TJ grew up in Somers, NY. He has always been an avid sports player and fan. While in high school, TJ played football and baseball and has continued to focus on brazilian jiu jitsu for recreational fun in his adult years. He attended Springfield College and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science. TJ is currently studying to become a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) from the national strength and conditioning association (NSCA). TJ has years of experience as a strength coach and a group exercise instructor.