Joel has been actively training in Wu Ji Quan Fa (5XMM) under Grand Master Tom Garriga since the age of 19. Joel earned his 1st step in 2004. Joel has 16 years of teaching experience, he has 11 years of experience teaching this system and 5 years of experience in teaching other systems. Outside of training in the 5XMM system, Joel has taught and studied Aikitai Jujitsu, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Karate, and Aikido.
Joel is passionate about his family and It’s important to him to know how to protect his family. He also believes that it is important to teach others how to defend their loved ones.
What others say about us
“I have had a fairly active interest in Self Defense for over 20 years and have found nothing that compares to what you will learn at Wu Ji Tao. This stuff is the real deal. While you will learn how to avoid or prevail in physical altercations and to strike with bone crushing power, that’s only a small part of the tools you will be given. You will be given powerful tools to master yourself, your mind, and your body to make you what you’ve always wanted to be.
You may never be forced to use your skills to defend yourself or those you love, but you will use what you learn here every day and those skills will improve your life. This place has been one of the greatest discoveries of my life. The people there are like family. It’s a place of respect and learning, but we have a lot of fun and enjoy ourselves while there too. I cannot recommend this place enough.”
“When considering self-protection, it was imperative for me to find a place where I felt certain in my training, and confident that the instructors would guide me to a place where my skill sets not only included physical conditioning, but maintained a forward momentum in mental preparation and beyond.
My past experience with training at another location left me stumbling through thoughts of what I was actually capable of doing in a scary situation. Did I really have the ability to overcome an attack from a perpetrator? Could someone bigger and stronger overpower me? What if there were multiple attackers? Those questions soon became non-issues during my training at the Wu Ji Tao Studio. Every frightening scenario, every intimidating situation, anything I can conjure up in my imagination now has a solution and an outcome, and it is always in my favor. My physical skills as well as my mental awareness are not in doubt. My training here has been invaluable and life-changing.”