Professor Joseph Parker

A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. What makes a tree powerful, starts in its roots – they are the foundation of the foundation. A tree’s shade brings rest to all who sit under it, even an opponent. A tree does not need to explain itself, it simply is. Everyone who looks can see it is powerful and beautiful, simultaneously.

This is Jiu-Jitsu. Power rests in Jiu-Jitsu because it is real. It is not about talk or pretension and does not require choreographed adversity to be effective. There is truth in Jiu-Jitsu.

This is what I strive to understand and teach. I believe every person has their own unique power and fruit in their Jiu-Jitsu. Everyone is wonderfully different, yet here at Katharo our roots are the same: reality and pragmatism with honest and unguarded assessment. I believe in, and teach these foundational principles: Acutely-placed pressure, absolute control, minimal compromise, leverage, structure over strength, eliciting reactions on which we capitalize, ebb and flow, timed explosion with perfect technique, fighting effectively under worse-case scenario and healthy dissatisfaction with stagnancy.

I’d say my most employed tool at improving in Jiu-Jitsu is forcing myself into bad situations, playing into a training partner’s strength in order to learn to achieve success – like a swordsmith tempers and punishes iron, the result is a worthy weapon.

Thank you and may God bless your tree!