3145 N. Dysart Rd. Suite #104, Avondale, AZ 85392
Sentosa Martial Arts in Avondale, AZ
Sentosa Martial Arts - 3145 N. Dysart Rd. Suite #104 | Avondale, AZ 85392 | Tel. 623-935-5759
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My name is Jerry Laurita, I am the owner and chief instructor. I have been training in Martial Arts since 1980 and teaching Martial Arts in Arizona since 1999.
I started learning Martial Arts when I was 7 years old. I have always had an interest in learning the more exotic styles of Martial Arts such as Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Ninjutsu and Kung Fu.
When I was a kid I made a promise to myself that I would travel around the world and learn these more exotic styles of Martial Arts then open a school and share that knowledge with my students.
So, that is what I did, I worked and saved my money so I could travel around the world...training with the best instructors I could find. I have trained in Thailand (5x’s), Brazil (5x’s), Korea (4x’s), Japan (1x) and Holland (1x).
I have trained with many great instructors such as Thohsaphon “Master Toddy” Sitiwatjana, Somapat “Master A” Sitiwatjana, Ajahn Suchart, Master Saohin Srisuk, Ajarn Monlit Sitphodaeng, Sensei Fred Royers, Sensei Ivan Hippolyte, Ramon Dekkers, Sensei Thom Harinck, Kru Tosapon Surawasri, Master Joe Moreira, the Machado Brothers, Wellington “Megaton” Dias, Mark Lyons, Gene LeBell, Rickson Gracie, Royler Gracie, Manimal, Guro Dan Inosanto, Burton Richardson, Master Jeong Woo Kim, Grandmaster Bouk Soo Joung, Marshall Parnell, Marty Cale and John Whitman.
My interest in these arts was greatly influenced by movies such as the 36 Chambers, 5 Deadly Venoms, 8 Diagram Pole Fighters, Kickboxer, Bloodsport, Prey for Death, Revenge of the Ninja and of course Bruce Lee Movies.
I have trained multiple BJJ World Champions and Pan American BJJ Champions, US Open Champion in Haidong Gumdo and competitive Muay Thai fighters.
I was a member of the 1st American Demonstration Team to demonstrate in Korea at the 2008 Haidong Gumdo World Championships. I have competed in multiple Pan American BJJ Championships, the 1999 BJJ World Championships and the Haidong Gumdo World Championships. I have also competed in Sumo, Judo and have fought in 2 MMA fights.
I am a certified Muay Thai Instructor (Kru) under Master Toddy, Ajahn Suchart and Master Saohin Srisuk. I am also a 4th degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Joe Moreira, a 4th degree Black Belt in Haidong Gumdo under Master Jeong Woo Kim and a Level 2 Krav Maga Instructor under Marty Cale.