Ernie Reyes West Coast World Martial Arts-Santa Teresa
KJN Joe Soltis
KJN Joe Soltis is the owner and Master Instructor at West Coast Santa Teresa. West Coast Santa Teresa opened its doors on May 1, 2000 and continues to produce well-rounded martial artist. KJN Joe has been training for 27 years and has a wide range of experience in the martial arts. He has trained under MMA legend Frank Shamrock and MMA lead trainer "Crazy" Bob Cook. He has also trained under MMA and kickboxing instructors Javier Mendez, and Len Shults. He has over 5 years of Jujitsu training from Brazilian Jujitsu Black belts Dave Camirillo, and Leonardo "Gloglo" Seixas & brown belt Dray Miller. KJN Joe has produced many top-level black belts including all the instructors here at West Coast Santa Teresa, and has led countless others on their journey from white belt to black belt and beyond!
Master Ernie Reyes Sr. & Tony Thompson
The founders of the West Coast World Martial Arts Association are Master Ernie Reyes and Master Tony Thompson. They have shared their martial arts journey in life for 45 years straight, consistently training and teaching. Their goal is to impact and empower massive amounts of peoples’ lives in a positive way through our WCWMA Black Belt and Mastery Success System.
Master Reyes and Tony Thompson are both graduates of San Jose State University, where they met their instructor Grandmaster Teacher Dan Choi.
Master Ernie Reyes Sr. of, Ernie Reyes’ West Coast World Martial Arts Association, was honored as, “One of the Greatest Martial Arts Masters of the 20th Century. He was featured along with his World Action Team on (TNT) Television Networks’, “Tribute To The Martial Arts Master Of The 20th Century.” Master Reyes has also been inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Master Reyes has received lifetime achievement awards from every major national martial arts association in the US. He received “The Life Time Achievement Award,” for 2007, presented by the Martial Arts Industry Association, at the Martial Arts Super Show in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel. Last years recipient was Chuck Norris. The National Association Of Professional Martial Arts and The International Educational Funding Company have also given him prestigious martial arts awards.
Master Ernie Reyes is one of the most versatile martial artists in the world. He is known as the pioneer of creative marital arts in America. Master Reyes was inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as Instructor of the year, by producing 7-National Champions in one year from one school.
Mainstream publicity from local to national newspapers, San Jose Mercury News, L.A. Times to USA Today, have featured their talents. Local talk shows on network T.V., as well as, CNN News, and People Magazine, have covered their unique and interesting story.
Master Reyes was The National Tae Kwon Do Champion in fighting. In 1977 he represented the USA and was a world-class winner at the World Championships held in Chicago. He was also rated nationally in forms competition.
Master Reyes’ son, Ernie Reyes Jr., made martial arts history by being the youngest child ever to be rated in the adults professional division at the age of 8 years old. He also produced many national champions and an Olympic champion. Budo magazine of Europe, wrote the Ernie Reyes’ World Martial Arts Action Team is #1 in the world. His demonstration team has traveled all over the world.
Master Reyes has starred and choreographed for many major film and television projects and Hollywood movie projects with his son Ernie Reyes Jr.. Master Reyes has been in high demand as a martial arts motivational keynote speaker.
Master Reyes also has been featured in Black Belt Magazine’s instructional video training tapes. Master Reyes has also done DVD training tapes for Century Martial Arts Lil Dragon teaching series for children, and Dynamic Demos for children, to adults, to world-class level.
Ernie Reyes’ West Coast World Martial Arts Association of 40 schools across the nation with founders Ernie Reyes and Tony Thompson, goal is to create peace, harmony, health, happiness, and success for massive amounts of people lives through the way of West Coast World Martial Arts Training.