Grandmaster Jay Blanton
|Soke Jay Blanton was born in Sheffield, Alabama in 1959.
Much to the dismay of his family, he was born with a cleft
palette which impaired his speech. He was one of those
unfortunate students in school who got mercilessly picked
on, bullied and abused for his speech and just because he
was different. Soke Blanton started training in Martial
Arts in 1974 at a local community center by a
suggestion of a friend to encourage confidence and the
ability to protect himself. He took Tae Kwon Do under
Master Hee Sang Choi from 1974-1979, then studied under
Master Haeng Ung Lee and Master Richard Hedrick who was
founder of the Professional Amateur Karate Union in
the styles of Tae Kwon Do, Isshinryu, Kung Fu, Jujitsu,
Judo,Aikido from 1979-1987. “At this time I was heavy on
the karate tournament scene and traveled everywhere on the
circuit.” Soke Blanton received his 1st Degree Black belt
in TaeKwon Do in 1981; in 1983 he received his 1st Degree
Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate. In 1983 he received his
3rd Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do and was promoted to
Alabama State Representative and State Director for the
P.A.K.U. from 1983-1987. In 1985, Soke Blanton was awarded
the Alabama State Instructor of the Year from the P.A.K.U.
Inducted in a karate museum in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and
received the Presidential Sports Award from President
George Bush Sr.
Soke Blanton was a member of the PKA (full contact karate) from 1980-1984 and retired from the circuit in 1985. Soke Blanton studied under several different Instructors and in 1989 received his 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from Master Bo Jick Ro, also in 1989 he received an award from TaeKwon Do Times Magazine. From 1990-1992 Soke Blanton trained under Grandmaster Y.K. Kim in Orlando, Florida and received his International Certified Instructor and Examiner and Tournament Judge.
In 1992 Soke Blanton joined the World Black Belt Bureau and trained under Master Kang Rhee, the Instructor of Elvis Presley, and earned his promotion in 1993 to Master 5th Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do and in 1995 Master 5th Level Black sash in Kung Fu and earned Black belts in Pasaryu Karate. In 1993 Master Rhee named Soke Blanton’s style of Martial Arts “Mang Ho” (tiger). Tiger was Master Rhee’s nickname for Soke Blanton, he gave nicknames to all his students in the form of animals that helped Grandmaster Rhee to remember his students and that’s how he does it to this day.
In 2002 Soke Blanton’s was granted Sho Dia Soke of Mang Ho and promoted to 10th Degree Black belt by the Hawaii Martial Arts International Society founder Professor Jaime Abregana Jr. On May 24th, 2006 the European Jujitsu Union also promoted Soke Blanton to the title of Soke / Grandmaster 10th Degree Black belt in Mang Ho and in July 11th 2011 Soke / Grandmaster 10th Degree Black belt in Mang Ho Jujitsu Ryu by Dr. Javier Galan Vaquez. Soke Blanton has trained with pioneers in the Martial Arts Community including but not limited to Master Frank Shamrock; Grandmaster Bill “Super Foot” Wallace; the late O’ Sensei Philip Porter, Sifu Richard Bustillo (Bruce Lee’s student); the late Professor Wally Jay; Sensei George Dillman, Grandmaster Patrick Wrenn; who founded a karate association with Master Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee, Sensei Lou Periello; Professor George Kirby; the late Grandmaster Ken Eubanks; Grandmaster Cirialo “Caloy” Canete, Soke Frank Sanchez, Professor Jaime Abregana Jr and many others throughout the martial arts community. Soke Blanton has also trained with Hanshi Frank Dux (Bloodsport movie fame) in Dux Ryu, Ninjitsu Sensei Ashida Kim, Shun Shen Tao Grandmaster David Harris, and Dante Goju-Ryu Karate with Black Lotus Grandmaster Don Miskel and many more grandmasters of the Black Dragon Fighting Society. August 3rd, 2002 Soke Blanton was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and in 2004 Soke Blanton was inducted in the International Hall of Fame in Hawaii by Professor Jaime Abregana Jr., founder of The Hawaii Martial Arts International Society and inducted in the United States Jujitsu Alliance Hall Of Fame in 2007.
Soke Blanton has been in numerous newspapers and magazine articles, television talk shows, on CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network) featuring his show for Women’s Self-Defense. Soke Jay Blanton is a Certified Law Enforcement Tactical Training Instructor and trained the Hernando County Deputies in Brooksville, Florida until his auto accident in 2006. He is a born again Christian and is a State Representative for Florida and Alabama for Karate for Christ International. Soke Jay Blanton is the European Jujitsu Union USA Delegate appointed by Soke Javier Galen President of the Original European Jujitsu Union located in Madrid, Spain. And,a proud member of the Original Black Dragon Fighting Society and appointed Director and Ambassador for the Black Dragon Fighting Society Anti-Bullying Program and is the Author of the book’s “Prevailing Against Bullies My Life Story” and “Spirit of the Tiger”