Joey Perry, Martial Arts Instructor

Joey Perry

At the age of 8 years old, Joey Perry had to make a decision, Violin Lessons or Martial Arts lessons . His family couldn't afford both so Joey chose Martial Arts. Just over 26 years later Mr. Perry is the proud owner of the largest and most successful martial arts school in the state of Arkansas. Joey Perry has served as National President and Vice President of the National Tae Kwon Do Federation of America, CEO of the Elite Martial Arts Alliance, State President and Vice President of the Arkansas Karate Circuit, Arkansas State Director for the National Association of Professional Martial Artists.

Mr. Perry started his training under Mr. Jack Bell in Jonesboro, Arkansas at a local club.

At the age of 17 fresh out of high school, Joey purchased a struggling academy in Newport. With only 7 active students Mr. Perry went to work hard and quickly built the studio up to 50 active students within 18 months. Two years later he opened a location in his home town of Jonesboro. Mr. Perry spent the next few years focusing on teaching while training and competing locally in hopes of having a valid shot at competing on the National circuit. After 12 Arkansas State Championships he decided to focus almost solely on the National circuit. By the year 2000 Mr. Perry had been asked to join Master JOHN CHUNG's "Team Sidekick" National team. The following year would be outstanding as Mr. Perry finished the year ranked # 3 in the World in Musical Forms by NASKA as well as # 3 in Traditional weapons and # 5 in Middleweight point sparring.

After so many years of competing and becoming one of the mid south’s top competitors Mr.Perry decided it was time to focus on his career and family. In 2001 Mr. Perry went full time with his Jonesboro academy. The Jonesboro location keeps an active count of students well over the 200 mark. Due to his success in school operations Mr. Perry was promoted by NAPMA, the leading martial arts business organization to be the Arkansas director. Mr. Perry is constantly evolving his martial arts knowledge and skills monthly by staying in touch with National teaching and safety standards as well as the most up to date curriculum training for jpmaa students.

Mr. Perry has proudly trained under many nationally recognized Instructors such as Mike Chat, Royce Gracie, Bill Clark, Mike Swain, John Chung, Jack Bell, Mike Turner, Daryl Turner, Grand Master Mike Brown and is very proud of his Master Instructor training with Grand Master Ernie Reyes and the West Coast World Martial Arts Association. Ernie Reyes is world famous for being the ‘father of creative karate’ and has one of the largest organizations in the world and is well known for his open minded, ever evolving approach to training and martial arts with a strong standard of high energy, high quality performance.

Mr. Perry trains in Kickboxing and Grappling/BJJ on a weekly basis in addition to his regular traditional training. Mr. Perry believes a true martial artist should be open minded to learning new techniques and live by the CANi principle (Constant And Never-ending Improvement).

Rank Progression :

  • 1985 ... Started training
  • 1988 ... Black Belt
  • 1990 ... 2nd degree
  • 1994 ... 3rd degree
  • 1998 ... 4th degree
  • 2001 ... 5th degree
  • 2012 … 6th degree
  • 2016 ...  7th degree

Titles :

  • 1991 ... NTFA Certified ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
  • 1994 . NTFA Certified INSTRUCTOR
  • 1996 - Current ... NTFA Training Director
  • 1997 ... NTFA Vice President
  • 1999 - 2006 ... NTFA President
  • 1998 ... AKC Board Member
  • 1998 ... Founded The Arkansas Open National Championships
  • 1999 ... AKC Vice President
  • 2001 ... MAIA and NAPMA professional member
  • 2004 ... NAPMA Arkansas state director , NSSN
  • 2006 – Present … Ernie Reyes World Association State Director
  • 2012 - Founder / President of the Arkansas Sport Karate Circuit (ASKC)
  • 2017 - ProMac Promoter
  • 2018 - Founded The Memphis Open National Championships
  • 2018 - ProMac Director of Officials

Certifications :

  • Anti-Bully Instructor and Speaker
  • Women’s Self Defense instructor and Speaker
  • Motivational – Positive Attitude Speaker
  • CPR certified
  • 7th degree Black belt
  • XMA , Extreme Martial Arts certified Instructor
  • XMA Weapons Instructor
  • Master level Tae Kwon Do instructor
  • Master level West Coast Martial Arts Instructor
  • Acrobatics and Basic Tumbling Instructor

Competiton Highlights :

  • 1999 and 2000 .... Ranked # 5 in World ratings in 'Open' forms
  • 2001 ... Ranked # 3 in the World in Musical Forms by NASKA
  • 2000 - 2002 member of "Team Sidekick" National Team
  • 1994 - 2000 ... Arkansas State Champion ( Forms - Fighting - Weapons )
  • 1996 - 1998 ... NTFA 'National' Champion winner
  • Grand Champion Winner of EVERY major OPEN tournament in the State of Arkansas
  • Over 500 FIRST PLACE wins
  • Over 100 Grand Champion wins
  • AKC BELT Champion more than 5 times
  • Undefeated NTFA forms competiton as an Adult since 1996 .
  • Grand Champion at the 2009 AKA Grand Nationals
  • 1st place winner at BATTLE OF ATLANTA in Open Forms and Musical Forms 2011

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