NICKNAME: Johnny Bravo
WEIGHT: 215 LBS.
HOMETOWN: Crystal Lake, Illinois
FAVORITE ARM WRESTLING TECHNIQUE: Hook
YEARS COMPETING IN THE SPORT? 1 Year
FAMILY: Married to Elisabeth Gellings with 2 Children (Benjamin- age 2 and Corinne- age 9 months)
EMPLOYMENT: Eco Gym Owner
HOBBIES – Armwrestling, Weightlifting, being a Husband and Father
FAVORITE TRAINING TECHNIQUE: Just arm wrestle.
TELL US A PERSONAL STORY / INTERESTING FACT OR EXPERIENCE THAT HELPED SHAPE YOUR LIFE OR CAREER (SO FANS CAN BEGIN TO KNOW YOU):
With the recent passing of my Father in June of ’15, I have gained a newly found appreciation of life.
For years I had been chasing my tail, looking to self-improve, without realizing what this all “doesn’t mean”. For me, it really doesn’t matter what is won, it is what has been left behind. It is all about what people will say about you when you’re gone. If a man can leave behind a positive existence that has changed lives for the better, he will have “truly existed”.
I can only hope that I can do as good a job as my Father did with me for my own children…
WHAT ELSE SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE? I’m a pretty funny dude most of the time.
MOTTO: Defeats are often more triumphant than victories.
FAVORITE ARMWRESTLING MEMORY/STORY: Haven’t had it yet…
BEST ADVICE YOU WERE EVER GIVEN? Go start losing so you can adjust and take over the sport.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU HAVE FACED AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME IT?
Over the years I have broken bones, missed on things, been in casts for over a year, friends have passed away, relationships lost, job relocations, owned businesses, stressed out too much, been under deadlines, felt pressure, and lost a Father… But that's exactly the way it is supposed to be.
We are shaped by loss. We are shaped by adversity. I wouldn’t change a thing, and I know it is not over yet. The main thing is to teach others from our hardships so they cam learn from them as well and leave behind a wealth of knowledge for those in need of it. As I said, defeats are often more triumphant than victories. Go experience yours…