Today we’d like to introduce you to Junior Amazan.
Junior, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I believe that within every person lies a great athlete. The question becomes how do we pull the athlete out?
The passion for what I do started as a high school multi-sport athlete in Uniondale, NY. At the time, I didn’t realize the struggle that I was facing was the same struggle a lot of other young high school athletes were facing as well. I had a thirst to improve but it seemed as though the only answer to my questions about how to get better was to “push harder.” So, I did.
Back in my high school days, a normal strength and conditioning program could more or less be considered a bench press competition. My district didn’t have the budget to provide us the type of program that we needed, nor did they see a need for one. When I reached the colligate level of NCAA wrestling at Ithaca College, their program was quite overwhelming as a freshman. I didn’t feel as prepared as some of the other athletes did; I didn’t feel knowledgeable enough to use and benefit from the resources that were suddenly available to me.
After arriving at Ithaca College, I quickly realized what my plan would be. Instead of asking my coaches about how to improve my own sports performance, I would hunt down the answers myself. I would make sure that I could come back to the community and share that new knowledge with kids like me; kids who want to get better but just don’t know how. I would make sure that every kid was fully prepared to benefit from the resources available at the collegiate level and beyond, and that they were not overwhelmed by all the complexities that come with being an elite athlete. I graduated Ithaca College with my degree in Sport and Exercise Science w/ Medical Emphasis and with that the idea of Kinetic Precision was born.
Knowledge is power, and since my time at Ithaca College I’ve never stopped my pursuit of knowledge in the sports performance field. In order to present the type of company that I know Kinetic Precision can be I’ve made it my mission to chase the most cutting-edge sports performance methodologies that are out there today. Expanding my network of specialists and coaches has opened the door for me to continue my education and to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the field. All of this has helped me to mold Kinetic Precision into what it is today.
Through KP, I’ve been able to help athletes all over Southern California. We send our athletes up to the collegiate level, ready to take on the rigorous work ahead of them. Kinetic Precision is a culmination of my experiences and education growing up in sports. I’m determined to continue to develop KP as a means of helping every athlete shine.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think every journey worth taking will present obstacles along the way. Every struggle that I have gone through has led me to where I am today. If it weren’t for my experiences, I wouldn’t be able to present the quality of service that Kinetic Precision offers.
An early obstacle that I confronted in Los Angeles was the abundance of trainers. In the early years, even through today, I have to continuously find ways to separate Kinetic Precision from every other training service available in the area. That is why I spend so much time developing my programs, to ensure the highest quality and efficiency in our training sessions, above and beyond what other training services in the area offer.
Getting word out about Kinetic Precision is another obstacle that surfaced in the beginning and is something I’m still working on today. Social media gives me a platform to scream from and a way to work through this obstacle. Through networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, I am able to reach people that I couldn’t get to before. I give athletes, along with their coaches and parents, a glimpse into what we do in our programs and what it’s like to be a part of our KP family.
All in all, each obstacle that I battle leads me to build fortified systems around my brand, making Kinetic Precision’s foundation stronger, wider, and more focused than ever before.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kinetic Precision – what should we know?
Kinetic Precision is a sports performance program that helps athletes of all levels and backgrounds reach their goals. We look to give every kid an opportunity to reach greatness. We develop long-term programs that will help our athletes to grow, not just in season but also year-round. We train athletes from a variety of different sports backgrounds including football, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling, volleyball, soccer, and more.
Our beginner programs are focused on building the right foundation for our young athletes. This program combines elements of movement preparation and patterning. We teach our athletes to train in ways that make them better at moving in their given sport, while keeping them healthy and active. We implement injury prevention strategies backed by experts like Grey Cook DPT in the physical therapy field. These strategies keep our athletes in the field of play and out of the athletic training office.
Our more advanced athletes dive deeper into power development and speed/agility training. We keep in mind the movement portfolio of each specific sport and prepare personalized schemes to get our athletes to reach their highest levels.
We recognize that sports performance goes well past what you do in the gym, so we educate our athletes in a variety of other areas that they can utilize to improve their overall outcome. The first area of education we focus on is nutrition. Putting the right fuel in your body is a constant message our athletes get from us. The second is recovery. We recommend recovery strategies that will help the body regenerate and refuel for the next competition or practice. These strategies may include things like yoga, massage/self-myofacial release, meditation and more.
Here at Kinetic Precision, our unique specialty lies in wrestling development. Having competed and coached wrestling for most of my life, I have firsthand knowledge of the needs and demands of the sport, and an intense passion for what the sport can do for young student athletes. Kinetic Precision: Wrestling Academy bridges the gap between the sport of wrestling and the wider world of strength and conditioning. We use unique energy system development techniques, in combination with wrestling specific movements to prepare our wrestlers to compete at elite levels. While power and speed plays a large roll in our program, we put emphasis on other elements like recovery strategies, mental preparation, and nutritional behaviors — processes that are vital and especially unique to this sport.
I’ve worked hard to establish KP: Wrestling Academy as a competitive club, one that that includes both Youth (under 14) and Elite (14+) teams that travel to compete in high level tournaments year-round. Wrestlers from all over So Cal have joined our academy and have reaped the benefits from our program, including gaining exposure to college coaches and working through experiences that they’ll carry with them forever.
As a company, we are the most proud of our athletes. They say we get a kick out of seeing them struggle through a tough day of training, but really, it’s not the training that puts a smile on our faces, it’s watching their journey. As coaches and mentors, we ask that they have faith and trust in our system. We push them to their limits, thinking that they’ll have nothing left and they always prove us wrong. We give them tasks that are nearly impossible and every time they come back a little closer than before. We smile knowing that one day they will reach the impossible. And even though day to day it may physically hurt, they will eventually see how great their journey has been and they will smile too. These athletes give us everything they have and for that we are thankful and proud.
Through my experiences I have learned that all great strength and conditioning programs contain certain specific components. In those terms, Kinetic Precision is similar. We offer structure and organized progress like many other strength and conditioning programs, we can track progress and also tell you when you need to step it up.
What’s different about Kinetic Precision is that we account for the larger picture. Not only do we game plan for a good season, but we also game plan to enjoy a great career. We refuse to run around our athletes’ questions. Instead we provide access to a pool of knowledge shared by nutritionists, sports psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists and more. To prepare our athletes for the future we not only provide a well thought out strength and conditioning program, but we provide a wider network that helps our athletes close the training loop that consists of Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition and Regeneration. We give them all the answers and resources they need to improve their performance.
Based on my own experiences growing up as an athlete, I’ve positioned KP’s marketing approach and price points to be different from the norm. Most programs of this kind either selectively choose elite level prospects to participate, or they cost way more than the average athlete can afford without assistance. We give athletes of all calibers an opportunity to experience our program, at a price that allows them to participate long-term.
We develop not only great competitors but also great people who work hard for their dreams. Why leave any kid behind? Why deny them the opportunity to achieve greatness? By providing structure and organization, we change lives.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
There are two qualities that drive me closer to reaching my goals with Kinetic Precision. The first is passion – for sports, for the kids, for the science, for the brand. Obviously, we all strive to be financially fit, but if you are a coach, that won’t get you far. My payout isn’t a paycheck, money isn’t the prize I strive for – I strive for the chance to really help a kid change everything. The look on their face when they reach their ultimate goal is my ultimate currency. The moment they realize all the hard work was worth it, that’s why I do what I do.
The second quality is patience. Would you rather your house be built in ten minutes or ten months? In order to be effective in changing lives, I work hard to build a program that emerges from strong foundations, and we all know that strong foundations take time. Though I am still in the early stages of this journey, I have already learned so much that has allowed me to strengthen KP’s foundation. Through hard work, patience and determination, I know that foundation will only get stronger. I will continue to provide quality guidance for my athletes – I know that our journey and success as a company will mimic theirs. As our athletes grow and reach our goals, so will we.