Vincent Nance began training martial arts early in life. He studied TaeKwonDo in Iceland on a US Naval base at 7 years old, and began training boxing with his father at the age of 9. In high school he boxed with a local coach, co-captained the wrestling team, and practiced Judo. While studying Psychology and Environmental Studies at Edinboro University, he belonged to a Tai Chi and Qigong group, took yoga classes, and practiced meditation. Additionally, he helped start a martial arts school based in a combination of ground fighting and stand up fighting styles ranging from Jiu-Jitsu and TaeKwonDo to JeetKunDo.
Years later, in Alaska with the paratrooper brigade he belonged to, Vincent had opportunities to train Jiu-Jitsu and combatives, but it wasn't until he returned to Pennsylvania in 2007 and connected with Rob Smith that he had the opportunity to train formally and compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA with Contact Sports Club. By 2008, he had fought and won an amateur MMA match in the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Fest, and had won and successfully defended a championship title in Virginia's amateur MMA circuit. Although offered several professional fights, his greater passion was for Jiu-Jitsu, and in 2009 he seized an opportunity to teach English and train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in South Korea.
Upon arriving in S. Korea, he began training MMA and Jiu-Jitsu with UFC fighter KimDongHyun (aka the Korean Stungun). In December of 2010, Vincent traveled to Shanghai, China as the first ever non-Korean to represent Korea in international Jiu-Jitsu fighting in the Abu Dhabi World Trials. He defeated competitors from a continent of nearly 4 billion people in the heavyweight (>100kg) Blue Belt division to win gold in his weight class in a nationally televised competition. Despite these victories, Vincent still did not receive his Purple Belt in his Korean gym, and it wasn't until 2 more years of repeated national victories that DongChunBaekSan (East Heaven White Mountain) granted him the rank of Purple Belt.
Vincent Nance has been a personal trainer, has coauthored a book with Danny Kessler on violence prevention for women titled Angels with Attitude, organized charity events where he taught hundreds of women self defense in Korea from 2012 to 2013, taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Korea, and has grappled BJJ legends like Kipp Kollar and Ryan Hall. He is a teacher, an author, a fighter, and a father.