|Born||January 19, 1970|
Aruba, San Nicolas
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||80|
|Professional boxing record|
|By knockout||3 TKO|
Jerry Morris born (1970) in Aruba, Dutch Antilles, is a professional fighter, author, motivational speaker, and personal coach and trainer. He competed in various championships and earned numerous titles and accolades along the way.
Early life and education
Jerry Morris was born in 1970 in Aruba, Dutch Antilles, as the second child of Jacqueline Morris. When he was just five months old, he moved with his mother and elder brother Renaldo to Holland. At the age of thirteen in 1983, Jerry started Muay Thai kickboxing under the guidance of the then-renowned World Champion, Luciën Carbin, and his senior pupils, Paul Pengel and Cor Marengo. In 2008, he graduated as a Sports-manager from the CIOS sports academy. In 2010, Jerry received his instructor’s license from Krav Maga Worldwide Europe, an Israeli self-defense form he found to be a good addition to his existing fighting knowledge. In 2011, Jerry graduated as a physical education teacher and received his bachelor's in Sports and Education.
Jerry Morris began his kickboxing training at thirteen under the supervision of the renowned World Champion Luciën Carbin and his senior pupils, Paul Pengel and Cor Marengo. After winning his first three amateur fights, he moved to the semi-amateur category, where he won six muay thai fights, losing only one by close majority decision.
In 1991, with only nine fights to his credit, Jerry turned professional and shocked everyone by knocking out the then-current World Kickboxing Champion, Andre Masseur, in the second round. He trained at the famous Mejiro Gym from 1992 to 1993, sparring with top fighters like Rob Kaman, Andre Manaart, Bob Schrijber, Leo Snoo, and Tommy van de Berg. He teamed up with Cees van der Velden from Gym International in 1993 and won his first European and first World title in Thai kickboxing by defeating the reigning champion, Nung Moon Khot from Thailand.
Jerry took full control and responsibility of his own training preparations from 1995 to 2006, winning no less than five World Shidokan full-contact karate titles and four more World Thai kickboxing titles. Jerry left Holland in 1998 and relocated to the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, where he opened a fitness and kickboxing gym and successfully promoted several boxing and kickboxing events, including a World Thai Boxing Championship title fight in which he was the main event, earning him his ninth world title. In 2002, Jerry returned to Holland after living in St. Maarten for nearly four years.
Jerry had been a champion in one or another style of fighting for ten years. He decided to get a degree in Sports Management and a bachelor's in sports and education, preparing for life "after" his professional fighting career. In 2006, he became World Muay Thai Champion for the fifth time.
Career as Author
Jerry obtained his bachelor's degree in Sports and Education in 2011 when he graduated as a physical education teacher. After receiving his diploma, he decided to remain in Holland and resume his career as a professional kickboxer there. But due to the abruptness and excessive intensity of his training, after a six year layoff, he ruptured his Achilles tendon and made the decision to retire. He wrote his own memoirs throughout the period that he was required to spend recovering from his disability. It took him two years to write the English version of his novel, "Dream Catcher," which was published in 2016, and then another two years to write the Dutch version, "Dromenvanger," which was published in 2018. He chose to write a book about his mindset after receiving positive responses to his first two books. The book's working title is "Mindset is the Difference Between the Best and the Rest," and it describes the mindset that enabled him to win ten World Championships titles. Two years later, he released the Dutch translation: "Mindset is het verschil tussen de beste en de rest" (2020). Jerry is now working on the second installment of the Dream Catcher book series, which is going to be named "Embracing My Destiny."
|Year||Championship||Fight Style||Weight Class|
|1992||Dutch Champion||Thai kickboxing||Middleweight|
|1993||European Champion||Thai Kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
|1994||European Champion||Thai kickboxing||Welterweight|
|1995||European Champion||American style Full c. kickboxing||Middleweight|
|1995||World Champion||Thai kickboxing Contact Karate||Welterweight|
|1995||World Champion||Shidokan Full Contact karate||Lightweight|
|1996||North American Champion||American style full c. Kickboxing||Welterweight|
|1996||World Champion||Thai kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
|1996||World Champion||Shidokan Full Contact karate||Lightweight|
|1997||World Champion||Shidokan Full Contact karate||Lightweight|
|1998||World Champion||Shidokan Full Contact karate||Lightweight|
|1999||World Champion||Shidokan Full Contact karate||Lightweight|
|2001||European Champion||Thai kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
|2001||World Champion||Thai kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
|2003||World Champion||Thai kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
|2003||Intercontinental Champion||Shidokan karate||Middleweight|
|2006||World Champion||Thai kickboxing||Super Welterweight|
- "Jerry Morris: personal trainer in Amstelveen - PersonalTrainers.nl". www.personaltrainers.nl. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "Jerry Morris | Fighter Page". Tapology. Retrieved 20 February 2023.
- "Jerry Morris MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography - Sherdog.com". Sherdog. Retrieved 20 February 2023.