Professor Leon Jay
Professor Leon Jay (9th Degree Black Belt) is currently the Grandmaster of Small Circle Jujitsu worldwide, the son of Wally and Bernice Jay, has been training in the martial arts for over 53 years, having begun at the age of two in his father's dojo. Apart from the obvious advantage of a lifetime's training at the hands of Professor Wally Jay, Leon has had access to many teachers of exceptional talent and accomplishment, including: Prof. Remy Presas and Master George Dillman.
Leon and his English wife, Sandra settled in Surrey in 1990, and he immediately established the Small Circle Jujitsu Association, Europe. Leon has concentrated upon seminar teaching within the U.K., Europe, America and Australasia, and on working on the integration of Small Circle JujitsuTM with the principles of Pressure Point fighting. Small Circle JujitsuTM, and Leon's company, Jay Productions have made a major contribution to the seminar scene in the U.K., giving access to such teachers as
Professor Leon Jay Fire-Walking.
Professor Jay performing arm-bar.
Professor Jay performing a
KO during a Seminar.
Leon was exposed to a wealth of talent at an early age; Leon often came home from school to find Bruce Lee, to whom his father was collaborator, mentor and friend, on the doorstep awaiting the Professor’s return from work. His father's friends and contemporaries from Hawaii numbered such martial artists as Ed Parker, founder of American Kempo Karate, and a relative of Bernice Jay by marriage.
Leon Jay not only comes from a martial arts family of legendary skills, but one in which the Professor's belief, that all martial arts benefit from a free and open exchange of ideas and techniques, dominated. Apart from a highly developed set of sophisticated teaching and technical principles, this is perhaps the single most identifiable feature of Small Circle JujitsuTM. The Polynesian concept of Pohai, or a circle of friends, is what most informs the Jay family approach to the arts.
Leon Jay established the first Komaru Ryu (Small Circle JujitsuTM) clubs in Surrey, England in 1993. Currently two home clubs are running in Leatherhead and Redhill, Surrey. These clubs are teaching Small Circle JujitsuTM, Kyusho-Jitsu, weapons defence, pressure-point striking techniques and other aspects of realistic self-defence.
The curriculum reflects Leon's own broad education in the martial arts; his studies have included: judo; jujitsu (both Kodenkan and Small Circle JujitsuTM); kyusho jutsu and tuite; Filipino martial arts (Modern Arnis under founder, Prof. Remy Presas, and Kali under Guro John Mellon). Despite its breadth, Professor Leon's education hasn't lacked depth, as this list of formal qualifications demonstrates.
Professor Jay performing a Double Finger Lock.
Of The Next Generation"
Professor Leon Jay is
currently the Grandmaster of Small Circle
Professor Leon Jay has not only been featured in many of the British martial arts magazines over the years, but in 'Inside Kung Fu' (November, 1999 issue), one of the world's most prestigious martial publications. More recently he has been featured in Kung Fu QiGong, (July/August 2002 issue), www.kingfumagazine.com.
Reading the following
endorsements of his teaching may tell you why.
"...Definitely it has changed
the way I have felt about the arts. I have been training for
over 35 years' The influence that Professor Leon Jay and
Dillman have had on my art has changed and improved it... It
has provided myself and my system a new and effective way to
Zendoryu Karate Association Paul Bowman 6th Dan,
"Professor Leon Jay has a true
understanding of the relationship between the World of
Kyusho-Jitsu and Small Circle Jujitsu..."
Master George Dillman, Kyusho-Jitsu, Tuite, Dillman
"Professor Leon Jay's Small
Circle Jujitsu, seminars are amongst the best I've ever
Bob Sykes, Editor Martial Arts Illustrated