Josh “The Hebrew Hammer” Baker is a professional MMA and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter. He started out as a collegiate wrestler which paved the way for a career in fighting. He is also a 2018 JSWL Hall of Fame inductee for being part of the #5 high school team in the country back in 2006. He is also the head coach for the Old Bridge Mat Rats who are 3-time defending Mid-Jersey League Champions and he is the assistant coach for Old Bridge High School as well. In addition, he just took over the Zephyr Performance Training school as the general manager, where he also coaches. Josh is trying to bring wrestling to the masses and is also part of the AGA (American Grappling Alliance), which is a non-profit that helps get youth, that can’t afford to wrestle, involved. The goal is to get children active and interested in wrestling.
What is your biggest sporting accomplishment?
This is a tough one to decide because I have competed in many combat sports, but I would say my biggest accomplishment would be when I won my professional MMA debut with a 7 second knock out.
If you weren’t an athlete what would you be?
If I wasn’t competing, I would still be coaching wrestling, Jiu jitsu, and striking, but I would use my other free time to work with a non-profit helping unprivileged kids find what they are good at with a mentor or advocate program.
What do you hope to still achieve?
I want to earn my black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu by the age of 30 and win a World Title.
Who is your sporting idol/someone you looked up to growing up?
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I love going outside and enjoying the weather. I enjoy hanging by the pool, going for a hike, playing spike ball or can jam, but most of all just spending time with friends and family.