ABOUT US

Carolina Combatives & Fitness takes special care to understand the unique needs of our community and our students. We strive to offer programs to meet the needs of our students and wish to continue to add new and exciting classes to our roster.

 
Clemson Combatives & Fitness is family-owned and operated in Anderson, SC. Since opening in 2012, we’ve treated every student like they were a part of our family because they are part of our jiu jitsu family. Other academies may offer similar programs, but what differentiates CC from the rest is our personal touch.  

We are the exception to the rule in today's world of martial arts and MMA. We are a fighting family. Ours is a club of adults, teens and kids who have a passion for the art we love and for training and growing together. Our training family is made up of men, women, boys and girls of all ages, shapes, sizes all seeking a common goal, to have fun, learn and grow in a safe, healthy and friendly environment.
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MEET THE COACHES
  1. Nick Thompson
    Nick Thompson
    Nick began training in the martial arts at 10 years old at an American karate school near Atlanta, GA. Since then he has studied Okinawan karate, and the Korean arts of Kuk Sool and Tae Kwon do, as well as cross training in other arts before finding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2013. Nick is a purple belt and assistant coach in the adult BJJ program at CC.
  2. Lee Poore
    Lee Poore
    Lee has years of experience in training various martial arts including karate, wrestling, knife combatives and jiu jitsu. Lee is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and an assistant coach in both our kids and adult programs.
  3. Anthony McCann
    Anthony McCann
    Anthony began his jiu-jitsu journey three years ago. In that time he has been one of the strongest assets we have at CC as a training partner and assistant coach. Anthony is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and assistant coach in our adult BJJ program.
  4. Susan Praytor
    Susan Praytor
    After many years of giving up her home and garage to Trent's training Susan decided in mid 2016 to give jiu jitsu a try. A competitive vollyball player and athlete in high school, she loved the challenge and quickly became a dedicated student. Susan is a leader in the academy and an assistant coach in our kids programs.
  5. Joel Williams
    Joel Williams
    Joel Williams holds B.S. in exercise studies and MPH/Ph.D. degrees in health promotion, education and behavior. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a personal trainer and certified athletic trainer in the small fitness club, outpatient physical therapy, and large hospital-based wellness facility settings. Dr. Williams has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University since 2007. He has black belt level training in Kuk Sool and Combat Hapkido and has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai at Carolina Combatives & Fitness since 2016. Joel is a NESTA certified fitness instructor and believes Carolina Combatives & Fitness is not just a place to train - it is truly a family!
  6. Dez Pollard
    Dez Pollard
    Ms. Dez Pollard is a high school student at Temple Christian Academy and multi sport athlete. in 2017 Dez found BJJ and Carolina Combatives and has been a fixture in our jiu jitsu family ever since. Dez is an assistant coach for our kids program.
  7. Trent Praytor
    Trent Praytor
    Trent Praytor is owner and head instructor at CC. He has been actively training in martial arts for over 20 years. Trent is a black belt in BJJ and an official study group leader in MBC.