Trent Praytor

Owner and Head Instructor

Trent began his grappling journey as a child in wrestling and competed through high school in North Carolina. After earning his masters in nursing and health systems administration from UNC Chapel Hill  Trent and family moved to Anderson for career advancement. In 2012 Carolina Combatives was born in a garage. In the years following CC has grown and moved into a much larger space and Trent is blessed to see such growth in the academy. In November of 2018 Trent was awarded his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by his long-time friends and mentors Bryan and Michael Baldwin of Cross Training Academy in Hendersonville, NC. Trent enjoys having the ability to train with and coach with Susan and their two children Carter and Caroline.  Trent’s goal is to be a positive role model and coach for his students and to help bring a self defense mindset to the Anderson area.  “Having the ability to share jiu jitsu with my family and to coach with Susan is the joy of my day!”

Nick Thompson


Coach Nick has made a lifetime study of the martial arts. He holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and from childhood to now he has studied Okinawan and American Karate &Kobudo, Kuk Sool and Tae Kwon Do from Korea, and a bevy of things from other arts. He enjoys nerd culture and supporting visual and performance arts.

“As a traditionalist, I enjoy keeping the old ways of training going, and being able to share those things with others brings me a lot of joy. I’ve been blessed with teachers over the years that were able to help open doors to knowledge that I would never have found otherwise. If I can pass even a little of that on, while helping others navigate this world, I will consider this part of my life a success.”

“This team is family for me, I want the absolute best for every one of them, anything less is unacceptable.”

Lee Poore


Coach Lee is a native of Belton, SC and a graduate of BHP high school district 2.  Lee had previous martial arts experience including Tae Kwon Do. He began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Trent at Carolina Combatives in 2012 and is currently a brown belt.  Lee serves as an assistant coach for both kids and adult Gi programs.

Anthony McCann


Anthony began his Jiu-Jitsu journey with his two children in a garage in December of 2014.  In January, they joined this gym, and his wife started shortly after.  At the time, Jiu-Jitsu was just a P.E. credit for his children and a great way to bond with his family.  As time went on, it became more of an obsession.  He would train whenever and wherever he was able, going to other gyms and seminars to meet other Jiu-Jitsu practitioners and learn as much as he could.  When Anthony received his blue belt, he was brought into the coaching cycle, which he was very honored to be a part of.

In 2019, he received his purple belt.  Anthony coaches the fundamentals class with Carlos and loves every minute of it.  He enjoys watching people grow in this beautiful art.  His main goal is to be the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioner he can be and bring others along with on this wonderful journey.

Carlos Ortiz

Assistant Coach

Carlos began his athletic career in tennis. He has been a collegiate level tennis player and coach. In 2016 Carlos found his way to Carolina Combatives and began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Carlos is now a blue belt in bjj and an assistant coach. Carlos co leads the Fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class and is a great coach and training partner. Carlos is a Navy Veteran and is currently a reactor supervisor for Duke Energy.

Eric Tilstra

Assistant Coach

Eric hails from East Hampton, NY and has spend most of his life in the sports arena. He spent 20 years as a professional tennis player and USTA National Coach for ranked Juniors as well as being a collegiate coach.  His passion for health and fitness runs deep.

After leaving the tennis world he went into full time ministry and pastored a church for 8 years. In 2011 Eric and his family moved to Anderson, SC.  When his daughter, who was 12 years old at the time, came to him and asked him to find a place for her to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills that she could use to protect herself; he found his way to Carolina Combatives.  Now his whole family trains at CC.  He has a passion for teaching and coaching kids, and love inviting new people into our BJJ family.