Curtis started training jiu jitsu at 8 years old, moving on to mixed martial arts at 12. At age 14 as a reward for his hard work and dedication Curtis's dad arranged for them to travel to Las Vegas where Curtis met and trained with Canadian legend Shawn "The Coach" Tompkins.
They hit it off immediately and Curtis was invited back to train with Shawn's pros that were fighting in the UFC including Vitor Belfort, Mark Hominick, Kevin Randleman, Vinny Magalhaes and many more. Curtis and Shawn continued to keep in touch and train at any available opportunity in both Las Vegas and Shawn's first gym Adrenaline Training Centre in London Ontario. Following Shawn's passing Curtis trained at various other gyms in the states including American top team where he worked with UFC's Rich Attonito and others.
Later that year Curtis was sponsored by jaco athletics as a junior amateur fighter and was able to train with the team in Florida.
Curtis went to JACO Hybrid Training Centre to train with the Blackzillians working with coach Henri Hooft and training with UFC stars like, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans, Matt Mitrione, Michael Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Thiago Silva etc.
Curty quickly earned the pro's respect and two black eyes and in doing so was taken in as part of the JACO family making numerous trips to train with the high level coaches and fighters there.
For the last couple years Curtis has remained in Canada training with friend, mentor, coach and UFC fighter Jesse Bongfeldt, and his coach Chris Harper, as a part of their United Fighter MMA Kenora fight team, recently travelling with Jesse to train with UFC rising star Jordan Mein to train at his gym CMC MMA in Lethbridge Alberta.
Most recently Curtis returned to his Team Tompkins roots travelling to London Ontario to train at Adrenaline with UFC stars Mark Hominick, Chris Horodecki, Chris Clements and former IKF world champ kickboxing legend Leo Loucks.
Curtis took his first MMA fight at age 16 and is currently 3-1 with a 3 fight winning streak.
Curtis has taken a short break from fighting for now realizing how huge an opportunity his being a partner in building United Fighter Thunder Bay from the ground up along with his talented partners.
Curty looks forward to using everything he's learnt from all the UFC stars, pro teams and top level coaches he's worked with over the years and sharing that knowledge with students of his own in his home gym United Fighter Thunder Bay.
Training and inspiring adults, teens, men, women and children to live a healthy disciplined lifestyle whether it's general fitness, boxing, kickboxing or MMA, Curty is excited to give back and share what others have shared with him ensuring a fun safe experience for all.
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