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V.I.P. Martial Arts Academy is dedicated to providing the best and most realistic martial arts training in Mount Juliet. We strive to provide a fun and safe place to learn and grow in a family environment. All of our instructors are qualified and certified to teach with years of experience in the martial arts. We believe in honesty, integrity, and never deceiving our clients. Whether you are looking for fitness, self defense, or sport, we believe you will find a home here with us.






Joe McBurney

Owner / Instructor

Head Instructor Joe McBurney started his martial arts journey in 1992 in Tae Kwon Do in search of realistic self defense. A year and a half later he switched to Southern Style Sholin Kung fu because of the less restrictive rules. In 1995 he found a Muay Thai Kickboxing gym "Powerhouse Martial Arts" where he finally found what many consider the best stand up martial art. In 2000 he started training in USJA Jujitsu under 4th-Dan Butch Hill at the Nashville dojo. Two Years later in 2002 Joe started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Nashville MMA. Joe has 29 Years Of martial arts experience and has 20 years of teaching experience. He has earned the following ranks in Martial arts.


1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 18 years experience

Muay Thai Kickboxing and certified instructor 25 years experience

1st degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate 8 years experience

1st Degree Black Belt in USJA Jujitsu 4 years Experience


Along with his ranks he has a 9-1 Professional MMA record.


Joe has trained in various other martial arts throughout his martial arts journey. Aikido, Krav Maga, Judo and Boxing.


Brian Dalhover


Coach Brian's martial arts training started around the age of six when he was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do. Brian's first exposure to Wing Chun also came early in life as his father would take Brian along to classes at a local Wing Chun studio under the Duncan Leung lineage. At the age of sixteen, Brian continued his training in Wing Chun under Sifu John Lapham and the Augustine Fong lineage. While Brian learned a great deal under Sifu John's instruction, it wasn't until meeting Sifu Tim Henderson of the Ip Ching lineage that Brian found the understanding of Wing Chun not only as a martial art but as a lifestyle.


In October of 2009 Brian was invited to attend a seminar with Grandmaster Samuel Kwok, which was an opportunity that changed the direction of Brian's training in Wing Chun.  Through the following months, Brian began building a relationship with Master Kwok, eventually being accepted as a direct disciple. Brian traveled with Master Kwok to Hong Kong and China and was given the privilege to meet Grandmasters Ip Ching and Ip Chun, the two sons of Ip Man, in 2010 and was certified as an instructor in the same year.


Brian’s Current Lineage is: Ip Man> Ip Ching and Ip Chun > Samuel Kwok > Brian Dalhover


615-587-8290  |

300 Pleasant Grove Rd, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

(Suite 350)


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