with Tom Bleecker
Foreword by Gene LeBell
6 X 9 softcover and limited hardcover editions
208 pages / 100 photos
Softcover perfect bound binding with high gloss UV veneer cover
Hardcover Sierra book cloth binding with gold foil stamping and high gloss dust jacket
Hardcover $49.95 - all hardcover copies are personally inscribed by Sensei Benny Urquidez
Order your copy now!
Special Book Signing EventThere will be books available for sale at this event.
Saturday, March 1 from 3 to 7 pm
at Team Karate Centers (21038-A Victory Blvd. Woodland Hills, CA 91367)
What people are saying about Sensei's new book ...
Mike Stone"Benny Urquidez, how could I possibly say in a few lines, what he means not only to me personally, but what he IS to the martial arts world.The nicest guy you will ever meet...don't piss him off. A great sense of humor, don't make him angry. The most kind, considerate and generous person, don't abuse the privilege of being his friend. Humble to a fault, honest, open, caring, talented, highly skilled, a great teacher and communicator.
He stands beside your elbow, but will cover your back.
What does Benny mean to me..."I still have and wear the ring he made for me many, many years ago.
Exceptionally proud to be his friend."
Bob White"In my 50 years in the martial arts I have met and competed against some of the very finest martial artists in the world. Benny Urquidez stands alone. Many fighters brag about their victories but Benny Urquidez is so well respected people brag about being in the ring with him, and being defeated by him. He is a legend. He exemplifies class and warrior spirit and I am proud to call him my friend.
Mike SwainI consider Sensei Benny Urquidez an icon in the Martial Arts world. A true warrior in the ring ! He is a compassionate and patient teacher of fundamentals on the mat and a humble gentleman off the mat.
4 x Judo Olympian
Al DacascosBenny the jet, not sure how he got the name but from my experience, Benny was very precise and very fast.
Always a gentleman with a fighters heart. During the time for Full Contact fighting, he was the name they drew in the crowd.
No one before or after can compare, and pound for pound he's a proven champion inside and out.
When you hear his name, no matter where in the world you are, it is the one and only, "Benny the jet."
Ed Parker Jr.The Parker family has known Benny most of our lives. My father Ed Parker Senior, a pioneer in martial arts history had an influence on the jet at an early age in his career. I recall and Sarah his wife once told me that she would marry Benny only if you had a job first. She then told me my dad then turned right around and gave Benny a job right on the spot and the rest is history. The martial arts industry started off small at the beginning with a small group of legends and superstars. Some of these superstars wound up in the motion picture industry. Some of these individuals produce phenomenal student. So I'm created large systems. While others became legendary world fighters. Mr. Urquidez has done all of them. I am pleased to know that his stories being told. We should all open the history books and document those whose journey is worthy of documenting. Benny the jet Urquidez is one of those individuals who deserve to have his story told, his contributions and his example has influenced this world for five decades.
Ed Parker Jr.
Martial Arts dignitary
Paxtial Arts Founder
Don "The Dragon" WilsonBenny "The Jet" Urquidez...
I first met Benny in Hong Kong back in the early 80's.
We roomed together when we were asked to give a "demonstration" of the "Western" version of kickboxing.
Benny impressed me then and has continued to do so until ths day.
I guess the easiest way to describe my admiration and respect would be to say, I would hope to emulate him in every way as a champion.
He is a true warrior, martial arist, and teacher.
I treasure every moment with Benny and feel anyone who spends time with him wll benefit as a human being and not just in regards to their martial arts.
your friend, Don
Superfoot Bill WallaceBenny, in my estimation is probably the best fighter to have come from the United States, may be even the whole world.
He fought under all rules and I think was fearless in his movement.
He is a great friend of mine and I cherish his friendship and am very jealous of his abilities.
Good luck Benny.
Martial Arts History MuseumIt is without question that Benny Urquidez is the greatest full contact karate fighter in martial arts history.
He not only kept the art alive for decades, but he paved the way for today's mixed martial arts fighters.
His pioneering accomplishments make one of the most historic figures of our generation.
Stephen Quadros"I used to read about the exploits of Sensei Benny Urquidez as far back as the 1970s, when professional martial arts fighting was growing, when contests and rules were in a very experimental stage. No weight divisions, no problem: Benny would still rise to the top. Urquidez instinctively stayed ahead of the pack. For example, he was one of the first American karatekas to embrace Western boxing as a viable addition to his his training and fighting skills. As a matter of fact "The Jet" was seriously flirting with the idea of going into boxing full-time at one point. But eventually his life-long allegiance to the martial arts prevailed, so he continued his natural quest into kickboxing, a sport where he gained a position of dominance. When he finally retired decades later, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez had secured a well-earned reputation as one of the greatest kickboxers of all time. And his influence is still seen today in combat sports.
In the ring, Urquidez was a versatile yet devastating fighter, who could knock an opponent out with either hand or either foot. He could take a shot. He could also solve problems, make adjustments, and even get off the deck to come back and knock out his opponent. But he became legendary for two weapons, as well as two displays of sportsmanship/showmanship: his left hook, his spinning back kick, along with the touching of gloves before the fight began, a move that today is not only common but almost mandatory, and the celebratory back flip. When I finally summoned up the courage to visit "The Jet Center", Urquidez's storied training facility in Van Nuys, California, I didn't know what to expect. An actor friend of mine and I walked into the front door, near closing time, and there we were, face to face with "The Jet". He greeted us with a big smile and a long conversation about everything one could imagine. Benny was not only an incredible host but also a philosopher and a great listener. He was engaging and progressive. I signed up shortly after that and was given many life long lessons from this incredible man, sensei Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. I was lucky to have trained under him, been on his original stunt team and to call him a friend."
"The Fight Professor",
Phillip RheeSensei Benny Urquidez is a gentleman and a true martial artist.
He is one of the most humblest martial artist I’ve met in the world and I have met many.
His strength lies in his humility and his willingness to share his knowledge with others, regardless of style or creed.
His signature back kicks and back flips in the ring are one of the most well executed techniques in full contact karate.
Sensei Benny is also one of the early pioneers to bring great martial arts to the big screen in movies like “Force of Five” where his jump spin heel kick followed by a ground spinning sweep kick are poetry in motion.
To me Sensei Benny will always remain as one of the greatest fighter and contributors to the martial arts world. A great fighter. A great teacher. A great friend who have touched and inspired many.
“Sensei Benny Urquidez biography is a MUST read for all martial artist!”
With respect and admiration,
“Best of the Best”
Joe CorleyBenny Urquidez, without question, was the man who could have and should have stood next to Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace and Jeff Smith on the stage in the LA Sports Arena on ABC in 1974 as one of our original PKA World Champions. As an athlete, he had no peers in the early days of world class kickboxing. When I provided my first commentary for CBS in 1977 at the Las Vegas Hilton, Benny Urquidez and Howard Jackson put on a fight that was literally 2 decades ahead of the curve. Truth be told, his performance on that day to capture the PKA World title would still be better than 95% of such efforts in the wide, wide world of sport. Benny won that fight, and sadly, left the PKA to become a huge star everywhere he traveled. As a man, Benny Urquidez always personified for me the best of what martial arts stars should be: Deadly, humble and inspiring. In my encyclopedia of martial artists, he will always be at the very top with the best of the very best.
CEO, PKA WARRIORS
Cynthia RothrockBenny Urquidez is a true warrior in Martial Arts.
He is not only an exceptional martial artist but he has the biggest and kindest heart of anyone I met.
It is a blessing to have Benny as a friend. We love you Benny!
Pat WorleyBenny “The Jet” was not only a champion in point fight tournaments, he was one of the first to successfully cross over to the full contact arena.
He was a fierce and talented point fighter. But when he transitioned to the Full Contact aspect, he was a ‘Super Champion”. Benny was the first Martial Arts fighter to be an international celebrity.
Not only did he have superior boxing skills and kicking skills, he was able to combine his kicking and punching making him a terror in the ring.
Benny was and still is in demand for those fighters who were interested in developing their fighting skills.
Tom CallosMaster Benny has deeply inspired me --and more than one generation of martial arts practitioners and teachers.
It's widely known that he's tough as nails, but it should be noted that he is also, in equal proportion, introspective and calm in way that, to me, shows that he's not actually made of iron, but of some blend of compassion and authenticity that must have been forged in the furnace of his lifelong commitment to the martial arts.
A lot of professional fighters become and stay fighters, but this one has evolved into a Master Teacher, not just of the physical skills of the martial arts, but of things that transcend the ring and the mat. The way he practices his martial arts, from a spiritual perspective, serves as a model for how I want to practice.
When you are with Master Benny, you get the feeling that he is looking deeply at you, at what he does, at what he himself thinks, and how he interacts with those around him. He takes care --and that is, at least in part, what makes him a most extraordianry example of not just a martial arts master, but of a man who is fully awake.
Steve SextonBenny The Jet Urquidez, probably the most famous of all of the full contact fighters that ever lived. I am proud to say that he is a friend.
We have talked at length on a lot of subjects in the martial arts world. From reminiscing about old fights of his, to the direction martial arts has taken from the days when we began. He is a man dedicated to passing on the knowledge he has acquired through a life time of training.
If he's not teaching at the school, working on a movie, he is probably giving a seminar somewhere.
As great of a fighter as he is, he is even a better teacher. A very down to earth and humble man, he is a huge role model for anyone martial artist or not.
The martial arts world as we know it today would not be where it is today had there never been Benny The Jet Urquidez.