COACHES’ HISTORY – JOSEPH PERRY

1957 to Present

I was raised on a sheep property till the age of 18 years. I have two brothers, Vincent and Bill and a sister, Elizabeth. My wifes’ name is Karen and we have two children Stephanie and Bradley. I also run a very successful business called Glenfield Interiors where we renovate kitchens and bathrooms.

Joe Perry being presented with BJJ Brown Belt by brother Vincent Perry December 2008.

I have lived in Toowoomba since 1978. I have always played sports including tennis, cricket, touch football, rugby union and league, as well as soccer, hockey, boxing and some basketball. I used these past experiences in team and single competition as the building blocks for my training curriculum. They gave me the opportunities to learn the techniques to unlock the potential of a single student as well as a group of students. The person that I must credit for the high standards of training I incorporate into K.M.M.A. is my brother, Vincent Perry, who runs a very successful club on the Gold Coast, known as P.U.M.M.A. or Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts.

Boxing (1980 – 1982)

I trained at a well known Toowoomba boxing club under, at the time one of the best boxers in his division in Australia, Merv Wockner. It was under his coaching I learned the classic differences that separate boxing from any other sport. The techniques and principles essential in boxing such as speed, the footwork and the precision of its strikes were all trained continuously, but what carved itself the deepest into my mind was the hard, old fashioned training, the roadwork, jogging/running, medicine ball drills and high intensity workouts are all cornerstones in the K.M.M.A. program.

Shorin Ryu/Kung Fu (1981 – 1994)

I trained under a well known local martial artist, Peter Williams. A tireless artist, Peter would continuously hone his craft, constantly striving for perfection contributed greatly, if not most of all to my own consistency in training and my style of teaching. Using this constant study and practice of the techniques until he perfected them, he was able to see fluidity between contrasting styles thus developing his own non classical style. Using the grace and fluidity in the highly mobile, circular movements of Kung Fu and the rigid, straight line tactics of Shorin Ryu, he created a highly effective system for defence as well as offence. The eveolution of his system was based on what would work in full contact sparring. In order to constantly improve himself and his students we would spend large amounts of time, sometimes entire class sessions, sparring. The culture that was created by Peter, in which he and the more advanced students were all available to help, really stimulated the learning environment. This style of teaching helped me attain my First Degree Black Belt.

Muay Thai/Kickboxing (1993 – present)

I started training occasionally with my brother, Vincent Perry. As time passed, he started showing me new techniques which sparked my interest further and caused me to start training more regularly with him. During this time I remembered my former coachs’ philosophy, find What Works for You and used it to drive me. At first, Vincent was teaching Arnis (a Filipino stick form) and Muay Thai/ Kick-boxing and while training in both areas I was able to take another page from my former coachs’ philosophy of bridging gaps between contrasting styles and thus developed the mobility and power in both styles. Also due simply to constant training I was able to perfect the kicks and elbow strikes thus achieving a 1st Level Coaching Certification in Muay Thai / Kickboxing which is the most utilized stand – up striking style used in MMA events.

Kachi Mixed Martial Arts (1995 – present)

K.M.M.A. Started as a way for me to keep myself in shape and my skills sharp. Then after realising the great joy I received while teaching others and developing positive outcomes from their training. I started the official club, and the rest is history.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (1995 – present)

In 1995, my brother Vincent introduced me to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In 1996 I had my first taste of what Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was all about, attending a seminar run at the University of Queensland by Jean Jaque Machado, assisting him was John Will who I met for the first time and Richard Norton. This experience was a real eye opener for me, I was simply amazed by what a BJJ practitioner could do; even a physically smaller competitor could overcome a larger competitor with relative ease by using technique rather than strength.

I have attended a number of seminars over the years, notably during a seminar run by UFC veteran Royce Gracie, I had the privilege of wrestling with Royce himself, which lasted all of one minute before he submitted me with an armbar. It was really incredible to wrestle someone with that much experience.

On Thursday the 4th of March 2010 I made my usual fortnightly trip down to PUMMA at the Gold Coast where I had the priviledge to attend a training session taken by Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira. Towards the end of the session there was free time to wrestle where I had the opportunity to roll with a true legend of not only BJJ but UFC. It was a fantastic experience, he was only playing with me, letting me pass his guard then finally finishing me with an ankle lock. He is truly what BJJ is all about, having fun and networking, sharing information to continue to develop BJJ and MMA to new heights.

No Rules/MMA Competitions (1999 – 2000)

Between 1999 and 2000 I fought on three occasions all of them were under the sanction of Rings Japan promoted in Australia by Chris Haseman. They were 10 minute long single round, bare knuckle (no gloves worn), KO, TKO, Submission, or Stoppage fights. Two of the fights went the distance and were decided draws and the last fight I lost to a very talented Japanese fighter. The reason I fought was to test myself and see how I would react when put under that kind of pressure. Also I wanted to further develop my skills as a coach.

I have attended a number of seminars over the years, notably during a seminar run by UFC veteran Royce Gracie, I had the privilege of wrestling with Royce himself, which lasted all of one minute before he submitted me with an armbar. It was really incredible to wrestle someone with that much experience.

On Thursday the 4th of March 2010 I made my usual fortnightly trip down to PUMMA at the Gold Coast where I had the priviledge to attend a training session taken by Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira. Towards the end of the session there was free time to wrestle where I had the opportunity to roll with a true legend of not only BJJ but UFC. It was a fantastic experience, he was only playing with me, letting me pass his guard then finally finishing me with an ankle lock. He is truly what BJJ is all about, having fun and networking, sharing information to continue to develop BJJ and MMA to new heights.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions (2001)

I competed at the J.B. Will / Machado Nationals held in Melbourne in 2001. There I came in 3rd in the Middleweight White Belt Division.

In order for me to keep my current level of skill I weekly make the 5 hour round trip to P.U.M.M.A. on the Gold Coast. I also attend regular seminars, in which I am exposed to new techniques, I can then incorporate these into my own training and hopefully improve.
Regards,

Coach Joe