Coach Joshua "Jag" Garcia's martial arts journey began in the South Bronx in 1989 studying JKD and Dirty Boxing concepts under his father. He began training in Kyokushin Karate at age 13.
From 1992-2003 he trained in Free-style wrestling earning six region and district 7 titles with consecutive All NBIL selections from 1992-1999 during his scholastic career.
He has competed in various singles competitions in both Free-style and Nogi with a post scholastic amateur record of 28-3.
In August of 1999 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where for 4 years he assisted and trained in the Close quarters combat instruction of Marine Corps Line and MCMAP.
In 2005 Coach Jag studied Pro-Boxing fundamentals and professional fight training under the legendary Don Turner while employed for 2 years as his personal Executive Chef in Havelock North Carolina.
In the summer of 2007 Coach Jag transitioned in to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Professor Jerry Moreno in New Bern, NC. He quickly earned his blue belt in the summer of 2008 under Professor Rodrigo Grenno in Tampa, FL.
From 2009-2013 Jag trained under Professor Dustin "Clean" Denes at The Ocala Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy where he was head wrestling coach under Sensei Bill Bartlett. He has received various instruction from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu greats such as Roberto Abreu, Todd Cutler, Vagner Rocha, Edson Dinis, David Viera and Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz.
During his Jiu-Jitsu training he cross trained in ITF and Kwon Jae Hwa Taekwon-Do under Masters Nenad Omervic and Jose Luis Zapata. After over a year of intense full-contact training in an old converted garage in West Ocala he earned his first Dan in March of 2012. He spent the following years re-visiting his roots in Kyokushin Kaikan under IKO Sensei Ken Hicks.
In 2014 Coach Jag founded NOGI SHOOT BOX MMA™ where he integrates Military, Shoot Boxing, Catch Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu styles. He continues his mixed martial art journey as Owner and chief Instructor. He is well versed in Muay Thai, FCS Kali, Kyokushin Kaikan, and holds a second degree black belt in ITF Taekwon-Do under Master Jose Luis Zapata.
He is a certified Catch wrestling instructor under Coach John Potenza. He maintains a Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Todd Cutler of Fight Sports Daytona and has been a dedicated practitioner of mixed martial arts for over 20 years.