Jayson Vemoa

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Jayson Vemoa
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Jayson Vemoa
BornJayson Vemoa
(1971-10-14) 14 October 1971 (age 47)
New Zealand
Other namesSupercharge
The Niuean Samurai
NationalityNew Zealand New Zealand
Niue Niue
Cook Islands Cook Islands
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight80 kg (180 lb; 13 st)
DivisionSuper Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
StyleMuay Thai, Boxing, Kyokushin Karate Brazilian jiu-jitsu
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofSouth Auckland, New Zealand
TeamTeam Ichigeki (2004 – 2013)
Team Sefo (2002–2013)
Lee Gar NZ (1988 - present)
Team Hunt (2012 - 2016)
TrainerFanta Attapong 1988 - 1994 (Muay Thai)
Lolo Heimuli 1990 - 1998 (Kickoxing)
Ryu Narushima (Kyokushin) 2005 - 2013
Steve Oliver (BJJ) 2017 - present
Rank     3rd dan black belt in Kyokushin kaikan
     White belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Years active1990–1998; 2002–2005
Professional boxing record
Total2
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Draws1
Kickboxing record
Total39
Wins24
By knockout10
Losses12
By knockout5
Draws3
Amateur record
Total4
Wins3
By knockout1
Losses1
By knockout1
Other information
OccupationProfessional Coach
UniversityAuckland Institure of Technology - Computer Science Degree
Notable studentsJonah Lomu, Hidetoshi Nakata, Noriyuki Higashiyama, Glaube Feitosa, Ray Sefo, Ewerton Teixeira, Aleksandr Pitchkounov, Doug Viney, Jordan Tai, Mark Hunt, Jan Soukup
Websitehttp://www.supercharge.co.nz
Boxing record from BoxRec

Jayson "Supercharge" Vemoa is a former Muay Thai World Champion from New Zealand who previously led a successful Martial Arts coaching career in Japan. [1]
The list of people he has trained in the past includes Jonah Lomu, Hidetoshi Nakata, Noriyuki Higashiyama, Ray Sefo, Glaube Feitosa, Aleksandr Pitchkounov, Jordan Tai, Doug Viney, Ewerton Teixeira, Mark Hunt, and Jan Soukup.

Jayson Vemoa now uses his sports background experience for youth and non-athletes health and general well being


Personal life[edit]

Jayson was born in New Zealand. He is of Cook Islands (Mangaia) and Niue (Liku) descent.
He attended Otahuhu College from 1985 until 1989.
1988 NZ Inter-Collegiate Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Championship - Bronze Medalist
1989 Otahuhu College Wrestling Team Captain
1989 NZ Inter-Collegiate Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Championship - Bronze Medalist
1989 Otahuhu College Wrestling Cup

2018 - President and Co founded the Japan-Niue Friendship Foundation in Japan to promote Cultural Exchange between the two countries

Career[edit]

Early Years - Lee Gar[edit]

Originally a Muay Thai exponent from Phillip Lam Lee Gar in Auckland, NZ, Jayson Vemoa fought under NZ trainer Lollo Heimuli from 1990.[2] Early in his career Jayson trained at Balmoral Lee Gar gym alongside Ray Sefo, Jason Suttie, Rony Sefo, John Conway (boxer), and Doug Viney. Well known throughout Oceania in the 1990s he obtained professional New Zealand, South Pacific, Commonwealth, Intercontinental and World Titles.[3]

Memorable fights of his professional career consist of Muay Thai legend Nokweed Devy (WMTA World Champion) from Thailand, Scott Bannon (WKA World Champion) from Australia, Winston Walker (ISKA World Champion) from the United Kingdom and Australian Champions Tony Hill (AUS), Brian Murphy (AUS), Steve Rosten (AUS) and Aaron Kirby (AUS).
Jayson Vemoa remains a LEE GAR family member to present day.

Ray Sefo Fight Academy - Team Sefo[edit]

Retiring from professional fighting in 1999 Jayson began his coaching career in 2002 after being appointed by Ray Sefo as the Head Instructor for the Ray Sefo Fight Academy in Waitakere Auckland. At that time helping produce notable champions Rony Sefo, Jordan Tai,[4] Paula Mataele and help Ray Sefo to 4 consecutive K-1 WGP Final 8 tournaments, K-1 World Grand Prix 2002, K-1 World Grand Prix 2003, K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 and K-1 World Grand Prix 2005.


During 2004 Jayson was recruited by Jonah Lomu to help him in his physical rehabilitation before, during and after his Kidney donor replacement. Whilst at the Ray Sefo Academy Jayson also helped the Manu Samoa World Rugby Cup 2004 Team in crossing training in preparation for their upcoming World Cup Qualifying Games that year.

Jayson has continued to maintain his connection with Team Sefo from Japan, throughout the following years helping train Doug Viney for K-1 and Jordan Tai for K-1 Max WGP competition in Japan. He prepared Ray Sefo for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 and helped corner Ray Sefo for the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 Final and K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 in Seoul Final 16.


2011 to 2013 Ray Sefo entered the Japan Pro Wrestling ranks fighting in Antonio Inoki's new promotions named Inoki Genome Federation. Sefo enlisted Jayson Vemoa's help for his pro wrestling support team.[5]

Comeback[edit]

Returning from retirement to professional competition Jayson faced several World Champions. [6]

In 2002 he entered K-1 and lost as a challenger for the ISKA World Title against Gurkan Ozkan (ISKA World Champion),[7] won against Aaron Boyes (WKBF World Champion) at the K-1 Oceania MAX 2004 event in Auckland, NZ and lost to Nathan Corbett (WMC World Champion) Boonch Cup Muay Thai Event, Queensland Australia, 2004. Jayson retired for a second time from professional competition in 2005.

IKO Ichigeki Academy - Team Ichigeki[edit]

In 2005 Jayson Vemoa was recruited and contracted by Kancho Matsui to help prepare his Kyokushin fighters to compete successfully in the K-1. He was relocated to Japan to train Glaube Feitosa[8] and helped Glaube in the same year to win the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas. In December 2005 Feitosa placed 2nd in the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 Tokyo Dome. Jayson continued to help Feitosa to qualify and compete in consecutive K-1 WGP Final 8 tournaments K-1 World Grand Prix 2006 and K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 Final.[9]
In 2008 Jayson helped Ewerton Teixeira in his 1st year of K-1 to win the Japan K-1 WGP Tournament Championship Title Belt defeating Keijiro Maeda in the final at the K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka and continuing to help Ewerton gain wins over K-1 legends Musashi and Jerome Lebanner on his way to qualify for 3 consecutive years in K-1 World GP 2008 Final, K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 Final and K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 Final.
As the Head Kickboxing Instructor of the Ichigeki Academy[10]
Jayson took general public kickboxing classes and has also trained other Kyokushin Champions for K-1, i.e. Aleksandr Pitchkounov gaining 2nd place in K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Hawaii, K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Taipei and 3rd place K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Las Vegas. Takumi Sato gaining 3rd place in K-1 World GP 2008 in Fukuoka and K-1 World Grand Prix 2009 in Seoul,[11] Jan Soukup (Czech Rep.) and Kou Tasei (Japan). [12]


Team Ichigeki from 2005 until 2010 consisted of 3 trainers Mauricio "Baboo" Da Silva (Brazil), Fai Falamoe (NZ) and Jayson Vemoa (NZ).[13]


In 2011 Jayson helped train Jan Soukup in Tokyo for RISE 85: RISE Heavyweight Tournament 2011 in which Jan defeated favorite and number one seed Fabiano Aoki in the Quarter Finals. Jan eventually gained 3rd place in the 8 man tournament.

Jayson finished his contract with Ichigeki Academy mid 2013.

Kyokushin Karate[edit]

Jayson started Kyokushin Karate (IKO1 Matsui) in 2006 studying under Shihan Ryu Narushima (Japan) at the former Ichigeki Academy Dojo in Tokyo.


Jayson was inspired to take Kyokushin Karate after being introduced to it by Glaube Feitosa while he was training Glaube for K-1 by request of Kancho Matsui.


Jayson took part as opponent no.54 in the 100-man kumite for Arthur Hovhannisyan (karateka) held on 29 March 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.

In September 2010 Jayson successfully passed his 1st Dan Black Belt (Shodan) from HONBU becoming Shihan Narushima's 1st original student from the Ichigeki Academy, Ebisu Dojo to gain Black Belt status.

In April 2011 Jayson became an Assistant Kyokushin Instructor at Ichigeki Academy Ebisu Dojo under the supervision of Shihan Narushima.

From 2010 to 2013 Jayson studied from Honbu Dojo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo in specialized training for Kyokushin Black Belts.

  • 2014 IKO Kyokushin Karate 3rd Dan Black Belt - Japan
  • 2013 IKO1 Black Belt Training - Honbu Dojo Ikebukuro - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Official Judge - Japan
  • 2013 IKO1 International HONBU Winter Camp, Mt Mitsumine - Japan
  • 2013 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Instructor - Japan
  • 2012 IKO1 Black Belt Training - Honbu Dojo Ikebukuro - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Official Judge - Japan
  • 2012 IKO1 International HONBU Winter Camp, Mt Mitsumine - Japan
  • 2012 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Instructor - Japan
  • 2011 IKO1 Black Belt Training - Honbu Dojo Ikebukuro - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011 IKO1 International 10th World Tournament Official
  • 2011 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Official Judge - Japan
  • 2011 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate Instructor - Japan
  • 2010 IKO1 Black Belt Training - Honbu Dojo Ikebukuro - Tokyo, Japan
  • 2010 IKO1 Kyokushin Karate 1st Dan Black Belt - Japan
  • 2010 IKO1 International HONBU Winter Camp, Mt Mitsumine - Japan
  • 2009 IKO1 Kyokushin 100 man Kumite for Artur Hovhannisyan - Japan
  • 2009 IKO1 International HONBU Winter Camp, Mt Mitsumine - Japan
  • 2007 IKO1 International 9th World Tournament Official
  • 2004 IKO1 Begins Kyokushin Karate with Shihan Ryu Narushima

Personal Training[edit]

Jayson has done specialized personal training for famous celebrities from various sport codes and genres,i.e.Jonah Lomu (Rugby), Hidetoshi Nakata (Football), Noriyuki Higashiyama (Singer/Actor) and Koichi Nishimura (Volleyball), Kosuke Kitajima (Swimming).

Jayson Vemoa now uses his sports background experience for youth and non-athletes health and general well being,

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Jayson utilizes his Muay Thai experience for coaching striking in Mixed Martial Arts

25 April 2010 - Antz Nansen enlisted Jayson for ASTRA in Tokyo, Japan where he lost by submission to Enson Inoue (Japan)

26 February 2012 - Mark Hunt while in Japan enlisted Jayson's help for UFC 144 where Hunt won by 1st round KO against Cheick Kongo (France)

3 March 2013 - Mark Hunt enlisted Jayson for UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann where Hunt won and earned a jaw breaking Knock Out of the Night against Stefan Struve (Nederlands)

25 May 2013 - Mark Hunt enlisted Jayson for UFC 160 in Las Vegas, although losing to the former UFC World Champion Junior dos Santos he gained Fight of the Night Honors

7 December 2013 - Mark Hunt enlisted Jayson for UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot in Brisbane, Australia, this fight was rated the best Heavyweight Fight in UFC History from UFC president Dana White, and once again Mark Hunt gained fight of the Night Honors.

20 September 2014 - Jayson corners Mark Hunt for UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson Tokyo, Japan. Hunt was awarded Performance of the Night Bonus award with his KO of Roy Nelson (fighter)

9 July 2016 - Jayson corners Mark Hunt for UFC 200 in Las Vegas, USA

GLORY - Kickboxing[edit]

3 May 2013 Kengo Shimizu (Japan) enlisted Jayson's help as a major sparring partner in preparation for Glory 8: Tokyo where Shimizu won the 4 man - Glory Japan Tournament Champion (187 lb / 85 kg).

21 December 2013 Joseph Valtellini (Canada) enlisted Jayson's help for Glory 13: Tokyo competing in the 4 man Welterweight World Championship Tournament. Defeating Raymond Daniels (USA) by KO in the semi-final to progress to the Final against Nieky Holzken (Netherlands).


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU - Steve Oliver[edit]

In May 2017 Jayson Vemoa joined the BJJ ranks as a white belt under Professor Steve Oliver (NZ) a Rickson Gracie BJJ Black Belt [14]


Coaching Career Championships[edit]

Personal Career Championships[edit]

  • 2004 Muay Thai Boonchu Cup - Challenger (lost to Nathan Corbett)
  • 2004 K-1 WGP Oceania - Superfight Champion [15]
  • 2003 ICHIGEKI Japan
  • 2002 ICHIGEKI Japan Champion
  • 2002 I.S.K.A World Title - Challenger (lost to Gurkan Ozkan - TURKEY)
  • 1998 New Zealand vs Thailand (defeated Nokweed Devy THA)[16]
  • 1998 WFSB World Champion
  • 1998 I.S.K.A World Title - Challenger (lost to Winston Walker - United Kingdom)
  • 1998 I.S.K.A Intercontinental Champion
  • 1998 NZ KINGS Champion
  • 1997 I.S.K.A Commonwealth Champion [17]
  • 1996 I.S.K.A Commonwealth Champion
  • 1996 WMTF World Champion
  • 1995 I.S.K.A Commonwealth Champion
  • 1994 I.S.K.A South Pacific Champion [18]
  • 1994 W.K.A South Pacific Champion
  • 1994 I.S.K.ANew Zealand Champion
  • 1992 WMTA New Zealand Champion
  • 1991 New Zealand Middleweight Champion Amateur

Kickboxing Record[edit]

24 Wins' (10 (T)KO's, 14 Decisions), 3 Draw, 12 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
04/02/2005 Loss Czech Republic Jan Antomik Phillip Lam Promotion, Auckland, NZ Ref Stoppage (Cut) 2 2:10
02/18/2005 Loss New Zealand Joe White Phillip Lam Promotion, Auckland, New Zealand TKO (Ref Stoppage) 1 2:50
02/09/2004 Win New Zealand Aaron Boyes K-1 Oceania MAX 2004, Auckland, New Zealand Decision (Ext. R) 4 3:00
K-1 NZ Champion
06/26/2004 Loss Australia Nathan Corbett Boonch Cup Muay Thai Event, Queensland, Australia TKO (Knee strike) 1 2:40
02/22/2003 Loss Japan Toshio Matsumoto Ichigeki III, Tokyo, Japan Decision 3 3:00
08/10/2002 Draw Japan Toshio Matsumoto Ichigeki II, Budokan, Tokyo, Japan Decision 3 3:00
05/05/2002 Win Australia Richard Walsh ISKA Event, Melbourne, Australia Decision 5 3:00
02/18/2002 Loss Turkey Gurkan Ozkan K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary Melbourne, ISKA World Title, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia TKO (Corner Stoppage) 2 2:45
lost as Challenger for the ISKA World Middleweight Title
12/18/2001 Loss New Zealand Hiriwa Terangi ETK Promotions, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 5 3:00
08/27/1998 Win Thailand Nokweed Devy New Zealand Vs Thailand, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 5 3:00
WMTA NZ vs Thailand Champion
05/27/1998 Win Thailand Boonly Devy WSFB World Tournament, WSFB World Title, Shenzen, China KO (Left Hook) 4 2:15
WSFB World Champion
05/26/1998 Win Canada Chad Sawyer WSFB World Tournament, Shenzen, China Decision (Ext. R) 5 3:00
01/23/1998 Win United Kingdom Mark Waters ISKA Intercontinental Title, ASB Stadium, Auckland, NZ KO (Leg Kicks) 3 1:30
ISKA Intercontinental Champion
10/16/1997 Loss United Kingdom Winston Walker ISKA World Title, Auckland, New Zealand TKO (Referee stoppage) 4 2:50
lost as a Challenger for the ISKA World Middleweight Title
11/28/1996 Win Australia Brian Murphy Phillip Lam Lee Gar Promotion, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 5 3:00
ISKA Commonwealth Champion
06/30/1996 Win Australia Scott Bannon ISKA Commonwealth Title, Auckland, New Zealand KO (Boomerang Hook) 1 2:40
ISKA Commonwealth Champion
01/08/1996 Win Thailand Long Yee Devy WMTF World Title, Macau, Hong Kong Decision (Majority) 5 3:00
WMTF World Champion
11/30/1995 Loss Australia Scott Bannon Mandalay Event Centre, Auckland, New Zealand KO (Straight Right Hand) 1 2:30
04/27/1995 Win Canada Gary Harder ISKA Commonwealth Title, Auckland, New Zealand TKO 4 0:49
ISKA Commonwealth Champion
11/28/1994 Win Australia Tony Hill ISKA South Pacific Title, Auckland, New Zealand KO (Left Jab) 1 1:49
ISKA South Pacific Champion
20 June 1994 Win Australia Aaron Kirby WKA South Pacific Title, Queensland, Australia Decision 5 3:00
WKA South Pacific Champion
04/28/1994 Win New Zealand Harry Rubina ISKA New Zealand Title, Auckland, New Zealand KO 1 2:00
ISKA New Zealand Champion
11/27/1992 Draw New Zealand Brian Brunton WMTA New Zealand Title, Auckland, New Zealand Decision 5 3:00
11/27/1992 Win New Zealand Stuart Ramsey WMTA New Zealand Title, Auckland, New Zealand TKO 4 1:30
WMTA New Zealand Champion
11/30/1992 Draw Thailand Nokweed Davy WMTA World Title, Macau, Hong Kong Decision 5 3:00
06/11/1992 Loss Australia Ian Jacobs WKA Commonwealth Title Queensland, Australia TKO 1 2:20
03/27/1992 Loss Australia Steve Rosten WKA South Pacific Title Queensland, Australia Decision 5 3:00
12/16/1991 Loss New Zealand Brian Brunton WKA New Zealand Title (Amateur) Auckland, New Zealand TKO 2 2:30
11/20/1991 Win New Zealand Joseph Ramsey Muay Thai New Zealand Title (Amateur) Auckland, New Zealand KO (Head Kick) 3 2:01
NZ Muay Thai Champion
06/13/1991 Win New Zealand Hone Marsters Marsters Freestyle Kickboxing (Amateur) Auckland, New Zealand Decision 3 3.00
11/20/1990 Win New Zealand Hamish Simmons Tauranga Freestyle Kickboxing (Amateur) Tauranga, New Zealand Decision 3 3.00

Boxing record[edit]

2 Wins (0 Draw), 0 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time
11/08/2002 Win Tonga Sione Latu ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand TKO (punches) 4 2:20
07/06/1995 Win Samoa Maselino Masoe Auckland Sky City Casino, Auckland, New Zealand Corner stoppage 4 3:00

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Jayson Vemoa's name is spelt incorrectly as "Vermoa" in ISKA, Boxrec records
  • David Tua and Jayson Vemoa together attended the Massey.1. at Otahuhu College 1987 - 1989

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Jayson Supercharge Vemoa - NZ Fighter". newzealandfighter.co.nz. 2017.
  2. ^ "NZ Muay Thai Champions 1990 Sports Documentary". www.youtube.com. 1990.
  3. ^ "Interview with Jayson Vemoa Supercharge". www.nzfighters.com. March 2010.
  4. ^ "Behind the Battle Lines". www.axkickboxing.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2004. Retrieved 2004-08-13.
  5. ^ "Ray Sefo vs Montana Da Silva IGF Pro Wrestling". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Supercharge Vemoa Entry". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2008-12-21.
  7. ^ "K-1 WORLD GP 2002 Quarter Finals in Melbourne AUS". www.k-1.co.jp. Archived from the original on 2 November 2009. Retrieved 2002-02-18.
  8. ^ "The Evolution". www.fighttimes.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. ^ "K-1 interview for Head Trainer". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
  10. ^ "K-1 WGP Finals 2008". www.fighttimes.com. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  11. ^ "K-1 Grand Prix Circuit 2008". www.fighttimes.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Supercharge - K-1 World GP Circuit 2010". www.fighttimes.com. 31 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Kyokushin4Life Interview of Jayson Vemoa". nzproud at Kyokushin4life. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Steve Oliver World Champion and Rickson Gracie Black Belt". magazine.fighttimes.com/. January 24, 2008.
  15. ^ "K-1 NZ Vemoa Vs Boyes". www.youtube.com. 2004.
  16. ^ "Jayson Vemoa Vs Nokweed Davy". www.youtube.com. 1998.
  17. ^ "Jayson Vemoa Vs Scott Bannon THE REMATCH". www.youtube.com. 1994.
  18. ^ "Jayson Vemoa Vs Tony Hill". www.youtube.com. 1994.
  19. ^ "Once Were Warriors - Jake the Mus - Fight Scene". www.youtube.com. 1994.

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