Full Circle Combat Arts

Full Circle Combat Arts

5.0 (1)
Best of 2019
1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

I am a veteran of the United States Navy where I served in the Operational Security Forces. I am also a martial artist of 7 years and I've become proficient at several different disciplines including Judo, Aikido, Systema and military combatives. I've studied under formidable instructors from the Special Operations community to Olympic gold medalists to grass roots instructors with many years of experience. I hold no official rankings, titles or certifications nor do I claim to represent any one style of martial art.  With me I bring a solid ledger of experience.  The techniques I teach are something the practitioner themselves can develop and expand over time. 

I love teaching people valuable principles about freeing themselves from tension, overcoming fear and becoming more confident individuals. 

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North Richland Hills, TX 76180
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  • Bill Patterson

    Joe is an awesome teacher who breaks down body mechanics of defense and gives great real life application. I can't wait until the next session


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start with physiological principles that prepare the student to move freely and without tension.  With a set of simple exercises I prepare the student's mind and body for combat, slowly adding tactics and techniques to the progression of the principles on which my method is founded on. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a martial artists of 7 years.  I started my martial arts training in Judo and kickboxing.  After attaining the rank of Brown Belt under the tutalage of Judo gold medalist Ear Wright and Sensei Gerome Baldwin of Bushido Sports Judo Club, I went on to study Jiai Aikido in San Diego, California.  It was there that I met and became a student of Ken Good, a former Navy SEAL and Systema instructor.  Ken's lineage permeated in me and during the two years at San Diego Systema I gained a good foundation for the method I used today.  Since then I've been a lifelong student, practioner and informal instructor of Systema.  Along the way in my journey for combatives knowledge I have picked up useful philosophies from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Small Circle Jiu-Jitsu, Kyohso-jitsu, Escrima, Arnis, Krav Maga and Aikijujutsu.  

I currently work as a security professional offering my services in close protection to a variety of clients.  I can attribute my success in my field of employment to the knowledge and abilities I've gained over the years. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Simply put, I will charge $40 an hour to regular students. That's what most music teachers charge to teach skills that won't save your life.  In retrospect, this is a great investment. For anything greater than an hour block I'll reduce the price to $25 an hour.  For two or more students I reduce the price to $25 per hour for each student.  So it's benificial to study as a family or with a friend.  

Once a student can demonstrate the entire corriculum successfully in sparring, the price drops down to a steady $25 an hour.  These sparring sessions are knowledge tests that occur every six months into training. 

How did you get started teaching?

I got my start teaching in February of this year.  I started a class on meetups.com and found there was a need for a more personal touch with my method of instruction.  I am giving my students the opportunity I wish I had earlier in life.  That's the opportunity to have specialized training that meets their needs and learning abilities. 

What types of students have you worked with?

My students range all across the board.  I've worked with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Men and women from all professional occupations including architects, municipal workers, businessmen and entrepeneurs have come to my home to learn martial art skills. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I love seeing my students progress.  A recent proud moment of mine was when one of my students was able to flawlessly knock a knife out of my hands. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be humble, ready to learn and commit to seeking knowledge on your own.  Be your own worst critic.  Be prepared to grow in all directions. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Students looking to learn martial arts skills need to ask themselves who they're there for, why their learning and how much time they can invest in learning these skills.