Sensei Nick has had the opportunity to train with renowned karate masters such as Sensei Jorgen Bura (8th Dan JKA-Denmark); Sensei Masahiko Tanaka (8th DAN JKA Japan); Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda (9th DAN JKA-KUGB); Sensei Yaguchi (8th DAN JKA-USA); Sensei Seiji Nishimura (8th DAN Wado-Ryu Karate); and Hanshi Cyrus Madani (8th DAN-IMA Chief Instructor-USA), just to name a few.
Tournaments: Form Age Year Awards
Chicago Classic Kata 35-45 2002, 2003 Gold
Shiai Mesa Invitational Kata 18+ 2002 Gold
U.S. Championship Kata 35-45 2001 Gold
Honolulu International Kata 35-45 2001 Gold
Ozawa Cup Kata 35-45 2000 Silver
Shoto Cup – Denmark Kata 18+ 1999 Gold
Danish Championship Kata(Team) 18+ 1993 Bronze
Rocky Mountain Kumite 35-45 2012 SILVER
U.S.Open Kumite 35-45 2009 Bronze
Shiai Mesa Invitational Kumite 18+ 2002 Gold
Chicago Classic Kumite 35-45 2002, 2003 Gold
U.S. Championship Kumite 35-45 2001 Gold
Honolulu International Kumite 35-45 2001 Gold
Ozawa Cup Kumite 35-45 2000 Silver
Romanian Championship Kumite 18+ 1996 Silver
*Also: Former Romanian J.K.A. Chief Instructor
Sensei Nick was born in Brasov, Romania in 1964. He was impressed with martial arts from the early age, when he watched various martial arts documentary movies.
Sensei Nick immediately fell in love with karate, but it was forbidden in communist Romania.Anyone caught practicing karate would be persecuted by the authorities. So, Sensei Nick start studying judo—but he didn’t forget karate. Karate at that time was practiced in secrecy.Anyone wanting to be part of the karate group literally had to know somebody who knew somebody. It took Sensei Nick almost 2 years before he first was introduced to Shotokan-Karate, at the age 14, through an older friend.
Sensei Nick was completely blown away by the speed, power, flexibility, and control of his future Sensei. His passion for karate was so big that at the age of 17, he received his 1st degree black belt, becoming the youngest black belt in the country. For the first 3 years of his karate training, Sensei Nick never missed one
training session. After only 8 months of training, Sensei Nick was appointed by his Sensei to conduct classes for over 160 students, all white and yellow belts. Sensei Nick did not know how useful this would be in his future work.
In 1989, Sensei Nick moved to Denmark, where he continued his karate studies with JKA Europe (Japan Karate Association).
In 1995, Sensei Nick was appointed Chief Instructor for JKA Romania. In that year Sensei Nick opened his JKA organization in Romania.
In 1999, Sensei Nick moved to Las Vegas, where he continued to train with various karate masters. Today Sensei Nick holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan-Karate. He is a certified USANKF Kumite judge, holds a brown belt in judo, and is the only authorized certified instructor with IKI (Israeli Krav International) in the state of Nevada. Sensei Nick is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist Consultant for several Martial Arts organizations such as IMA Colorado, IMA Utah and IMA Texas.
Sensei Nick has over 43 years teaching experience. He has taught in Romania, Denmark, and the USA, and he holds seminars in Romania, Canada, and the USA. His teaching program is tailored in a unique way for kids and adults of all ages.