ABOUT LIGHT CITY
I’ve always been interested in Martial Arts, even as a little kid. I would check out Karate books from the school library and practice different stances and strikes in my bedroom. The idea of training outside of my bedroom never occurred to me. If it had, the curiosity I had of this “foreign” practice probably would have eluded me.
It wasn’t until 2007, when I was 28 yrs. old, that the opportunity finally presented itself. I found a local dojo that advertised “MMA”, but after one month of training, I realized it wasn’t anything such. My coworker, being a Kaju Kenbo black belt who also trained MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, agreed to teach me.
Having full time jobs and no place to train, we often practiced in his front yard. Wet weather caused us to move inside to the hallway, where we rolled on hardwood floors. That didn’t last long. We eventually purchased puzzle mats that I was able to haul around in the trunk of my car. Now we could lay down mats whenever, wherever, and train comfortable.
After training at random locations over the next couple of years, I hooked up with Chris Howard, who was a Karate black belt at Karate Central in Natchitoches. The relationship blossomed and we were able to utilize his facility to continue our training. Unfortunately, Karate Central was forced to close. I had to move my training to an affiliate school in Alexandria, Karate Kicks. Clint Duplechin was the owner of Karate Kicks and training BJJ under the BJJ Revolution team out of Lafayette. During this time, I was promoted to blue belt in 2011 by Jared Conques, who was under Professor Tim Credeur. The following year, Karate Kicks switched affiliations and went under Professor Rafael Ellwanger and Gracie United. After winning NAGA world championship, I was promoted to purple belt in 2013. In 2015, I opened my own school. In 2017, I re-affiliated myself and Light City Martial Arts under Professor Nathan Lott at Excelsior BJJ, who was also a prior member of GU.
Today we have an academy with over 3000 sq ft. 1000 sq ft of that space is covered in mats, giving us enough room to train BJJ, Kickboxing and MMA. We also have a weight room where our members are allowed to work out for free. In the kitchen is everything you need to successfully meal prep during camp. We also provide a sitting area where parents and young children can be entertained, without being a distraction to the ongoing class.
Always content but never satisfied, we thoroughly embody the ideology of God first, family second, and everything else third. Join us, and become a member of Light City Martial Arts, the most dominant fight team in central Louisiana.