Chris Tricoli

Kids Martial Arts near Raleigh

Chris Tricoli

Professor Chris Tricoli is known as the face of RIMA and a mentor to the students. Introduced to the world of martial art philosophy as a young boy by his aunt who is Japanese. After moving to North Carolina he began teaching martial arts to Military Personnel at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. Started his first Martial Arts school in 1995 in Greenville, North Carolina. At this time he began learning the Chinese arts such as Gung fu and Tai Chi, along with Karate and Hapkido. Today, he calls Raleigh, North Carolina home and still studies and practices what he teaches. Currently ranked in multiple arts including Coral Belt in Aiki-Jiu Jitsu, 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the legendary Carlos Machado, Yon Dan in Judo, 5th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, Muay Thai Kru and Go Dan in Tai Chi. As an international teacher the relationships that his training has developed, on and off the mat, is one that cannot be explained in words. He considers it a true honor to have trained under the best in the world, and it’s a greater honor that these teachers are also his friends. It's a rare privilege to represent such awesome lineage such as GM Jeffery Gay, GM William White, Professor Carlos Machado, Professor Royce Gracie, Scott Francis, Professor Ernie Cates, GM Cyrus, GM Jae Han Ji, GM In Sun Seo, GM West, Dr. Kimm, and Professor John Taube.

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