Meet the Team

Our team of instructors have years of experience in martial arts and a passion for teaching. Lesson plans are carefully developed and regularly updated to maintain relevance.

Brian Nutter

The success of an instructor can be see through the accomplishments of their students. My biggest joy is when a student does something today that he or she couldn't do yesterday. 

  • Owner and Master Instructor

  • 5th degree black belt under the US Goodwill Tang Soo do Association

  • 3rd kyu under Jim Corn's Kyusho Jitsu

  • Nationally certified in shiatsu massage and Asian Bodywork Therapy

Rebekah Nutter

Training in Tang Soo Do has improved my self-confidence and strength.  These are qualities I want to embody for my children.

  • Owner and Senior Instructor

  • 2nd degree black belt Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Certified SKILLZ Instructor

William Kusche

I really enjoy learning practical self-defense. I hope I never have to use it, but I enjoying knowing that I can take care of myself. 

  • 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soo do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Senior Instructor 

Dawn Tippey

I started doing Tang Soo Do with my son when he was six. Now he's 17 and we have four black belts in the family.  

 

  • 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Program Director for Wilmore campus

  • Senior Instructor

Katie Garrett

I started my martial arts training when I was pregnant with my youngest, so my family has always been a part of my martial arts life. It is now my joy to teach our youngest ninjas as they develop skills that carry them through all areas of life. 

  • 1st gup in Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Has three years experience teaching SKILLZ courses

Simeon Klepac

I began martial arts as a clumsy nine year old. Studying Tang Soo Do improved my coordination, endurance, and confidence. I continue to study because I enjoy teaching and it challenges me physically and mentally.

  • 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Certified SKILLZ Instructor

Matthew Tippey

I have been doing martial arts with Lion's Pride since I was 6 years old.  I enjoy self-defense, sparring, tricking, and weapons.  I enjoy the chance to teach others and watch them grow in their technique and ability.

 

  • 3rd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Senior Instructor

Wade Mitchell

I began studying taijiquan (tai chi) because I was my 40s and wanted a low-impact fitness program. I didn’t even know it was a martial art when I reported for my first class! 

 

  • Black Sash 1 from Wu Tao Di Academy 

  • Instructors Certificate (includes studies in Baguazhang, Xing Yi, and Art of War. 

Jacob Junker

I have trained in gymnastics and the martial arts since my early teens. I practice martial arts and tricking because it unifies the body and the mind together and I feel more whole.
 

  • Personal Training through Expert Ratings

  • CPR/AED through Planet Fitness

  • Previously held certifications in gymnastics safety, spotting, and gymnastics fundamentals through US Olympic Committee

Kathryn Bowles

I've been training at Lion's Pride for five years. I have learned so much and made some great friends. I enjoy helping new students and their families get to know Lion's Pride.  

  • 1st degree black belt in Tang Soo Do under US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association

  • Program Assistant

Lion's Pride Martial Arts​

800 S. Main St.

Nicholasville, KY 40357

(859) 472-4066

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