I have been training in various martial arts since 2009, with my primary focuses in Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) and Muay Thai. I have had over 120 full contact weapon fights (stick, knife, sword, tomahawk, staff, mixed weapons, etc.) since 2012, and have been helping coach our Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA fighters since 2016. Since 2016, I have been on my journey to teach others about the arts, with a focus on developing sound fundamentals, coordination, strength and conditioning, and keeping a mindset on reality, not just sport fighting. I am continuously looking to improve my skills, and part of that is through teaching. I can teach children and teens as well, as I currently teach kids and adult classes for Muay Thai and FMA at Warrior Strength Martial Arts. Additionally, I’m a Kickboxing/Boxing Coach at Title Boxing Club Redmond.
Natural Spirit International, Balintawak, Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Boxing instructor/coach, and I also train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
I enjoy helping others achieve their goals to build strength, cardio, and stamina, their knowledge in the art, or even to improve balance and coordination. I also enjoy sharing a more realistic and practical approach to self-defense, as I’ve tested my skills in an adrenalized state with weapon fights. I also love fighting in Dog Brothers, and bringing that experience back to my students.
Coach Josh is phenomenal. He’s great with the kids, they always look forward to going to class. He’s tough but fun at the same time. A great teacher! A++++++
Josh is very patient with my boys and you can tell he is very passionate about teaching Weapons Based and Muay Thai training not only to teach the art but also to ensure that the kids have fun while learning. I have seen my boys grow and improve in the art in a short time, learning discipline and self defense skills. My boys have a lot of fun while they’re in class and look forward to coming.
Josh is fantastic. He really tailors the classes to my needs and will give extra exercises or drills to support your main art. My coordination and balance have greatly improved since taking his weapons training. Highly recommend to increase skill in any art.
Josh is great with the kids he keeps them engaged and wanting to go class every Thursday. He provides them with a solid foundation and makes it fun for them. I have also started taking the FMA classes and enjoy different sessions and learning a new art.
Establish your goals for training, your capabilities physically and mentally, and whether we have any barriers to work through or around (e.g an injury). We will start with basics and progress, based on the student’s abilities from there.
I have also held training, team lead, and management positions in a corporate setting. So, I have transferable experience from my “9 to 5” as well.
It depends on what you are looking for in the training, and if you are wanting to cross between concepts or stick to just one, but generally speaking:
Muay Thai/Kickboxing - $40/hour + $10/additional person
FMA - $50/hour + $10/additional person
I had trained for several years and been fighting, but started to enjoy helping demo and assist with leading classes, helping others learn. I also found my skill level improved and my personal fight game elevated, after I started teaching.
I’ve worked with kids as young as 5 and adults up to their 60s. I’ve also worked with people who have had mental and physical limitations, from having to re-develop coordination or overcome a deficiency in motor skills on one side of the body to making adjustments for current/past injuries.
The yearly Water and Steel Camps hosted by Datu Kelly Worden of Natural Spirit International. I was used by some of the senior instructors to help demonstrate techniques and assist with guiding others during the sessions, and I found my ability to learn and absorb was far greater this year, over the previous two. The camp ended with my receiving a promotion to Associate Instructor under Datu Kelly!
Make sure it is a fit for your goals, and your personality. It makes no sense for you to waste your money and time on someone that isn’t helping you pursue your goals (correctly and effectively), or that you can’t stand, as those will inherently hinder the learning process. Additionally, make sure they have some understanding of either the sport (e.g. Muay Thai and Kickboxing) or reality of a combatives/self-defense situation. Someone who is just the sport or just the self-defense instructor will be less likely to be able to crossover between the two, again, align your goals with the instructor that is most capable.
What is your short term and long term goal of the training?
What prior experience or skills could be transferable? Let the instructor know, so they can adapt the training to better fit your capabilities. For example, a drummer will probable pick up double stick patterns easier and a gymnast is more likely to be physically capable of excelling in Muay Thai (i.e. they are flexible, strong, and explosive).
Can they teach you the sport, reality, or both, or do you want the “martial arts and crafts” as well because you are truly committed to learning the art beyond the sport/“street”?
What past or current physical/mental traumas/situations could affect training? Help us help you ensure your safety and getting the greatest impact out of the training. You’d be surprised how much you can still do, even when impaired. I have over 120 fights with a lazy eye (essentially I just use one eye), have fought injured while still being effective, and have done a whole training camp on crutches. I have also taught classes while on crutches, so we can still help you as trainers when we have our own impairments.