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Benny Urquidez (born June 20, 1952) is an American kickboxer, martial arts choreographer and actor. Nicknamed The Jet, Urquidez was a non-contact karate competitor who later pioneered full-contact fighting in the USA. He made the transition from point to full-contact karate in 1974 � the year of its inception in the US � frequently fighting in bouts where the rules were ambiguous and contrasts in styles were dramatic.

Blackbelt Magazine's 1978 Competitor of the Year

Undefeated World Champion with 64-0 record and 53 Knock Outs.

Held 6 World Titles in 5 different weight divisions.

Remained undefeated in 27 years.

Urquidez was born in Los Angeles County California, the son of a wrestling mother and a boxing father, and is descended from Spaniards and Amerindians. He began competing in 1958, at the age of five, in "peewee" boxing in Los Angeles. This was followed by martial arts instruction at the age of 8, for which his first formal teacher was Bill Ryusaki. He received his black belt at the age of 14, a feat which was highly unusual during the 1960s. He entered the point circuit in 1964, and earned the reputation as an extremely colorful fighter. In the 1973 Internationals, he fought John Natividad in one of the greatest non-contact bouts in history. He also competed in England and Belgium as a member of Ed Parker's 1974 US team. Also, in 1974, he began his move away from the non-contact style by entering and winning the World Series of Martial Arts Championship, which was effectively a tough-man contest with few rules. Over the next two decades he fought under various different kickboxing organizations (NKL, WPKO, PKA, WKA, AJKBA, KATOGI, NJPW and MTN) to amass a record of 58 wins with no losses. There is a good deal of controversy surrounding this record.

In 1977, Urquidez traveled to Japan for the first time and fought under WKA rules which included leg kicks. In his first fight he defeated Katsuyuki Suzuki by 6th round KO (August 1977). To avenge this loss, the undefeated fighter Kunimatsu Okau came out of retirement to challenge Urquidez. Urquidez won this bout by 4th round KO (November 1977). After 1980, Urquidez' ring appearances became less frequent. Between 1981 and 1984 he fought only sporadically. In 1984, he fought Ivan Sprang in Amsterdam under Muay Thai rules, winning by 6th round TKO. His ring career largely came to a halt after 1985, after which he fought only two fights: once in 1989 against Nobuya Azuka, and once in 1993 (at the age of 41) against Yoshihisa Tagami. He won both fights by decision. From that time on, he devoted himself to acting, teaching kick boxing and martial arts choreography.

Urquidez has obtained black belts in nine styles: Judo, Kempo, Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Lima Lama, White Crane Kung Fu, Ju Jutsu, Aikido, and Karate. He is the founder of Ukidokan Karate. Today, he continues to teach at "The Jets Gym" in North Hollywood, California. Urquidez has also authored various instructional books and videos.

Urquidez played a leading role in various martial arts movies. The first was Force: Five (1981) starring Joe Lewis and Bong Soo Han. Later, he made two movies with Jackie Chan: Wheels on Meals (1984) and Dragons Forever (1988), where he fights against the characters played by Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, with Urquidez as a tough opponent who is defeated in the climactic fight scenes of both movies. His final fight with Chan in Wheels on Meals is considered to be one of the finest fights of the movie genre. Urquidez also starred in the film Grosse Pointe Blank as a hitman sent to kill a character played by John Cusack (whom Urquidez trained in the western style of kickboxing).

Studied under Tak Kubota and Ed parker.

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