CJ started playing pool at the age of 7 in a small pool room in Green City Missouri. Sports was the highlight and source of entertainment for many kids in Green City and CJ was no exception playing baseball, basketball and even became a ranked junior tennis player in Missouri Valley competition. CJ started training in Martial Arts in his early twenties and became a 2nd Degree Black-belt by the time he was 30 years old. Hank Haney (Tiger Woods past Golf Coach) and CJ became good friend and spent a great deal of time trading pool instruction for golf instuction which gave CJ a broadened perspective of both disciplines. Most Games have similarities and upon close observation this becomes obvious and is a distinct advantage in building "teaching bridges" that will speed up the learning process. CJ has an easy time teaching golfers to play pool because there is such a similarity in the referential index of both games.