Training Involution # 126: A Tribute to Benny “The Jet” Urquidez

I am camping with the family this weekend. So, in lieu of the weekly Training Involution, I present the following missive a day early. Enjoy! ~Mitch


A Tribute to Benny “The Jet” Urquidez

When I mention Benny “The Jet” Urquidez I usually get a blank stare.  Those who do know who Benny is are movie fans.  They remember him as the bad guy from Grosse Point Blank or Wheels on Meals.  It stupefies me that any martial artist could be unaware of who this man is, kind of like when I’m talking to someone about history and they don’t know who Hannibal was (that would be Barca, not Lecter).

Before there was MMA or UFC, before K1 or PRIDE, this guy had more black belts than most people have slacks.  Judo, Karate, Jiujitsu, Taekwondo, the list goes on.  And on.  And on.  He has nine black belts.

Here’s a clip of the Jet showing off his Judo skills.  Watch as his opponent spits out his mouthpiece and wallows around like a worm in hot ashes.  As it happens, that whole wallowing around thing, that was a fairly common occurrence among his opponents, a common denominator of sorts.

Back in the 70s I used to turn on the TV and watch him knock guys out.  I do not mean that metaphorically.  In any given match there was in fact a 90% chance he was going win by knocking out his opponent.  He earned six championship belts in five different weight classes, and his record was 63-2, 57 by K.O. (and the two losses are contested).

if you found yourself in the opposite corner from the Jet, you might as take a couple of Lunesta and lay down on the canvas.  You were going to end up there eventually, so why not save yourself the pain and EMBARRASSMENT and just go to sleep peacefully?

Here’s a highlight reel below.  Thank me now.

Study this guy.  Look at his combos, his body mechanics, his power, his conditioning, and his precision which are all as close to perfect as you’re going to find.  Be like that if you can.

2 responses to “Training Involution # 126: A Tribute to Benny “The Jet” Urquidez

  1. Wow-thanks indeed! I’d heard of the “Jet” but hadn’t seen any footage of him in action before. One wonders what he would be doing in MMA these days if he were in his prime…

    • Robert Mitchell

      You are very welcome sir! The Jet was *way* ahead of his time, and he’s still teaching. He has put up some training videos, and those I’ve watched are pretty strong if kickboxing is your focus. People will throw out a long list of names for greatest kickboxer of all time — Hoost, Dekkers, etc. — but in my opinion the three best are Benny Urquidez at lightweight, Bill Wallace at middleweight, and Peter Aerts at heavyweight. I should do tributes to them too!

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