Joe started as a middle school and high school wrestler, before joining the Army where he fell in love with the Army Combatives program. When he got out of the Army, he began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2009. Besides BJJ, Joe also trained in Krav Maga, Karate, Kajukenbo, and Tai Chi. He even met his wife at a martial arts school, and they continue to train together!
Joe was promoted to blue belt in 2011 by Daniel Tavares of Team SAS, but ended up moving six months later and had a six-year break in training. After moving to Wisconsin in 2017, Joe started training at Foundations BJJ Madison and fell in love with the art again. Joe and his family started competing in local tournaments and pro matches. Joe was awarded his purple belt by Coach Mike in February of 2019.
Being an Army veteran of 12 years, Joe has a passion to give back to his fellow soldiers. He is the We Defy Foundation ambassador for the state of Wisconsin, and wholeheartedly supports Mission 22, Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Jiu Jitsu, Gis 4 GIs, and Submit the Stigma.
Joe is a member of Foundations BJJ, the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood, and the BJJ Globetrotters.
3rd place: 2019 IBJJF Chicago Open, Gi Purple Belt
3rd place: 2019 Combat Corner, Gi Purple Belt
1st place: 2019 Only Submission Only, Gi Blue Belt
2nd place: 2019 Only Submission Only, No-Gi Advanced
2nd place: 2018 Fuji Chicago Championships, Gi Blue Belt
1st place: 2018 IBJJF Chicago Open, Gi Blue Belt
2nd place: 2018 Grappling Industries Milwaukee, Gi Blue Belt
1st place: 2018 Grappling Industries Milwaukee, No-Gi Intermediate
Winner: 2018 Grappling Games Pro Chicago