Giving back to your city is something many Memphians are passionate about, but for Josh Metcalf that means dedicating his career to it.
Memphis native, Metcalf, worked as a Spanish teacher for seven years at Collierville High School before he joined the Latino Memphis team this past November. Latino Memphis is an organization that helps Latinos in the Memphis area get connected with different social issues, like education and justice, to raise the voice within the Latino community.
Metcalf is a program coordinator for the Abriendo Puertas college-access program which allows him to work with students from five different high schools to help them find opportunities to further their education. He works with these students weekly to further their growth in things like leadership skills and academics through different events they host.
While Metcalf was teaching high school, he was a wrestling coach and a parent recommended Krav Maga to him which quickly became a passion of his. Seven years later Metcalf is an instructor at Krav Maga Desoto and an instructor at the University of Memphis. Being an instructor gives Metcalf more opportunity to give back to the Memphis community by teaching them the key elements in self-defense.
“I love to see my students gain knowledge of self-defense and become more confident in their daily lives. Improving the lives of Memphians by empowering them with this knowledge and skill is one of the many reasons why I love teaching Krav Maga.”
On March 18th from 2pm-5pm Latino Memphis will be teaming up with Krav Maga Desoto to offer a self-defense seminar for the community. Proceeds will benefit Latino Memphis. Registration for the seminar is $69 per person.