Being born without arms, Jessica Cox immediately faced a world not designed for her. With an unwavering spirit and “can-do” mentality, she overcame the obstacles in her path, graduated from college, learned to swim, drive a car, surf, scuba dive, fly an airplane, become a Taekwondo State Champion, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She is now recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker, and has traveled to 20 countries and 6 continents with her powerful message.
From the moment she was born, there were many questions about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first black belt in the International Taekwondo Federation. While at college, Jessica joined an American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Martial Arts club and trained for her second black belt. Jessica is also a certified trainer in the ATA.
Jessica holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate. Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology from the University of Arizona.