Josue Deprez, also known as "Ti-Deprez" was born 30 October, 1981, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is the son of the late Jean Robert, an artist, and Elda Jacquet, a business person.
Sensei Deprez grew up in Carrefour, a large-residential commune in Port-au-Prince, alongside three sisters, Marie Sony Jacquet, Santiague Deprez, and Jasmine Deprez, as well, a brother, Micael Deprez.
At the age of four, his parents separated, and Josue lived with his uncle. At the age of eight years old, Sensei Deprez's then twenty-nine year old father passed away from complications of lung surgery. Deprez had previously met his mother when he was six years old, and when she wished for his return, he went, while maintaining summer and holiday visits with his uncle, whom had become like a father to him.
Also at eight years old, was when Sensei Deprez became introduced to the martial art of Judo, the first Olympic martial art, and one of the oldest martial arts still practiced today.
He grew up practicing Judo, alongside his twenty-plus year best friend, Rubens Nicolas. These two inseparable friends grew up through good and bad times, often traveled to judo tournaments together, and while students in Haiti, they would often mentor each other in hard subjects such as math and physics. Josue considered Rubens "his brother" growing up, and held that reverence for his friend, even after eventually meeting his own biological brother, Michael.
As his love for judo grew, it moved on from just a self-defense against the neighborhood bullies in his younger days, to today, where he is an Olympic judo athlete, and accomplished world champion.
Sensei Deprez credits former Haitian 6-time National Champion Holman Jean, as his early inspiration.
Deprez attended Frere Henry Middle School, and both Eli Blaise and Alexandre Petion High Schools. For College he attended St. Trinite, and after moving to America, he studied at Miami-Dade College.
His educational achievements includes: mechanic, title agent, and notary-public. He is a certified fitness coach through NASM, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, where he holds specialties in fitness and conditioning.
Josue is a USA Regional Judo Coach, and holds a degree in massage therapy from the Escuela Cardin, in Cuba. Beyond his significant educational achievements, Deprez is fluent in four languages, Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English.
Sensei Deprez, refers to his loving wife Oldine Pierre Louis, as the "perfect mother" to their two highly active daughters Jodine and Jolessa. Although he is the first Olympian in his family, Sensei Deprez doubts he will be the last.
Josue's outside ambitions and interests include the song "Hero" by Mariah Carey, while his favorite book is the psychology novel "Athlete Interior." As an accomplished athlete, Sensei Deprez enjoys working-out, basketball, and American-style football. He is an avid pool-player, and enjoys sports television shows, such as "First-Take" which airs on ESPN. His traveling interests include a dream week-long vacation to Hawaii, although he is already a seasoned world traveler. Besides his recent Olympic travel to Rio, Brazil, he once traveled to Thailand in 2007, to participate in the World University Games.
While partaking in tourist activities in Thailand, he visited a Buddhist Temple, where after experiencing the no shoes/no camera policies, he recalls that experience as a "most unusual visit."
Sensei Deprez has been competing professionally for seventeen years, while representing the Nation of Haiti, since 1998. From 2005, 2007, 2013 and 2015, Josue represented Haiti at the Pan-American Championships, the Pan-American Open, and the World Championships, competing in the Under-73 Kilogram weight class.
In his younger years, Sensei Deprez trained for two years in Paris, France, at a training facility for young, gifted athletes. Besides being a teacher of judo, Josue is a member/supporter of Club Judo Femina, founded and based in Limonade-Nord, Haiti.
Currently residing in Miami, Florida, he is the owner/operator of Deprez Judo/Fitness, since 2011. As a fitness and conditioning coach, he works with senior citizens, persons with disabilities, as well as fellow judo athletes.
In addition to operating Deprez Judo/Fitness since 2011, Josue is also on the coaching staff at the Towers of Quayside since 2013, and his previous experiences saw him coaching the Haitian National Junior Team from 2005 through 2007, as well as instructing at Florida International University from 2008 through 2009.
Sensei Deprez is lauded with numerous athletic awards and achievements such as the following:
- 8-time National Champion/Gold Medalist.
- 3-time World Cup participant in 2005/Egypt; 2007/Brazil; and 2013/Brazil.
- 4-Gold Medals from various Caribbean tournaments
- Gold Medalist/MVP in the Barbados International Tournament.
- Silver Medalist at the 2007 Jose Ramon Tournament in Cuba.
- Gold Medalist at the 2013 Florida Open.
Sensei Deprez represented Haiti at the recent Olympic Games in Rio Brazil, and competed against German judo athlete Igor Wadtke, in the U-73 Kilogram weight class. Although being defeated in the semi-finals, Sensei Deprez remains a lovable and admired athlete, not just to his tens of thousands of fans in his home country of Haiti, but with thousands upon thousands of fans across the world. Being a friendly, intelligent, dedicated individual, with a strong and humble personality, Sensei Deprez lives by his personal creed "Everybody fights every single day to survive, so it s better to learn how to fight."