Josh Lanier

Josh Lanier - Elite-MMA Instructor

Houston MMA Instructor

Birth Place: Jacksonville, North Carolina

Profession: Coach, Trainer, Private Security Contractor

What classes do you teach: BJJ Adults: men’s and women’s, Kids BJJ, No-Gi BJJ, Thai Boxing for MMA, Adult MMA, Teen MMA, Personal Fitness, Conditioning, and Personal Self-Defense

Number of years of training martial arts: I’ve been involved in MartialArts since the age of 13

When did you start teaching at Elite MMA? I’m starting April 1st 2019

What is a memorable moment for you at Elite MMA? I’m sure I will have many to come but I can the times I have came to train at Elite MMA they have made me feel like family

Do you have any martial arts accomplishments that you are proud of and why?
I have had a great career and life thanks to Martial Arts. I’ve fought all over the world for organizations including Bellator and many others, but they most memorable will my last fight for Primal Fight League Heavyweight Championship. 

I won the title that night must most  importantly I won after having Heart Failure just 2 years before. The doctors told me I would never make that walk again but through faith and hard work I proved many wrong that night 

Are there any professional accomplishments that you are proud of and why?
I have so many from graduating 1st of my class from the North Carolina Police Academy to becoming the Head Coach for Team TakeDown.

Any sports/activities that you participated in that you are proud of?
MMA, Jiu Jitsu of course but also I’ve done a lot of stuff for TV. I was on American Ninja Warrior, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch, The Felon, Longmire tv series

What hobbies do you enjoy and why?
Other than Martial Arts I’m am a Xbox junkie, I love to play video games lol

Any memorable family moments that you would like to share?
One of the best family moments was actually when I was assigned to the same community outreach programs with my mother who was serving in
Law Enforcement at the same time. We got to raise gifts for underprivileged kids throughout the whole county while making a positive impact
on the community

Academic accomplishments: Associates in Criminal Justice, Graduated Top of my class in Basic Law Enforcement Training

If you could walk us through a day or week in your life what would it consist of? My days always start with getting my Service Dog and Best Friend ‘Jynx’ a breakfast taquito or hotdog. She gets a little unruly if we miss it.