Hickory, North Carolina’s
841 8th Ave NE Hickory, 28601
Fenix Jiu Jitsu
Fènix Jiu Jitsu was founded on the idea that Jiu Jitsu is more than a martial art, it’s a community. Since 2016, Fènix JJ has worked hard to build an atmosphere that makes learning “the gentle art” as comfortable and laid back as it can be, while still upholding the high standards and principles that its founders set many years ago.
There are several classes available at Fènix. We offer morning, homeschool, youth, fundamental, advanced, and striking classes, as well as “no gi” or submission wrestling. This is very similar to regular Jiu Jitsu but without the traditional uniform. Fènix offers the largest mat space in the area, as well as heavy bags for striking, changing rooms, and fantastic instruction.
We provide our students with a clean environment to train in and the dedication to improve the lives of every student. This is what makes Fènix stand out. We can’t wait to prove it to you!
There are 5 belts for adults in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:
Unlike some other martial arts, there is a minimum age of 16 to be promoted to the rank of blue belt. Earning a blue belt in BJJ, is about the equivalent of a black belt in many other arts. BJJ is a journey, not a destination, and it can take several years to earn each belt. Unlike many other arts, in Jiu Jitsu, there are small “promotions” in between belts. The small victories are noted by a series of “stripes” on the black bar of a students belt. No student will earn more than 4 stripes on their belt, so after their fourths stripe, the next promotion is the next color belt.
White, Blue, Purple, Brown, and Black
(September 14, 1902 – October 7, 1994) began training Jiu-Jitsu/Judo with Misuyio Maeda, Count Koma, (Count Combat in English) at a young age. After a few years of training he became Count Koma’s best student. Their training would come to a halt when Count Coma had to leave due to his business. Carlos decided to open his first Academy in 1925 with his brothers George and Helio. Here he and his brothers would issue challenges for Vale Tudo (No Holds Barred) fights between Jiu-Jitsu and any other martial artist to prove their system was the best. From here he would go on to open many other Academies in Brazil and create “The Gracie Diet” which is still very popular today. He fathered 21 children of which 11 became Black Belts of Jiu-Jitsu and 3(Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr.) became Legends of the sport.
Carlos "Carlinhos" Gracie, Jr.
(January 17th, 1956 – Current) is the co-founder of Gracie-Barra and the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). He was partially raised by his Uncle, Helio and began training as a toddler. From an early age, he began training and instructing with his older brother, Rolls, and cousin, Rickson. He was promoted to Black Belt by his Uncle Helio in 1977. He is widely regarded as one of the best ambassadors of Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. In 2008, he was awarded his Coral belt (7th Degree, Red and Black striped). He was awarded his White and Red Striped belt (8th Degree) in 2015.
(March 11, 1967 – Current) is a true MMA Legend. He has fought the best the world has to offer, while remaining one of the most fun-loving people in the world. Like most of the men in the Gracie family, he began training in the family art as a young child. He began fighting in Vale Tudo matches at 25 years of age. He has fought in many organizations such as UFC, Pride Fighting Championships, IFL, World Combat Championships, Pentagon Combat, and many more. He spent the later (and current) part of his life coaching and training other fighters. He has trained many of the top fighters currently competing. George St. Pierre, Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold, Jake Shields, and many others still train at Renzo’s NYC Academy. He also inspired top Jiu-Jitsu Competitors and trainers such as Matt Seirra, Ricardo Almeida, Tom Deblass, Garry Tonon, Gordan and Nicky Ryan, Eddie Cummings, and many more.
Derek "TC" Richardson
Owner, Head Instructor/Professor, Leadership Martial Arts
Head Instructor Professor Derek “TC” Richardson has been training in the martial arts for over 20 years. He has accumulated Black Belts in several styles. He moved to NYC to train with Renzo as a Purple Belt and was awarded his Black Belt by Renzo personally at his Academy, Leadership Martial Arts. We worked to become his students because of his unique and simple teaching style. Professor Richardson has a way of breaking the techniques down into tiny digestible pieces and chaining them together. This makes learning BJJ very easy. He also uses fun games and drills to help students understand the movements. His other accomplishments are as follows.
4th degree Black Belt Martial Arts (Master Robert Tucker)
Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt Judo (United States Judo Association)
Black Belt Hapkido (The Korea Hapkido Federation)
Second Degree Black Belt Brazilian JiuJitsu (Renzo Gracie)
Owner, Head Instructor/ Professor, Fénix Jiu-Jitsu
Jason Bebber is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under Derek “TC” Richardson. He has been active in various martial arts for over a decade and began instructing Jiu- Jitsu in 2005. Through Jiu-Jitsu, Jason has created a family of loyal students and continuously pushes them to reach their goals. His style of instruction is very laid back, but still extremely effective. He is also a firm believer of leading from the front; whether it’s local tournaments (winning multiple gold and silver medals) or traveling for a Super Fight, he is always looking for a new challenge.
Assistant Instructor, Fénix Jiu-Jitsu
Daniel was promoted to Brown Belt by Jason Bebber in 2021. He is the Senior trainer at Original Workout, our upstairs Athletic Training Center and handles many of the daily behind the scenes tasks. Being a lifelong student, he is always looking to increase his knowledge on human movement and training styles; whether it is other Martial Arts or fitness modalities, he is always looking to improve by learning as much as possible. You can learn more about Daniel by visiting his Trainer’s Page.