Six Time World Champion in Martial Arts talks about his book “Memoirs of a Modern Day Gladiator”
Listen here: Juan “The Ghost Warrior” Torres
Name: Juan Torres
Professional Martial Artist – Author – Actor
Fighting Name : The Ghost Warrior
Birth place: Ameca Jalisco Mexico
DOB : 06-30-1968
Home : South Lake Tahoe, California
Mailing address P.O. Box 19843 So. Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96151
Contact Phone (775) 901-7708
1973: Started martial arts studies at Diaz Kenpo Karate under Grand Master Jimmy Diaz in birth town Ameca Jalisco Mexico
1980: Continued martial arts studies at Song Long Miu under The O’bosan Charles Song (aka Owen Watson) in So. Lake Tahoe California USA
1980 to 1985: won multiple grand championships within the martial arts tournament circuit in both point fighting and traditional forms
1985: Started fighting amateur Boxing and Kickboxing
1985: Earned Black Belts in Song Long Miu under The O’bosan Charles Song (aka Owen Watson) in So. Lake Tahoe and Okinawan Kenpo under Grand Master Jimmy Diaz in Modesto California
1986: Turned Professional in Kickboxing and opened the first ever Torres MMA Sport facility in Rounhill Nevada
1987 to 1990: Continued fighting professionally and teaching the martial arts under the watchful eyes of older brother Master Alejandro Torres, The O’bosan Charles Song (aka Owen Watson and Grand Master Jimmy Diaz
1987 to 1990: K.I.C.K. light welterweight California State champion, K.I.C.K. Light welterweight Nevada state champion, W.K.A. US champion, K.I.C.K. No. American Champion
1990: Moved to Rohnert Park California to study Chinese Kenpo and further improve my Kickboxing skills under Grand Master Herb Cody Sr.
1991 to 1999: W.K.A. lightweight world title, I.K.K.C. lightweight world title, D.R.A.K.A. lightweight world title, I.K.F. light welterweight world title, P.K.A. Light Welterweight world title, P.K.C. Lightweight world title. Started Boxing professionally in between Kickboxing fights in 1994
2000: Retired from fighting after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage just minutes before stepping into the ring for a W.B.C. elimination bout with number one contender at the time Cesar Bazan.
2000 to Present: Continues studying and teaching martial arts – wrote own autobiography titled ” Memoirs Of A Modern Day Gladiator”- Starred in Las Vegas Vietnam The Movie alongside Eric Roberts, Tina Le, Branscombe Richmond and Lorenzo Lamas.
Was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame and The Lake Tahoe Walk Of Fame- Promoted to Rukudan (Master’s degree black belt) by Grand Master Wayne Lacno
4th Degree Black Belt in Song Long Miu under the late The O’bosan Charles Song (aka Owen Watson)
4th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Kenpo under Grand Master Herb Cody Sr.
5th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kenpo Karate under the late Grand Master Jimmy Diaz
6th Degree “Rukudan” in Hawaiian Kempo/Kajukembo Karate under Grand Master Wayne Lacno
Retired 6 time Kickboxing world champion and top boxing contender.