Joe studied under the legendary Master Pedro Sauer from White Belt to Black Belt. In the last ten years, he has trained and gained an immense amount of Jiu-Jitsu knowledge from fellow Black Belt David Porter. He was also involved in teaching kids and adult students alike, focusing on “advanced basics” where students find a deeper understanding of fundamental mechanics.
Joe has been actively teaching since he was a Purple Belt on his own but assisted in many classes before that point. As someone who grew up wrestling in Iowa from the age of 7 until he was 18, he brings a ton of grappling experience to bear in addition to his Jiu-Jitsu knowledge. Fusing wrestling with BJJ helps students become more well-rounded on other elements of a grapple and leads to a further appreciation of the standing components. His passion is to continue passing on jiu-jitsu and making better grapplers in every class.