Meet Our Team

Chad Decker

– Owner & Head BJJ Instructor

– BJJ Black Belt


Chad has been teaching Jiu Jitsu in Tyler since 2009.  He is a black belt under Master Caique Elias and  Steve Hordinski, Owner of Katharo Jiu Jitsu in Littleton, CO.  Chad is the head instructor for the Jiu Jitsu programs at Ethos.

Aaron Goodwin

– Judo & BJJ Instructor

– Judo Black Belt, BJJ Black Belt, TKD Black Belt


 Aaron is the head Judo instructor, and holds the rank of third degree black belt. Aaron received his BJJ black belt, in 2018, from Steve Hordinski. He also holds a black belt in the art of Tae Kwon Do.

John Hickman

– Jiu-Jitsu instructor

– BJJ Brown Belt


John discovered his love for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through DVDs. However, there were no BJJ gyms in the Mexia area, so in 2011, John moved back to East Texas, and began training under Chad Decker. He is on the mats at least 5 days a week, and excels playing from his guard. John teaches the daytime BJJ GI classes.

Gerald Meharry

– Head Kickboxing & MMA instructor

– BJJ Blue Belt


Gerald epitomizes the term mixed martial artist.  He began his martial arts journey in multiple striking disciplines, including Muay Thai and Wushu Kung Fu, while competing in amateur kickboxing matches from 1992-1998.  Gerald then began cross training Judo and Boxing before his first MMA match in 2000.  He has taught MMA in East Texas since the early 2000’s when he created Team One, which fought gym wars and submission grappling tournaments before MMA was as popular as it is today.  Gerald has produced amateur champions and contenders through his unique style of footwork, movement, and devastating striking.

Caleb Minter

– Kickboxing and MMA instructor

– Amateur MMA Fighter

– BJJ Blue Belt


Caleb is currently 22 years old, but starting training when he was 14 because he was told he was too small to play football. His dad heard an ad on the radio for a MMA Gym. So they went to check it out, and he’s been training since. He went 8-0 doing Jr MMA, and now he’s 7-4 as an MMA amateur with a 145 championship belt in Louisiana.  He is a blue belt in BJJ, and is always trying to improve his game and compete with all his teammates

Wesley Flack

– Kickboxing and MMA instructor

– Retired MMA Fighter

– BJJ Blue Belt


Wes started MMA 2007 as a means to stay fit. After a year, he started competing in MMA & BJJ.  Wes trained over 4 years with world champion kickboxer and MMA Champion Thomas Longacre as a member of Team Thunder.  Wes fought in 4 different states, 3 fight of the night honors, 3 different weight classes, 2 main events, record 4-1, placed in 5 grappling tournaments.

About Ethos Jiu Jitsu of Tyler

Ethos is a great martial arts environment for families and people with a competitive edge located in South Tyler. We offer classes in Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Kickboxing, and Judo. Come in and try a free week of training and find out why Ethos is the place to be...

Ethos Jiu Jitsu and Martial Arts of Tyler 4703 D.C. Dr, #105, Tyler, TX 75703