Jeff Joslin – Head Instructor

Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin is a martial artist in the truest sense of the term. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jeff grew up engulfed in the martial arts. His father, Rick, a three-time Canadian karate champion, opened up the family academy back in 1967.

Starting his training at only five years of age, Joslin has developed tremendous depth in his martial arts skills. A black belt in both Karate (5th Degree) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (3rd Degree), Jeff has accomplished much in the sport:

  • Won over 200 first place titles in striking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling competition spanning two decades
  • Was the First Canadian in History to win a Major International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Pan/American BJJ Championship 2002)
  • IBJJF Master’s Worlds – Black Belt – Bronze Medalist (2016)
  • Grappler’s Quest U.S Nationals submission wrestling champion
  • Arnold/Gracie World BJJ Championships middleweight and open weight champion
  • 2013 IBJJF Chicago Summer Open Champion
  • Apex Fighting MMA World Welterweight Champion
  • Fought in the UFC, TKO, Hardcore Fighting Championships and many other shows

Jeff possesses a unique mixed martial arts striking style that blends the best of his extensive karate and kickboxing background with the strong boxing skill set he developed through many years of training with some of Canada’s best boxers and trainers.

As a coach/instructor Jeff has worked with thousands of students –from 3 Year olds to men and women in their late 60’s– since he first began teaching full-time back in 1994. He was also the head coach for Spencer Fisher’s UFC 120 Training Camp –Spencer won by unaminous decision) and has trained many champions over the years.

Rick Joslin – Founder/Instructor (Striking, Children’s program)

An 8th Degree Black Belt in Wado-Ryu Karate –graded in 2000 by the late Masura Shintani–, Rick Joslin opened Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts in 1967 and has taught his art to thousands of students over the last four decades. Training in the Martial Arts for over 45 years he has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments along the way:

  • 3 Time Canadian Heavyweight Karate Champion
  • Member of the Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2013)
  • Member of the Canadian Karate Hall of Fame (Inducted in 2014)
  • Won over 50 Black Belt Championships between 1967 – 1978
  • Set a Canadian record by obtaining his 1st Degree Black Belt within 18 month of training
  • Martial Arts Association recognition as “Best Centre Referee” in 1999
  • Creator of Customized Referee Training Clinics and Karate Judging Programs
  • Runs the Prestigious Canadian Open Martial Arts and Grappling Championship annually in November. This event takes place in Hamilton, Ontario. Awarding 1st place Competitors the prestigious Championship Title Belt.

As Head Kickboxing Referee for the Ontario Athletic Commission for many years, Rick refereed over 30 World Title Fights. The Canadian Karate Hall of Fame Inductee continues to stay involved in the sport and enjoys passing on his knowledge to the adults and children that attend his classes at the martial arts school which bears his name.

Joslin's Mixed Martial Arts