Director of Recruiting Joseph Beach has made his mark at Advanced Medical with a rigorous work ethic, versatile skill set, and a passionate personality that brightens everyone around him. Joe commands tremendous respect in the office, stemming from an infectious leadership style that inspires with a smile. Strongly contributing to his professional success is his consuming passion for the Martial Arts, as Joe is our very own “Jiu Jitsu kid”.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is closely related to Judo and places a premium on physical fitness, character, and competition. Founded by Mitsuyo Maeda in the early 1900’s, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotes the idea that a smaller competitor can compete and thrive against larger opponents through the use of leverage and proper technique. It places a heavy emphasis on grappling and ground fighting with a variety of chokeholds and joint-locks.
The recent craze in MMA(mixed martial arts) and Ultimate Fighting have grown Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enormously. In many respects the Martial Arts has surpassed boxing in capturing the publics imagination and attention. The sport got another boost in the early 90’s when Royce Gracie won the ultimate fighting championship with Jiu Jitsu, knocking around all comers using more established ways of competing. The importance of discipline and fitness mesh well with the goals of the therapy community and Joe has been able to impart his strengths and wisdom from Jiu Jitsu on many a therapist.
Advanced Medical is looking forward to supporting Joe in sponsoring economically disadvantaged children at his academy by way of lessons and kimonos. Recently Joe has had stellar results in his craft and I’ll let Joe tell you about them in his own words-
I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) about 6-7 years ago. Like many things in life it’s an acquired taste and not necessarily something that comes easy for most people. I started out as a white belt under Master Todd Cutler, who has given me both my blue and purple belts. I continue to train underneath Master Cutler today and I have been glad to see our academy grow tremendously over the last few years.
I have competed off and on -as time permits- since I first began training in BJJ. During completion there are two main divisions a “Gi” and a “No-Gi” division for each appropriate experience level and weight class. A Gi is the formal martial arts attire with a jacket and belt, while No-Gi simply means neither competitor is wearing a Gi (usually board shorts and a T-shirt) during the match. I placed third place in the No-Gi division at the COPA FL State Championship in 2006; first place in the blue belt GI division and second place in the No-Gi division at the COPA FL State Championship in 2008; first place in the No-Gi division of the 2010 Daytona BJJ Open; first place in the purple belt GI division of the 2011 Daytona BJJ Open and this past weekend I took first place in the purple belt GI division and first place in the No-Gi division at the 2012 Planet Submission Tournament.
The Advanced Medical family have always encouraged me both in and outside of the office; I’m extremely grateful to work with an amazing group of people. Cheers!