- Ernie Reyes Sr.
Ernie Reyes, Sr. is the son of Filipino migrants. His parents arrived in California in 1929, working with
fishand in plantation fields.
Ernie is one of twelve siblings, including a pair of twins. The twins and two other of Reyes' siblings died as children, thus leaving Ernie as the Reyes' only boy. He grew with seven sisters. He admittedly enjoyed pestering his sisters as a young boy, making them the victim of his pranks many times.
When Reyes was ten, his parents began running a Mexican workers'
labor camp. Ernie had to wake up very early in the morning to help his parents. He would clean dishes daily at the camp or work alongside the immigrants. He hated this routine; nevertheless, raised with deep Asian traditions instilled in him, he felt obligated to obey his parents.
With the belief that if he did not accomplish so, his whole family would go to
hell,Fact|date=February 2007 his mother sent Ernie and all of his sisters to school. Ernie was particularly bad with mathematics, and he disliked that subject a lot. During sixth grade in particular, Ernie was involved in much trouble. He became involved in "street" fights with other children, talk or do other things that were not allowed in his school.
At home, Ernie had to
prayevery evening; he would sometimes fall asleep during praying, resulting in his mother's anger. With time, she would just accept this as part of Ernie's personality, and shrug off every time she found him sleeping during prayer time.
Apart from his school misadventures, he competed in
kickball, basketball, dodgeballand football during that period. During his high schoolyears, he would stay until midnight practicing his basketball skills; this, in turn, caused him to fall asleep during class.
He would get punished every time this happened, getting hit by his teachers with paddle sticks on his
buttocks. Reyes, Sr. was instructed not to flinch, move or complain, or the hits would be more severe. Eventually, Ernie attended a public high school, where he became motivated to become a better student.
After high school graduation he attended and graduated from
San Jose State University. During his time at the university he met the man who would become his primary taekwondoinstructor, Dan Kyu Choi. He also met his future business associate Tony Thompson. Reyes Sr. and Thompson developed a lifelong friendship, and became members of a revolutionary new demo team, the West Coast Action Team, that would also include George Chung, Cynthia Rothrock, Ernie Reyes, Jr., and other world class performers.
Ernie Reyes, Sr. went on to win seven national titles in one year, becoming the first youth to be ranked among adult fighters in history. He was approached by
Hollywoodproducer Sally Banks; feeling obliged to his students, he turned down her offer, but, six months later, he returned to speak with her, and he eventually met Berry Gordon, who signed him to a multi-movie deal. He participated in four movies, including "Red Sonja".
Reyes, Sr. and Thompson still manage their school, which has grown into having thirty-seven other locations.
*Participant in five movies, one
television series, and the video games "Street Fighter: The Movie", arcade version (as Akuma) and "Surf Ninjas" computer version, as Zatch.
*Seven time champion
*Named "One of the Greatest Martial Arts Masters of the 20th (century)" by the TNT television channel
*Co-founder, with Thompson, of the "West Coast World Martial Arts Association"
*Inducted into the Hall of Fame and named instructor of the year by Black Belt Magazine, published by the Professional
*Co-author of martial arts books
* [http://erniereyes.com/ ErnieReyes.com - Ernie Reyes West Coast World Martial Arts Association]
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* [http://www.taekwondohalloffame.com/ Taekwondo Hall of Fame]
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