Our Instructors

The well-rounded martial arts programs offered by North Texas Mixed Martial Arts teach the four ranges of self-defense, setting us apart from all others in Flower Mound and Denton County.

Classes are for beginners and advanced!

  • Tery Corkran
      Tery Corkran Owner

      5th Degree Black Belt, BJJ Master, Head Coach, & Owner Tery Corkran

      In 1990, Tery started training in American kickboxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. He started competing and won in full contact kickboxing in 1993 in the late Walt Mason’s TACKA (Texas Amateur Contact Karate Association) tournament.

      After watching Royce Gracie from Brazil’s Gracie Jiu-Jitsu totally dominate any black belt or pro fighter at the first UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), a no-holds-barred competition, Tery started training in the only Ju-Jitsu school in his area. Mr. Corkran received his black belt in 1996 in Japanese Jukido Jitsu.

      In November 1995, Tery found out that instructor Carlos Machado, the multi-world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, fifth degree black belt, and cousin to the legendary Gracie’s, had moved to Dallas and was teaching at Chuck Norris’s Walker Texas Ranger studio. Tery began training with Mr. Machado right away. He is now a fifth-degree black belt and continues to train under Carlos Machado. He is also continuing to train in American kickboxing and Muay Thai kickboxing.

      Tery has competed in several Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, and has only lost one match. He received his black belt from Carlos Machado on October 19, 2002. Tery was one of 8 black belts living in the state of Texas, and one of under 100 living in the U.S. at that time. Tery won 3 gold medals in the 2001 and 2002 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Pan American championships in Florida at the ages of 38 and 39. Tery tries to associate himself with teachers that are well-known for their talent and proving themselves in competition as world champions, such as Carlos Machado and his brothers.

      Tery is an IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation)-certified instructor. Mr. Corkran has had great success teaching children, women, and men at his school, North Texas Mixed Martial Arts, in Flower Mound, Texas. Tery opened the Academy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1998 and was one of the first schools in Texas to teach MMA to children and adults.

      In 2007, the Academy expanded into North Texas Mixed Martial Arts. Along with the best team MMA record in the Metroplex, Tery strives to provide one of the best standup and ground training schools in the Metroplex. He sets high standards for his children’s classes and in September of 2001, was awarded the “Children’s Empowerment Award” by the Mayor of Lewisville, Texas. Tery has trained a lot of children and adults that have competed and won many Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. Tery has also acted in the martial arts movies: The Prodigy and Sinners and Saints.

    • Matt Larey
      Matt Larey Coach

      Matt Larey is a fourth-degree black belt under Tery Corkran. Matt manages North Texas MMA, and teaches kids, teens, and adults Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and boxing classes. Probably one of the best submission artists in the area, whenever Matt teaches, you are sure to see something new and innovative. Along with his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Matt has trained boxing for many years with many champions.

      His knowledge of boxing has become technical and vast. Matt is a state-certified school teacher and has taught for many years. Matt is an IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation)-certified instructor. He has coached countless fighters and grapplers in the DFW area, and his accomplishments are listed below.


      • 2001 White Belt Winter Wars Gold
      • 2001 White Belt Smackdown in H-Town Gold
      • 2002 White Belt Travis Lutter Invitational Gold/Blue Belt Silver
      • 2002 Blue Belt Winter Wars Gold
      • 2002 Smackdown in H-Town Silver
      • 2002 Pan- Ams Competitor
      • 2003 Purple Belt Winter Wars Silver
      • 2005 Purple Belt Absolute Winter Wars Silver
      • American Badass Lightweight-MMA Winner over Cody Walker (Lion’s Den)
      • 2007 Brown Belt Winter Wars Bronze
      • 2008 Brown Belt Winner Wars Bronze
      • 2008 Trained at Garland Police Boxing
      • 2008-2010 Taught at Faixa Preta-Marcelo Garcia Affiliated Along with Seminars
      • 2009 Naga Expert Masters 139 and Under Gold
      • 2009 Naga Expert 139 and Under Silver
      • 2009 Arizona State Championships Brown Belt Silver
      • 2009 Mundials Brown Belt Semi-Finals
      • 2010-2011 Taught at Fitness Fight Factory with Johnny Bedford and Rafael Cassias
      • 2011 Naga Black Belt Competitor 4th
      • James Carr
        James Carr Coach

        James Carr is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and former Texas heavyweight kickboxing champion. He currently teaches advanced kickboxing and Muay Thai classes with an emphasis on sparring, techniques, and conditioning. James started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training with Tery Corkran in 2002 and has previously trained with Carlos Machado from 2000 to 2002. James received his black belt from Tery Corkran 2013.James also holds a black belt in kickboxing martial arts from Hall of Fame instructor Fred McBride. Find his Martial Arts accomplishments listed below.


        • Texas BJJ Open Medalist; Blue Belt Division—2001
        • Former TACKA Texas Heavy Weight Kickboxing Champion 1990–1993 with a Record of 7–0
        • TACKA South fork Ranch Showdown – Defended Heavyweight Title – TKO in Round 2—October 1992
        • Gladiator Kickboxing – Winner KO in Round 1—June 1992
        • TACKA Texas Proud Kickboxing – Texas Heavyweight Title Winner – 5th Round Decision—January 1992
        • U.S. Karate Championships – Heavyweight – Winner – TKO Round 3—September 1991
        • Texoma Land Full Contact Heavyweight Winner – TKO Round 1—June 1991
        • Main Event Fight Night – Lubbock Texas – Winner 3 Round Decision—December 1990
        • Southwest Kickboxing Champion – Winner TKO Round 2—August 1990
        • Chris Hoddy
          Chris Hoddy Coach

          Chris Hoddy was awarded his black belt on May 8, 2015 by Tery Corkran. He is a great instructor for wrestling or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He started grappling when he went to Ponca City High School and wrestled there. He has been training in BJJ since 2005. Chris is one of our most accomplished competitors in tournaments. Chris has accumulated hundreds of medals in local tournaments. He has won many titles at Naga, Europa, AGF, and FTW. He has also competed at the highest level in BJJ at the World Championships twice—once as a brown belt and once as a black belt.

          • Nick Lee
            Nick Lee Coach

            Nick started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing in 2008 at North Texas Mixed Martial Arts. Nice received his purple belt in 2016 from Tery Corkran. He received his purple belt in March 2016. He wrestled for Marcus High School in his freshman and sophomore years. Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing have really helped him by making him a much more confident person. Nick tries to connect with the kids and show them an innovative style that will better help them understand martial arts and excel at it. He really enjoys it and has been helping teach all of the kids’ classes since 2013.


            • AGF Winter Classic – Gold
            • Blue Belt Invitational – Competitor
            • Sparring Exhibition – Competitor
            • Samanda So
              Samanda So Coach

              Sam has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing under Tery Corkran and Matt Larey, among many others, since 2008. Samanda received her purple belt in 2012 by Tery Corkran. She has a brown belt in the discipline and is doing it as a hobby. The sport has really helped Sam in keeping up a healthy lifestyle as well as self-confidence and discipline. She has also been teaching kid’s and teen’s classes. Her teaching emphasizes cardio and conditioning with a concentration in the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing.


              • AGF Winter Classic 2014 – Gold
              • AGF BJJ Championships 2014 – Silver
              • TJ Sewell
                TJ Sewell Coach

                TJ Sewell wrestled at the University of Oklahoma, where he was an NCAA Division I 3-time All-American, NCAA Division I Finalist, and second on the all-time win list for the University of Oklahoma. TJ has continued to be involved in wrestling instruction for collegiate, freestyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling, helping the local wrestling programs on the high school and grade school levels. TJ received his blue belt by Tery Corkran. He’s also produced many state wrestling champions as well as assisted with their continuation onto the college level through scholarship opportunities. TJ has been training and teaching at North Texas Mixed Martial Arts for several years and is a blue belt under Tery Corkran. TJ has worked with many NTMMA fighters and we are fortunate to have him at NTMMA.


                • Three-Time NCAA Division I All-American
                • NCAA Division I Finalist
                • 2-Time Big 8 Champion
                • #1 Nationally Ranked Division I
                • Second All-Time Win List
                • All-American High School (Freestyle)
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