Instructor


Blue Belt Masters World Champion


Purple Belt Masters World Champion


Pan Am Black Belt Silver Medal Open Weight Division

Rick with his BJJ instructor, Soneca

BJJ

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  Dr. Richard B. Sparks

  • BJJ Black Belt with Three Degrees (IBJJF Certified)
    • 2 Time Champion, many time medalist, international masters level BJJ
    • IBJJF Certified BJJ Referee
    • TN BJJ Federation Board of Advisors 2007-2013
    • TN BJJ Federation Chief Referee 2007-2013
  • Judo Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt, USJA Certified)
    • Judo National Championship Silver Medalist
    • Multiple times regional champion and medalist
    • Certified Judo Referee
    • Silver Life Member USJA
  • Additional Style Ranks include:
    • Blackbelt Shingitai Jujitsu
    • Blackbelt TaeKwonDo
    • Blackbelt Hapkido
    • Blackbelt Goshin Jiujitsu
  • Over 20 years martial arts coaching experience
  • Co-developer of Ethical Martial Arts Training System (EMAT)
  • DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
  • PhD, MS, and BS in Engineering
  • MA in Philosophy
  • MBA
  • Scientist with over 80 peer reviewed articles/abstracts.
  • Served as Captain, Nuclear Medicine Science Officer, United States Army Reserve
  • Owner CDE Dosimetry Services, Inc.

 

  Most Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2011 Pan American Black Belt Seniors Silver Medalist Open Weight
  • 2008 Pan American Brown Belt Seniors Bronze Medalist
  • 2007 Pan American Brown Belt Seniors Silver Medalist
  • 2007 Campeonato Internacional de Master e Senior (AKA Masters Worlds) Brown Belt Bronze Medalist
  • 2005 Campeonato Internacional de Master e Senior (AKA Masters Worlds) Purple Belt Champion
  • 2005 Campeonato Internacional de Master e Senior (AKA Masters Worlds) Open Weight Purple Belt Silver Medalist
  • 2005 Pan American Purple Belt Seniors Bronze Medalist
  • 2004 Tennessee State Champion (Masters Purple Belt Open Weight)
  • 2004 Campeonato Internacional de Master e Senior (AKA Masters Worlds) Blue Belt Champion

   Black Belt Judo Competition Results:

  • 2011 National Championship Silver Medal Black Belt Masters (73 kg)
  • 2011 Tennessee State Silver Medal Black Belt Masters (<81 kg, fought at 70kg)
  • 2010 UT Inviational Gold Medal Black Belt Masters (<81 kg, fought at 70kg)
  • 2010 UT Invitational Silver Medal Black Belt Adult (73 kg)
  • 2010 North Carolina State Championship Gold Medal Black Belt Adult Div (73 kg)
  • 2010 North Carolina State Championship Gold Medal Black Belt Masters Division Lightweight (<81 kg, fought at 70kg)

Judo: Seniors = Adult
BJJ: Seniors = Masters

 

Full Bio

My Instructors and Lineage

Some Pictures From Competition

Friends and Legends I Have Met (Pictures)

Certifications

My Small Appearance in Grappling Magazine

My Appearance in the Helio Soneca Interview by Tinguinha

 

 

Co-Instructor Emeritus

BJJ

Judo

 

Dr. Michael Carter

  • Judo Yondan (4th degree black belt) USJA (since 1998)
  • BJJ Black Belt
  • 6 Time Southeastern Judo Champion
  • 2 Time State Wrestling Silver Medalist
  • Trustee Life Member of United States Judo Association
  • Judo Coach for 25 years
  • Previous Certifications include:
    • Senior Judo Coach
    • Judo Referee
    • Nage-no-kata instructor
  • Former Wrestling Coach
  • Co-developer of Ethical Martial Arts Training System (EMAT)
  • Additional Various JuJitsu Style Ranks include:
    • Shingitai Jujitsu Godan (5th degree black belt) awarded (2000) by JohnSaylor
    • Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Brown Belt from Paul Carter and Kawabe Sensei
  • PhD in Education
    • Concentration: Educational Psychology
    • Specialization: Applied Educational Psychology
    • Emphasis: Human Learning and Development
    • Dissertation: Reasoning for Wisdom in Emotional Education
  • Instructor (assistant> associate> tenured) of Psychology for 9 Years
  • Owner of Carter Consulting (teaching and coaching personal leadership)

 

Notable Competition Results:

  • 6 Time Southeastern Judo Champion
  • 2 Time State Wrestling Silver Medalist
  • Too many local, state, and regional Judo championships to list
  • 2008 Helio Soneca BJJ Tournament Champion

 


 

 

 

Instructor Emeritus


Gavin with Royler Gracie

 

BJJ 

Dr. Gavin Enck

  • Black belt received from Rolyer Gracie and Rosendo Diaz
  • Collegiate Wrestler
  • PhD Philosophy: Medical Ethics

 

 

Instructor

 


BJJ 

Judo

 

Chris Miller

  • Blue, Purple and Brown belts received from Rick Sparks
  • BJJ Green belt received from Samuel Braga
  • Judo Green belt received from Michael Carter

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2012 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Silver Medalist Gi

Wrestling

  • Regional Bronze Medalist
  • Gold and Bronze Tournament Victories
  • 90-20 overall record

 

 

Assistant Instructor

BJJ 

Judo

 

John Miller

  • BJJ Brown belt received from Rick Sparks
  • BJJ Purple belt received from Rick Sparks
  • BJJ Blue belt received from Helio Soneca
  • Judo Brown belt received from Rick Sparks

 

Judo Competition Results:

  • Tennessee State Championship Silver Medal


 


 

 

 

Assistant Instructor

BJJ 

Judo

 

Wes Franks

  • BJJ Blue and Purple belts received from Rick Sparks
  • Judo Black Belt received from Rick Sparks and Michael Carter
  • Ikkyu received from Edmon Begoli
  • MS Sports Medicine
  • MS Physical Therapy
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist

 

 


 


 

 

 

Students: Hall of Champions

 


BJJ 

 

Doug Smith

  • BJJ Black Belt given by Rick Sparks and Samuel Braga
  • BJJ Brown Belt given by Samuel Braga
  • BJJ Purple Belt given by Rick Sparks
  • BJJ Blue Belt given by Rickson Gracie

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 1996 LA Open Champion

 

 

 

 

 

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BJJ 

Judo
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Jason Roberts

  • BJJ Blue and Purple belts received from Rick Sparks
  • Judo Yellow - Green belts received from Edmon Begoli
  • Judo Brown Belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist Gi
  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medalist Gi

Judo

  • 2007 UT Invitational Gold Medal

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Justin Headrick

  • BJJ Purple belt received from Rick Sparks
  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

 

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Silver Medalist Gi
  • 2010 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist No-Gi Advanced
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal No-Gi Advanced
  • 2009 Smokey Moutain Open No-Gi Champion
  • 2009 Smokey Moutain Open Gi Silver Medalist
  • 2008 Tennessee State BJJ Silver Medalist


 


 

 

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Brad McGuire

  • BJJ Purple belt received from Rick Sparks
  • BJJ Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2014 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist Gi

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Kayla Stephens

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Silver Medalist Gi
  • 2010 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist Gi

 

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Darla Oringderff

  • Purple belt received from Rick Sparks
  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Bronze Medal Gi

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Emily Mannescmidt

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi

 

 

 


BJJ 

Judo

 

Alex Basiri

  • BJJ Blue Belt received from Rick Sparks
  • Judo Orange Belt Recieved from Rick Sparks

 

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Silver Medal Gi
  • 2008 Tennessee State BJJ Champion
  • 2008 Helio Soneca BJJ Tournament Champion

 

 

 

 

BJJ 

Zack Smitley

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal No-Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State BJJ Champion No-Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State BJJ Silver Medalist Gi
  • 2009 Smokey Moutain Open BJJ Gi Champion
  • 2008 Helio Soneca BJJ Tournament Silver Medalist

MMA Record: 1-1

 

 

BJJ 

 

Eric Horton

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

 

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist
  • 2009 Kentucky BJJ Open Championship Gold Medalist

 

 

 

 

 


BJJ 

Judo

 

Allan Ho

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks
  • Judo Brown Belt received from Mike Takata

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal Gi
  • 2009 EGO Grappling Tournamant Bronze Medalist

Judo Competition Results:

  • 2009 - Waynesville Fall Brawl - 2nd place - Advanced
  • 2008 - Ippon Open - 1st - Novice
  • 2007 - Ippon Open - 3rd place 2 x Divisions - Novice
  • 2006 - UT Martial Arts Club Tournament - 3rd place - Novice
  • 2005 - UT Martial Arts Club Tournament - 1st - Novice
  • 2005 - Waynesville Fall Brawl - 1st place - Novice
  • 2005 - Cumberland Judo Classic - 3rd place - Novice

 

 


BJJ 

Judo

 

Ben Burton

  • BJJ Blue Belt received from Rick Sparks
  • Judo Yellow belt received from Tarek Monier
  • Judo Orange and Green belt received from Rick Sparks and Edmon Begoli
  • Judo Brown Belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2013 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal
  • 2013 Tennessee State BJJ Championship Gold Medal
  • 2013 Battle at the Border Gold Medal, Open Weight, Open Belt
  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medalist Gi

Judo

  • 2014 Tennessee State Champion
  • 2014 Mayfield's Judo Tournament Gold Medal Masters
  • 2013 Rebel Invitational Gold Medal Masters
  • 2013 UT Invitational Gold Medal Masters
  • 2013 UT Invitational Bronze Medal Adult
  • 2013 Carrol Co. Invitational Gold Medal Masters
  • 2013 Judo Jones Memorial Tournament Gold Medal Masters
  • 2013 PeachTree Judo Tournament Silver Medal Masters
  • 2013TN State Judo Championship Silver Medal Masters
  • 2012 UT Regional Masters Gold Medal
  • 2012 UT Regional Adult Bronze Medal
  • 2012 Yellowhill Judo Masters Advanced Silver Medal
  • 2012 Yellowhill Judo Adult Gold Medal
  • 1996 TN State Judo Championships 4th Place
  • 1995 ETSU Tournament Gold Medal
  • 1995 Waynesville Gold Medal

MMA Record: 4-3

 

 

BJJ 

 

Brad Wilcox

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2010 Tennessee State Championship Silver Medalist Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal No-Gi
  • 2010 NAGA National BJJ Championships Bronze Medalist

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Darryl Lawson

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable BJJ Competition Results:

  • 2010 Tennessee State Championship Silver Medalist Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Dan Hoggatt

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Silver Medal No-Gi
  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi
  • 2010 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist No-Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal No-Gi
  • 2010 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Bronze Medalist Gi
  • 2009 Tennessee State Championship Bronze Medalist No-Gi
  • 2009 Smokey Moutain Open Silver Medalist
  • 2009 Kentucky BJJ Open Championship Bronze Medalist

Wrestling

  • 2004 Blount County Champion
  • 2004 All County
  • 2003 Blount County Silver Medalist

MMA Record: 1-1

 

 

 

BJJ 

 

Richard Eggers

  • Blue belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

BJJ

  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Gold Medalist Gi
  • 2011 Tennessee State Championship Bronze Medalist No-Gi
  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Gold Medal Gi
  • 2011 Smokey Mountain Open Bronze Medal No-Gi

 

 

 

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BJJ 

JudoblackJudo

 

Bo Willis

  • Judo Black Belt received in Japan
  • Judo Yellow through Brown Belt received from Edmon Begoli

Notable Competition Results:

Judo

  • 2012 UT Regional Adult Silver Medal
  • 2012 Yellowhill Judo Adult Bronze Medal

 


BJJ 

Judo

 

Alexis Joy Smerdon

  • Judo Yellow belt received from Rick Sparks

Notable Competition Results:

Judo

  • UT Regional Adult Gold Medal 2014
  • UT Regional Adult Silver Medal 2014 (+1 Weight Class)
  • UT Class Tournament Champion 2014

 

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BJJ 

Judo

 

Jason Hill

Notable Competition Results:

Judo

  • UT Regional Adult Silver Medal 2014

 

Other Students:

  • Jackie Armstrong (Three Stripe)
  • Matt Russ

  • Paris Cornwell (Four Stripe Blue Belt)
  • Greg Wenndt (Blue Belt given by Rick Sparks)
  • Bryan Dwyer (Retired: One Stripe Blue Belt, Judo Black Belt) [Blue Belt by Rick Sparks]
  • Dennis Wright (Blue Belt, Judo Black Belt) [Blue Belt Given by Rick Sparks]
  • Mark Dye (Blue Belt with One Stripe) [Blue Belt Given by Brad Hatcher]
  • Adam Treadway (Blue Belt, Judo Brown Belt) [Blue Belt Given by Rick Sparks]
  • Patrick Caylor (Blue Belt) [Blue Belt Given by Rick Sparks]
  • Cody Hudson (Blue Belt) [Blue Belt Given by Rick Sparks]
  • Josh Carpenter (Blue Belt given by Rick Sparks)

  • Aaron Shugart-Brown (Three Stripe White Belt, Judo Black Belt)
  • Braden Wenndt (Three Stripe White Belt)
  • Trey Horton (Three Stripe White Belt)
  • Derrick Giles (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Jeremy Teffeteller (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Nick Barringer (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Nathan Pruess (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Adam Shastid (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Gavin Ridley (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Anatoliy Aksanov (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Greg Ostermeyer (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Nathan Crowe (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Tim Willis (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Johnny Diggs (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Matt Miller (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Kent Johnson (One Stripe White Belt, Wrestler, Wrestling Coach)
  • Scott Campbell (One Stripe White Belt, Judo Black Belt)
  • Joseph Dwyer (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Mark Treadway (One Stripe White Belt, Judo Orange Belt)
  • Wiley Rabinowitz (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Nick Bohannon (One Stripe White Belt From Chris Fields)
  • Denise Borrelli (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Josh Richards (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Jake McMillan (One Stripe White Belt)
  • Eric Smerdon (Three Stripe White Belt)
  • Josh Huffstetler (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Jason Hill (Two Stripe White Belt)
  • Mike Chopin (One Stripe White Belt)

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be added to this list when they obtain the rank of one stripe white belt