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Footwork is the best defense. Develop a sense of distance and you will decrease the chances of being hit or grabbed. Above all, a trained martial artist should avoid conflict. “Evade,” therefore, goes beyond fighting concepts and should be equal to a practitioners’ striking and grappling abilities.

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The body has many weapons including elbows and knees. Learn what weapons are most efficient for yourself and forge them. Technique should always be the first step in development. As one wise man says, “quality-reps.” –Duane Ludwig

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Whether in the form of controlling an opponent as seen in wrestling, or subduing them through joint manipulation as in jiu jitsu, submission techniques should not be overlooked in any martial art system.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to Provide a facility where a community of martial artists can train and develop their abilities. ESS Martial Arts Academy instructors will always keep the students’ goals in mind. Whether their purpose is recreational or competitive, we will provide the best instructions suited for their goals. Instill a sense of family and purpose among the students that will go beyond our own facility. Our students are liberated in pursuing any martial systems they desire and we hope that the fundamentals we provide allows them to flourish if that time comes.

Instructor Jason Wileman (middle) with Duane Ludwig (Left) and Bas Rutten (Right)

Why Bang Muay Thai?


Bang Muay Thai is the world’s elite striking system for Mixed Martial Arts. Founded by head sensei Duane “Bang” Ludwig and inspired by former UFC heavyweight champion Bas Rutten, BMT is a hybrid style that blends an assortment of techniques and concepts from western boxing, Dutch kickboxing, Muay Thai, Kyokushin Karate, and wrestling.

 BMT features a carefully-selected, standardized curriculum of drills and techniques that have been proven effective in professional competition. But you don’t have to be a fighter to practice BMT. The system’s friendly and supportive network of affiliate locations throughout the world provides a safe and enjoyable experience for practitioners of all ages and ability levels. 

Whether you are interested in enrolling your child in our Youth Muay Thai program, or training to become the next UFC world champion like our very own TJ DIllashaw, BMT offers tailored experiences for everyone.

Meet the Instructors

With over 9 years in teaching experience, Nate Bridges has practiced the martial arts most of his life. His journey started in Karate when he was 8 years old. That experience sparked his interest in martial arts, but his vision was not clear until he discovered Bruce Lee and his philosophies. From there it was a mission to discover the best other martial arts had to offer. Using the concept of Jeet Kune Do, “using no way as way,” he delved into various martial artsystems such as Jun Fan Gung Fu, Kali, Jiu Jitsu, and even Wrestling. It was when he had a chance to focus on Kickboxing he found his true passion.

Training in the Science of Integrated Martial Systems under Derek Stewart at SIMS Martial Arts Academy, where he earned his Purple Belt, he began teaching the kickboxing the program. Believing that technique is paramount and should be practiced before speed and power, he makes it a point in breaking material and concepts down so that no student is left behind. To further what he could offer to his students, he started studying the BANG Muay Thai System under Duane Ludwig, becoming the first Affiliated Bang Muay Thai school in the Omaha area. He has since earned his Purple belt under Professor Ludwig.


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New to the Omaha area, Jason Wileman decided that Kickboxing was a good way for his wife, daughter, and son to meet the locals and learn self-defense. Training at a fitness kickboxing gym for nearly two years, he decided to try something new. It was then he met Nate Bridges in 2014 and quickly developed a passion for sparring.

Jason fell in love with the BANG Muay Thai System and played a big role in developing new students’ skills. He inspired a sense of discipline, dedication, loyalty, and a vigorous work ethic to the class. Even assisting in training MMA fighters before their bout. To further his skills, he decided to compete at a premier amateur Mauy Thai tournament, putting himself against fighters from all over North America. His unmistakable drive to see others succeed, whether that being in cardio, technique, self-defense or competition, he gets the students well motivated and energized to where they look forward to the next class.


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