Justin “Sage Juan” Williams

Director of Operations / Lead Wilderness Survival Instructor

Justin Williams is an avid woodsman who grew up hiking, fishing, and camping in the Ozark Mountains.  He taught himself to hunt, track, and trap, and in 2007 he developed an interest and began training in survival and primitive living.  Upon meeting Canadian Michael Barton (Bushcraft Bartons) in Haiti in 2010 he returned home to dive deeper into the world of bushcraft.

Upon graduating from Liberty with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Justin began to apply his passion for ministry to his love for the wild by hosting several outdoor training events. He spent many weekends leading hikes in Devil’s Den and float treks down the Buffalo River and other local waterways.

In 2013, Justin enrolled in the Pathfinder School and began spending longer periods in the bush honing his skills and learning from Master Woodsman Dave Canterbury.

The following year he trained in modern trapping with Chris Mavis of Yeti Mountain Trapping, and ran an active trap line for the next three years.  It was at this time that Justin also started competing in Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

Justin WilliamsIn 2015, Justin completed multiple training  including First Earth Wilderness Survival, Outdoor Leadership Skills OLS, Leave No Trace, BSA Kayaking Certification, as well as the Pathfinder School Phase 1 Certification.
With the support of his family, Justin immersed himself into a full wilderness program in 2016.  He lived in the wilderness for 47 consecutive days, and completed the Sigma 3 Survival School Instructor Program with Robert Allen.  He also completed the week-long Scout Knife Only training, and the Sigma 3 S.E.R.E. (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) Training.  Upon his return from living in the woods, he began assisting with teaching at various schools.  That summer,  Justin was honored to spend some quality one-on-one time with the legend John McPherson. During this time he learned more about homesteading, self-reliance, wilderness survival, flint knapping, and starting a survival school.

Wilderness/Training Certifications

  • Herb Society Member (Springfield Area)
  • First Response Safety Training
  • CPR & First Aid Certified (American Heart Association) Exp. 2018
  • First Earth Wilderness Survival
  • O.L.S. Certified (Outdoor Leadership Skills)
  • Leave No Trace
  • Scoutmaster Specific (Leading Youth in the Outdoors)
  • BSA Kayaking Certification
  • Pathfinder Phase 1 Certified
  • Sigma 3 Survival – Certified Instructor
    •  Survival Standard
    • Advanced Survival
    •  Bowyer Course (Bow making)
    • Wildcrafter – Edible and Medicinal Plants
    • Scout Knife Only
  • Sigma 3 S.E.R.E. Graduate – Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape
  • Rewild University – Rewild Your Mind Training
  • Winter Backpacking Training – REI
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do (Trained TKD, Kickboxing, BJJ, & Sayoc)
  • Concealed Weapons Trained and Certified / Basic Pistol Shooting Trained
  • Recon, Covert Ops, & Intelligence Training – 2017
  • The Herbal Medic (Plant Medicine)



“Friend, brother, and fellow survival instructor… I can’t imagine better accolades.  Justin your teaching style is awesome, and it was a privilege to train with you.  I am far and large more confident in who I am not only as an outdoorsman, but as a more whole human after taking your course.  Love you brother!  I highly recommend it for anyone.” – John G. TN

“Thank you so much Sage Juan for a wonderful weekend of wild edibles and medicinal plants learning and lore!  Can’t tell you how pleased I was with how professional, well organized, and informative you were with the class and how you truly utilized all of our time with Sigma 3 to enhance our learning and retention of more than 85 different plants. Even with our class down time to reflect on our notes, drawings, and identification methods, you encouraged us all to go “pick salad” for that evenings meal, was an incredible use of time management and develops that much more confidence and excitement when preparing for next class day. Sage  your overall love and respect that you have for the wilderness and sharing that wealth of knowledge is infectious!  I was discussing with fellow classmates how so many “schools” are popping up these days in the field of bushcraft and survival it’s  hard to know who is to rely on or put faith in for your education when your life could truly be on the line. Sigma 3 standards that they have set forth in an industry that’s flooded with imitators should be a testament to the fact that with you leading the charge for their education, Sigma 3 truly stand behind their training and understand that even instructors are students and they never stop learning.   It’s so refreshing and wonderful to hear from an instructor that is humble and reflects that in his teaching and continued learning.  I’m very pleased I took this course and I highly suggest Sigma 3 Survival School.”

– Cole Revel
Central, MO

“Sage Juan was very helpful and knowledgeable.  Very informative and super fun.  Training at Sigma 3 was worth every penny, and I will definitely be back to take more courses.”

– Carlos R.
New York, NY

“This was one of the best outdoor experiences of my life.  Justin (Sage) was very thorough and patient, and he is a great instructor.  I have learned so many new things related to survival I didn’t have a clue about.”

– Craig W.
Florissant, MO

“One I will never forget!  Justin Williams (Sage Juan) was professional and demonstrated each skill thoroughly.  He explained 4 or 5 levels of detail with every skill and instruction.  I highly recommend Sigma 3.”

– Ken G.
St. Peters


“I gained so much knowledge training with Justin, and I got my first bow drill coal. He is very professional and organized.” – Jay N. Greenville, SC

“Instructor Justin is very informative and encouraging. He demonstrates and explains each skill thoroughly. Justin has accumulated a wealth of knowledge which he teaches eagerly, including but not limited to friction fire, water procurement, shelter construction, and other primitive skills.” – Will W.

“Justin Williams is an excellent teacher. He provides hands on instruction that meets your learning style. Great School!” – Rick G.

“Hard to beat a place with Justin Williams. His passion and knowledge are unmatched.” – Gary L.

Dave CPhilosophy: My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be. – Sage Juan

I have been diagnosed with Xylophile, Nemophilist,  and Werifesteria. I need treatment immediately.

Email: justin.sigma3survival@gmail.com

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