Small Circle Jujitsu

Professor Leon Jay

Grand Master and Inheritor

Professor Leon Jay

Birthdate: 1955
California, USA

  • 9th Degree Black Belt in Small Circle Jujitsu™
  • 8th Degree Black Belt in Dillman International's Pressure Point fighting system
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kodenkan Jujitsu
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo
  • 1st Degree Black Belt Tae-Kwon Do
  • Grandmaster of Small Circle Jujitsu™

Professor Leon Jay (9th Degree Black Belt), the son of Wally and Bernice Jay, has been training in the martial arts for over 47 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: Master George Dillman and Prof. Remy Presas.

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 Jujitsu™ with the principles of Pressure Point fighting. Small Circle Jujitsu™, 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 Wally Jay, Founder of Small Circle Jujitsu™
  • Master George Dillman, Kyusho-Jitsu, Tuite, Dillman Karate International
  • Professor Remy Presas, Grandmaster Modern Arnis, Philipino Sword and Stick Fighting
  • Master Jack Hogan, Kyoshu Jitsu
  • Master Bruce Chiu, Mordern Arnis
  • Kyoshi Patrick McCarthy, Ryukyu Karate Koryu Uchinadi
  • Master Willy Lim, Tai Chi Chuan
  • Master Will Higginbothom, Kyusho-Jitsu, Tuite, Dillman Karate International
  • Master Jim Corn, Kyusho-Jitsu, Tuite, Dillman Karate International
  • Master Euan Pantasi, Kyoshu Jitsu

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 Jujitsu™. The Polynesian concept of Pohai, or a circle of friends, is what most informs the Jay family approach to the arts.

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Leon Jay established the first Komaru Ryu (Small Circle Jujitsu™) clubs in Surrey, England in 1993. Currently three home clubs are running in Leatherhead, Redhill and Epsom, Surrey. These clubs are teaching Small Circle Jujitsu™, 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 Jujitsu™); 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 Leon Jay is currently the Grandmaster of Small Circle Jujitsu™. He is also:magazines

  • The first Member of Small Circle Jujitsu™ Black Belt Hall of Fame
  • Member of Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine Black Belt Hall of Fame
  • Member of the Combat Magazine Black Belt Hall of Fame
  • Member of the International Aiki Budo Council Hall of Fame

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),

Reading the following endorsements of his teaching may tell you why. Professor Leon Jay's well-attended seminars have for many changed the way they look at the arts...

"...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 fight!"

Zendoryu Karate Association Paul Bowman 6th Dan, Founder

"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 Karate International

"Professor Leon Jay's Small Circle Jujitsu, seminars are amongst the best I've ever attended..."

Bob Sykes, Editor Martial Arts Illustrated

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