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Joslin’s Martial Arts was Founded Nearly 50 years Ago

Opened by 3 Time Canadian Karate Champion, Rick Joslin in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada it has become one of Canada’s most established martial arts schools. Rick was one of the first Full Contact Karate (Kickboxing) Fighters in Canada and his undefeated kickboxing team was a powerful force back in the 1970’s.

Since the day it opened, over 10,000 students (ages 4-60+) have been taught martial arts by either Rick or his son Jeff Joslin.

Jeff has accomplished huge things in Martial Arts as well, winning over 200 gold medals during a competitive martial arts career that spanned close to three decades.

He was the first Canadian in history to win Gold at an international Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament (IBJJF Pan/American Championship 2002); He has fought in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and many other shows as a professional MMA Fighter and won the Apex MMA Fighting World Welterweight Championship Title as well.

In the videos below, Rick and Jeff talk a little bit about the history of Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts from their perspectives.

Rick Joslin Interview – “The Old School Days” (Part 1 of 2)

Rick Joslin Interview “The Old School Days” (Part 2 of 2)

In the next video, Jeff Joslin takes you on a tour of Joslin’s MMA and talks about the gym which was his childhood home and place of martial arts training growing up.

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  •   Great training, environment and coaching! Would recommend for people of all ages and goals.

    thumb Amr Ghoneim
    2/05/2017
  •   Jeff is one of the best, proud to know him. Joslin's gym produces excellent athletes in and outside the ring!!!!

    thumb Kru David Crawley
    4/15/2017
  •   The people at Joslin's become your family! Great place to learn and train!

    thumb Geoff St-Denis
    2/05/2017
  •   Always fun to train in a club that makes you feel welcome. Great group of people to train with. Also the instructors are knowledgable and always trying to introduce new things in your jujitsu life.

    thumb Jason Barros
    2/02/2016
  •   I moved to Hamilton and started training under Jeff and his Cadre of Black Belts just over a year ago. Previously I trained under Rodrigo Munderuca in Winnipeg and Mike Yackulic in Edmonton, both amazing instructors. The dedication and skill level of EVERY Belt at Joslin's is on a level I have not seen before. This is no disrespect to my previous instructors as they have great clubs and great people. This is to say Joslin's really is something special and anyone who has any inclination of trying a martial art near Hamilton should come to Joslin's first. You won't regret it!

    thumb Jay Wily
    2/03/2016
  •   Quality instructors with great team environment. Large space to train and a positive atmosphere.

    thumb Ryan Burney
    4/29/2017
  •   I found Jeff Joslin to be extremely knowledgeable and passionate. He has a special patience and a gift for teaching and encouraging all students. The other instructors also share his genuine desire to help the students learn and git fit. I've found the members to be very friendly and always encouraging as we learn and practice together. The all around fitness obtained from attending regular classes is amazing.

    thumb Zen Maszczak
    2/05/2017
  •   Joslin's is the best MMA school by far! Jeff Joslin and all the instructors are well versed in their crafts. As soon as I walked through the door I felt like I've been part of a team. No egos or negativity allowed. Only positivity, hard work, and results!

    thumb Kyle Martin
    7/30/2015
  •   Awesome place to train! Everyone is friendly and inviting. I'll be back again in the future

    thumb Tyler Stiles
    5/07/2017
  •   It was my mission to find 16 young hockey players a place to condition , get stronger,tougher ,learn balance and get motivated.. I found it with Joslin's Mixed Martial Arts.. Jeff these boys loved every session you gave them. We saw a difference on the ice they looked tougher and no one was pushing them around.I even heard one of our boys quote something you told him. Jeff you were wonderful with these kids, it shows that this is your passion.. Thanks for everything over the last few months. Fingers crossed the boys are on to winning their playoffs!! Hope to see you next year with another set of hockey players.. Sincerely the Peewee Glanbrook Rangers

    thumb Kim Hatcher-Cassiani
    2/02/2016