We believe confidence is a mindset skill developed through practicing courage, proving to your self that you can do hard things, training your mind just as much as you train your body, and always staying true to your authentic self.
We believe that courage cannot exist without fear - without facing our fears honestly, and that connection begins with connection to our self.
We believe vulnerability is strength. We believe in a "feel it to heal it" mentality, and we know that being strong in your body translates to being strong in your mind. And vice versa.
Through challenging individual and team fitness, martial arts and self-defense, meditation, breath-work, self-reflective journaling, visualization, and supportive conversations, the boys and young men learn positive communication, honesty, vulnerability, integrity, self-awareness, self-efficacy, courage, confidence, connection and ultimately how to be
strong inside and out.
They will be emPOWERed to know that their super power is being their authentic self; to be their own hero.
Josh Wingate is a martial artist, actor, musician, writer, and has been teaching martial arts, self-defense, mindset, self-esteem and life skills to children, teens and adults for over 25 years.
Wingate grew up in Massachusetts, just south of the city of Boston. Self-defense became a necessity for him as an adolescent, because of bullying and the culture around him, so he found Kenpo Karate to learn martial arts. As a happy accident, he simultaneously began his journey of self-awareness, confidence and perseverance.
His journey took him across the country to Los Angeles nearly 20 years ago, where he continued to study, train and teach multiple disciplines of martial arts and mindfulness. Through overcoming many obstacles, hardships and trauma, Josh learned how to let go of his "mask of masculinity;" that his exterior "toughness" prevented him from true confidence, courage and connection - to himself and others. He now teaches from personal experience of self-growth with the principle that vulnerability is strength - that boys and men can be physically strong and mentally tough while simultaneously honoring all feelings and having the courage to share with others from an authentic place.
Josh's unique style of coaching empowers students and mentees to go beyond their perceived potentials and limiting beliefs, discovering abilities and perseverance they never knew they had. Students develop skills to not only be physically prepared, but also confident in mind and spirit.
"Being true, loving and disciplined to self is ultimately the highest form of self-defense." - Coach Josh