Hello all. This is a wicked interview with Jayson, the "Supercharge"
that he kindly accepted. Osu!
Some of you may have known him as a kickboxer. He is now a core trainer in ichigeki. He trains Glaube,Teixeira, Pichukunov, Taisei Ko, Ray Sefo and the list continues.
NZP: Jayson please tell us a bit about your background. How you got into Martial Arts/ Kickboxing etc…
: I started Martial Arts studying Muay Thai in 1987 at Phillip Lam Lee Gar in Auckland, New Zealand.
My 1st kickboxing trainer’s were Lollo Heimuli, Tojo Dixon and Greg Nesbit from Lee Gar Balmoral. I learnt my boxing skills in the same stable from Peter Flynn (Ireland Boxing Golden Gloves) and Tom Fusitua (NZ Boxing Golden Gloves Champion).
1990 I started my fighting career and as I progressed I improved my fighting skills training alongside Thailand legends Fanta Attapong (Thailand) and Pathai Pornikomm (Thailand).
I gained several NZ national titles, traveled to Australia and gained several South Pacific titles. I continued fighting international opponents amassing Commonwealth, Intercontinental and World Titles earning the fight name Supercharge. My most memorable fights were my wins against Thailand World champions Nokweed Davy (Thailand) and Buly Kan Kup Kaah (Thailand). For more details; www.supercharge.co.nz
Sifu Phillip Lam exposed me to the international circuit throughout Asia, - China, Hong Kong and Macau where I first saw Dutch legends Enersto Hoost (Holland) at 86kg! Ivan Hippolyte (Holland) at 75kg and Andre Mannart (Holland) all of whom fought in the same fight circuit, before K-1 came into existence in 1993.
Over the years at certain times in my fight career I trained and traveled overseas with a group of guys made up from Sifu Phillip Lam representing New Zealand at International level. The team consisted of Ray Sefo, Rony Sefo, Shane Chapman, Jason Suttie, John Conway, Joe Conway, Clay Aiumatagi, Andrew Peck, Ivan Walker, Jojo Ancajas, Steve Misich, Nick Misich, Roger Earp, Mike Angove, Eddy Tongalahi and Jacob Farani where together we amassed many international and world titles.
In the years that followed the same group of individuals have made their own major impact for New Zealand in both the national and international fight scenes.
NZP: When you were fighting as a Kickboxer did you fight any Kyokushin fighters in Kickboxing rules? Did you have desire to train with Kyokushin practitioners?
: I fought mainly Muay Thai at national and international level, I cannot remember fighting any Kyokushin fighters in kickboxing during that time. I did not learn about Kyokushin until I came here to Japan for K-1 in 2002. When I was training Ray Sefo for K-1 in Japan I met Kyokushin fighters Filho Francisco and Glaube Feitosa.
NZP: We know that you are close friends with Ray Sefo. When did you meet him and start training with him?
: Ray and his younger brother Rony, we all started training together in 1988. They were training in NZ with Kiosot (Thailand) and I was at Sifu Phillip Lam training with Fanta Attapong (Thailand). We started training together with Lollo Heimuli another student from Sifu Phillip Lam and then carried on to where we are today.
I have been with Ray for over 20 years in martial arts he has been like a big brother to me. Whenever he fights K-1 he always collects all the brothers, Team Sefo around him for preparation. Any top fighter today knows they need a good team behind them at top-level competition. I believe this is one of the reasons why Ray has survived in K-1 for such a long period.
The memory in K-1 that stands out for me (even though Ray lost) was in 2007 when Ray Sefo fought Semmy Schilt (Holland) for the 1st ever K-1 Super Heavyweight World Title. Standing next to my brothers Ray and Rony in the ring before the fight when they played the NZ national anthem and the proud moment of representing your country at the highest level of kickboxing K-1 competition.
NZP: How did you become a Kickboxing trainer for Kyokushin fighters? Who approached you first? Were there other candidates?
: This was how I became a Kickboxing trainer for Kyokushin fighters. I first retired from professional competition in 1998 and I started my professional coaching career in 2002 when Ray Sefo appointed me as the Head Kickboxing Instructor at the newly opened Ray Sefo Fight Academy in NZ. I started taking general public kickboxing classes and training pro fighters.
Throughout my time there I achieved some personal goals in coaching.
- Rony Sefo – K-1 NZ Champion 2003 (defeated Jason Suttie)
- Jordan Tai, K-1 Max WGP Oceania 2003 (defeated Shane Chapman).
- Jordan Tai, K-1 Max WGP Final 16 in 2004 (lost to Buakaw Por Pramuk)
- Paula Matele - helping him start his K-1 career in 2003 with a 4 – 0 unbeaten record
- Ray Sefo - helping and training him to reach K-1 WGP Final 8 in 2002 and 2003
I was lured out of pro fighting retirement to fight at the K-1 WGP Quarter Finals in Melbourne as a super fight match against Gurkan Ozkan (AUS) in 2002 for the ISKA World Title in Melbourne AUS and lost.
Next I was then contracted to fight in Japan against All Japan Kickboxing Champion Matsumoto in Ichigeki Japan II and III in 2003 resulting in 1 Draw and 1 Loss against him.
I was then asked to help train some of the Kyokushin Ichigeki fighters for professional kickboxing competition.
At that time another Kiwi, Fail Falamoe (NZ) was teaching boxing skills to Filho Francisco (Brazil), Glaube Feitosa (Brazil), Nicholas Pettas (Denmark) in Japan from 2000 as well as Ray Sefo.
I got onboard as a coach traveling back and forth between NZ to Japan to help and these were the results:
Igor Peplov – All Japan Kickboxing Champion 2004
Akaishi Makoto – Ichigeki Japan Champion 2004 (defeated Maverick)
Artur Hovannisian – Ichigeki Japan Champion 2004 (defeated Fujita)
Filho Francisco – Ichigeki vs K-1 2004 (defeated Remy Bonjaskey)
Alex Pichkunov – Ichigeki Japan Champion 2004 (defeated Seth Petruzelli)
Glaube Feitosa – Ichigeki Japan Champion 2004 (defeated Alistair Overeem)
Alex Pichkunov – Ichigeki France Champion 2005 (defeated Cyrille Diabate)
Glaube Feitosa – Ichigeki France Champion 2005 (defeated Chiek Kongo)
Alex Pichkunov – Ichigeki Japan Champion 2005 (defeated Hiriwa Terangi)
Glaube Feitosa – K-1 WGP USA Champion 2005 (Las Vegas)
I was then offered a full time position at the newly built IKO World Headquarters, Ichigeki Academy in Ebisu Tokyo, Japan to train Kyokushin Champions for K-1 competition as well as kickboxing classes for the general public. I resigned from the Ray Sefo Fight Academy in NZ (which closed down soon after) and officially took up my new position here in Japan.
Mauricio Da Silva - ‘Baboo’ (Brazil) the former trainer to Filho Francisco joined the team here at Ichigeki and we ended the year 2005 in Tokyo Dome with Glaube Feitosa placing 2nd in the K-1 WGP Final 8 losing to Semmy Schilt (Holland) in the final.