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Joey Perry

About Joey Perry Martial Arts Academy in Paragould, AR

Meet Joey Perry

Owner and Chief Instructor at
Joey Perry Martial Arts Academy in Paragould
6th Degree Black Belt


In the Jonesboro and Paragould area you will not find a more energetic, friendly, family-oriented business than Joey Perry Martial Arts academy.

We specialize in building Confidence, Respect and Positive Attitudes in our students of all ages. With 30 years of experience, Joey Perry and his staff of world class instructors guide their students with a motivational and professional approach.

Training includes our award winning Blended Traditional arts program for all ages under the Ernie Reyes Association, Nationally certified Pre-School age programs for 3-5 year olds as well as our Lil Dragon classes for 6-7 year olds and a kick butt workout Kickboxing class and rounded out by our self defense Grappling and MMA program.

Last but not least, we have been awarded with the ‘Best of’ award many years for our highly valued and reviewed ‘After School Pick Up Program’! Summer Camps are also offered with limited spaces. Our Purpose is to Develop our students Physically, Mentally, Spiritually and to teach them to have Good Character!

Changing the World… One Black Belt at a Time.

JOEY PERRY, Owner & Master Instructor

At the age of 8 years old, Joey Perry had to make a decision, Violin Lessons or Martial Arts lessons . His family couldn't afford both so Joey chose Martial Arts. Just over 26 years later Mr. Perry is the proud owner of the largest and most successful martial arts school in the state of Arkansas. Joey Perry has served as National President and Vice President of the National Tae Kwon Do Federation of America, CEO of the Elite Martial Arts Alliance, State President and Vice President of the Arkansas Karate Circuit, Arkansas State Director for the National Association of Professional Martial Artists.

Mr. Perry started his training under Mr. Jack Bell in Jonesboro, Arkansas at a local club.

At the age of 17 fresh out of high school, Joey purchased a struggling academy in Newport. With only 7 active students Mr. Perry went to work hard and quickly built the studio up to 50 active students within 18 months. Two years later he opened a location in his home town of Jonesboro. Mr. Perry spent the next few years focusing on teaching while training and competing locally in hopes of having a valid shot at competing on the National circuit. After 12 Arkansas State Championships he decided to focus almost solely on the National circuit. By the year 2000 Mr. Perry had been asked to join Master JOHN CHUNG's "Team Sidekick" National team. The following year would be outstanding as Mr. Perry finished the year ranked # 3 in the World in Musical Forms by NASKA as well as # 3 in Traditional weapons and # 5 in Middleweight point sparring.

After so many years of competing and becoming one of the mid south’s top competitors Mr.Perry decided it was time to focus on his career and family. In 2001 Mr. Perry went full time 'professional' with his Jonesboro academy. The Jonesboro location keeps an active count of students well over the 200 mark and now JPMAA has branched out to Paragould, Batesville, Searcy and others soon. Due to his success in school operations and active involvement in cutting edge knowledge Mr. Perry was promoted by NAPMA, the leading martial arts business organization to be the Arkansas director. Mr. Perry is constantly evolving his martial arts knowledge and skills monthly by staying in touch with National teaching and safety standards as well as the most up to date curriculum training for jpmaa students.

Mr. Perry has proudly trained under many nationally recognized Instructors such as Mike Chat, Royce Gracie, Bill Clark, Mike Swain, John Chung, Jack Bell, Mike Turner, Daryl Turner, Grand Master Mike Brown and is very proud of his Master Instructor training with KJN Ernie Reyes and the West Coast World Martial Arts Association. Ernie Reyes is world famous for being the ‘father of creative karate’ and has one of the largest organizations in the world and is well known for his open minded, ever evolving approach to training and martial arts with a strong standard of high energy, high quality performance.

Mr. Perry trains in Kickboxing and Grappling/BJJ on a weekly basis in addition to his regular traditional training. Mr. Perry believes a true martial artist should be open minded to learning new techniques and live by the CANi principle (Constant And Never-ending Improvement).

Mr. Perry is married to his beautiful wife Kelly, whom helps with daily activities at jpmaa as well as training and is also proud of his 3 children, Ella, Bruce and Kurt and is convinced that they will one day lead the organization into the future.

Rank Progression :

  • 1985 ... Started training
  • 1988 ... 1 st Degree Black Belt
  • 1990 ... 2 nd Degree
  • 1994 ... 3 rd Degree
  • 1998...4thDegree
  • 2001 ... 5th Degree
  • 2012 … 6 th degree

Titles :

  • 1991 ... NTFA Certified ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
  • 1994 . NTFA Certified INSTRUCTOR
  • 1996 - Current ... NTFA Training Director
  • 1997 ... NTFA Vice President
  • 1999 - 2006 ... NTFA President
  • 1998 ... AKC Board Member
  • 1999 ... AKC Vice President
  • 2001 ... MAIA and NAPMA professional member
  • 2004 ... NAPMA Arkansas state director , NSSN
  • 2006 – Present … Ernie Reyes World Association State Director

Certifications :

  • Anti-Bully Instructor and Speaker
  • Women’s Self Defense instructor and Speaker
  • Motivational – Positive Attitude Speaker
  • CPR certified
  • 6 th Degree Instructor
  • XMA , Extreme Martial Arts certified Instructor
  • XMA Weapons Instructor
  • Master level Tae Kwon Do instructor
  • Master level West Coast Martial Arts Instructor
  • Acrobatics and Basic Tumbling Instructor

Competiton Highlights :

  • 1999 and 2000 .... Ranked # 5 in World ratings in 'Open' forms
  • 2001 ... Ranked # 3 in the World in Musical Forms by NASKA
  • 2000 - 2002 member of "Team Sidekick" National Team
  • 1994 - 2000 ... Arkansas State Champion ( Forms - Fighting - Weapons )
  • 1996 - 1998 ... NTFA 'National' Champion winner
  • Grand Champion Winner of EVERY major OPEN tournament in the State of Arkansas
  • Over 300 FIRST PLACE wins
  • Over 50 Grand Champion wins
  • AKC BELT Champion more than 5 times
  • Undefeated NTFA forms competiton as an Adult since 1996 .
  • Grand Champion at the 2009 AKA Grand Nationals
  • 1st place winner at BATTLE OF ATLANTA in Open Forms and Musical Forms 2011

How To Get Started

Come join our Paragould, AR Martial Arts facility! We offer programs in Kids Martial Arts, Adult Martial Arts, Fitness Kickboxing, After School, Summer Camp, and Birthday Parties. Choose a program that most interests you and have the opportunity to sign-up right here on our site for one of our awesome web specials. Or feel free to give us a call at 870-565-8800 if you have any further questions. Joey Perry Martial Arts Academy hopes to speak with you soon!

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