Gary Music

profilephoto01-001370000076TjmAAEAdditional certs NCSF CSC-Certified Strength Coach Gary Music began training in Sang Moo Kwan Taekwondo in 1972 at the age of twelve. He attained a rank of first Dan in 1976 at the Gary Harris Taekwondo Institute in Mansfield, Ohio. During Gary Music’s 22 years in the military he traveled worldwide searching out instructors in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Philippines, and Thailand, honing his hard style striking skills and becoming one of the country’s leading authorities on old style kata training and advanced bunkai. Sensei Music also holds a black belt in Ju-jitsu, training with notable instructors such as Dr. Don Smith and John Saylor (seminar training). Sensei Music’s primary instructors are the noted Aikido and Karate Master Vic Louis, Kempo Master Stan Hart, and kicking master and fighter Bill Wallace (seminar training). Music continued his study of Karate-Do to this day, attaining 6th Dan ranking in Shotokan Karate-Do and Taekwondo through the AIKA. He also is ranked at 8th Dan in Shurite Kempo, Grand Master for the Shurite Kempo Technique Association. Gary Music is a StrongFirst Team Leader with Elite Instructor rating. Sensei Music is available for seminars on Life Protection Systems and The Art of War (Sun Tzu) lectures. Contact him at>
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Ryan Arnold
I trained with Gary in 2021-2022 to prepare for SFG I. With his guidance and encouragement, I was very well prepared for the weekend. He helped me immensely and provided an excellent pressing program to help me build strength on my weakest lift at the time. He is very personable and embodies well the StrongFirst principles.

Augusto Juarez
A gentleman, a scholar, and a warrior-poet. He possesses great strength, and even greater humility--a true martial artist. And he has a great sense of humor.

Pavel Macek
Highly experienced martial artist, great teacher, and a true gentleman.

H. Jones
Gary is smart, kind, highly skilled, and intuitive. It is an absolute privilege to strength train with him.

Piers Kwan
Intelligent, thoughtful and friendly. Gary is a caring and insightful instructor.

Gary Music is an instructor who truly cares about his students. He will patiently work with you at your own pace to set and attain your personal goals. Him and his wife Reneta are a power couple who take pride in teaching strength without compromising safe body mechanics. Gary taught me how to do my very first strict pull-up. I would recommend his training abilities to anyone who seeks strength.

Marc DeLellis
I have just recently attended the SFG kettle bell course with Gary Music as one of my instructors. My experience at the this course was my first exposure to kettle bells and it was certainly eye opening. My interest became a fascination after this course with Gary and left me wanting to be apart of the kettle bell universe and community. Gary's vast experience and attention to detail allowed me to soak up a lot of knowledge in only one day. I cannot thank Gary and SFG enough and would highly recommend Gary.

Eric Krause
I participated in the Dayton OH kettle bell basic class with Gary as one of the instructors. The course was well organized and very informative. Gary communicated with all the members of the class and was very engaging. I was concerned that I would not get my money's worth since I have been around weight rooms for 30 years. I was so wrong. I learned so much from Gary & the other instructors. I also thought I was in decent shape. The day was challenging and it showed me that I have work to do. I would recommend this to anyone at any level of fitness. It was well worth the money. Thanks Gary!!!

Kerry Davis
Gary Music recently taught a seminar at our facility and is an outstanding instructor. His presentation was concise and engaging. We were able to achieve things some of us thought not possible. I highly recommend Gary and look forward to further instruction from him.


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Team Leader Emeritus
StrongFirst Elite
Kettlebell Instructor SFG II
Barbell Instructor SFL
Bodyweight Instructor SFB


City: Shelby
Zip code: 44875
State: OH
Country: United States

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