Corey Grant was born in Clarkston, Michigan and began competing in wrestling at the age of nine. He went on to wrestle at the University of Michigan where he was all Big-Ten and an NCAA qualifier. After graduation he began coaching wrestling at Dexter High School where he coached several state champion and all-state wrestlers. Corey then moved to Novi, where he became Co-Head Coach of the varsity wrestling team and again coached several all-state wrestlers and his team to district titles. Corey began his BJJ journey in May of 2007 and earned his black belt under Ricardo Feliciano in June of 2016 under the Checkmat banner. He has been competing in MMA since 2007.
In 2008, Corey moved to Temecula, California where he now competes and trains fighters in Mixed Martial Arts for Team Quest Fight Club and Dan Hendersons Athletic Fitness Center.
Ricardo “Pantcho” Feliciano
Ricardo “Pantcho” Feliciano was first exposed to the martial art that would change his life forever in 1995 beginning with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu master Pedro Hemeterio. He continued with diligent training over many years learning the fine points of the Brazilian based art until finally obtaining his black belt under Leo Vieira 2007.
In September 2008 Pantcho was invited by Leo Vieira to help instruct at his new academy Checkmat BJJ located in upland California. Once in California word quickly got around about Pantcho’s exceptional talent and he was invited by a mutual friend from Checkmat BJJ to the Team Quest training facility in Murrieta California. Everyone quickly realized that he would be the perfect addition to the already impressive Team Quest roster of daily class instructors and as the professional fight team BJJ coach.
“I did things like Judo and other martial arts as a small child. But when I was shown BJJ for the first time I just fell in love with it and could not stop”.