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Welcome to West Coast Martial Arts - Gallatin.


Welcome to Ernie Reyes' World Martial Arts/World Champion Jiu-Jitsu

Congratulations on your decision to take the challenge towards personal excellence! The purpose of this information is to help you make your decision about training with our school easier and to better prepare you for your training. School owner and Master Instructor David Hughes welcomes you to come in and visit our school for a free tour and trial class. Master Hughes has trained for over 40 years in many different Martial Arts and holds Black Belts in several martial arts including a 7th degree Black Belt in the World Mixed Martial Arts system under Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor, Grand Master Ernie Reyes as well as a World Championship title in No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu .

Why Us

Ernie Reyes' West Coast World Martial Arts Association has been rated as the top Martial Arts Organization in the entire USA. Our professional staff and Black Belt Instructors are here to provide the best service for you and your family.

Our System

Our system is a progressive blending of Traditional and Contemporary or "Mixed Martial Arts". The curriculum is designed to help the student become well rounded in many areas of training. You will have comprehensive training in Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, No-Gi Submission Grappling (aka Submission Wrestling), MMA Ground Striking, Boxing, Kickboxing, Escrima, Acrobatics, greater physical fitness and conditioning and a means for personal and life skills development.

Great for the Whole Family

We offer something for every member of the family. We offer discounted family memberships and classes up to six days a week. All classes are taught by certified Black Belt Instructors with years of experience and their assistants. All classes are conducted with student safety as the #1 priority. It's a fun way to get in shape and stay in shape and it is Fun, Safe, Educational, Empowering and Exciting! Be confident. Be prepared. Start your journey to Black Belt today!

In our 6,000 sq. ft. State-of-the-Art Facility, we have three training floors which allows us to teach over sixty classes per week for convenient scheduling for your entire family. When you enroll in a Regular Program, your Family members may enroll with a discount. We recommend that they start with a FREE trial lesson to provide them with a more comfortable transition to the regular program.


-Li'l Dragons (ages 3-7): KJN Ernie Reyes literally wrote the book that is the industry standard for teaching martial arts to this age group.

-Fitness Classes: These include our Tai Chi, Fitness Kickboxing and Warrior Workout Classes.

-Mixed Martial Arts: We offer separate classes for Juniors (ages 8-14) and Adults (ages 15-70+). We also offer two classes a week that Juniors and Adults can train together as a family.


Martial Arts for Discipline, Focus, Fitness and Fun.
Kids love martial arts because they're so much fun. Parents love them because they help their kids develop...
-RESPECT towards themselves and others...
-DISCIPLINE to get their chores and homework done...
-CONFIDENCE to challenge themselves and grab life by the horns...
-FITNESS for a long, happy, healthy life...
-and the FOCUS to study, pay attention and learn...
This creates the ultimate win/win for parents and their children. Kids have a blast while growing and flourishing. Parents feel safe and secure knowing that their children are supervised, and in an incredibly productive environment.

Creating Little Ninjas with Big Character
We use a method called "PCP" (Praise...Correct...Praise). Kids are taught through positive praise and motivation rather than "time outs" and punishment.


Discipline becomes enjoyable. Kids strive to behave well so they can receive even more praise and encouragement. The best part is that this behavior doesn't just happen in their martial arts classes...This behavior carries on into their homes, schools and everywhere else. It's truly the life-changing benefits of training in the martial arts. The habits kids develop at this age have a greater impact on who they will become than any other time in their life. Give your child this incredible advantage.


Sumner County residents are shocked at how fast this Kickboxing program melts away fat and gets you into incredible shape.

Gallatin men and women of all shapes sizes and ages are losing 3-5 pounds in the first 7 days alone-while learning self defense and having tons of fun!

Here's how we get such awesome results and how you can get started as early as today!
We combine cardio, resistance and interval training to give you the most fat-melting workout possible. Individually each one of these workouts is powerful. Combine all three...and you have the ultimate fat burning workout known. Come see for yourself.

There is NOTHING better for stress relief than hitting a punching bag!
It's a scientific fact that intense exercise relieves stress in all areas of your life. Feel more calm and peace throughout your day and watch situations and people who used to stress you become easier to handle.

Feel comfortable knowing that you can handle yourself while walking around or out at night. After just a few classes your confidence will soar knowing that you are learning to punch and kick in the most effective way.

It feels great to look in the mirror and love what you see. If everyday you look in the mirror, you are disappointed and see things you don't carry that negativity with you all day. But imagine, if you looked in the mirror and got a rush of excitement at how good you looked and empowered by the changes you've made. Imagine how much positive energy would fill your day and that you would bring to others too. It could happen very quickly too. We see people feeling better and better about themselves every week in our kickboxing classes.

You can accomplish this too. It just takes showing up and following along in our fun classes.

With two great Fitness Kickboxing classes to choose from, we'll help you to trim up and get the head-turning results you want as quickly as possible.

Kickboxing Express

Our Kickboxing Express classes are designed to get you in and out in just 30 minutes, while giving you a calorie-crushing workout that'll leave you fit and firm in just a few weeks. We have jam-packed our Kickboxing Express workout with plenty of fat-blasting, muscle toning exercises to help you achieve your goals in a fraction of the time you'd need with most other workouts.

Warrior Workout

The Warrior Workout Fitness Kickboxing classes at Ernie Reyes pack a punch with a full hour of ab-sculpting, muscle-toning circuit training exercises that promise to burn as many as 800 calories with each class! By combining kickboxing with circuit training and yoga, you'll get a full-fledged workout that will help you to drop fat and sculpt a gorgeous, toned body quicker than anything else you have ever tried!

The Easiest Way to the Best Body You've Ever Had

Face the challenges of today with more confidence, energy and a more positive attitude. Take the first step to changing your body and life. Classes are self-paced so beginners will feel comfortable, but experienced athletes will be very challenged. Dress comfortably and have fun getting in shape. No experience necessary.

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) TRAINING

JUNIORS (ages 8-14)

Amazing Gallatin Mixed Martial Arts Classes Not Only Teach Kids Self-Defense...But Gives Them The Tools They Need For Success In Life..."

From focusing, to goal setting, to self-discipline, to self-respect-kids emerge from our program changed for the better. And their parents couldn't be happier.

After just a few weeks of martial arts training, this is what happens...

*Clear Focus -In martial arts, we have kids do one thing at a time. For younger kids and kids with severe ADD, they may only do one thing for 30 seconds - but for that 30 seconds that's all they focus on. Then as they get better and better at focusing, the longer we have them focus for. Eventually, kids might focus for the entire session on one exercise or activity without getting bored or antsy. Soon, they are doing this at home, too. They focus on their homework... their chores...conversations with their parents...and anything else they put their minds to.

*Determined to Succeed- From the first day of martial arts, your child sets goals, and accomplishes them. The more and more your child does this-the more ambitious your child becomes. Eventually, children learn to set higher and higher goals and to go after them with everything they've got. Kids learn that fulfillment and respect are earned through completing challenges. Because of this, kids who train in martial arts are much more likely to succeed later in life. A recent study shows that 63% of black belts become college graduates. This helps them go on to live wonderful, more fulfilled lives and even pass it on to their children.

*Finally Paying Attention - Parents of children with attention problems breathe a sigh of relief after just a few short weeks. This is because in their martial arts classes, kids are taught to look people in the eyes when they are spoken to. We teach them that this is how you show people you are listening and paying attention. After just a few weeks, kids naturally start doing this both at home and at school. Parents and teachers are amazed by how much better these kids pay attention.

*Completing Tasks The First Time They Are Asked - In martial arts, we have just a few simple rules. One of them is that when asked to do something - they always do it the first time. Rather than us yelling at or scolding the kids, they do this because they see the other kids in class doing it and they want to make friends and be a part of the group. It's usually just a matter of weeks before they start doing this at home, too. For parents of kids who have a hard time following direction-this truly is a blessing.

*Self-Respect - When it comes to bullies, kids in martial arts don't back down. They have the confidence to look the bully straight in the eyes and stand their ground. Almost always, the bully gets scared and backs down. This actually happens 9 times out of 10. And for the one time out of 10 that the bully doesn't back down, your child will have both the mental and physical skills and tools to avoid the fight or defend themselves. Most confrontations can be talked through, but on the occasions that it can't, your child will be prepared.

*Martial Arts Are A Great Form Of Exercise And Great For Weight Loss - It's easy for kids these days not to exercise. As a result, many children develop weight problems at an early age. Your child will be active the whole time, but there is no pressure on your child to do anything they can't. It will help children maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, alertness and overall happiness. Your child will never feel better. And most importantly your child will have tons of fun!!!


Recently MMA has been made more popular through TV series such as The Ultimate Fighter. UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships), Strikeforce and Bellator, etc have really opened the public's eyes to a new type of reality fighting. Many people want to learn the Mixed Martial Arts but are afraid to take the first step because they think they will just get beat up every day. They are sometimes intimidated by the fear of the unknown and fear the possibility of getting hurt or think they must have previous experience. However, even beginning students need not worry about starting training at Ernie Reyes' World Martial Arts because our skilled Instructors will be sure to bring you up to speed at your own pace. Our experienced Instructors have trained with many of the best fighters and coaches in the world and continue to do so to bring you the best training and latest trends in Martial Arts training tools.

Many Martial Arts Schools have jumped on the bandwagon of MMA recently and many times the Instructors are young and inexperienced with little real experience coaching or competing and have only a little training in boxing, wrestling or karate. They think that beating each other up means they have a good MMA program.

Our Head Instructor, David Hughes has over 40 years of martial arts training. He began fighting and winning International Championships in the full contact version of Tae Kwon Do with a gold medal win at the Junior Olympics in 1981 while still in his teens and has been a world-class Grappler and a World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. He was the silver medalist at the 2010 NAGA World Grappling Championships in the Expert (BJJ:Brown/Black; Japanese Jujutsu and Judo:Black Belt) Super Heavyweight (225 lbs.+) division and took home the gold medal at the 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships in the No-Gi Black Belt Heavyweight division in his age group (50+); KJN David was also the silver medalist in the Heavyweight Black Belt GI (50+) division. He is a 7th degree Black Belt in Mixed Martial Arts under Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor, Grand Master Ernie Reyes. He still trains daily and travels all over to train with the best trainers and coaches in the USA.

Whatever you are interested in, we can help you get there. Some students want to compete and some just want to learn fun, exciting techniques and get in shape in a safe, controlled environment. We all have jobs, responsibilities, families, etc and want to train as realistic as possible, progress and learn in a positive atmosphere without the dangers of getting hurt or being around negative attitudes or macho, egotistical instructors or training partners. This way students can become proficient in the intense but realistic and demanding training with much less chance of injury when training with top notch professional Instructors.


World Champion Jiu-Jitsu

We offer Private and Semi-Private Lessons with 2014 World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Champion and 2014 World Jiu-Jitsu Championships Heavyweight Black Belt Gi silver medalist, David Hughes. For the student/client with specific goals who would rather not train in a group class environment, our one-on-one lessons customize and personalize sessions to meet your individual needs. (Please see the class section for more information.)

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Ernie Reyes' West Coast/World Martial Arts Association logo SCHOOL HOURS
Mon 1:00-9:00pm
Tue 1:00-9:00 pm
Wed 1:00-9:00 pm
Thu 1:00-9:00 pm
Fri 3:00-8:00 pm
Sat 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Sun closed
Note: Please call for morning classes.
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KJN Caleb Riker
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327 Hancock Street
Gallatin, TN 37066

Phone: 615-230-9658
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