I came to Joel wanting to improve my self-defense skills, as I felt that it was needed for future traveling abroad plans or to generally feel more confident when it comes to protecting myself. He eased myself into the field of martial arts to the point where I started to have a passion for it as a possible sport. There was never a session with him that seemed pointless because he taught me so much about technique, proper stance, and even showed me some body-conditioning exercises as a way to improve the power of my punches and kicks.
He also went the extra mile as a coach and gave me tips on proper nutrition and made some suggestions on natural supplements that I could use to improve my health.
I always looked forward to my session with Joel as he wasn't only a good trainer but a great friend as well. We would talk about how life was going, movies that were out, and laughed at eachothers' humor here and there while doing some drills. We're both Batman fans, so at our last session we wore our Batman t-shirts as a way to celebrate. :-) All of this made sessions with him completely worth it.
As of right now, we still keep tabs on each other as I'm now taking classes with other instructors at the same gym he trained me at. Honestly, it felt so foreign for me to go to the gym afterwards without going to him to train. I felt so comfortable with him but I knew that he wanted me to explore other opportunities that the gym could offer and felt that I was ready to advance as a fighter. He became my foundation to pursue martial arts in ways that I never could've imagined. I'm building more strength and confidence in myself because of him and highly, highly recommend him.