Wrestling Coaches

Nick Purler

Nick Purler

  • 1994 NCAA All-American / Oklahoma State University
  • 1994 Big 12 Champion
  • Member of 3 Division I National Championships teams
  • Member of the 1994 Dual Team National Champions / OSU Cowboys
  • Nick’s impressive winning % earned him a spot on Oklahoma States’ All-Time top 20 list for over a decade
  • Espoir National finalist
  • University Nationals finalist
  • 1993 Olympic Sports Festival Champion
  • US Open freestyle All-American
  • Member of the 1994 ALL-STAR TEAM
  • 3X MO high school state champion
  • Nick lost only 2 matches in his high school career
  • 2X Junior National Champion
  • Upon graduation, Nick was ranked #1 in the Nation for his weight class
  • 1988 Member of the Asics DREAM TEAM
  • Voted as Outstanding Wrestler of the “Dapper Dan” Dream Team Classic
  • Cadet Pan American Games bronze medalist
  • Head Coach of the 4X Tulsa National Champions…Purler Wrestling Academy
  • Member of the Missouri Wrestling Association Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Missouri Wrestling Hall of Fame
Ty Purler

Ty Purler

  • MO Class 4 State Medalist
  • 3 Time Class 4 State Qualifier
  • Highschool National Runner Up
  • Nationally Ranked top 20 in Highschool
  • Over 19 years of experience in the Purler Wrestling system

Jiu-Jitsu Coaches

Rocky Vercher

Rocky Vercher

  • 3x Louisiana state placer
  • 1x Louisiana state champion
  • 2004 NAIA national finalist at Lindenwood
  • 2x team captain at Lindenwood
  • 3x Missouri jiu-jitsu state champ
  • 2015 blue belt runner up IBJJF worlds
  • 2016 world master champ
  • 12-1 professional MMA record
  • 7-0 amateur record, Missouri 155 lb belt holder
Brandon Ziceri

Brandon Zeciri

  • 16 years of training
  • Brown belt
  • Freestyle Karate Black Belt
  • 1st degree TKD Black Belt
  • 7-4 Amateur Boxing
  • 2-1 Amateur MMA
Hanna Zeciri

Hannah Zeciri

  • BJJ Brown Belt
  • 2021 King of the Mat Runner Up
  • 2018 Blue Corner Ultimate Absolute Champion
  • 3rd degree TKD Black Belt
  • 125lb National MMA Amateur Champion
  • 5-0 Amateur MMA
  • 1-0 Amateur Kickboxing
  • 1-0 Professional MMA

Striking Coaches

Striking Instructor Pete Menke

Pete Menke

Pete Menke began training in martial arts at 14 years old, studying the art of American Kenpo. By the age of 18, he earned his 1st-degree black belt in American Kenpo. During that period, he also trained in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Boxing, and American Kickboxing. After graduating high school, Pete enlisted in the Marine Corps. While serving, he studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), Judo, Muay Thai, and Wrestling. During his time in the Marines, he earned a Black Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). Additionally, while still serving, Pete continued his studies with his original Kenpo instructor and ultimately received his 4th-degree Black Belt, just before his professor passed away in 2012. Pete received his Blue Belt in BJJ while serving in the Marine Corps but had limited time to train thereafter due to operational tempo. Pete had the privilege of training all over the US and world, which included training in the Philippines with a Pencak Silat grandmaster for over three months and with UFC fighters in California. Over the years, Pete has competed in Point Karate (Empty Hand Forms, Weapons Forms, Fighting), Full Contact Karate, Boxing, American Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Submission Fighting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts.

Pete retired from the Marine Corps in October of 2019, after serving for 22 years; 17 of which were as a Force Recon/Recon Marine. He now works as the Assistant Chief Operations Officer and an instructor for a tactical training company that primarily provides training and services to Military Special Operations and Local/State/Federal Law Enforcement. Pete has also continued his training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has an instructor rating in SOCP (Special Operations Combative Program). Pete studies Lethwei under Saya Win Zin Oo of Myanmar and has achieved the title of Saya (instructor/coach) in Thut Ti Lethwei.

Pete owns and operates a Personal Protection and Martial arts school named Unified Combatives Academy, LLC. Unified Combative Academy teaches Thut Ti Lethwei and Menke Kenpo Americana (MKA).

  • Show Me State Karate Tournament Champion, Under 18
  • US All Style Full Contact Karate Champion, under 18
  • Midwest Regional Full Contact Karate Champion, Adult
  • Gateway Classic Boxing Tournament – Silver Medalist
  • Illinois State Round Kick Rumble Kickboxing Champion
  • St. Louis Golden Gloves – Silver Medalist
  • California State Submission Grappling Championship – Gold in Novice Division, Silver in the Open Division
  • Blue Belt w/1 Stripe BJJ
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in MCMAP
  • Pankration Coach for Team Recon Training Company, USMC, 2008 – 2012
  • Lead Hand-to-Hand Instructor at the Marine Base Reconnaissance Course (2008-2010)
  • Saya (Coach) in Thut Ti Lethwei
  • Combative Instructor – Asymmetric Solutions Integrated Combative System at Asymmetric Solutions
  • SOCP (Special Operations Combative Program) Instructor
  • Certified in ASP Tactical Baton and Non – Lethal Methods