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Grand Master Jay Vera
Grand Master Jay Vera
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Grand Master Jay Vera

Kajukenbo Grand Master                                         


Jay Veraʹs Biography

Grand Master Julian J. Vera began training in karate, judo and boxing, at the age of 11 when he joined a local East Chicago Boys. Club. At the age of thirteen, his father a Golden Glove Boxer also began training Jay in boxing. Jay Vera was drafted in the service in September 1972 at that time it was the Vietnam-era.

I started my instruction in Kajukenbo in January 1973 at Bergstrom Air force Base in Austin,Texas. Next I

was transfer to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana in January 1975.

In September of 1976, I was honorably discharged from the military service.

Jay Vera had the privilege and honor training with several martial artists,

to name a few are GM Dann G. Baker my instructor, GM Ted Tabura,

Sigung Ricky Rillera, GM Harold Laranang, GM Vincent Black, GM Jerry Cook,

GM Moses Williams, GM Richard Peralta, GM John G. Long, GM Alan Reyes,

GM Don Nahoolewa and even with Sijo Adriano Emperado.

Currently, Julian J Vera is President of the KSDS board of Directors for our 1st generation

GM Tony Lasit's Mid-West Region, President of Jay Vera's International Realistic

Martial Arts Association, Founder of ZTM Theory Martial Arts, Grandmaster

in Aiki-Jujitsu, and Grand Master in Kajukenbo. Presently Jay Vera continues teaching

private lessons in the martial arts while actively maintaining the Tony Lasit's family tree.

Numerous accolades have been presented to Jay Vera a few

worth mentioning which include, World Champion Coach for NBL, Universal Martial

Arts Association Hall of Fame, United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and Founder

of the Year. Jay Vera is also is affiliated with and continues to support many of the Martial Arts Associations.

Over the course of the next forty five years Jay Vera has mastered many forms of

martial arts under many world renown Grandmaster in Aiki Jujitsu,Iaido Swords

manship,Kajukenbo,Kali Knife, Stick Fighting,Penjak Silat and kung fu.

Within this time, Jay Vera completed and taught in numerous tournaments and

seminars across the country, hosting his own SKI/NBL Tournament during four

consecutive years, in conjunction with teaching techniques to High Official in Colleges,

FBI officials, State Troopers, Lawyers and even Texas Supreme Judged.

Jay Vera frequently taught martial art classes twice a semester

at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Kajukenbo was created between 1947 and 1949 at Palama Settlement on Oahu, Hawaii.

It develop out a group calling themselves the "Black Society", which consisted of black belts

from various martial arts backgrounds who met to train and learn with each others.

This was the beginning of an evolutionary, adaptive style designed to combine the most

useful aspects of the disciplined arts.