Wally Jay

ped his own system called Small Circle JujitsuTM. He has been twice inducted in the Black Belt magazine Hall of Fame. He studied under Paul Kaelemakule, Juan Gomes, and Professor Henry S. Okazaki (Founder of the Kodenkan Jujitsu system). His Judo teacher was the Hawaiian Champion, Ken Kawachi who gave him the key to the Small Circle JujitsuTM techniques.
He received his Restorative Massage in 1945 and the Certificate of Mastery (Kodenkan Jujitsu ) from Professor Okazaki on February 22,1948. His wife, Bernice was also a recipient. She is ranked as a Sandan since 1954, now inactive. Professor Jay is also ranked as a 6th Dan in Judo. In 1960,he was named by the Hokka Judo Yudanshakai as "Northern California Judo Coach of the Year". He has produced many national, state, and regional winners. In the 1968 and 1979 National Hi School Judo Championships, two of his pupils won the 120 pound national titles and both were named in the top awards. In 1968, David Quinonez and In 1970 Bradford Burgo both were recipient of the Yamauchi Award" for their outstanding showing when they captured the 120 pound crown.
He was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1969 and again in 1990. He was also recipients of many "Hall of Fame and Who's Who" national and international organization. He was awarded on Honorary Doctorate by the College of Martial Arts Sioux Falls, South Dakota on May 4,1991. Inside Kung Fu magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential martial arts personalities of All Times.
He has taught in 32 countries and was Team Captain that went to China in 1985. He demonstrated on Emperor's Day April 29 th at the Dai Nippon Butokuden at Kyoto, Japan in 1992 He was one of the three men that went to Boputhatswana South Africa in 1992. Tony Maynard and Ernie Boggs were on the team.
He is the Founder of the "Small Circle" style of Jujitsu based on Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu. It is based on his ten principles, the transitional techniques, and two way wrist action which is applicable to any style. His effortless application has been used by many women, children, and men in many difficult situations. His son, Leon Jay teaches near London, England. He finds that the Small Circle and George Dillman's Kyusho Jitsu are compatible. In fact, many others have found it to be compatible with almost any style. Professor has named his four inheritors -- Lee Eichelberger of California, Leon Jay of London England, Ed Melaugh of Massachusetts, and Ronald Ogi of Hawaii.
Professor Wally Jay was a student of Professor Okazaki, Juan Gomez, and Ken Kawachi in Hawaii in the early 40's. Professor Jay is known nationally and internationally as the founder of Small Circle JujitsuTM and an outstanding Judo Coach. He has received many awards in the past decades which include "Outstanding Judo Coach", "Northern California Judo Coach" of the year, Black Belt Magazine's "Instructor of Jujitsu" and "Man of the Year" ... and featured on the convers of top rated martial arts magazines.
Professor Jay is the head instructor of Jay's Jujitsu Studio, which is also known as Island Judo/Jujitsu Club in Alameda, California. At the age of 80, he travels world-wide teaching seminars on Small Circle JujitsuTM.

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7/18/2011 2:19:58 PM | A wonderful and inspirational man. He will be greatly missed.

Robert Pinney

6/29/2011 2:40:09 PM | Professor Wally Jay was always an inspiration. I had the privilege to attend several of his seminars "with the Masters", Remy Presas and George Dillman. He was a gentle and caring giant and my favorite part of any of his seminars was his "Dance of Pain". The world has lost an amazing person, but his legacy lives on in his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our family"s prayers are with the Jay family.

Linda (Terry) Tocher

6/14/2011 10:08:21 PM | Prof. Jay was a great mentor and teacher to me and many others. I was not old enough to have known Prof. Okazaki, but Wally was my Okazaki he was the one who influence a great number odf teachers beside myself. but he will always be remebered anytime we put a lock on one of our students or they put it on us. his spirit will continue to live. Aloha Prof.

James Muro

6/14/2011 10:07:55 PM | From his time in Danzan Ryu to his creation of Small Circle, Wally Jay was an innovator. A true Martial Artist in ever since of the word. He"s legacy will live on in his students as well as his kids. You will be missed by us all!

Jason White

6/14/2011 10:04:24 PM | Indeed this is very sad news,I Trained with Professor Wally In Hawaii and Australia on several occasions and had the Pleasure of spending time with G.M.Wally and the lovely Berniece through the Years,G.M.Wally will be sadly missed by any Serious Martial Artist,Our deepest condolences from Les and Beryl Anyos the Whole Anyos Family and the members of Shinbukai Karate do!

Les Anyos

6/14/2011 10:04:06 PM | A sad time for martial artists the world over. From all of us at Shin-Bu-Kai International Australia our deepest heart felt condolences to the family of this great man and martial artist.

Richard Anyos

6/12/2011 10:10:00 AM | I had the honor to train with Prof. Wally Jay while stationed at Scohfield Barracks Hi over 15 years ago. He was a great man and martial artist. I still use what he taught me in his classes today. I was very lucky to get to train with him. He will be missed. The students of American Hiep Tinh Mon Karate and members of the International Fighting Arts Federation sends our condolences to his family.

Dwayne Eaddy

6/10/2011 7:27:11 PM | I had the honor to train with Prof. Wally Jay in FL. He was a great man and martial artist. I was one of the lucky ones who meet him and got to train with him. I know how it feels to lose family. My heart goes out to his.

Rick McElroy

6/10/2011 7:26:53 PM | The world has lost yet another American martial arts pioneer...a living legend. One that touched and influenced many lives both on and off the mats. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of grief. Aloha nui loa.

Steve Orcino

6/10/2011 7:26:25 PM | The Martial Arts community has lost an icon. A great Master, who wasn"t afraid of change. May he Rest in Peace.

Luis Morales

6/10/2011 7:26:07 PM | Condolences go to Grand Master Wally Jay"s family from our American Goju Family/Peter Urban Goju, we are deeply saddened by the death of our beloved but happy that he has transcended from this reality of pain and suffering. His soul has been liberated from the physical realm. May God grant him eternal life! He will be missed by us left behind but he will join many of our loved ones" waiting to see him in heaven. Osu!

James Zeno

6/10/2011 7:25:40 PM | Mrs. Jay and family,The late professor stayed with me on many occasions in Media,Pa. I am sorry for your loss, and thankful for the time I spent with him. sincerely,

michael bates

6/10/2011 7:25:22 PM | rest in peace cousin

paul sniffen

6/5/2011 10:10:54 PM | Sadly the Martial Arts community looses another leader. But his legacy lives on

Carl Tate

6/5/2011 10:10:30 PM | To wally Jay"s family and Students I send my deepest regret.He always said the right thing to inspire me in in my competition days and was a great human being.

Michael Kessler

6/5/2011 10:10:09 PM | My sincere condolences to Master Wally Jays family and all his students

Andrew Filardo

6/3/2011 3:12:50 PM | We here at TnT Jujitsu want to send you our deepest regards to your lost. He was a great Man, who inspired the martial arts community. he has become a hero to all of us. Please feel blessed and honored as we do,to have had him walk amonst us and touch so many.God Bless.

Sensei Torey Overstreet

6/3/2011 10:51:12 AM | Thank you to the Jay family for sharing Professor Wally Jay with all of us. Small-circle Jujitsu has found its way into innumerable dojo around the world and we are honored to carry on his legacy. Thank you to Professor Jay for being such a great role model and mentor over the years both on and off the mat. You will be truly missed.

Chas Terry

6/2/2011 9:41:12 PM | My deepest condolences and love to the Jay family. I am glad to have spent time with him and Bernice when they were in Boston with Remy. He will surely be missed.

Punong Guro Ken DeJesus

6/2/2011 3:13:16 PM | My condolences to family, friends and peers. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all MA masters and students.

Tywana Williams

6/2/2011 3:12:56 PM | My sincere condolences to the Jay family at this time. The Professor was a great instructor and humble man. All martial arts have been impacted by his teachings. He will be missed but we are all better for knowing him... Philadelphia, PA USA

Jack Medaris

6/2/2011 10:49:47 AM | Great Grand Master Wally Jay was a good friend of my father Senior Grand Master Joseph Halbuna. On behalf of my family, I pray comfort and peace to those he left behind. These men were the great architects of the martial arts that are studied all over the world - as they leave us one by one, I also pray their legacy of honor and humility are remembered and practiced by all. RIP Great Grandmaster Wally Jay.

Halbuna Ilona

6/2/2011 10:49:28 AM | Dios tenga en la gloria a un hombre como el.Mi sentido pesame a la familia.


6/2/2011 10:49:05 AM | To all of the Jay family, and all those who loved him, deepest condolences from Memphis, TN.

Clif Bullard

6/2/2011 10:48:40 AM | My heart is grieved upon hearing the sad news of the passing of the legendary Ju-Jitsu Grandmaster Wally Jay on May 29, 2011 at the age of 93. Not only has the martial arts community lost an amazing master of Ju-Jitsu but even more importantly the world has lost a truly wonderful and loving human being.
Grandmaster Wally Jay was an amazing teacher and mentor who joyfully and openly shared his vast knowledge of the martial arts with anyone who wanted to learn. He was inspirational and encouraging throughout the years and he often provided me with great advice. I feel blessed and very fortunate to have known him, his family and students.
I will forever cherish the many fond memories I have of Grandmaster Wally Jays great sense of humor and his teachings. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of his innovations and revolutionary Small Circle Ju-Jitsu methods that have forever changed the martial arts world.
Grandmaster Wally Jay was a wonderful man and inspiration to millions of martial artists around the world and he will be forever missed and fondly remembered.
On behalf of my wife Bridget and myself and the Harrell Academy of Martial Arts our deepest condolences to Bernice, Leon, all of Grandmaster Wally Jays family and students all over the world.
Grandmaster Jay, may you forever rest in the peace and love of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Sifu/Professor Mark Harrell
Harrell Academy of Martial Arts
San Jose, CA.

Mark Harrell

6/1/2011 11:11:10 AM | My deepest condolences to the family, friends, and students of Wally Jay. He was a true innovator of the Martial Arts and his lost will be felt deeply around the world. The world lost a True Martial Artist!

Mike Buzz

6/1/2011 11:10:53 AM | It was a honor to have known him and to say know him. He will be missed

Richie Moss

6/1/2011 11:10:37 AM | Our condolences to Grandmaster Jay"s family. Respect and Honor.

Walter Doll

6/1/2011 11:10:08 AM | Please accept my deepest sympathies. Master Jay was more than a teacher; he was an institution. We"ve lost another great one...

Phillip Starr

6/1/2011 11:09:52 AM | oh the great master the monster of karate i hope he rest in peace and may Allah blees his family and i will rember him always in my prayer thank you

nadir abbas

6/1/2011 11:09:28 AM |  He was a great man and an excellent Martial Artist. You will be missed. R.I.P.

Chad Hamblin

6/1/2011 11:09:08 AM | Prof Jay was an inspiration to all, his name will live on through Small Circle Ju Jitsu. R.I.P. Sensei.

Den Butler

5/31/2011 4:12:26 PM | The loss of Prof. Jay will have a profound effect on the martial arts world, going forward. Those fortunate few who knew him respected him as the martial arts master that he was, but loved him for being the epitome of a "gentle man." Prof. Jay will be missed greatly.

Prof. Bill Fischer

5/31/2011 3:38:28 PM | My deepest condolences to Sensei Jay and his family. You will be missed but your legacy will survive.

Linda Vogel

5/31/2011 3:38:14 PM | Thank you to a great teacher, pioneer, leader of the arts. He will be missed!

Dale Hestermann

5/31/2011 2:12:58 PM | The passing of one of the greatest Martial Artist and true Pioneer, Professor you will be missed as we will all do our best to keep your spirit alive as we continue to pass down your incredible insight. A true warrior...

Master Dan J. Anderson

5/31/2011 2:09:10 PM | God Bless you Professor Jay. He will be sorely missed. He was true Master with a wonderful spirit. I will make sure my students will learn of who Professor Wally Jay was. My deepest condolences to the Jay Family.

Rick Alford

5/31/2011 2:08:46 PM | I"m very sorry to here of Wally Jay O"Sensei"s passing. May God bless him and all of his family.
Jim Curtis, Hanshi
Umibushi Goshin Jutsu
Shudokai Karate Jutsu

Jim Curtis

5/31/2011 2:08:13 PM | My respects to a legend that I had the privilege to learn from. When I received this email, I was hoping it was another Wally Jay martial arts seminar. He will all way"s be an inspiration.

Matt Salinas

5/31/2011 2:07:56 PM | Professor: You will be greatly missed - but your teaching will live on through the many students that you trained and their students and so on. God Bless!

Phil Ross

5/31/2011 10:21:39 AM | I had the honor and privilege of training with this phenomenal martial artist many years ago in Las Vegas. His promotion of the arts and its philosophies are timeless and an inspiration to all who follow. May he walk in Beauty forever.

Karen Averill

5/31/2011 10:21:21 AM | OSS, To a legend and a true martial artist has passed on, yet leaving a legacy which all of us who expects to make a positive impact on the lives of others can and should follow.

Carlos Guache

5/31/2011 10:21:05 AM | At the Meeting of the Masters in Atlanta in 1994, I had the pleasure of being one of Master Jay"s ukes during his demonstration to my group. I will always remember his peaceful expression as he threw me around. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family and students.

Jerry Fuchs

5/31/2011 10:20:47 AM | My heart is incredibly heavy as I sadly got the news of the passing of another Great Legend of the Martial Arts. The martial arts has lost another amazing, true master, and the world has lost a truly wonderful human being. To me he was such an amazing teacher, mentor and I was proud to also call a true friend. I was fortunate to have known him and his family and students. I will forever cherish the memories as well as the teachings he shared. He always gladly and openly shared his vast knowledge with me and was always supportive and giving me great advice. He will be missed. On behalf of myself and Modern Farang Mu Sul International, we offer our deepest condolences to Bernice, Leon, all his family and students all over the world.
Rest in peace Professor.
With the highest respect, love and brotherhood,
Kuk Sa Nim - Modern Farang Mu Sul

Michael De Alba

5/31/2011 7:39:50 AM | Professor Jay was a kind and gentle man. Even though I had not seen him for quite some time, he is always in my mind. He has left a lasting impression on me and my martial arts life. I wish Mrs. Jay and Leon peace and joy in celebrating his wonderful life.

Barbara Dawes

5/31/2011 7:39:27 AM | Wally Jay instructed at our summer camp in 1990 & 1997. He was not only a very adept and personable instructor but a very humble one as well. He was the epitome of what a martial artist should be. My sincere condolences to his family on his passing.

Michael Campos

5/31/2011 6:50:51 AM | Remember the love, good times, and great memories of a great man.

Neil Ehrlich

5/31/2011 6:34:22 AM | I regret that I never had the pleasure of meeting him but over the years I had heard so much about him I felt I know him personally. Very sorry for your loss, his spirit will live on.
Asian Martial Arts, Inc.
Medina, Ohio

Jeff Burlingame

5/31/2011 6:22:16 AM | A legend and a true martial artist has passed on, yet leaving a legacy which all of us who expects to make a positive impact on the lives of others can and should follow.

Kenneth Lewis

5/31/2011 6:10:08 AM | May Prof. Jay rest in peace and his family & friends find peace as well. In Jesus!

Joseph Saladino

5/31/2011 6:08:59 AM | Walley Jay,What a GREAT man.He will be missed.I will NEVER forget him.

Thomas Starr

5/31/2011 6:08:32 AM | I have learn so much fromthe Small Circle Jujitsu System from my Inst. I call him Grandmaster Rick Clark. about Wally Jay he will be mi

Harold Credle

5/31/2011 6:08:03 AM | truely a loss to us all a rift in the harmone of the world i have trained once with him and he did show me balence ouss to the master

clyde ross

5/31/2011 6:07:41 AM | This is a tremendous loss for the martial arts world. My condolences to his family and students.

David Hardwick

5/31/2011 6:07:16 AM | It is with deep sorrow and sadness of the passing of Wally Jay,The Taekwondo ITF Nepal and myself humbly gives its appreciation to the great contribution Wally Jay gave to Martial Arts development and, with warmth, know He will be forever alive in all Martial Arts members hearts and activities.

Laxman Basnet

5/31/2011 6:06:30 AM | My condolences go out to Professor Jay's family,students, and friends.

Justin Colatarci

5/31/2011 6:06:11 AM | slt.je suis pret de visit votre clube dans cadre stage.....j"aime bien votre mthod ..

berkane fouad

5/31/2011 6:05:41 AM | Dear Bernice, Leon and others,
I am so sorry for your lost. I met professor Wally Jay first in Finland 12.9.1992 when he came to my house after the seminar for a dinner. I met him also in US several times, especially I remember when he after the seminar in New Jersey in the restaurant shared a portion of sashimi with me, as we ate he shared some of his wisdoms with me which I will remember rest of my life. He was a great Master and a Gentleman. We will remeber him also here far away forev

Tero Laaksonen

5/31/2011 6:04:42 AM | I first met Professor Wally Jay in Japan around 1987 with Hanshi Patrick McCarthy. It was a great experience for me as a student of Japanese martial art to train under him, and then later to share a meal with him, where I learned that he was the godfather of Hanshi McCarthy"s children, and get to know him as a person and not only as a martial artist. I received a lot of knowledge, wisdom and spirit from him, that I plan to pass on to my students and by doing so, keep his legacy alive.

Avi Nardia

5/30/2011 9:32:54 PM | It has been a honor to have learned from you...

Master Ucelo

5/30/2011 8:48:42 PM | Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. Your legacy will live on in our hearts, minds and future generations to come. With Open Mind, Open Heart, Open Arms you presence will truly be missed Professor.

Helen Stone Moore

5/30/2011 7:12:06 PM | Prof. Jay was one of a kind and I am glad not only to have trained under him but to even to have met him. His spirit is something to emulate. Words do not do justice. I"ll see you again, my mento

Dan Anderson

5/30/2011 7:11:43 PM | All my Respect and Honor to his Family and Close friends. He gave much to the Martial A

Michael Neal

5/30/2011 7:11:20 PM | Aloha Professor Wally Jay! A great teacher of the Martial Arts. I have studied and learned from Professor Jay. He will be missed by all students and teachers. The Professor leaves a legacy of teachers who value tradition, but are willing to adapt to the realities of today. You have been an inspiration and role model to the teacher and student in us all. Sensei Lonnie Calhoun, Jigoku Dojo

Lonnie Calhoun, III

5/30/2011 7:10:56 PM | Our prayers go to the family, friends and many students of this legendary leader. May your spirit live on through your teachings.

Marty Martin

5/30/2011 7:10:30 PM | Dear Bernice and Jay family, and his students, Chuck and I from DKI, extend our condolences and sorrow regarding the passing of the Professor. We will greatly miss his humor, intelligence and patience with those of us who were novices when we first met him. His memory will live in our hearts.

Chuck and Rose Mowery

5/30/2011 7:10:04 PM | I have never met Professor Wally Jay, but I have had the pleasure of training with Professor Leon Jay. My condolences go out to the family. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Ross Lindy

5/30/2011 7:09:43 PM | I am sadden to here of the passing of Professor Jay. Truly one of the most amazing men I have ever been fortunate enough to meet, and he was a true Grandmaster of the arts and a greatest inspiration I was honored to teach in a tribute seminar to him and Michael DePasquale Sr in 1999. He will be missed by those that knew him, loved him and the entire martial art industry. My condolences to his family in this time

John Geyston

5/30/2011 7:09:15 PM | My deepest condolences for the family of a true Grand Master! Professor Jay has inspired so many and has done so in a gracious and compassionate manner. He has passed from this world but never from the hearts of the many he touched.
- Master Catlett, Mukei Goshin Jutsu

Noel Catlett

5/30/2011 2:02:27 PM | I read about this great martial artist and person even back when I was first starting martial arts. My deepest condolences

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.

5/30/2011 2:02:03 PM | HE WILL BE GREATLY MISS.


5/30/2011 2:01:34 PM | If you have never had the privilege of feeling the "Dance of Pain" first hand then you have missed out. Prof Jay was a true gentleman and ambassador for the martial arts. His light will carry thousands of martial artists forward and his gifts will be passed down for many generations. Thank You Prof.
Sensei Gregory Poretz
Kenshokan Dojo

Sensei Gregory Poretz

5/30/2011 2:01:00 PM | Another Dragon has joined the kingdom of those who once fought for a peaceful world, but were simple men without any superhuman or "divine" capacity but his own will and pure honesty!
Hail to you Wally jay!

Roberto Cideos

5/30/2011 2:00:35 PM | My condolence go out to the family and to my brothers and sisters in the Dan Zan Ryu system.

Frank Santiago

5/30/2011 2:00:09 PM | I had the honor and privilege of meeting, training and appearing on marques with Professor. I hosted Professor and Bernice in the 90"s in NY. Great man, great family man. Will be greatly missed. All my deepest respect. Sincerely

Kyoshi Joe Mansfield


GARY Gatlin

5/30/2011 9:58:19 AM | On behalf of myself and International Sin Moo Legacy Group I would like to send my deepest condolences and lovfe to the family and all martial artists! Professor I will miss your wonderful spirit, teachings, and all the goodness you brought to this world. Dear Professor Mahalo sir! You will live in our hearts forever!

Farshad Azad

5/30/2011 9:57:55 AM | He was an inspiration to many and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Marcel DaSilva

5/30/2011 9:57:04 AM | The Martial Arts community has lost a great teacher but light will continue to shine on through those he has taught. It is his family I truly feel for. May all your memories be the essensce of what was shared between you.

Sensei Shawn Cornell - White

5/30/2011 9:56:33 AM | Sorry for the lost of GM Wally Jay

Sonny Spence

5/30/2011 9:56:07 AM | My condolences to Leon, Bernice, and the Jay family. You all are in my prayers during this most difficult time. Professor Jay will always be an inspiration to me and our art.

Brian Yanoviak

5/30/2011 9:55:42 AM | My condolences go out to the family. Like many other great masters his influence has made a big difference.

Rufus Benneham

5/30/2011 9:55:19 AM | You will be missed by many Sensei. As a Kodenkan teacher it is always hard to loose a member of the Ohana. Osu....Sensei
Sensei Chad Wissler
The Neighborhood Karate and Judo Club

Chad Wissler

5/30/2011 9:54:44 AM | My heart goes out to the family. He was will be truly missed

Rodger Smith

5/30/2011 9:54:17 AM | All of us within the Shin Ju family are saddened by the passing of one of the Greats he has touched many lives.

Soke Edward Hartzell

5/30/2011 9:53:54 AM | RIP proffesor.thats a big loss to the martial arts fratenity.

Ndungu Mathai

5/30/2011 9:53:16 AM | I wish to pass on my condolences for the loss of a great martial artist. 5 Dragons Karate staff and students give our prayers to Grandmaster Jay"s family.

Marc T. Hicks

5/30/2011 9:52:53 AM | My heart is heavy with grief, I just received an email that Professor Wally Jay passed away. He was such an inspiration to me and countless others.
Thank you, and Rest In Peace Professor Wally Jay.

Peter Sandberg

5/30/2011 9:52:20 AM | My sincere condolences to Professor Jay"s family and friends. Although I never had a chance to meet him, I heard some great stories from local affiliated masters about his teachings. You are a giant among the elite of martial arts.

Theresa Ortega

5/30/2011 9:51:51 AM | What can I say about a special man with a special wife, and family,I alway"s said that along with my Dad who we lost almost 5 years ago Wally was truly a man who was a great inspiration to all of us, not only as a Martial Artist but as an honest,sincere Human being.I will miss his great smile and his deep love of the Art"s and people. Bernice and Leon Our deepest condolences from my Mom, brother"s and all those in our Ju-Jitsu family. God Bless Wally Jay! he was truly a man among men, his teaching"s will live forever!

Michael De Pasquale Jr

5/30/2011 9:51:24 AM | My Condolence to the bereaved family of Prof. Wally Jay. I never meet him in person but I used to have his book in small circle jujitsu, and I really like it. He is a bog loss to the martial Arts world.

Hans Madrid

5/30/2011 9:51:04 AM | When Someone You Love and Admire Becomes a Memory then those Memories Become a Treasure.
Thank you Wally for sharing your life with us you friends from Goshin Karate & Judo Academy - in Scottsdale Arizona

Roger Boggs

5/30/2011 9:50:34 AM | I am very sad to hear this terrible news,the lost of a loved one is always a great burden to carry, but he is resting in a better place. my condolences to all the members of the famiily

mauricio Sanchez

5/30/2011 9:50:09 AM | Professor Jay, you will be missed by all !

Eddie DeLuca

5/30/2011 9:49:44 AM | Professor Jay,you will never be forgotten,

Grandmaster Eddie DeLuca

5/29/2011 11:27:17 PM | Our deepest condolenses to the Jay family. Grandmaster Prof Wally Jay was one of the most special and wonderful teachers I had ever the pleasure to train under, his knowledge, kindness and special gift of a generous heart that knew no limits when it came to his knowledge and selflishness was legendary. He will be greatly missed and will leave a hole in the martial arts world that could never be filled. God bless you and your family. Prof Wally Jay was a true gift to the world and his teaching will live on forever with his legacy, through my teachings and millions of others he touched throughout his lifetime.

Tim Henry

5/29/2011 11:26:52 PM | Professor Jay was a great influence on my training and I am so sorry to see him pass on. We shall all miss him and his spirit.

Dave Bendigkeit

5/29/2011 11:09:14 PM | may god bless his soul in peace n my prayers n condolences to his family members may god give u all strength

mohammed soni

5/29/2011 11:02:57 PM | Condolences from the Cruz Family. I had the chance to meet him 2 times in my life. Those 2 visits were 10 year apart. What I admired from him was his kindness to take time and talk to me. Someone he just met. Professor also told stories of his life which I was always all ears.

Jason Cruz

5/29/2011 10:46:42 PM | Our Codolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Stephen McDonald

5/29/2011 10:46:19 PM | Condolence to the Jay family and practitioners of his family art.

Gilbert Cruz

5/29/2011 10:45:58 PM | A Hui Hou Professor Wally Jay. Aloha Nui Loa,

Julie Tittl

5/29/2011 10:45:28 PM | My condolences go out to the family,friends,and students of Professor Jay. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.RIP,Professor Jay, and thank you for the great legacy of the work you left behind.

David Hunter

5/29/2011 10:45:06 PM | Hawaii's own that passed on Ohana whereever he went. Professor Wally Jay, was a tradition, a history maker and a person of great spirit. Thank you for his touch and friendship.

John Natividad

5/29/2011 10:44:46 PM | Prof. Jay will be missed more than words can say. If you had the pleasure of meeting him consider yourself lucky. Your photo sits at the fron of our school as it has since 1996 and we bow to it everyday and always will. Thank you Prof . for teaching me. I will be forever , your student.

Mark Tuthill

5/29/2011 10:44:28 PM | May God Bless you, On June 4th at Shark City Nationals & Tiger Claw"s KungFuMagazine.com Championship at the San Jose Convention Center we will have a moment of Silence before we start the Competition in Remembering Master Wally Jay.

Tony Kattengell

5/29/2011 10:44:07 PM | You have our condolences and prayers at your time of loss. from: Bai Sung Institute #19 Bahamas

Sarone Kennedy

5/29/2011 10:43:45 PM | To Master Jay"s family, student"s and friend"s, fill the emptiness that his passing left with the memories that he created.

Scott Pettit

5/29/2011 10:43:24 PM | G.M.Prof Jay Wally is a Legend of Martial Arts and he will be always remember in the Heart of All the Martial Artists of the World. Our prayer are with you and your family from World International Combat Martial Arts Society[India & Nepal]

Dai Soke(Prof)Dr.Jagdish

5/29/2011 10:43:01 PM | When I met Professor Jay, he treated me like he had known me for years. What a wonderful human being and a true martial arts master. What great advances me made in teaching Small Circle Jujitsu. Thank you Professor Jay, and may God Bless and keep his family.

William Little

5/29/2011 10:42:37 PM | The Martial Arts community looses another Great Leader. But his legacy lives on. Condolences to family and students.


5/29/2011 10:42:03 PM | To Leon and family I"m so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the seminars and the Karate Colleges where I walk on my toes because of the pain inflicted by the slightest touch of this great man. He was a gentle man and great teacher. He has not only touch my life but the lives of countless others. I pray that God give you all peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God Bless you all and God Keep our beloved friend, teacher, brother Professor Wally Jay.

Serafin Rivera

5/29/2011 10:41:39 PM | I really love everything Wally accomplished in his life, a great man.I met him at his induction into the Martail Arts History Museum, along with his family.

Ron Shewmaker

5/29/2011 10:41:18 PM | peace and blessings to the jay family...am so sorry for your loss for i never met the professor his information has helped me in my training so in a way i knew him a different way...he will be greatly missed he was and forever he will be the greatest teacher ever..may god bless your entire family we all loved professor but god loved him the most..ous!!

kenneth scarborough

5/29/2011 10:40:59 PM | It will be hard to think that GM Wally Jay is no lobger with us. This great man has touched so many lives in may positive was. The House of Discipline Martial Arts Group sends their condolences and my personal prayers to the family to this perfect gentleman and friend. GM James McMurray, World Kido Federation. Hanminjok Hapkido

Grandmaster James McMurray

5/29/2011 7:33:42 PM | I send my deepest symphanthy for the loss of one of our greatest. He will forever be in our hearts, and his name will be passed on continuously. My best wishes, Stanislaw Widomski, Cheezic Tang Soo Do

Stanislaw Widomski

5/29/2011 7:29:41 PM | My sincerest condolence to the family of Grandmaster Wally Jay. He was a great teacher and will be forever remember and missed.

Elias Ishac

5/29/2011 7:28:58 PM | Thank you Professor Wally Jay. Small Circle Jujitsu lives on.

Mark O'Shea

5/29/2011 7:26:41 PM | My condolences to the family. His martial arts skill is known worldwide.

Tony Brown

5/29/2011 7:26:17 PM | that"s so bad news. hearty sympathy to the bereaved family and deep condense to the departed soul. Master chhemang lama

chhemang Lama

5/29/2011 7:25:47 PM | My extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
May you find solace for your grieving heart.
You"re in our thoughts, now and in the days to come.
Grandmaster Wally will be always in our heart and dreams.
All the best,

Werner Leuschner

5/29/2011 7:25:15 PM | A pioneer and a true gentleman, he will be missed greatly.

Ken Baker

5/29/2011 7:24:54 PM | R.I.P master wally you are a great example 2 us all,condolences 2 his loved ones.

andy fitzgerald

5/29/2011 7:24:33 PM | He was a very positive influence on Jujitsu and he will be missed.

Gene Roos

5/29/2011 7:24:09 PM | My sincerest condolences. Professor was a martial arts genius.

Joe Hamilton

5/29/2011 7:23:46 PM | from myself, my family and all involved with my Gym, our condolences to Professor Jay"s family, friends and students around the world
this is truly a great loss in the World of Martial Arts
Yours in MuayThai, Da

Dave Fox

5/29/2011 7:23:14 PM | What a real incredible man, and a truly great martial artist, so he will be sadly missed by all of us.
May he rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ!

Vince Palumbo

5/29/2011 7:22:50 PM | My prayers are with your family and the Martial Arts family who will deeaply miss him.

Ruth Fletcher

5/29/2011 7:22:28 PM | My Condolences to the Jay Ohana, will surely missed, uncle Jay, he was funny, Da kine you know.Rest in peace Bradha.

Professor Emmanuel Ortega

5/29/2011 7:22:05 PM | Bernice, Leon, Allan and all of the Jay extended family - we loved Wally and take great peace in knowing he will live on in the acts and hearts of the many he touched. We offer whatever you may need from us during this time of sorrow.

Alex and Charlene Feng

5/29/2011 7:21:41 PM | i had the honor of being ukie for gm wally jay when he cam to tampa fl enjoyed every time he will be missed

woody anderson

5/29/2011 7:21:20 PM | My condolences go out to the Jay family. I was one of many people that were lucky enough to be infuenced by Prof. Jay. He had a profound impact on my life. He will always be in my heart, May he rest in peace.

Greg Williams

5/29/2011 7:20:57 PM | My heart goes out to all of Grandmaster Jay"s family and friends. I am at a loss of words. The whole world, not just the martial arts world, has lost a true treasure.

Master Carl Stoldt

5/29/2011 7:20:35 PM | One night I attended a workshop given by Prof. Jay. We started talking and told he he liked my technique and thought it was good. I was very humbled. The next night low and behold Prof Jay vcoems through the door with another of the Black Belts in the Dojo and aks if he can teach a class. This is teh type of real gentleman Prof. Jay is. I learned a very valuable lesson about giving back that night. Thank you Prof. Jay. You will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

Mark Speranza

5/29/2011 7:20:06 PM | It was great to have had the chance to meet and see this Grandmaster in action. He made me respect jujitsu and now all the master in heaven can train with another of the Karate legends. All men seek one goal...success or happiness and wally had both..RIP Grandmaster

Danny McCall

5/29/2011 7:19:43 PM | my deepest condolences to the Jay Family

Don Mac Kay

5/29/2011 7:18:12 PM | His was a legacy of epic proportions. Generations of students have benefited from his wisdom and will continue to do so until the Sun burns out. My thoughts are with the family.

Seth Koehler

5/29/2011 7:17:34 PM | Deepest condolences and prayers for the family and friends of this Great Grandmaster who has touched all of us for the good. He will be missed.

Kent Bergstrom

5/29/2011 7:17:14 PM | I am greatly saddened by the news of Prof. Jay passing. I remember meeting him in January of 1993 just as if it were yesterday. Though I never had another chance to meet him and never train with him his words are set in my memory forever.
To the Jay family and students of Small Circle Ju Jitsu worldwide I am great sorry for your loss.

Brandon Fisher

5/29/2011 7:16:37 PM | Another Legend has passed..and so has an

Coach Rob Pelletier

5/29/2011 7:16:12 PM | My prayers are with you all at this time of grieving. The Professor was a Titan of the martial arts and a great human being. He will be sorely missed.

Johnny Williams Jr.

5/29/2011 7:15:44 PM | Deepest and sincerest condolences. Another great warrior is gone

Hanshi Stephen Kaufman

5/29/2011 7:15:23 PM | I am very sorry about your lost, he was a great man and teacher. I had the honor of being in a lot of his Seminars and we respected him and loved him dearly!We have lost a great friend,but it is Heaven"s gain!
God Speed with love
GM Hodge and Family

Derman B. Hodge Sr.

5/29/2011 7:14:43 PM | Our condolences for a great man who influenced many martial artist throughout the world.

Mick Jolly

5/29/2011 7:14:19 PM | To Mrs. Jay,Leon Jay and to the entire Jay family. God has called home once again, another Great Leagacy in the Martial Arts world! I met the Jay family at the "First Wesley Snipes taping while escorting my teacher Dr.Moses Powell. When speaking with Prof. Leon, i felt a real graceful spirit from him. We had a great time, and one that I have never forgotten. I pray that God"s Grace and Mercy will be with your family. There is some Great Training going on with Two Legends in Paradise!

Mark Walker

5/29/2011 7:13:57 PM | A great loss! We shall never forget! my simpathies for the friends and Families. I learned Ju Jitsu during the 80"s with Fred Villari"s Studios of Self Defense and have alot of Respect his Teachings. Karate Kung-Fu Tai-Chi Qi Gong MMA Beverly,

Darrel Perham

5/29/2011 7:13:34 PM | You were my inspiration Prof. Wally Jay,always a legend,I will remember you,God Bless yo

Tim Flynn

5/29/2011 7:13:11 PM | We have lost one of the best martial arts Grandmasters ever. I will always remember be tossed all over the place by the Professor during some of his joint seminars with George Dillman and Remy Presas. I still speak of those moments to my classes. My greatest condolences to Leon and the fami

Larry Sanders

5/29/2011 7:12:47 PM | Thank you, Professor Jay. God bless you, Professor Jay. May God comfort the Jay family, and heal them quickly. May you have a peaceful voyage, Professor Jay. Now, you get to go hang out in Heaven with your fellow martial legends, and I"m sure God has a mission or 5 for you to combat evil somewhere.

Tim Nelson

5/29/2011 7:12:25 PM | The martial arts community has truly lost a legend and inspiration to us all.

Tommy Vaughan

5/29/2011 7:12:01 PM | Our prayer are with you and your family.

Luis Larios

5/29/2011 7:11:39 PM | Bernice, I caught myself thinking about you and Professor so many times this past week and now I know why. I"m so glad that I was able to visit your home on Easter Sunday. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Give yourself a hug. Rebecca.

Rebecca Gaul

5/29/2011 7:11:16 PM | A legend and inspiration to many of us. He will be missed. All of us at USA Martial Arts Phoenix AZ USA offer our condolences and respect.

John Nottingham

5/29/2011 7:10:44 PM | Rest in Peace.

Dr. Hermes Romero

5/29/2011 7:10:22 PM | Prof. Jay was, is, and always will be an inspiration to me. Not only was he a great martial artist, but his legacy as a person will live on in my heart. My condolences to his family and friends. He touched the lives of many in his travels and his message lives on.

Mark Kline

5/29/2011 7:10:02 PM | I my self always admire sensei Wally Jay,I like to remember him for his good teaching that he share with us. att;Edgar nazario Saniel(Master).

Edgar Nazario

5/29/2011 7:08:30 PM | Goodnight sweet prince, may a thousand horsemen lead you to your rest. You were an inspiration and a true friend.

Michael Kinney

5/29/2011 7:07:34 PM | Prayers from Nashville,TN. We love you.

Steve Cooper

5/29/2011 7:07:13 PM | Sensei Wally Jay thank you for being such a wonderful teacher. You are an inspiration to us all. We will miss you immensely.

Kimberly Wong

5/29/2011 7:06:54 PM | My sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Professor Jay.

Rudy Timmerman

5/29/2011 7:06:33 PM | Professor Jay will be greatly missed. He was truly a legend and an inspiration.

Scott Failla

5/29/2011 7:05:54 PM | descanse en paz, Gran Master Wally, Dios lo tenga en su santa gloria..

Oscar Pascual

5/29/2011 7:05:33 PM | Having the opportunity to train with Professor Jay was truly special and a highlight of my martial arts journey. Thank you sir and God Bless.

Steve Doss

5/29/2011 7:05:14 PM | Dear Jay Family, students and friends, my students and I send you our deepest condolences.
Professor Jay was an inspiration for me and all Judo and Jujitsu students in the world.
Professor, you will be missed.
Sensei Daniel Ruocco
Int"l Martial Arts Academy
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sensei Daniel Ruocco

5/29/2011 7:04:41 PM | A great loss to the Martial Arts community. He will never be forgotten.

Rod Crimmins

5/29/2011 12:38:52 PM | Westhampton Beach Long Island New York Karate USA Dojo Sensei Terry Maccarrone The martial art world has lost a true legend, a one of a kind person, I remember the exhibitions with Patrick McCarthy as uke and the ease with which Professor controled the opponent...such grace and style.. We will miss him. Our condolences to his family. Wally Jay a humble spirit

Sensei Terry Maccarrone



5/29/2011 12:38:08 PM | My heart goes out to Professor Jay"s family and students who I now will miss him dearly. Small Circle Jujitsu did not only refined Jujitsu skills, it also helped me refine my instruction, and was key in my decision to get out of "traditional" instruction and focus on immediate self-defense needs for my students. Thank you, Professor Jay.

Daniel Colon

5/29/2011 12:37:38 PM | What a tremendous loss. My deepest condolences to the Jay family, and to his students and friends as well. Professor Jay was not only a great Martial Artist but also a great human being. He will be greatly missed. Thank you Sir for all that you have done and shared with us.

Tom Cole

5/29/2011 12:37:15 PM | Sadly the Martial Arts community looses another leader. But his legacy lives on. Condolences to familyand students.

Bill Null



5/29/2011 11:53:37 AM | The world of martial arts benefited from his knowledge, and in our hearts and minds he will never be forgotten.

Sifu Preston T Collins Jr

5/29/2011 11:52:02 AM | My condolences.

William Shkimba

5/29/2011 11:51:46 AM | My deepest condolences to his Ohana, family & students all over the world. With all my Highest Respect

Nelson Pinto

5/29/2011 11:43:26 AM | With sincere respect I am offering my condolences to the family and students of Supreme Grandmaster Wally Jay. I have known Osensei for over 35 years and he has greatly influenced my life. I will forever cherish the teachings and love he has given from his heart. On behalf of the United States Hapkihae family, we wish you comfort and blessings at this time.

Grandmaster S.R. Moreland

5/29/2011 11:43:07 AM | To all Professors friends,students and most importantly his family you have my deepest heartfelt sympathy. What a wonderful martial artist and person.
I have you in my prayers.

Gregory Puriefoy

5/29/2011 11:41:54 AM | May His soul rest in Peace beause he was a great life coach for many.

Mounir Abou-Zaraa

5/29/2011 11:41:03 AM | Our Prayers to the family during this time.
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Grandmaster May Castro-Manner & Professor Manner
Antioch CA

Professor Manner

5/29/2011 11:30:59 AM | my heart goes out to grandmasterjays family.

Jim Young

5/29/2011 11:30:21 AM | Dear Family and Friends of Wally Jay I send my condolences and love. I meet Prof. Wally Jay at a Seminar in Ky with George Dillman, it was a honer and privilage to train with him, my heart goes out to everyone god bless

Scott Childress II

5/29/2011 11:29:56 AM | To all of Professor Jay"s family and students, I send deepest condolences. Professor Jay was a true master and gentleman, and he will be greatly missed by all of us who study the arts. My his legacy continue to inspire for generations.

Alain Burrese

5/29/2011 11:29:38 AM | My prayers & thoughts are with his family. My respect & gratitude is never-ending

Dave Johnson

5/29/2011 11:07:49 AM | One of the greatest martial artist of all time, a gentle soul and always with the Aloha spirit. I will miss you but will live on in my heart and soul. May the lord watch over you and continue blessing to Leon and Bernice.


5/29/2011 11:07:43 AM | Dear Bernice, Jay Family, and to all of Professor Jay"s Students and friends, my family and I send you our condolences and love. Professor Jay was like none other --and personally, to me, he"s been an inspiration. Mahalo Professor, you will be missed.

Tom Callos

5/29/2011 11:07:43 AM | My wife Diana Lee Inosanto and I would like to express or sincere condolences to the Jay family. We had the pleasure of knowing Professor Jay. We trained with him at the Inosanto Academy when ever my Father-In -Law Dan Inosanto would have him in for seminars. He will be so sadly missed. Much Respect..

Ron Balicki

5/29/2011 11:07:42 AM | I am deeply sadden at the passing of Wally Jay. On behalf of the Martial Arts History Museum, my thoughts and my prayers are to his family and close friends. Wally Jay was a true pioneer of the arts. Through him, the arts were changed for the better and his impact will continue to be felt for many generations.

Michael Matsuda

5/29/2011 11:07:40 AM | 

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