My name is Joseph Ash and I live in Williamsburg, Virginia.
My martial arts career began at age seven when my mother received a free class pass from Mr. Bae, my soon-to-be teacher. At my first class and Mr. Bae asked us to break a board using a foot stomp. As a boy, it seemed like I had this in the bag…but after several attempts, the board didn’t break. I tried, with another student, to break the board for at least 20 minutes. I had no luck. But then, my persistence paid off. My foot felt the snap of the board. I broke it. I was ecstatic. Mr. Bae pointed at me and said, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” The rest is history.
As a martial arts student, I acquired a joy and appreciation for learning very early on. It flowed over into my enjoyment of learning at school. As matter of fact, while at Christopher Newport College (now University), I often took courses that interested me even though they weren’t necessary for my degree. That appreciation for learning and curiosity about the world has served me well in my life.
As an athlete, I learned a lot about internal perseverance. Competing for nearly 20 years provided me with a lot of hands-on experience and time “in the zone.” Dealing with pressure was often tough and in the beginning, I lost far more than I won. However, accomplishments acquired easily often provide little long-term rewards. So I persisted and eventually earned my place on the US team.
I started dabbling with teaching early in my career. I was attracted to watching people learn and proud to watch them grow more confident. Teaching made me feel like I was giving back to my teacher, the program and the art that has given me so much. As I became better at it, I started learning patterns for people and the way they learn. It was extremely rewarding and I knew right away this was going to be my career path.
From a strong passion for teaching came the idea for transitioning into business. It seemed natural for me despite being 21 with no business experience. Equipped with many years of classroom lessons and an abundance of passion, I took over for my teacher.
Ultimately, I truly love what I do. Each day I feel fortunate to be doing what I am doing and to have the support of those around me.
Back in 2013, I wanted to write a book that would help people find their ideal martial arts program. I wrote a book called “Martial Arts Unlocked “A parents Guide to Choosing a Martial Arts School“. A year after being published, it became the publisher’s bestseller. Even though that’s a cool accomplishment, I’m happier about the fact that it has helped so many people navigate finding the right martial arts program for their family.
My future and the future of BAEPLEX are both exciting. I am continuously listening for ways we can better serve our clients. With innovation and perseverance, BAEPLEX will continue being in the forefront of personal development, wellness, and leadership for generations to come.
Listen to my interview “Dreams to Reality.”
- Author, Martial Arts Unlocked “A Parents Guide to Choosing a Martial Arts School”
- Operate two locations within the Williamsburg, James City County area
- 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from Kuk Ki Won in Seoul Korea
- Master Instructor
- WJCC Partner
- Creator of the Scholarship for Future Leaders
- Public Speaker
- World Class Athlete
- VA AAU Tae Kwon Do President (7 years)
- First Aid & CPR Certified