Friday Spotlight - Joshua Johnson

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What’s your name?
Joshua “Gordao” Johnson

39 (Masters 2)

Black Belt

How long have you been training?
I have been training some type of martial arts for most of my life, but BJJ for the last 13 years or so.

Where do you train?
Top Game BJJ.  We are under Gustavo Machado / R1NG BJJ; which is founded by Roberto “Gordo” Correa.

How did you get into BJJ?
I got into BJJ after getting out of the Air Force. I needed something to keep in shape, manage depression, and to meet new friends as all of my high school friends had moved or married at the time.

What are your goals for this year?
My goals for the year are to continue training. Maybe compete at black belt, but that more than likely will happen next year. Lastly, keep teaching kids and watch them bring home some medals

What is your biggest accomplishment and why?
Outside of getting black belt I, would say competing and getting bronze at IBJJF event in DC. It was a good experience, my dad showed up which was his first time seeing BJJ live and in person.

What do you want your legacy to be?

My legacy would to pass on the teaching from my professors, and mentors. Maybe finishing up on this eel guard thing I have been messing with the last few years.

Who has influenced you the most?
Well besides my immediate family and professors two guys have given me to good points and tips. The first guy Anthony talked about how BJJ was a negation to always be will, to stand firm and not settling for something or making a bad business deal. The second guy is Mike Fowler. I went to his seminar as a purple belt and the one thing I remember clearly about his seminar was left side passing, and drilling. Since that seminar I try mainly to focus on that during my time when I’m training or drilling.

How do you spend your free time?
Free time I spend it with my wife going out to various place to eat. Playing game on my pc that include Final Fantasy 14, Division 2, GTA5 and a little bit of DND (dungeons and dragons) few others hobbies I have like podcasting.

Any advice for our readers on or off the mats?
Advice for BJJ and life. I would say get a mentor who is more experienced at whatever you are trying to learn in life. Learn when to rest or take a break from BJJ don’t fall to the stigma of I have to be at ever single class or training session its ok to rest both physically and mentally.

Favorite submission.
Baseball bat choke or bow & arrow.