Kyle Maynard was born March 24, 1986 with a condition known as congenital amputation that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. His story begins as an 11-year-old that wanted to wrestle and a coach that gave him an opportunity to try. After losing every single match his first year and most his second, Kyle became a successful varsity wrestler on one of the best teams in the southeast. In spite of his limitations, he found a way to win 36 varsity matches his senior year, while defeating several state place finishers and state champions during his final season.
But Kyle's accomplishments extend far beyond the wrestling mat. With basically two elbows he can type up to fifty words per minute, eat and write without any adaptations, and drive a vehicle that has little modification.
Kyle's spent the last three years giving motivational speeches all over the world and in 2005 he also started training in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. His passion and focus in the sport is with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which is the art of pressuring an opponent to tap-out and submit.
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