About

Melee on the Mats

Joshua began his journey into the martial arts at the tender age of four with Taekwondo under the instruction of a native Korean adept; even at this age Joshua took an immediate liking to full-contact sparring and was regularly paired with larger, older children for sparring competition. At around age seven, the next martial art that Joshua studied and practiced was folkstyle and freestyle wrestling, a martial art that Joshua would return to many times through life because of the effective takedowns and ground control that it afforded him as a martial artist of a smaller stature. Joshua still practices his takedowns on a regular basis and has incorporated this effective arsenal into his Vale Tudo (Portuguese for anything goes).

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Around the Junior High age range, Joshua took up Ryu Kyu Kenpo Karate and Kubudo weapons training, taught children’s Karate classes for a time as assistant to Shihon Don Carter of Pampa, Texas, an elite weapons master under world-famous 10th Dan, Grand Master Taika Seiyu Oyata of Okinawa and also attended the instructor training an additional night each week to advance his learning; Joshua was regularly paired with grown men for full-contact sparring during his junior high age. Joshua was ranked Hachi-Kyu by the Grand Master Taika Seiyu Oyata who was trained by a Bushi (Japanese Samurai Knight). Joshua had the honor of training with Taika personally. Taika touched Joshua’s game and also his heart. Certain defensive tactics from this style have been incorporated into Joshua’s Vale Tudo.

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In High School, Joshua was the youngest competitor to wrestle at the Texas State level for his high school and won multiple district and regional titles during high school wrestling. It was during this time that Joshua went to Oklahoma Univeristy as a visiting high school competitor and trained with U.S. Olympic Coach Mark Manning and the OU NCAA Collegiate Wrestlers to take his takedowns to a higher level.

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While serving as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army, Joshua was exposed to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his squad leader, an airborne ranger who had been trained at 3rd Ranger Battalion by Grand Master Rorion Gracie, Master Professor Rickson Gracie, and also Professor Royce Gracie–who was undefeated in the first four UFC events. Joshua was so impressed with this uniquely effective martial art style that he has pursued the Brazilian style of Vale Tudo ever since. Joshua was honorably discharged as a decorated Infantry Sergeant and is an awardee of the coveted Expert Infantry Badge; less than 10% of all Infantryman will achieve this level of career recognition.

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Coach Joshua has had occasion to train with many world class coaches/instructors in several styles including Muay Thai, Dutch Kickboxing, Western Boxing, Russian SAMBO, and also is ranked in Judo, Ryu Kyu Kenpo, Brazilian and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®. Coach Joshua has taught youth classes since 2009, adult classes since 2012, and law enforcement and military since May of 2015. He is currently ranked Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a Technical Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®. Coach Joshua’s list of current and past clientele even includes a SWAT Team.Thursday 10

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