Since his dad was the pee wee wrestling coach, Ryan grew up on the mats. He started coaching wrestling right out of high school, and has been a coach ever since. His martial arts journey began in Jeet Kune Do, where he was greatly impacted by the martial arts philosophy of Bruce Lee. He quickly gravitated to the grappling side and began studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Earning his black belt from Carlson Gracie Jr. was one of the most difficult, and most rewarding journeys of his life. Coach Ryan utilizes his martial arts practice as a self-improvement tool, a way to stay in shape, and a way to relieve stress. Coach Ryan works full time as a firefighter for the town of Pagosa, and Jiu Jitsu is a perfect way for him to stay fit for whatever his job brings.
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” -Bruce Lee
I grew up fighting since the age of 9 years old in a small Panhandle Texas town. I was a shy timid girl who thought karate looked fun and like something I wanted to be apart of. I asked my dad to try it, and joyfully he signed me up. The achieving drive of mine kept working from belt to belt, achievement to achievement, fight to fight. Several years later, I’ve been over seas to fight three times, won a gold medal in Sanda, and have had the privilege of teaching hundreds of kids over the years. I have trained and competed in several forms of martial arts including boxing, kick boxing, Muay Thai, traditional karate, weapons, and now working on my love for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am excited to be a new member and coach at the Forge!!
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”