John T. Burns started training in Martial Arts in 1987 in Tucson, AZ. Initially, he started in Tae Kwon Do, and in 1992 he moved on to The Tracy System of Kenpo Karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 1994, he began training and competing heavily in Collegiate Style and Freestyle Wrestling. He moved to Tempe, AZ in 1997 to attend ASU where he continued to train with clubs in Tae Kwon Do, Pankration and Judo. Mr. Burns joined ACS Martial Arts in 2000 where he continued his training in Kenpo along with other various arts.
At ACS Martial Arts, Mr. Burns switched to the Traco System of Kenpo. He also continued training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Catch Wrestling and began training in the Goju-Shorei Weapons System, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Tai Chi and Qi gong and a variety of other arts.
Mr. Burns graduated from ASU in 2001 with a degree in Education and History but decided to forgo teaching middle school to pursue his passion of teaching martial arts. In 2007, after teaching martial arts full time for 6 years, Mr. Burns decided to give teaching middle school and using his degree a try.
He dropped down to teaching martial arts 1-2 days a week and started teaching English as a Second Language and Reading Intervention for the Tempe Elementary School District. During his four years as a teacher he found great success and learned an immense amount about education and curriculum.
In December of 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Burns, along with the help and support of their family, friends, and students, opened Fluid Martial Arts Academy in Tempe, AZ. Their never ending goal is to continue to spread the arts, serve the community, and provide a safe, friendly place for people of all ages and skill levels to train.
6 Times Arizona State Karate Champion
2 Times National Karate Champion
3 Times National Weapons Champion
1st Place IBJJF No-Gi National Championships
3rd Place IBJJF Gi National Championships
3rd Place USKA Nationals
Mr. Burns has not only found success for himself in the ring, but also his students. He has trained many students to become regional, state, national and world champions. Mr. Burns has won many state and national championships throughout his career. He has competed extensively in Karate, Jiu-
Jitsu, Wrestling, Weapons, and Kickboxing and has rarely finished a tournament off of the podium.