We have some of the best coaches in the area at HeadNodHQ. We would love if you took a second and got to know them!

Josh McKinney – Advanced Bjj coach/Kids Bjj Coach

Josh has been training Jiu-Jitsu since 2008 and in that time has competed and won all over the country. He is currently a 16x IBJJF gold medalist and a black belt under UFC veteran Kyle Watson.

Since opening HeadnodHQ in 2015 Josh had made it his goal to bring world class instruction to southern Illinois. It’s been said that Josh loves HeadnodHQ more than Kanye West loves Kanye West.

“I really want HeadnodHQ to be a place where people come in after work, get a good workout, and have a blast doing it.” -Josh

Steve Pictured on left(not the one in the in center)Steve McKinney(not the one in the center)- Advanced Bjj coach/Kids Bjj Coach

Steve has been in the fitness industry for nearly 25 years. He is the owner of Fitness And More, Inc. and is a 1st Class Certified Personal Fitness Trainer. In 1990 he won the Mr.Southern Illinois Body Building title and was a top 5 finisher in the Mr. Midwest competition.

He is the innovator of the 3-W System of Fitness and has personally supervised over 4000 workouts per year for the past twenty plus years! Steve specializes in private 1-2-1 High Intensity Training sessions. Steve currently holds a Black Belt in BJJ under Kyle Watson.

Justin Huff – No Gi Beginners Coach

Justin Huff has been training jiu-jitsu since 2009. He currently holds his brown belt under Josh and Steve McKinney. Not only does Justin love leg locks, he loves fried chicken legs. In fact, he can eat more fried chicken than anyone in our entire gym (probably in the entire state of Illinois).

Southeastern Jiu-Jitsu Super Fight Champion (2018)

2nd Place Southeastern Jiu-Jitsu Submission Championships – Purple (2018)

1st Place Submission Challenge – Advance No-Gi (2017)

2nd Place American Grappling Federation – Advance No-Gi (2016)

3rd Place IBJJF Chicago Open – Purple (2016)


Dylan Dalton – Gi Beginner’s coach

“The reason I wanted to join a Jiu-Jitsu gym was because I lost 2 mma fights to Jiu-Jitsu. I always had a desire to train BJJ in the gi. After 2 years of training mma I decided to give HeadnodHQ a try. I did one class and was instantly addicted.

I started BJJ at about 230 pounds. After training 5-6 days a week for nearly 3 years, I’ve lost over 60 pounds. I know BJJ has changed my life and it’s awesome to be a coach now and help other’s change their lives!”