Chief Instructor Joshua Taumoefolau

Pacific Region

The name Taumoefolau in Tongan means, the ‘warrior who travels to war’, and it’s a name that has been passed down in Josh’s family for three hundred years. Keeping with this tradition, Josh spent a number of years training with the Australian Army reserves before choosing a vocation with a law enforcement agency. He commenced his martial training 30 years ago with a Judo style, then later the “Ch’ang Hon” style [traditional taekwondo developed by General Choi Hong Hi in 1955], which became thereafter his core art.

Chief Instructor Josh is now an Examiner assessing Gradings to ensure only the highest standards are maintained. He also has developed the full Bo-jitsu (Bo staff) extended weapons Syllabus for Shugyo, delivering seminars and training to our international schools.

In August 2011, Chief Instructor Josh was inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame and World Karate Union Hall of Fame for 2011 (AMAHOF).