Starting out in relative obscurity, he catapulted to world prominence in the mid 1970s, when he became a world champion kick boxer the same year full-contact karate was introduced to the United States.
As a kick boxer he traveled from country to country, challenging national champions to bout after bout, always with the same result: winner, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez. During his years as a kick boxer, Sensei Benny carried a perfect won-lost record. During his years as a martial artist he also became an international movie star, appearing on the screen with such luminaries as Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Cusack, and Jackie Chan. Indeed, the jaw-dropping fight scene between Sensei Benny and Jackie Chan in the movie “Meals on Wheels” is regarded to this day as being one of the best (if not THE best) martial arts movie fights in cinema history.
But more than that – more than the acclaim as a champion kick boxer, more than the millions of people who know his work as a movie star – Sensei Benny is and always has been a teacher. And now, for the first time, you too can take part in the teachings of Sensei Benny. You too can learn from his experience and wisdom. Like many thousands the world over, you too can learn from the one and only Benny “the Jet” Urquidez.
Benny The Jet was born in 1952 in Los Angeles. He was the second youngest in a family of nine. His father was a professional boxer and his mother a professional wrestler and the rest of his tale is left for the history books to tell. Sixty three world titles and fighting in five weight divisions, Benny has accomplished everything a fighter could ever dream of and more. Starting his martial arts study at the age of eight, receiving his black belt at fourteen, and voted in 1978 by Black Belt Magazine as the Best Fighter that year and placed in the magazines Hall of Fame. In 2004, The Jet is as strong, fast, and inspiring as ever.