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John started training in 1971 with Maxi Bowman in Braybrook. Then in 1972 he went to train Thai Kwon Do with Mr Oh in the City. After training there for a little while he decided to move on as he didn't find what he liked and went to Zen Do Kai Karate in Elizabeth St Melbourne in 1973, where he trained for many years under the guidance of Bob Jones and Richard Norton. He became one of Richard Nortons first Black Belts. During this time he started to teach Zen Do Kai in Sunshine as a brown belt.
John continued to train and teach for may years until he became a 5th Degree black belt.
John starting training and competing in kickboxing in 1983 and then Bob Jones introduced Muay Thai in 1986 to John who then started to incorporate Muay Thai in his kickboxing training. He trained many champions during this time. Ultimate gym in St Albans is the head of Ultimate Muay Thai.

John has also competed in many Karate tournaments winning the Victorian Title in his weight division. He also fought kickboxing in the mid 80's.

John has a great rapor with young students who come in and are a bit shy and reserved. He enjoys watching students grow in confidence and brings them on to stand proud in classes. He has trained numerous students up to State, Aust, Commonwealth, South Pacific and World Champions.

Licensed Professional Kickboxing Trainer (Combat Sports Board of Australia)
Licensed Professional Boxing Trainer ( Victorian Amateur Boxing Association)
Licensed Professional Boxing Trainer ( Victorian Amateur Boxing League)
Licensed Professional Muay Thai Trainer
Licensed Professional Martial Artist
Licensed Kickboxing Judge, Referee, Matchmaker and Promotor
Certificate 4 in fitness
5th Degree Black Belt Zen Do Kai

John was recognised by his peers by winning the Blitz hall of fame award for Trainer of the Year' in 1997.
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MMA Grappling Coach

- 25 years in martial arts
- BJJ Black Belt under John Will
- Zen Do Kai Karate Black Belt under John Scida

A Martial Artist for the past 25 years, Joe began his martial arts journey in Kyokushin Karate and later switching over to Zen Do Kai Karate with Team Ultimate under John Scida. In 1995 Shihan John Scida awarded Joe his Black Gi in the Team Ultimate initiation ceremony. Joe went on to be awarded his black belt in Zen Do Kai Karate later that month.
Interested in pursuing grappling and with the support of his Shihan, Joe traded his black belt for a white belt. In 1996 he began his BJJ journey with the Will-Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy under Tyrone Crosse. In February of 2009, just over 12 years after beginning his BJJ experience Joe was awarded a black belt by John Will.
Now, 25 years after it all began, Joe has returned home to the club where his martial arts journey began. As MMA Grappling Coach, Joe brings his extensive experience in both striking and grappling to the Team Ultimate MMA program.

"Coaching students is all about making a positive contribution to an individual’s life and to society. Throughout my journey I was lucky to be surrounded by good Instructors who were a positive influence in my life and more importantly taught me the true meaning and value of Loyalty, Integrity and Honour, qualities that all true Martial Artists should aspire to"
– Joe Tosic