Founder of Australia Freestyle Combat
Where did it all begin?
Mick Nicholls began studying Martial Arts in 1973 in Melbourne. Before that he studied Boxing for about five years, having both amateur and professional bouts. Mick’s thirst for knowledge has always been a driving force in his training, often studying up to three different systems at the same time. He has trained in the Japanese, Okinawan, Korean, Brazilian, Thai, American, Chinese and Filipino Martial Arts systems, many of these being studied in their mother countries. Over the years he has travelled and trained in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK (London & Manchester), The Philippines, Canada and the USA (Los Angeles, Tacoma & Oregon). He has had the privilege of studying under some of the world’s elite and renowned Martial Arts masters.
Real Life Experience
Mick spent nine years working as a doorman (bouncer) in some of Melbourne’s roughest establishments from the mid 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. This hands on experience is what has influenced the arts that he teaches in as far as the techniques, training methods and application principles.
In 1979 Mick founded Freestyle Combat Karate Australia, a self-defence based system, with no focus on competition but concentrating on giving it’s members the tools to survive in today’s violent society. Freestyle Combat concentrates on giving real answers to real questions regarding street defence.