Yesterday Josh joked that he might like my blog more if I wrote about him more often, and I’m not the type of person who does things just because someone wants me to, but I realized I probably haven’t said much about Josh. Since we moved to Lincoln BJJ last year, he and I typically attend classes on opposite days, so we rarely train together anymore.
The first time I met Josh was on September 25, 2010. That’s the day Shihan had a Judo for Jiu-Jitsu clinic at the dojo, and Josh, who taught Hapkido at the time, was in attendance. It wasn’t long after that when he started training Jiu-Jitsu with us.
When we were still back at the dojo, Josh was one of only a few people who would regularly ask me to roll. He writes a blog post about every class he attends, so there’s a record of the first time I rolled with him (which also happened to be the first day Professor Greg showed up at the dojo!). I seem to recall triangling him that day (but I’m not sure, because he didn’t mention it in his post ;), but if so, it was probably just because he was kind enough to not crush me in order to get out of it, which he could easily do (and many new students would).
I started training Jiu-Jitsu about a year and a half before he did, but Josh and I currently hold the same rank in BJJ (blue belt, one stripe). We also started our Jiu-Jitsu blogs at approximately the same, we both came to Jiu-Jitsu as black belts in other martial arts, and he’s a ginger, too! To this day, when I go to Saturday open mat, I know I can always count on Josh to ask me to roll, and be a tough but respectful partner. The last time I went, he actually asked me to roll three separate times, and I probably would’ve done a lot of sitting around if he hadn’t!
Just in case I haven’t said Josh’s name enough in this post, I’ll add that my nickname for him is Triple J, not just because he’s “Jiu-Jitsu Josh”, but because he has three sons, whose names all start with J. Two of his boys already train at Lincoln BJJ Center, and the third is only a few months old, but I’m sure he will train Jiu-Jitsu when he’s old enough. Josh is also responsible for introducing two different women to Lincoln BJJ (Kori and Bhuvana). Joshua Cather: Husband, Father, Jiu-Jitsu fighter, and the guy who always asks me to roll, and then writes about it!