Head Instructor/Owner Parra Academy: Ray Parra

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Co Owner BJJ Grappling and MMA  Instructor

JEFF PARRA

Youth Program InstructorJEFF PARRA

 

                            Affiliate/Apprentice Instructors Program
  Anthony King

Martial Arts Exp.

2009 Black Belt in Parra Kali/Silat and Jun Fan Arts, Associate Instructor I in JKD, Kali, and Muay Thai Boxing under Matass Na Guro Ray Parra.  2 years Kenpo karate (Brian Duffy), 1 year Ninjitsu (Shadow Warriors), 12 years JKD (Ray Parra).

Education: Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies (Human Relations), University of Texas at Austin

Work: Information Technology - spent 4 years with McCombs School of Business Executive Education MBA programs and am currently with the Gerson Lehrman Group (2 years)

Interests/Hobbies/Goals: Martial arts, working out, home improvement, travel, and just learning about any other subject I can get my hands on.

 

  Joe Loredo

Martial Arts Exp.

1999 to present - See web page 2009 Black Belt in Parra Kali/Silat and Jun Fan Arts, Associate Instructor I in JKD/Kali  Muay Thai Boxing under Matass Na Guro Ray Parra

Kenpo Karate[at the age of 12] 3 months during the summer of 1982,

6 1/2 years and attained a 2nd degree black belt in Nei Wai Chia Kung Fu and Combat Hapkido, 1st degree blackbelt in Combat Hapkido

Family - Married, Born on August 21st,1969 in Del Rio,TX with 2 brothers and 3 sisters.  Older brothers trained in Kenpo Karate,Tae Kwan Do,and Kajukenpo.

Interests: Playing sports,watching sports,watching movies,listening to music,reading martial arts literature,martial arts training,exercising,attending church.

 

 Brandon “Buda Bull” Davis

Martial Arts Experience: 

 

  • 1982-1987 Freestyle & Greco Roman Wrestling

1988-1991 Folkstyle Wrestling

Wrestling Instruction Under- Matt Eardly (University of Wyoming), Dennis Biggs (Oregon State University), Tod Castli (University of Iowa), Dan Lym, & Ray Irick.

  • 1993-2004- I tried several different Martial Arts and Self Defense systems during this time period including: Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Military Combat Training, College Self Defense Courses, and TKD. 
  • 2004/Present- Jeet Kune Do- Currently studying in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu, Muay Thai/ Thai Boxing, Kali/Silat, and Grappling Unified Fighting Arts.  Currently a Brown Belt and  Associate Instructor III under Famed Martial Artist Guro Ray Parra.  Professional Instruction also from Guro Craig “Bubba” Norton.
  • 2005/Present- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu- Currently a ranked student studying in the Machado System under BJJ Brown Belt and Expert Technician Ted Osburn.  
  • 2006/09/Present- Boxing- Currently training under Boxing Expert Abel Davilla.
  • 2009/Present- Gene LeBell & Gokor Chivichyan’s Hayastan Grappling World Association- Currently training in the Grappling mix of Sambo, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, and Freestyle/Greco Wrestling. 

 Family:

 ·        Happily married to my wife Denise since September 2001.  We have three sons, Cortès, Roman, & Raider. We are always busy with school, sports, and family adventures. 

 Interests: 

 ·        I have an innumerable amount of hobbies and love of the outdoors.  I like to scuba dive, snowboard, mountain bike, play guitar, hunt, fish, archaeology, longhorns, and will always be a student of martial arts.

 Goals:

 ·        My goals are simple, to be better today than I was yesterday and to lead my family by example.  

  Norma Juarez Escobar
 
Martial Arts Experience:

2008 - July 2008 -    Studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Teresa Guitierrez who studies under William Vandry.
2007 - Present -       Studying Kali and JKD under Guro Ray Parra.
2003 - 2004    -        Studied Kali and JKD under Guro Ray Parra.

Teaching Experience:
I trained with Ray Parra from 2003 to 2004 obtaining my yellow belt.  I was able to continue my training in 2007.  I currently hold a blue belt and am an apprentice instructor level III. January 2008 - June 2008 Taught Kali and JKD to children and youth 7-14 yrs. of age and one adult - 8 students total. 

Accomplishments:
2008 - Apprentice Instructor level III under Guro Ray Parra.

2008 - Obtained Blue belt status in Kali and JKD.
2007 - Obtained Green belt status in Kali and JKD.
2004 - Obtained Yellow belt status in Kali and JKD.
2007 - Participated in Kali demo at the Filipino Festival with Ray Parra and team.

Biography:

My father was my greatest inspiration to become a martial artist.  He was a martial artist and instilled the love and respect for it in me before passing on.  My love for this art has been with me since the age of eight.  Though, skill wise, I was not a martial artist, I  have always considered myself one at heart.  Now, through the generosity and support of many people in my life, my goal will someday come to pass.  My ultimate goal is to work with children and youth who want the benefits of martial arts training, but do not have the means to obtain it.  My purpose is to help them defend and protect themselves in a variety of circumstances while building self-esteem and confidence. 

Education/Work Experience:
2007 - Present  Currently employed as a customer service representative at Medwing.com, Inc., an online retailer.
1996 - Graduate of Southern Careers Institute
1999 - Graduate of San Marcos High School

Hobbies/Interest:
Married to a wonderful man and have three fantastic children who support mom unconditionally.  I enjoy going to the movies and visiting family.

 

  Jason Pena
 
Exp:  Associate Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra  Owner and instructor of Street Smart Martial Arts
 
 
 
  Drew Arthur
 
Exp:  Apprentice Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra. Owner and instructor of Relson Gracie Jiu jitsu Academy of Tyler
 
 
 
  Paschall (Pat) Wilson
 
Exp:  Apprentice Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra 

Black Belt instructor Athens, Texas

 
 
 
  John Shipes
 
Exp:  Apprentice Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra 

Owner of Athens Martial Arts School

John Shipes Martial Arts Bio

1977 - Began formal training in Tae Kwon Do under Master Roy Kurban of Arlington, TX

1981 – Changed to Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan of Hanshi Fusei Kise under Sensei Steve Warren of Palestine, TX

1982 – Trained in the Cha Yon Ryu system of Master Kim Soo under Mr. Ken Pickle of Palestine, TX

1983 – Returned to Sensei Warren’s dojo and continued training in Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan Karate and Kobudo, awarded 1st degree black belt in 1984.

1984 – 2001 – Trained under Sensei Richard Sapp in American Shorin Kenpo Karate.  I was awarded a 7th degree black belt by Sensei Sapp in this system in 2001.

1988 – Attended training camps with Sifu Larry Hartsell.  Attained a total of approximately 50 hours of training time under Sifu Hartsell’s seminars and approximately 32 additional hours under Marc McFann and Terry Gibson from 1988 through 1994 in Jun Fan, Kali and related disciplines.  All training was done through seminars and training camps. 

1994 – Formally became the student of Kyoshi Jerry Partain in the Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan system of Master Kise.

1994 – Opened the Athens Karate School in Athens, TX.  I have awarded approximately

1996 – Awarded 6th degree black belt under Kyoshi Partain and formally became the student of Master Fusei Kise of Okinawa.

1996 – Became one of three US Directors for Master Kise’s organization, The Okinawa Shorinryu Matsurmura Seito Karate and Kobudo Federation.

2001 – Awarded 7th degree black belt from Master Kise in Shorin Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate and Kobudo

2002 – Promoted and instructed the first annual Athens Karate School Winter Tuite Camp, held every December.  The techniques in this camp are largely influenced by the techniques learned from Sifu Hartsell as well as Master Kise.

2009 – Awarded 8th degree black belt from Master Kise in Shorin Ryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate and Kobudo

2010 – Awarded Hanshi title by Master Kise and his son, Kaicho Isao Kise, my primary teachers.

2011 – Met and begin training with Guro Ray Parra of Austin, TX in Jun Fan, Kali and related disciplines.  I became an apprentice instructor under Guro Parra along with my senior instructor, Sensei Pat Wilson of Athens, TX.

Currently, I am the owner and chief instructor of the Athens Karate School in Athens, TX and teach the discipline of Shorin Ryu Kenshin Kan/Matsumura Seito of Hanshi Fusei Kise along with the Jun Fan/Kali discipline of Guro Ray Parra.

 

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Exp:  Apprentice Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra..

Chief Instructor of Masters Self Defense Concepts in Cabot, Arkansas.

WILLIAM "BUDDY" MASTERS

  Kevin Cunningham (INACTIVE)
 

Martial Arts experience:

 

2005 to present JKD, Kali/Silat at Warriors edge martial arts

current level: Apprentice Instructor II 2009 Black Belt under Ray Parra in Jun Fan and Filipino Martial Arts

 

Jan. 2001 to  June 2002
Wing chun kung fu
 
Education:
B.S. Communications and Geography
Currently Working on M.S. in Psychology
 
Goals:
To become a college professor and full instructor under Ray Parra at Warriors Edge.
To eventually become a senator and president of the United States.  
 
   Bill Jackson (INACTIVE)

Martial Arts Exp.

Associate Instructor:  Jeet Kune Do, Kali, Thai Boxing

  Clint Taylor (INACTIVE)
 
Exp:  Apprentice II Instructor in JKD/Kali/Silat under Guro Bubba Norton and Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra  2003 to present.  Pentjak Silat Serak, 2004- Present; Trained in   Brazilian jui-jitsu for 2005 to present. 
 
Edu: San Marcos High School to start Texas Lutheran Univ. this fall to major in Pre-Med.
 
Goals: become a psychiatrist. 
 
Family:  Parents are Dugan and Michelle Taylor
 
Hobbies: I like to play basketball in my spare time
      Mike Fritts (INACTIVE)

Martial Arts Experience 

2009 Black Belt in Parra Kali/Silat and Jun Fan Arts, 4 yrs. Chayon-Ryu/ Hapkido under Master Rick Fine,  5 yrs.- present Jun Fan Gung Fu Apprentice Instructor under Guro Ray Parra, 5 yrs.- present Filipino Combative Arts Apprentice Instructor under Guro Ray Parra, 5 yrs.- present Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under various instruction, 5 yrs.- present JKD Ground Fighting Apprentice Instructor under Guro Ray Parra 

Education/ Work Experience

High School Graduate, 2 yrs. Austin Community College, 1 yr. Texas State University

5 yrs. Print and Production Manager at Paragon Printing and Mailing

 Goals

To finish my undergraduate degree and move on to the exciting world of law school

To become a Full Instructor in the Jun Fan arts under Guro Ray Parra and Guro Bubba Norton

To be the best person I can be every day of my life

 Family: Single

 Interests/ Hobbies

I am an avid runner ( I  like to run any and all of the races in the great city of Austin, Texas), I have recently started doing triathlons and bike races, some weight training

Going to school and training JKD have taken most of my other time

 The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has not style at all. He lives only in what is.             - Bruce lee              

John Rarity IV (INACTIVE)

Martial Arts Exp.

Karate 1yr, 1979, yellow belt; Judo 2yr, 1982, yellow belt; Tang soo do, 4yr, 1991, green/blue belt;  

2009 Black Belt in Parra Kali/Silat and Jun Fan Arts,  JKD/Kali/Silat, 2004- Present, red belt and Apprentice Instructor III; Pentjak Silat Serak, 2004- Present; Jiu jitsu , 2006- Present

Education/work exp:  UT Austin, BBA,  

Work:  I own three small businesses:  Shaved ice carts, Rental properties and ECO travel booking web site

Goals:
teach martial arts and yoga/meditation to children and young adults, move back to the beach (Hawaii, So.Cal, or Central/South America), learn how to fly an airplane

Family: Married

Interests/hobbies:  Travis county search and rescue team member, k9-handler, triathlons, kayaking, surfing, sailing

  Teresa Gutierrez, aka T-rex  (INACTIVE)

Martial Arts Exp. 

Associate Instructor in JKD, Kali, & Muay Thai under Guru Ray Parra on & off since 1996.
Capoeira Regional under Marcelo & Grupo Topazio, Summer 2002.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under William Vandry since 2004.

Education/Work Exp.

I hold a bachelor of arts from UT, Austin.
I currently work as a legal secretary and will be moving in July, 2008 to attend law school.

Family:

I am the mother of 2 year old Kahlil Dominguez, who loves to watch martial arts classes.

Interest/Hobbies

My interests outside of martial arts are cultural arts such ballet folklorico and belly dancing.
  Erbin Aceituno (INACTIVE)

Apprentice Instructor II, JKD/Kali/Silat under Maatass Na Guro Ray Parra and Guro Bubba Norton at Academy of Martial Arts, Warrior's Edge.