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Jay Bell (NC)

Jay Bell (NC)

1971 – Started Karate, Hayes Taylor YMCA

1976 – Graduated from Northeast High School
Greensboro, N.C.

1976 – Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt
Lawrence McSwain, Zanshin Kai Goju Ryu

1977 – Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt
Darrell Wilson, Kyokushin Kai

1977-78 – Winter Festival Karate Open
Black Belt Kumite, Lightweight 1st Place

1978 – Mid Atlantic Karate Open
Grand Champion Black Belt

1978 – Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt

Darrell Wilson, Kyokushin Kai
1979 – Music City Pro AM
Nashville, Tenn, Middleweight Champion Fighting

1980 – Kick Boxing Match,
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Jay Bell won over Frank “The Tank” McKnight

1981 – Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt
Lawrence McSwain, Zanshin Kai Goju Ryu

1982 – East Coast Karate Championships
Black Belt Men Middleweight Fighting
1st Place

1983 – East Coast Karate Championships
Grand Champion

1985 – Ranked 2nd in U.S., Middle or Lightheavy Weight
Started training Al Lowes’ Boxing Gym

1986 – Selected for U.S. International Team
Could not compete, broke his hand

1987 – WAKO (World All-Style Kickboxing Organization)
Selected to be on the U.S. team,
Won his division, 162 lbs. Light Middleweight division
World Champion Award
26 Nations participated, Munich, Germany
U.S. the overall tournament team champion
Germany was 2nd
11,000 spectators – a sold out arena

1987 – Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt
Lawrence McSwain, Zanshin Kai Goju Ryu

1988 – Alamance Open Karate Tournament
1st Place, Men’s Black Belt Kumite, Middleweight

1988 – World Pro-AM Karate Championships
1st Place Kumite

1988 – 1st Annual Cleveland County Karate Championships
Black Belt men Middleweight Kumite – 1st Place

1989 – Ranked 14th in the world by PKL (Professional Karate League)

1989 – Queen City Karate Classic
Grand Champion Fighting

1989 – WAKO (World All-Style Kickboxing Organization)
Selected to be on the U.S. team
Won his division, 162 lbs. Light Middleweight division
World Champion Award
26 Nations participated, Venice, Italy
U.S. overall tournament team champion

1990 – Queen City Karate Classic
Grand Champion – Kumite

1990 – Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt
Lawrence McSwain, Zanshin Kai Goju Ryu

1991 – Zebulon’s Say No To Drug Karate Championships
Grand Champion

1991 – DKT Force One National Karate Team
Team World Champions

1992 – Summer Open Korean, Kung-Fu Championship
1st Place Fighting

1993 – Battle of The Martial Arts Championship
1st Place Fighting

1993 – North Carolina Open Karate Championship
1st Place Fighting

1993 – Appalachian Karate Championships
Grand Champion Fighting

1994 – Burlington National Summer Kick VI
1st Place Fighting

1994 – The Lenior Rumble
1st Place Fighting

1996 – Beach Blast Nationals
1st Place Fighting

1996 – North Carolina A&T Southeast Karate Open
Grand Champion Kumite

1996 – Stumptown Nationals Karate Open
1st Place Fighting

1997 – Stumptown National Karate Open
Grand Champion

1997 – North Carolina Open Martial Arts Championship
1st Place Fighting

1997 – Appalachian Karate Championships
Grand Champion Fighting

1998 – Stumptown National Karate Open
Grand Champion Fighting

1998 – Jeff McGregor’s American Karate Open
1st Place Fighting

1998 – Winter Festival Karate Open
Grand Champion Fighting

1999 – Great Southeast Karate Open, Spartanburg, S.C.
Grand Champion

2000 – Durham Karate Open
1st Place Middleweight Fighting
Grand Champion

2001 – WFC East Carolina Kenpo Karate Championships, New Bern, N.C.
Grand Champion Fighting

Over the years Jay Bell worked security detail for the following celebrities:
Prince, Michael Jackson, Eddie VanHalen, Joni Jet, Ozzie Osborn.