Benny "The Jet" Urquidez is a six-time World Kickboxing Champion and member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame. Urquidez began training at three years old, and competing at five.

In 1974, Urquidez entered the world of full-contact karate. That year, the World Series of Martial Arts Championship was held in Hawaii. The tournament was more of a gladiator fight than anything else – different styles were pitted against each other with few rules and no weight divisions. At five-foot-six and 140 pounds, Urquidez had slim chances - however, he won, and earned a reputation as a fighter who would take any match and any challenge.

Urquidez has since retired from combat. Today, his main passion is teaching the Ukidokan system of karate, which he created. He joined Black Belt Magazine for the Fight Back event to help raise funds for the Red Cross' efforts to support first responders and medical staff fighting COVID-19.


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