Everything is possible!
Despite having played various sports in the past, I hated running. To step out of my comfort zone, I started doing ultra runs. I was told I could not do it. Most of us probably have someone somewhere who constantly puts our dreams down and tells us that they are not achievable. The world mass-produces negativity because it sells better, and many people are absorbed by it and consume it.
I believe that people should contribute more of their resources into positive projects and initiatives to reduce the impact of negativity!
Let the proof be that I was able to do it! Today I run with great joy.
In 2022, I was the only Estonian to finish the 500-kilometer Lapland Arctic Ultra ultramarathon in the Arctic. This had been my goal for five years and I achieved it!
In 2021, I completed the Winter Extreme Challenge in Estonia, which was 360 kilometres long.
In 2020, Rovaniemi 150 Ultra Race Lapland – 150 kilometres. I achieved 3rd place on foot.
In 2019, I completed the 252-kilometer Wings for Life charity run from Tallinn to Võru and completed the world’s coldest and toughest ultramarathon, the Yukon Arctic Ultra extreme race, which was 692 kilometres long.
In 2018, I completed a 130-kilometer charity run from Tallinn to Pärnu.
In 2017, I completed a 137-kilometer charity run from Tallinn to Jõgeva and participated in the desert race Marathon Des Sables 32, which was 247 kilometres long.
An artist and a street culture promoter through and through
For the longest time in my life, since 1993, I have been involved in the promotion of street dance culture across Estonia. I am mainly known as a dancer, coach, and choreographer.
I have been a member of Estonia’s first hip-hop dance group called 34U, have been a choreographer for singers and bands both in Estonia and abroad, won dance competitions, worked as a dance teacher and a choreographer for over 20 years and founded the first street dance school in Estonia, the JJ-Street Dance Company, together with the biggest youth club Urban Style.
Since 2021, I have channelled my thoughts and personal experiences into hip-hop music and released several singles under the name JJ (for example, in collaboration with rapper Culpas “Nukitsa laul” and “Meeldib Ei Meeldi”).
I also consider the launch of the Estonian Street Dancers Association in 2021, where I am still the chairman of the board, a great success. This organization has made a significant contribution in shaping and promoting the image of street dance at a high level.