Joe Swallow, Instructor


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Sensei Joseph Swallow, Senior Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt

Mr. Swallow began his martial arts training in System 5 Combat Karate at the young age of 6. It was during this training that Mr. Swallow was introduced to Mr. Woodall who was the head instructor under Master Sensei Steve Fossum. Mr. Swallow trained off and on until System 5 was closed in 1998, eventually obtaining the rank of Purple Belt. Mr. Swallow then resumed training with Mr. Woodall in 2003, making him Mr. Woodall’s longest training student. He also designed and created the original website for Woodall’s Self-Defense and Fitness Centers.

Mr. Swallow is one of the schools’ five Sensei’s and veteran of our sexual assault prevention program and demo teams. Mr. Swallow holds an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice which he received with highest honors, a Reserve Peace Officer Level II certification from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, and is pursuing a career in law enforcement. He has been a valued trainer for two black belt classes and as a result is one of only four instructors who is authorized to conduct black belt training.

 Mr. Swallow was promoted to the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt on February 11th, 2006.

 6th Degree Black Belt Won Yuen Fa – Sensei

Purple Belt, System 5 Combat Karate

White Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Reserve Peace Officer Certification- Level II

Associate of Applied Science: Criminal Justice

First Aid and C.P.R. for First Responders Certification