Kurtis believes that Gym Jones is a lighthouse in the dark, and wants to help that light shine brighter. His journey began in 2005 after Kurtis joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to 1st battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite Special Operations unit. It was during this time, where he was first exposed to the Gym Jones philosophy while training with his unit. After a career- ending parachute accident, Kurtis realized his ability to continue a military career was over. While reflecting back on his service, he found a common thread among his Special Operations brethren, the greatest weapon they possess was a strong mind. After an honorable discharge in 2010, Kurtis carried forward the Gym Jones philosophy that “The Mind Is Primary” to Illinois State University. While pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sciences, he attended the Gym Jones Fundamentals course in 2012. In preparation for a career training others, Kurtis spent his last semester of college working an internship in Orlando, FL. During this time, he was able to work closely with athletes and began implementing some of his own philosophies into training programs. Upon graduation, Kurtis continued training where he taught the mindset that training is 90% mental and 10% physical. He currently works closely with military personnel doing training and programming. Kurtis also trains clients in central Illinois while writing remote online programming on a case by case basis. He enjoys training athletes of all levels in private, semi-private, and small group settings. He is a firm believer in quality over quantity and commits to those he works with. In his free time, Kurtis is an avid Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Husband, and dog lover. He currently holds a brown belt under Professor Don Fox at Gracie Barra Bloomington.
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