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Coach Kang always told Josh to train with the best and learn from them. So Josh went to Bulgaria to train with Coach Norair Nurikian, Bulgaria’s only two-time Olympic gold medalist, for three months. He lived in the National Sports Academy and trained side by side with some of the greatest Olympic weightlifters of all time! Josh also trained with the men’s and women’s national teams. That summer proved to be a profound period of mental and physical growth.
After 2008, Josh began to make the transition into coaching. He had been working with youth and now wanted to combine his love for weightlifting and football. He applied for an internship at UCLA to work with their strength and conditioning program. Because of his experience in Olympic lifting and coaching at Georgia Tech, he was accepted!
Coach Kang moved to Atlanta, and Josh felt lead to follow him. So his second family, Clifford and Quinton King, helped form a team of generous supporters to sponsor him on his journey, Team Josh Trust. He moved to Atlanta and was on his way! Josh traveled all over with Quinton King training and competing. Josh helped coach at Georgia Tech and even became friends with Lee Haney, one of his sponsors and role models!
The last couple of years, Josh has had the opportunity to train with one of his childhood heroes, Tom Platz. Of all the high level athletes and Josh has come across, Tom would have to be the one Josh learned the most from. Tom is the mentor that introduced Josh to the true power of the mind!