Small Circle Jujitsu

Prof. Wally Jay a Celebration of Life

Posted on June 7, 2011

Services will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, June 26, 2011.
Kofman Auditorium,
Alameda High School 2200 Central Ave.
Alameda,
California 94501

Friends, students and family are invited. Aloha attire.

Mahalo

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11 Responses to “Prof. Wally Jay a Celebration of Life”

  1. John Congistre, AJJF

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    June 7th, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    Prof Jay contributed a lot to the martial arts, he will be missed.

  2. Doug Tritton

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    June 8th, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    On behalf of my family and Sakura Hana Ryu , I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Bernice and Leon Jay and the entire Jay family at the recent passing of Prof. Wally Jay. Our thoughts at this difficult time are with you all. 
    His undying love and dedication to all Martial Arts and in particular Ju Jitsu and Judo has raised the profile of all Martial Arts around the world. 

    His sense of humour and his ability to bring Martial Artists together in friendship and the spirit of Kokua and Ohana was unique. I can recall in the late 80’s whilst teaching some of the principles of Small Circle to my students I would refer to it as Small Circle Theory and the Professor would always correct me later by saying that it was no longer a Theory it was proven. He would be telling me this after a tendon soup in our Chinatown as he was holding on to a “No Parking sign” practicing a judo throw and laughing. 

    The countless number of awards he has received is a small tribute to the message of Kokua and Ohana that he has spread to the countless number of people that he has touched throughout his long and distinguished career as a truly professional Martial Artist. He was loved and admired by everyone who knew him and will be sadly missed.

    The Professor has been and will continue to be an inspiration to many generations of Martial Artists all around the world. 

    Aloha and Mahalo Professor Wally Jay.
    Doug Titton
    Brisbane Martial Arts Academy
    Sakura Hana Ryu Australia

  3. Steven Clary

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    June 9th, 2011 @ 1:28 am

    I am deeply sadden by his passing. I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathies. I am a better person for having known him.

  4. GUY JAY

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    June 9th, 2011 @ 6:23 am

    PROFESSOR WALLY JAY WAS THE LIVING LEGEND, I WAS PROUD TO BE RELATED TO HIM. HE WAS A FIGHTER AND SURVIVOR, THE LONGEST LIVING MEMBER OF 9 SIBLINGS. HE OUTLIVED 3 SIBLINGS YOUNGER THAN HE WAS. THERE WAS A TIME THAT WALLY JAY WAS MORE FAMOUS THAN BRUCE LEE. PROFESSOR JAY WROTE THE INTRODUCTION AND ENDORSEMENT TO BRUCE LEE’S 1ST BOOK. BRUCE LEE USED TO PERFORM DEMONSTRATIONS AT PROFESSOR JAY’S FUND RAISING LUAU’S(HAWAIIAN PARTIES)

  5. GUY JAY

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    June 9th, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    STORY OF PROF WALLY JAY AND GREATGRANDMASTER WILLIAM CHOW, FOUNDER OF KEMPO KARATE(INSTRUCTOR OF PROFESSOR EMPERADO AND PROFESSOR ED PARKER)
    GRANDMASTER WILLIAM CHOW TOLD ME A STORY OF HOW HE WAS AMAZED HOW PROFESSOR JAY REVIVED AN UNCONCIOUS, COMATOSE MAN IN OLD DOWNTOWN HONOLULU USING A JUJITSU TECHNIQUE. I TOLD THE STORY TO AUNTIE BERNICE JAY. SHE TOLD ME: “YES GRANDMASTER CHOW SHOULD KNOW BECAUSE HE WAS THE GUY THAT KNOCKED OUT THE UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM”

  6. George Arrington

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    June 9th, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Professor Wally Jay was singularly responsible for the resurgence of interest in Jujitsu during the late 1980’s. While earlier decades are typified by the popularity of Judo, then Karate, then Filipino and other martial arts, it can be truly stated that the 1990’s was the decade of Jujitsu due to Prof. Jay’s efforts. All practitioners of martial arts in general and those practitioners of Jujitsu in particular owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

  7. Dr. Gary Wong

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    June 14th, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that we lost a living legend. My condolences go out to the whole family. Our thought and prayers are with you.

    I had the great opportunity to study under Professor Wally Jay in Alameda. I still remember the great stories and the way he taught small circle using chalk on the mat.

    I trained way back then when Leon was still a brown belt and I remember him ripping his big toe at a tournament. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to complete my training with Professor Wally Jay but I continue my training even today some 35 years later. Professor Wally Jay had a great memory and even though I hadn’t trained with him for years we crossed paths in Reno and he remembered my sister and I.

    Many of his lessons I teach today in my own curriculum and today I will teach a class in his honor.

    I will forever remember him in my heart and his passion and love for teaching and for his students.

    His tradition and teachings will live on forever.

  8. Tom Ball, AJJF

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    June 15th, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    Prof. Jay will go down in the history of Martial Arts, and JuJitsu in particular, as one of its greatest legends.

    His family, friends, students and colleagues will truly miss him. May his legacy live on.

  9. Lee Elver

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    June 23rd, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    I extend my sincerest condolences to all the family, friends and people who have had the pleasure to learn from Mr. Wally Jay.

    Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to train or simply meet Mr. Jay. However, I have been studying martial arts for over 10 years with a healthy respect and concentration in Small Circle
    Ju Jit Su.

    My Sensei/ Instructor attended many of Mr. Jay’s seminars in the 80’s throughout Ontario Canada…which has continued to be a key focus in our training along with many discussions at his table after classes.

    I have been following the seminar schedule over the past few years and have been planning to attend time & travel permitting. I was saddened the day I checked on the recent Indiana Seminar details and learned of Mr. Jay’s passing.

    Martial Arts has been an amazing influence in my life and I wish to personally meet Leon at one of his seminars in the future.

    Respectfully,

    Lee Elver
    St. Catharines ON, Canada
    905.646.5856

  10. Bill Fischer, Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai

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    June 24th, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    As a legendary master of jujitsu, Prof. Jay’s passing is a tremendous loss to the martial arts world. As the living embodiment of a “gentle man,” it is a loss to the world in general. He will be missed, notwithstanding the fact that his spirit will endure in all those who he touched.

  11. David Kanahele ,Tojutsu Gakko, and Francine Perry of ShoShu Ryu.

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    July 18th, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Meke Aloha Pume Hana… With much love. Aunty Bernice, and brada Leon. I grew up in the 50s, knowing the late Prof. as uncle wally. Living in Kalihi’s. Demon Track area. I moved to, Kyoto.Japan in 58. to an martial art school. In Ayabe’s, Omoto-Kyo. Baisho-en. To study, Aikido from O-sensei Morihei Ueshiba. I then moved to the bay area’s. Palo Alto’s. Stanford University. In the late 80;s, a friend asked. If I wanted to go to a martial arts tournament in Salinas,Ca. I said okay. When we got there,my friend said ,he would introduce me to Prof. Wally Jay. The first word from Prof. was who my mom was, I said Agnes Kanahele. He then walked me inside the auditorium. And turned ,said; ah, Bernice look whos here.Agies boy. I gave Aunty A Hug and kiss. After the tournamet, we were invited to a home for dinner. We talked of old families and friends. seated next to me was uncle Sig Kufferath, and many others from the martial arts world. That was a once in a life time. That I will never forget. MAHALO NUI, E ,ALOHA NOU. David Kalani Kanahele and the family from the state of Hawaii. ALOHA………………………….. UNCLE WALLY…..THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORYS…………………………………

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