Josh moved to the Bay Area in the fall of 2012 from Northwest Indiana.  He is an avid musician and outdoorsman and feels right at home in the Bay.  Josh graduated from Indiana University in 2007 with a double-major in Communication & Culture and Folklore & Ethnomusicology.  He was also introduced to the Indiana University martial arts program at that time, the largest collegiate martial arts program in the United States.  There he studied Brazilian jiu-jitsu, jeet kune do concepts, hapkido, aikido, and street defense.  After graduating he moved to his home town where he studied under Grand Master Deborah Grimaldi in hapkido, tae kwan do, and jiu-jitsu before moving to Nigeria in 2008 to teach self defense, music, and English.  His travels found him in Japan where he taught English for a year and trained in Shorinji Kenpo under zen fighting masters before returning home to pursue his passion for music and train under Master Grimaldi for another 2 years. 

Josh has a great passion for martial arts but the underlying theme is community.  One must be strong mentally, physically, and spritiually in order to be a valuable member of the community.  By studying martial arts, an individual can hope to cultivate their physical fitness and fighting prowess, but more important is the cultivation of an indomitable spirit by training hard, making new friends, and growing together.  And it's fun!

Josh' self defense classes at Truve will combine traditional martial arts training with modern practical street defense for a well rounded self-defense system