Sensei Jody Perry
When I first started High School I ran around
with some guys that liked to fight. Actually it was a carry-over
from Jr. High School. I remember having to live up to my older
brothers reputation - tuff, part crazy and not afraid to fight
anybody. My friends were all pretty well known for their fighting
abilities, and must of them had big brothers, usually two to three
years older than us. So my friends and I had that ace in the hole,
if anybody beat us up, they had to deal with one of our older brothers.
During my freshmen year, trying to be "Cool" and
keep in good with my peers, I hung out with a group of people that
smoked at the back of the school and stayed just on the borderline
of dropping out or being kicked out of school.
One day a friend of mine that also hung out with
us, joined the wrestling team at school and spent the whole freshmen
year trying to talk me into trying out for the team. But I was "too
cool." I kept telling him that wrestling was crazy and that I would
never join because it wasn't "cool."
When our sophomore year began, again my friend started on me to join the wrestling
team. I did have a new mind-set about school after my freshmen year: And I
did see that hanging out with the crowd I was with was not going to get me
anything but in trouble. I also started thinking that I wanted to have more
to show for high school then a fat lip, black eyes, and missing teeth from
fighting. So agreed to try wrestling for "just one practice." I told my friend
that I would try it once, and if I didn't like it, he had to leave me alone
and never talk about wrestling again. As it turned out, to this day- I have
not stopped wrestling.
Wrestling in high school has to be one of the
most influential times of my life. I believe that wrestling not
only helped me get through school, but it opened up doors to my
mind, heart, soul, and imagination. I'll never forget my first
wrestling meet; it was at home and we were down to the last match
when the captain of our team dislocated his shoulder.I remember
the coach walking onto the mat to consult the captain that was
in a lot of pain. After some hand gestures and head shaking one
of the coaches held the captain while the other coach jerked and
popped his shoulder back into place. Then the match continued.
The two wrestlers battled on initiating move, after move, one person
gaining control then the other winning it back. Then a scream and
the match was stopped again. The captain's shoulder was out again.
The score was in our favor by two points and the two wrestlers
still had two minutes to go. Because our captain was hurt, he could
have forfeited the match, but we would have lost the meet. Again
the coaches approached the mat, and again arms were waving and
heads were shaking. Then again, the coaches secured our captain
and popped his shoulder back into place. By now me, and everyone
in the stands are dying just thinking about the pain. The match
went on. With 30 seconds left in the match, it happened again for
the third time. Everyone wanted to stop the match but the captain
of our team would not have it. He grabbed his shoulder himself
and with a great yell, jerked his shoulder back into place himself.
With tears running down his face s from the pain, he pushed the
coaches away and ran back to the center of the match motioning
his opponent to come to the middle to finish. Thirty seconds later
it was over. When the referee blew the whistle indicating the end
of the match, and that we had won, the captain ran into the locker-room
screaming and holding his shoulder. SACRAFICE. DEDICATION. DISCIPLINE.
LOYALITY. TOUGHNESS. GIVING ALL. DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES. That
was my first impression of a wrestler.
As a high school wrestler I wrestled in the 95 lb. weight class my first two
years. In my senior year I wrestled in the 105 lb. weight class. I can't really
say what my normal weight would have been because I was always dropping weight.
So I don't think I ever had a normal weight. I remember sitting in a sauna
after our workouts trying to shed a few more pounds so I could eat. There were
times we stayed in the sauna until we passed-out and someone had to carry us
out. We would then jump or be thrown into a winter cold outdoor swimming pool,
then go back into the sauna. There were times we sat in the sauna that was
so hot the newspapers would become brittle and crack. There were times we exercised
in the sauna fully dressed in hooded sweatshirts, sweat bottoms and gloves
until we lost 5 to 10 lbs. As if that were not enough, there were times that
we would not eat for one, two, or three days to make sure we made our weight.
And then, there were those of us that even after not eating for one day, running
5 or 6 miles, on top of our normal wrestling workout, and sitting in a sauna,
go home at night and eat a box of ex-lax laxative to get out anything that
was left inside our stomach. Little did we know how detrimental that was to
our health. All though my dieting was dangerous and unhealthy, I still wrestled
well and always made weight.
My Judo Sensei Al Ikemoto told me a story one
day when we were on our way home from a seminar in Mazatlan. He
told me of how his father trained in Japan under one of the great
Judo instructors. He said that at the dojo where his father trained,
during the summer they closed all the windows and doors. During
the winter, they opened all the windows and doors. Snow, wind and
rain would determine the temperature of the dojo. Sensei Ikemoto
said that many times the practices were so hard it made his Father
urinate blood. Their training was hard and very demanding. Many
sacrifices had to be made.
Demanding of, and pushing to the limit, your body,
your strength, your mind, your soul, your spirit, and your ego
must be experienced before one can understand the true value of
training as the warrior athlete.
Wrestling taught me about sacrifice and dedication - a high school warrior?
Junior College Wrestling
1975 League Champion
1976 Undefeated in League
Freestyle Wrestling Nationals
1977- Bronze Medal Freestyle Wrestling
1979 - Moved to Turlock, California to Coach on the staff with, and train under
Greco-Roman Olympian Buck Deadrich. Trained in Freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman
wrestling, and Sambo.
1980 World Team to Germany - Greco Roman Wrestling
1980 Olympic Trials Greco-Roman Wrestling
Boycott of Olympic games
Looking for the Edge
In 1980 after the boycott of the Olympic games, began training with
Sifu Kym Camacho in Turlock, Calif. The discipline was Kung Fu and Tai Chi.
1981 World Team to Cuba - Greco Roman Wrestling
In 1982 trained in Wing Chun in San Jose, Calif. under Ben Der. At the same
time I was studying Fu Jow and Tibetan Meditation also in San Jose, Calif.
In 1983 continued training with Ben Der in Wing Chun but left Fu Jow and started
training at the San Jose Judo Buddhist Club. We also trained with the San Jose
State Judo team that were 22 time Judo Champions.
Greco- Roman Wrestling Nationals
1983 Silver Medal Greco-Roman Wrestling
1984 Olympic Trials Greco-Roman Wrestling
4th place team alternate
After the Olympic trials and games in 1984 trained and assistant coached with
Steve Siroy at Chabot College in Hayward, California. Steve was trained by
Professor Wally Jay in Jujitsu and Professor Willy Cahill in Judo. With Steve
I trained in wrestling, Judo, and Sambo. Steve Siroy was known internationally
in the Sambo world, for being the best Sambo fighter the U.S. ever produced.
1984 Gold Medallist Sambo 114 lbs.
1984 Silver Medallist Sambo 125 lbs.
1984 Bronze Medallist Sambo 136 lbs.
1984 Received Black Belt in Sambo
1986 - Moved to Hawaii for a short time, worked with wrestling programs at
Iolani High School, Waipahu High School and other wrestlers preparing, as I
was, to compete in the Hawaii Pacific Rim Games. Also trained at the YMCA.
Discipline was Kempo Karate, and trained with a few members of the Hawaii Police
Department Judo Club.
1987 World Team to Milano, Italy - Sambo - 4th place in World Championships
1988 Olympic Trials Greco-Roman Wrestling - 4th place team alternate
1988 AAU - USSA Nationals Sambo - Gold Medallist 114 lb. Weight class
1988 World Team to Japan - Sambo
1988 - After the World Champions, traveled to Okalahoma to train in Judo and
Sambo under my world team coach, Olympian Sensei Pat Burris and Sambo World
Championship Silver medallist Ron Tripp.
In 1988,1989,1990,1991 in Hawaii training with Relson Gracie in Gracie Jujitsu;
also in Guam, U.S.A. during these years, trained in Okinawan Karate and Muay
1991 - Returned to Mainland and trained under Sensei Al Ikemoto and the Sacramento
School of Martial Arts. Trained in judo and Sambo.
1991 - Pacific Northwest Judo Championships Silver Medallist
Received Black Belt in Judo from San Jose Judo Buddhist Club Sensei,
1991 Bronze Medallist - Honolulu, Hawaii (Masters Division)
Mixed Martial Arts
In late 1991 - Moved to Santa Rosa California and began training under Sifu
Brian Ollis, and Sifu Sam Goodman. Disciplines were, Cha Na, Tai Chi, Pa Kau,
and Escrima/Arnis. Also began Aikido classes with Sensei Denise Tatoya. (Denise
spent 10 years training with O'Sensei in Japan. He teaches traditional Aikido).
First Full Circle Classes Begin - 1991
1991 - Begin researching and training and competing in Sport Jujutsu
More Mixed Martial Arts
1992 - Continued studies started in 1991 plus was introduced to Daito Ryu and
Pa Kau. Also ventured into Tang Soo Do, Choi La Fut, Tae Kwon Do, and Jeet
1993 - During this year I was introduced to the founder of Model Mugging, Matt
Thomas and started training to be a model mugger.Padded assailant.
1996 World Team to St. Jean De Luz - France - Sambo
!996 - World Champion Gold Medallist, Masters Division
!996 - World Champion Silver Medallist, Senior Division
1997 - Received Judo Rank of Sandan from Team Sacramento School of Martial
Arts, Sensei Al Ikemoto and Sensei Jack Carter
1997,1998 - Began documenting and Refining the development of the Full Circle
1998 World Team to Russia (Competitor and Head Coach) - Sambo - 5th place winner
1999 - Pankration introduced to the U.S. by Greece via, Black Belt Magazine.
I responded to the call and assisted in the organization and development of
International Federation of Pankration Athlima in the U.S. Became a certified
referee. Also coached 10 fighters to the Pankration Nationals, and World Team
1999 - Inducted into the Pankration Hall Of Fame
2000 AASF Nationals & Pan American Wrestling Championships Sambo - Gold
Medallist 114 lb. Weight class
2000 - Continued development of Perry's Full Circle and Pankration Team building
Produced more Pankration National Champions along with son Sensei Jay Perry.
2000 - Inducted into the Pankration Hall of Fame with Son Jayson Perry as Father
and son team.
2001 - Member of the Full Circle Pankration Team wins Gold medal at World Championships
2001 - Founder Jody Perry asked to go before the board of "The World Martial
Arts Hall Of Fame Council," to prove himself and demonstrate his newly founded
system. Mr. Perry received multiple awards for his presentation including induction
to the Hall of Fame and a P.H.D. in martial arts.
2001 - Began studying Wing Chun under Sifu Bert Rodrigus of Santa Rosa Wing
Chun. This school is associated with Sifu Chris Chan and the U.S. Wing Chun
Kung Fu Academy, San Francisco California.
2002 - Received a Level I ranking in Wing Chun from Sifu Chris Chan.
2002 - Inducted into the Hall Of Fame and received promotion to Grandmaster
by Hawaii Martial Arts International Society.
2002 - Inducted into the Hall Of Fame and received award for "Supreme Grandmaster
of the Year," by "The United States Martial Artist Association."
2003 - Inducted into The Hall Of Fame of "The Action Martial Arts Magazine." Receiving
the award for "Outstanding Contribution to the M.A. Grandmaster."