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1970. Jerry Morris, the second child of Jacquline Morris was born in Aruba, Dutch Antilles. Together with his mother and elder brother Renaldo they moved to Holland when he was just five months old. In 1983-1992 at the age of thirteen, Jerry started Muay Thai kickboxing under the supervision of the then renowned World Champion, Luciën Carbin, and his senior pupils, Paul Pengel and Cor Marengo. After winning his first three amateur fights with relative ease, he jumped to the semi-amateur category. As a semi-professional Jerry fought six muay thai fights of which he only lost one very closely on points.

1991. With only nine fights to his credit, Jerry leapt to the professionals. His first opponent was the then current World Kickboxing Champion, Andre Masseur, who was looking for an easy win. To everyone’s surprise, Jerry knocked Masseur out in the second round. This was the start of his impressive Thai kickboxing career.

From 1992 to 1993 Jerry trained at the famous Mejiro Gym where he learned much through his countless sparring sessions with top fighters, like Rob Kaman, Andre Manaart, Bob Schrijber, Leo Snoo, and Tommy van de Berg.

In 1993 Jerry teamed up with Gym International and Kees van der Velden where he managed to win his first European and World titles in Thai kickboxing.

As a teenager Jerry had always dreamt about becoming (the first) World champion hailing from Aruba. So when he did finally get his chance and successfully defeated the current World Thai kickboxing champion, Nung Moon Khot from Thailand, he literally fulfilled his dream. 

1995 to 2002. After working with different trainers, he started training himself combining their different training methods. Jerry was convinced that no trainer could train and push him as well as he could. In this period of his career he managed to win no less than five World Shidokan full contact karate titles and three World Thai kickboxing titles.

1999. Jerry lived in Holland until 1998. At the end of the year 1998 Jerry left Holland and moved to the Dutch Caribbean Island St. Maarten where he opened a fitness and kickboxing gym.   As well as running his own gym in St. Maarten, Jerry also successfully promoted several boxing/kickboxing events- including a World Thai boxing title fight in which he himself was the main event, making him a World champion for the ninth time. After having lived in St. Maarten for nearly four years, Jerry returned to Holland in 2002.    

From 1992 to 2002, Jerry had continuously been a champion for ten years in a row in one or another fighting style. After winning nine World titles Jerry started preparing for life “after” his professional fighting career. He decided to get a degree in Sports management and his bachelor in Sport and Education.

2003-2008. Back in Holland, while most of his attention went to his studies, he still managed to become World Muay Thai Champion in 2006 for the fifth time. In 2008, Jerry finished his study at the CIOS sports academy and graduated as a Sports-manager. In 2008, Jerry got a taste of the Israeli self defense form called Krav Maga. Jerry figured this all-round fighting form to be a good addition to the fighting knowledge he already had. In 2010 Jerry received his instructor’s license from Krav Maga Worldwide Europe. In 2011, Jerry graduated as a physical education teacher and received his bachelors of Sports and Education. Jerry is currently a dedicated personal trainer in Health and fitness,  Muay Thai kickboxing and Krav Maga. It’s his passionate goal to serve as an example for the Aruban, Antillean, and Suriname youth. He hopes to train future champions whether in Muay Thai Kickboxing or something else, such as a doctor, lawyer, or writer. His motto is "Once discipline is understood, goals come within reach".

 

 

Jerry Morris

Author of the books

DREAM CATCHER

&

MINDSET IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BEST AND THE REST

 

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