Head Instructor of Shaolin Martial Arts of Paintsville-Prestonburg
Associate Master Tommy also has a team of assistant instructors who hold advanced levels of Black sash, and have decades of combined experience. They provide students with guidance in Martial Arts techniques, while helping to develop the family atmosphere we enjoy in our classes. All Instructors promote respect and honor to our students giving them the self-confidence and pride in themselves they need to succeed.
A 5th degree black sash, Tommy Hitchcock has been studying Martial Arts for over 26 years, beginning his training in May of 1995, at a class located in Paintsville, Kentucky. Teaching classes in his own schools for over 21 years, Tommy has stated, "I have been the student far more often than I have been the teacher, because I have learned almost as much from those I instruct, as I have from those who have instructed me." His training has brought him into contact with several Masters of the system, The most recent being Elder Master Garry Mullins of Johnson City, Tennessee. Master Mullins has been a blessing to Tommy's training, allowing him to continue his path of learning, while tremendously enriching what Tommy has to offer his own students. Sadly Master Garry Mullins passed away in 2020. His wisdom, experience and love of martial arts will be missed.
Associate Master Tommy has a wide range of training outside the traditional Martial Arts as well. His credentials are listed below:
PPCT (Pressure Point Control Techniques) Instructor
G.A.G.E (Ground Avoidance/Ground Escape) Instructor
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