|Javier Jerez López|
|Born||Javier Jerez López|
Arecibo, Puerto Rico
|Nickname(s)||Raijin (Full Contact)|
|Style||Aikido, Wrestling, Kickboxing|
|Rank||3rd Dan Aikido Black belt |
3rd Dan Kickboxing Black belt
Javier Jerez López (born December 21, 1982) is a Physics professor, mathematician, astronomer, medical dosimetrist, photographer, writer, freemason, former Kickboxing Champion, Aikido Master, entrepreneur, philanthropist and currently the Dojo Cho of Aikido Shiyuukan Dojo del Norte in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He is mostly known for his science achievements, having worked in many physics and astrophysics projects involving NASA and the Arecibo Radio Telescope. He is also the author of the children’s science series “Learning Spanish with the Solar System” (Aprendiendo Inglés con el Sistema Solar and “The Solar System for Kids”. He is also known for being the first XCC Welterweight Champion and his multiple demonstration of Kickboxing and Aikido around the world. He is currently retired from full contact competition but teaches martial arts regularly at his school (Arecibo Martial Arts Academy) in Puerto Rico. He was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of fame in 2013 and the National Hall of Honors in 2016 amongst others.
He was involved in a mayor controversial issue. After winning multiple full contact tournaments in the towns of Arecibo, Hatillo and Camuy in Puerto Rico during the 90’s he participated in the first full contact MMA tournament in Camuy Puerto Rico sponsored by the then mayor of Camuy Rosales Perez and the Department of Recreation and Sports of Puerto Rico. William Rosales Perez, was the same person that presented Jerez with the 1st place trophy in the “Batalla de Campeones” kickboxing tournament in 1999 and the person that made possible that the first full contact, now known as MMA, tournament in Camuy could be held. The event created by X-tream Cage Championship (XCC) and the Department of Recreation and Sports was the first and last MMA like tournament held in town. At the time the evolution of MMA was slowly in progress and was banned in Puerto Rico. Once the event was held the mayor received a lot of complain letters and criticism for hosting such a brutal event and Jerez was stripped of the title and XCC was disbanded. A former lawsuit was presented but due to the fact that MMA was illegal at the time it was quickly removed.
Background[edit | edit source]
Jerez was born on December 21, in Arecibo. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus and later went on to study various master degrees in the areas of Physics, Science, Philosophy and Education. He has two kids Aixamar Jerez and Matthew Jerez, both of them martial artists. He is the creator and CEO of Jerez-Art, a company that contributes to the proliferation of different types of art: photography, writing, martial arts, finance strategies and fashion. He is also the creator and main photographer at Jerezphotography, a photography studio in Puerto Rico. Jerez is a new age photographer having publish many pictures in different magazines  (Getty Images,FHM, NIF, Modern Living, Maxim and Scottish Rite Magazine amongst others) specializing in nature, runway and boudoir photography. Jerez is also an avid writer having publish many articles in different newspapers, having a weekly column and working as an independent writer in a children’s science series “Learning Spanish with the Solar System”] (Aprendiendo Inglés con el Sistema Solar) and “The Solar System for Kids”. He is also a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Freemasons at the Grand Lodge of Puerto Rico having occupied many positions throughout the years including the position of Worshpful Master at Tanama Lodge #2 in Arecibo Puerto Rico. In the past few years he has been working as a Medical Dosimetrist, Physics professor and Crypto currency coach and trainer.
Career in martial arts[edit | edit source]
He started his martial arts career at the age of 11 achieving the rank of 1st degree black belt at the age of 17. He participated in many full contact tournaments, when on to compete as a wrestler for the University of Puerto Rico and currently holds a Sandan (3rd degree Black Belt) in Aikido from Hombu Dojo in Japan. He is the Dojo Cho of Aikido Shiyuukan Dojo in Arecibo, is an active member of Sosei Aikido Kyokai (Chief Instructor: Roberto Garza) and teaches seminars and conferences around the world.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Jerezarts". Jerez-art.com. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
- "jerezarts". jerezarts.
- "Under The Sheets By Javier Jerez - NIF Magazine". 3 July 2015.
- "Free And Restrained By Javier Jerez - NIF Magazine". Nifmagazine.com. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
- "Member Dojos – Schools of Sosei Aikido Kyokai « Sosei Aikido Kyokai Site". Aikidokyokai.com. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
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