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Team Members

Josh Cadenbach
Owner/Head Instructor

Coach Josh started wrestling at the age of 8 in his home state of Nebraska and continued to wrestle throughout his childhood and high school years. While his wrestling career was successful and included medaling and winning numerous state and local tournaments, Coach Josh turned down collegiate scholarship offers and instead served his country in the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. In 2010, Coach Josh left the service and attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied Political Science and received his Bachelors of Arts. It was during his time at the U of I that he wanted to find something similar to wrestling and discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Barra Champaign. Shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois, Coach Josh was given the opportunity to take over the school. Under the instruction of Professor Marcos Barros, a third degree black belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr., Coach Josh is continually training to ensure his students receive the highest quality Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. In addition to being is a certified Gracie Barra instructor, Coach Josh is a certified Commando Krav Maga instructor and leads the Commando Krav Maga classes. He brings nearly 20 years of grappling experience to Gracie Barra Champaign in addition to passion and drive to share the gentle art.




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