My name is Joseph Spiller (Joey). I began my martial arts journey in 2009 at eight years old. After spending a year training in a different organization, my parents decided to enroll me in Bowden’s Arashi Do Karate program. When I went to my first tournament, I saw the beauty of martial arts in how the advanced practitioners competed. The intensity, focus, and harmony immediately hooked me; I was beginning to fall in love. My approach to training began to deepen as my interest intensified.
In 2015, I began training in Sylvan Lake under Renshi Ken Sumner. After a few months, I was invited to start teaching. Again, my knowledge deepened as I taught Karate and began training in Jiu-Jitsu. I received my first-degree black belt in Karate on December of 2016 and my blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu about a year later. I continued to teach until the fall of 2018 when I began a three-year hiatus to study philosophy at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. After leaving that path, I returned to an even more intense training schedule, taking up Muay Thai to continue to challenge myself in new ways.
My goals are to achieve my black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, advance in Muay Thai, and earn my second-degree black belt in Karate. I would also like to combine my passion for martial arts and my love of teaching by running a school of my own one day.