Ryan began his Mixed Martial Arts journey in 1992 as a teenager, when MMA was quasi-legal, and a career in Martial Arts was rare. He received his Black Belt from UFC 3 Champion Steve Jennum at Innovative Martial Arts Strategies, a local Omaha academy in 1996.
His first MMA fight was in February 1997 at the age of 19 — since then, he has gone on to compete and was a part of multiple Team dynasty in MMA history. He was part of Team Quest out of Portland OR and the #1 Fight Team on the Planet Jackson/Wink gym in Albuquerque, NM. He also spent time and trained at MFS in Davenport, IA, and MTC in Chicago, IL where he trained alongside the best mixed martial artist in the world. After competing in the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, VFC, SportFight, etc. He retired from competition 2015.
Ryan received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Tony Eduardo in 2017. Ryan now enjoys coaching as much as competing, and is excited to play a role in developing the next generation of martial art athletes in Omaha area . Ryan is the Head Coach of Premier Combat Center’s competition MMA Team, as well as the Head Instructor in the Adult MMA program. In addition, he is The Head Instructor in the Youth MMA and Next Level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs
Ryan also is the owner of Complete Tactical Consultants. They created The Tactical Athlete Program which is designed to provide today’s law enforcement officers the tools they need to build their foundation for a successful career in public safety. The Tactical Athlete Program is the first and only system to enter the marketplace educating the officers in proper nutrition, fitness, mental health awareness, proven performance enhancement techniques, verbal de-escalation skills, and simple, effective, & proven defensive tactics. www.completetacticalconsultants.com
Ryan started Premier Combat Center in 2007, with the goal of bringing all the components of MMA under one roof — Boxing, Wrestling, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Strength & Conditioning, etc. All with the best coaches and facility in the Midwest. That goal has evolved to include using and sharing his knowledge of martial arts in order to help others reach their fitness, martial arts, and life goals. Our mission is “BUILDING PEOPLE INTO BETTER PEOPLE”