Joshua learned how to play chess at the age of 5 after asking his dad to teach him. Three weeks after learning to play, he entered his first scholastic chess tournament and won 3rd place.
At age 9, Joshua began learning with Chess Expert Tony Palmer. Through frequent practice and study, he quickly rose through the ranks, earning the title of National Master at age 15.
At age 18, Joshua earned the international title of FIDE Master by winning the 2018 Michigan Invitational with a perfect 9/9 score. Today, he is working towards his next goal - International Master.
In High School, after Joshua's skills greatly surpassed his peers, he moved into a coaching position at the Holland Chess Academy, working with over 30 students every week. Joshua also co-led the Jenison Christian chess club during this time.
Since graduating, Joshua has become a full-time chess coach, teaching many promising scholastic players throughout the Detroit area, and online throughout the world.