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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jessica Cox lives a fulfilled life without arms

Jessica Cox was born without her two arms. This was the result of a rare birth defect.  Now an international and inspirational key speaker,  Cox has achieved with her feet more than what most 'normal' people will be able to do with their two arms.

Jessica Cox lives a fulfilled life without arms

Jessica Cox flies airplanes and drives cars with her feet. In 2011, Cox held the Guiness World record of the first armless person in the world ever to have obtained a pilot's licence. According to her official biography, the training took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 416C Ercoupe Airplane.

Cox was born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Her father claimed to have never shed a tear about her birth condition because he has full confidence in her potential, Cox's official biography stated. Surrounded by a supportive family and a circle of friends, Cox took dance lessons for 14 years. Later, she chose to learn Taekwondo and earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation at the age of 14. 


After graduating from high school, she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. While in college, she enrolled in a club of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). Despite the fact she had already earned a black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material.

Thanks to Cox, the instructors created a special curriculum that would be accessible to any future armless students. She became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.


Since then, Cox has traveled sharing her inspirational message in 20 countries: Greece, Ghana, Kenya, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Russia, England, Germany, France, Brazil. Her TV appearances include: Inside Edition, The Ellen Show, CNN, BBC and she has numerous radio programs, podcasts, newspapers and magazines.

Cox is now raising money funds to finish the post-production of her documentary RIGHTFOOTED. Donations are tax deductible. RIGHTFOOTED chronicles Cox's life as she overcomes her personal obstacles and reach out to others. Her message is about the importance of being different, not just about disability. 

In 2012, she married Patrick, her former Taekwondo instructor.