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74 8th Street Southeast, Hickory, North Carolina 28602, United States
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Primal MMA Academy

Welcome to Primal MMA Academy

Instructors: Coach Jason Parsons & Kimberly Parsons

Coach Jason Parsons

  

Primal MMA’s head instructor is Jason Parsons. He has over 33 years of Martial Arts experience and training. He is also the head Conditioning and Group Fitness instructor. He is a personal trainer at our neighboring Gym Southside Power and Fitness. He is childhood friends and Student of Primal MMA’s Professor Michael Bentley. He has studied Gracie Jiu-jitsu Under Professor Bentley for the past 11 year and prior to that under Professor Jeremy Robertson. Jason obtained his blue belt under Professor Robertson in December 2009. He received his Purple belt under Professor Michael Bentley January 2015. He is also a student of the Gracie University, and ranked as a purple belt in the JJGF (Jiu-jitsu Global Federation.) Jason teaches the adult and teen Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Fundamental class, the Intermediate Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Class, The Muay Thai Fitness, and MMA Conditioning classes. He is The “Papa Bear” Instructor in the Kids Spider Monkeys Program.

   

  

Jason Parsons current Ranks and Certifications


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu - Purple Belt GJJF


Hapkido—Black Belt


Kodokan Judo - 2nd Degree Black Belt


American Freestyle Karate—4th Degree Black Belt


Jeetkwankido—Founder


Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (NESTA)


Certified Sports Injury Specialist (NESTA)


Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist (NESTA)


Certified MMA Conditioning Coach (NESTA)


Certified Muay Thai Fitness Instructor (NESTA)


Certified Figure Training Specialist (NESTA)


Certified Underground Strength Coach (NESTA)


Certified Metabolic Conditioning Specialist (NESTA)


Degree Medical Laboratory Technology WPCC


Certified Medical Laboratory Technologist (ASCP)


BLS Certified AHA

   

Coach Kimberly Parsons

  

Kimberly Parsons (Ms Kim) (Coach Kim to most) is Primal MMA’s General Manager along with one of the Instructors. Coach Kim has 15 years of Martial Arts experience and training. She has been training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Coach Jason Parsons since 2014. She is the Head instructor of Primal's P.M.S Women's only self-defense program. She is the Lead instructor “Mama Bear” of our kids Program Spider Monkeys MMA. Her presence in all classes is noted with a sense of authority but also a loving nature. Ms.  Kim assist with all the classes that coach Jason teaches and takes care off all day to day operations here at Primal. If you have any questions she will have the answer or find a way to get it. Ms. Kim has experience in Judo, and holds a high Green/Brown belt in American Freestyle Karate. 

   

  

Kimberly Parsons current Ranks and Certifications



Gracie Jiu-jitsu— Blue Belt


Judo—Yellow Belt


American Freestyle Karate Green/Brown Belt


Sport Yoga Instructor (NESTA)


BLS Certified AHA


AAS Degree Medical Sonography CCTI


Registered in Medical Sonography by the ARDMS . 


Registered Vascular Sonographer by ARDMS


Certificate in Cardiovascular Sonography.