Shane Arthur Weinischke,
Born 1984 in Tallahassee Florida, raised until a teenager in Thomasville Georgia. Began training martial arts in 1991, at 7 years old. Beginning with Taekwondo at a super small spot on the main road 319 going through Thomasville. "Mr. Simpson" was the black belt in charge, he wasn't a friendly guy. Remembering the classes, Stretching until our joints felt like butter, learn or review a Kata, followed by kicking techniques, ending with point sparring. Never saw Simpson train but some of the younger black belts were really good. 2+ years of training in that tiny dojo until one day the Grinch stole Christmas.
The Word Was: Mr. Simpson took the gym dues and split, meant no more dojo. It gave Taekwondo a whole new meaning now,
The building is still there, at one point after that it was a hair salon, now it sales fireworks. No dojo, No Excuse. Sticking with practice routines of the kicks and solo drills taught in those 2 years.
The move back to Tallahassee in 1997,
2002 was the first visit to American Karate Studios. For the next few years it was American Karate/Ed Parker Kenpo taught by
Karate hall of fame Jack L. Morris.
2003, meeting Arthur Huynh "Best Friend" and first introduction to
Jiu Jitsu. While training at American Karate Studios in Tallahassee, at the time Arthur was a brown belt in Kenpo and assistant instructor. He knew MUCH more than just karate though. Later on earning his Kenpo black belt. Remembering countless kickboxing rounds "Getting my butt kicked". All the talks were about training, fighting, and working out. Week and Weekend nights meant training.
One day during training Arthur laid on the floor and said "Hey get between my legs". "Awkwardly, I got between his legs, later learning this was the "Full Guard" position. "While in his guard, I was exposed to sweeps, armlocks, and chokes I didn't know were there. IMMEDIATELY became hooked with the art of "Submission Fighting"
2005 brought opportunity to compete. Experience Gained, some failures and MUCH SUCCESS!!! in many Southeast Regional Karate tournaments, Karate Opens, Point Sparring, and Yoshukai Super Fights. Traveling all over Florida, Georgia, & Alabama. Also in 2005 competing Jiu Jitsu and No Gi "Submission Wrestling" At this point learning techniques mostly from a book and training on carpet floor at the karate dojo, a NEW challenge awaited at NAGA North American Grappling Association in Jonesboro Georgia Nov 10' 2005. Remembering that first Jiu Jitsu tournament better than any other, "I was nervous, didn't know what to expect. I was Terrified! But there was no turning back now. Back in the day NAGA let skill levels compete up to test themselves, so you could start with expert and if you lost the first match you'd just start over in the less skilled division. Entering Intermediate was the first division, lost that match via triangle choke.
Shook it off, stepped back up for beginners division,
winning those first two matches by submission, losing the final on points,
2nd place(Silver) No Gi
Now Gi was up, never formerly trained in a BJJ school and not understanding the grips much. VICTORY!!! In the first match, winning by points, getting the hand raised, and realizing all grip strength was completely gone.
Fingertips felt like ice but burned, could barely
open or close hands going into next match. Lost next match on points,
taking 3rd place(Bronze)
Failures and Victories can come in one day
I was looking everywhere. Some were already friends, some were recruited from wrestling rooms, mostly Lincoln High School. A Room full of ATHLETES! Coach Crowder was in charge, Super good coach. Also while there I met a wrecking ball of a wrestler named Ryan McClellan . Eventually joining Tallahassee Fight Club meeting Harrison Phiefer, behind Momo's pizza. It was very tough/raw/uneducated training. A bunch of Wannabe fighters, All trying to make it big and prove a point. "ONLY 2 made it anywhere, Josh Odom in the IFL & Josh Samman in the UFC. They weren't even the best in the room. The most talented and dangerous person on the mats was Ryan, the wrestler I met from Lincoln, 5 ft 6, 180lbs, he fought mma at 155lbs. He beat everyone up. "I got my share of butt whoopins!" Everyday. I was typically first to show and last to leave, I cleaned the mats before and after training. Others would use training area without cleaning up after. Ringworm and Staph are real! There was always someone cut open or getting their ears drained. One day during shadowbox rounds, some meathead lawyer approached me about gym dues. Paying dues is expected! No Problem was the reply. Than was told if there is an issue paying, there's other ways to handle it. Never liked that creep. He stole, lied, and cheated his own. Before catching on to his scam, he managed a few athletes to sign professional contracts with ZERO amateur experience. I was one of them.
Shane Weinischke vs N/A
March Mayhem 2007 Albany Georgia
The match was for submission, was a reset and go again. Who can get the most Subs in 8 minutes. Shane won by 2 guillotine chokes and almost achieved the armlock when time expired.
Final score 2-0, Shane with the Victory!
Josh Odom , another Tallahassee native was one of the first from the area to travel and gain WORLD CLASS Fighting experience. Odom was already a Kenpo black belt from Jack L. Morris, getting home from a military career, he traveled to San Jose and trained 2+ years with
UFC Legend Frank Shamrock, and represented Shamrock in the IFL: International Fight League. A TON of training sessions were exchanged between these two. Photo taken 2007 at Tallahassee MMA-TMMA
Warming up with Coach Wali Akbar
Full story write up coming soon!
Justin "The Blade" Pickett
2x IKF Kickboxing Champion
Footage from 2007
Full story write up COMING SOON!
7th Degree Judoka
UFC Vet, WEC Champion, 2x NCWA Champion, Judo & BJJ Black Belt
Photo: Presto, Kerlin, Shane, Uncle Mike, Al
Armory HQ Jupiter, Fl
Training camp with
Osvaldo Queixinho Moizinho, Samir Chantre, & Marcelo Cohen
5th Degree Black Belt
5th Degree Black Belt
5th Degree Black Belt
Honored to meet and train with BJJ Legend Ricardo De La Riva at his World famous school in Copacabana Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro also known as Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Guanabara is a governing body of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The current president of the federation is 9th degree red belt Carlos Robson Gracie.
September 14, 2016, it was late that night when I first met my son Liam Arthur Weinischke
face to face.