 years but their character will be. Therefore, I think this is a big investment to help develop character that will impact their careers, families, and all around lives for years to come.
What advice would you give an aspiring MMA fighter looking to make a career?
Don’t just take MMA classes. Learn actual martial art disciplines from great schools (i.e., jiu-jitsu, Thai boxing, Wrestling). Spend less time telling people about your training “career” on Facebook and go train. Try not to wear Tapout clothing, and maybe hold off on the neck tattoo.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, outside of being a fighter.
When I was about thirteen our family moved to Roseburg, OR, and that is where I grew up and started my MMA career. For the past eight years I lived in Reno, NV, and for the past three years I worked as a pastor for a church there called Living Stones. I have always wanted to move back to Oregon and start a church here so Living Stones made that possible. Over the next few years we will be starting that journey. In addition to being a pastor, I also work for a company doing part-time sales. My biggest passions are spending time with my family, friends, and hunting! Oh, and I love country music!
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