Aaron Johnson

Head Coach / Owner

Born and raised in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Aaron Johnson trained at Team Foxcatcher, a prestigious training facility for Olympic wrestlers, from 1988 to 1994.  He went on to be a 2 time PIAA high school place winner and also was a Freestyle and Greco state champion until moving to Indiana his junior year in high school where he was a state qualifier in 1995 for Pike high school, 2 time Freestyle state runner-up, and a member of Team Indiana.  After graduating from Pike, he wrestled two varsity seasons at the University of Indianapolis.

After college, Johnson’s passion for wrestling morphed into a passion for Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling.  He has won the Army Combatives Championship, IBJJF World Championship as a brown belt, UWW World Grappling Championship, and Pan American Games Championship.  He has also won multiple USA Wrestling National Championships in Grappling.  Johnson also was a member of the USA Grappling Team and also holds a pro MMA 7-2 fighting record.   Recently, Coach Johnson earned a silver medal in the 2018 UWW Grappling Championships in Kazakhstan.  In addition to competing, Johnson also has coached wrestling at Pike HS, Guion Creek MS, Decatur Central HS, and at the University of Indianapolis.

“I’ve done a lot,” Johnson said. “I don’t need to really prove anything else to anybody or myself. “Now I’m to the point where I want to just sit back and focus on making world champions instead of being a world champion.” 

Josh Beals

Volunteer Assistant

Coaching philosophy – Taking a holistic approach to coaching is vital.  The student-athletes discovering custom technique, mat strategy, mental toughness/ value in self, physical strength/endurance, and nutrition is necessary for them to be successfulat the highest levels.  In the end, it is all about the journey and not the destination, because wrestling is a great tool to teach student-athletes how to be successful in the real world.

Wrestling as a Athlete

  • 5x freestyle state champion
  • 4x greco state champion
  • Fargo HS Greco All-American
  • Wrestled for Team Indiana 5x, placing in the top 3 at every event
  • Wrestled in Hawaii, Japan and all over the Unites States of America
  • 2x high school place winner
  • High school record: 136-12
  • Division 1 wrestler @ Indiana University

Judo as an Athlete

  • 2x Jr. Olympic All-American
  • Collegiate National All-American for Indiana University
  • Black belt received under Mr. Sensei Park

Coaching Experience

  • Two summers with Ken Chertow Gold Medal Wrestling camp where I was a head coach in 2003 and 2004
  • Head coach and assistant coach at all levels in wrestling
  • Led and coached multiple state IHSAA state champions, place winners and qualifiers
  • Student of the sport
  • Minor in psychology