THE HARRIS HOLT FAMILY
- (Godan) 5th Degree Black Belt Kami Bushi Do
- (Shodan) 1st Degree Black Belt Shotokan
- (Shodan) 1st Degree Black Belt Jujitsu
- Martial Arts Diplomat
- Menkyo Teaching License
- Bachelors Degree – Business Finance
I am a Yodan (4th Degree black belt). I started training at age 11. I am trained in Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts. I am a Quad State Heavyweight Submission Wrestling Champ and also the Fastest Knock Out in Hook-n-Shoot history. I am also a Black Belt in Sambo and Jiu-Jitsu. My goal is to continue my martial arts training as long as I’m fun, and growing as a person. I believe that that the most important aspect of martial arts is the improvement of one’s self mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I am currently employed by the town of Ashland City in Cheatham County as a police officer. I have been in law enforcement for over twenty years. I began my martial arts training over 30 years ago because as a young child I dreamed of being a ninja. I am currently ranked Yodan (4th Degree black belt) in Kami Bushi Do and Shodan in Kami Bushi Kai. I have also received training in Shotokon and Aikido. Martial arts has taught me many valuable lessons including respect, humility, and restraint. I take tremendous pride in passing on my knowledge to others. One of my favorite martial arts quotes was said by Gichin Funakoshi: “But remember that karate is not only Karate – it is life.”
Kickboxing/MMA Assistant Director
I began studying martial arts when I was 12 years old. I hold a Nidan (2nd Degree black belt) in two styles of Karate, one in Kama Bushi Do Karate and one in a derivative of Shotakan Karate. I am also a Shodan in Kama Bushi Do Ju-jitsu. I have studied Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and am currently studying MMA, Judo, Muy Thai, Sambo, Ju-jitsu, and Kama Bushi Do Karate. I have been helping instruct classes for multiple years, and I offer private lessons in point sparring, continuous sparring, and tournament style submission grappling. I hold the demo team record for most boards broken with a single punch, and in 2011 received the best board breaking award. I am an expert division NAGA champion, a multiple time Pro-Am advanced division submission grappling champion, and a former black belt point sparring and submission grappling KY State Champion. My goals are to continue to increase my rank in Karate, help all Harris Holt students reach their goals, continue to pursue martial arts competitions in both striking and grappling divisions, and eventually turn pro as a mixed martial arts fighter. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, playing the conga and bongo drums, and filming and editing videos. My favorite quote is, “My best punch was the one that never hit you” – Unknown
My current rank is Sandan 3rd Degree Black Belt. I have also trained in Goju Ryu, Shotokan & Aikido. I started training in 1982 for self-defense. The most important part of martial arts for me is self discipline & humility. My occupation is engineer. My hobbies are Cycling, Running, Reading & Disney.
My Favorite Quote is, “Better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
My rank is Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt). I started my martial arts training in 1993. I am employed as an Executive Assistant to the Montgomery County Sheriff. I have my B.S. in Advertising. I have trained in Kami Bushi Kai/ Kami Bushi Do. The reason I started martial arts was to learn self-defense. My hobbies include going to Predator Hockey games and NHRA Drag Racing. I plan to continue learning. The most important part of martial arts is to be a well-rounded individual.
My favorite quotes are:
“True character is what you do when no one is watching.” -Unknown
“Always remember to re-stomp the groin.” -Master Ken
I started training because I needed something for physical fitness and thought I would learn self-defense along the way. I began training in 1998. The most important part of Martial Arts is discipline and knowing you have the ability to defend yourself if necessary and the physical challenges it brings. I am employed as a Tire lube express manager. My hobbies are Martial Arts & spend time with my son Kyle. My Favorite Quote is, “If it was easy everyone would do it.”
I am a first degree Black belt in Shotokan. I also have ranks in Judo, jiu-jitsu and Sambo. I am also a Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighter. I work as a wellness instructor at YMCA. I started training in 2008. My dad is the one that got me into the Martial Arts. I first started out in body building. I was into Martial Arts movies and always wanted to do it. My dad came home one day and handed me a flyer for karate. Long story short I went and fell in love! Been doing it ever since. Then I got into MMA after watching the UFC. It got me into great shape! I’m loving martial arts. My hobbies include training, collecting comic books & being with family & friends. The most important part of Martial Arts is the physical and mental part of martial arts. My favorite quote is, “I’ve always been buffeted by circumstances because I thought of myself as a human being affected by outside conditioning. Now I realize that I am the power that commands the feeling of my mind and form which circumstances grow.” – Bruce Lee
I am a Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Karate, and a Brown 3rd Kyu Judo/ Jiu-Jitsu. I work at CDE as a Technician/Installer. I started Karate in 1998 when I was 16. I started Judo/Jiu-Jitsu almost 2 years ago. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, and Internet Technology and a Minor in Graphic Design. I hold rank in Judo/Jiu-Jitsu and Karate. I started taking martial arts because I didn’t like team sports and I wanted to learn how to defend myself. My hobbies include: attending Karate, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. In NAGA I have placed 2nd in No Gi (Uniform), 3rd in Gi, 2 3rd places in Marty Eubanks Pro Am in Grappling, and a 2nd place in continuous sparring at Pro Am.
My Favorite Quote is, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” – Shaw Shank Redemption.
My goals are: Getting Sandan and to continue to practice karate/judo/Jiu-Jitsu. The most important aspect of martial arts is the perfecting of your own techniques. All of your preparation for testing, life, or competing falls back on you and you only.
Joan Marie Acosta
Jr. Assistant Instructor
Jr. Assistant Instructor