Mr. Ricky is the youngest of three children, born in Tehran, Iran on July 26, 1978. His family immigrated to the United States one year later, to escape the Iranian Revolution. Upon their arrival to the U.S., the family settled in the DMV area and remain here to this day.
He began formal martial arts training at Kim Studio with Supreme Grand Master Ki Whang Kim at the age of 9. He learned a traditional method of martial arts that incorporated Karate, Chuan Fa, Taekwondo, Akido and Moo Do Kwan Tang Soo Do. Being exposed to a variety of martial art styles, Mr. Ricky was educated at an early age the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Continuing his training until the age of 23, by which time he had obtained 4 of his 6 black belts. He was also a member of his high school wrestling team and studied Jujitsu, in his spare time.
While training 6 days each week and competing in multiple tournaments, Mr. Ricky began attending University of Maryland in the fall of 1998 and obtained a Bachelors in Elementary Education. Upon graduating he joined the corporate world and began working full time. After a few years of working in sales, Mr. Ricky left his corporate job to turn his passion for martial arts into a full-time job.
In the Fall of 2018, Mr. Ricky decided to join forces with Foxhall Foundation to create the Masters of Motion program at Foxhall Wellness. The Masters of Motion program offers classes for students as young as 3 that focuses on physical movement as well as martial arts disciplines. There is no age limit for students in the Masters of Motion program. All age groups are encouraged to participate and learn the basics of proper movement and learn to exercise in a safe, effective manner.
Mr. Ricky has won over 150 martial arts tournaments, beginning with his first Grand Championship Tournament at the age of 15. He is the State Director/Coach of USSSA Taekwondo and still works out 6 days each week.
Mr. Ricky currently resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and several pets.