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Joshua Loya - Tokyo 2020

Hello. My name is Joshua Loya. Thank you for visiting my Athlete Development Account page! I lost my eyesight in 1996 due to a prior health condition and a martial arts accident with a pair of nunchucks. At the time, I had almost no martial arts experience or training. I dabbled in martial arts for a year or two following my accident, but I never trained in earnest until August of 2005. Until 2013, I did not pursue martial arts competitively. Physical fitness and personal development were more important to me at the time. It was in that year that I began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In May of 2016, after earning 4 black belts in other styles and continuing to train in BJJ, I started learning judo from Justin and Jacob Flores, two highly accomplished judo competitors and coaches. By this time, I was nearly 36, and I figured I was too old for judo competition. Neither of them thought so. In response to their encouragement,and some soulsearching of my own, I decided to jump into training full-time, with the long-term goal of competing in the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.


I know it’s going to be a challenge, and require a lot of hard work. I’m still going to do my best, drawing on my prior martial arts training and immersing myself in judo under the excellent tutelage of the Flores brothers. I’ve never wanted something as bad as I want this. I can make it to Tokyo, but I’m going to need your help. Please click the donate link to sponsor my efforts in meeting my current fundraising goal.


  • Goal $25,170.00
  • Raised $30.00
Top Donations
  • Scot Conway - $20.00
  • Justin Ekis - $10.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Scot Conway 12/10/2016 $20.00 I am 100% supportive of your efforts. My very best to you with your hard work! It's a big step, and I wish you the very best.
Justin Ekis 11/2/2016 $10.00 Hey man, I'm totally excited that you're going for this, and I'm praying that you succeed. I wish I could contribute more.