Jerome Mackey

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Martial artist

Henry Jerome Mackey [1] is a pioneer of the franchise system of martial arts schools in the United States.[2] He is a native of Oklahoma. [3] Today you will see other franchises such as American Top Team, Evolve MMA, and Tiger Schulmann's MMA. Jerome's schools were actually the largest store front Judo chains in the 1950s and 1960s.[4] According to the New Yorker Magazine, Jerome learned Judo at the age of 10.[5] Jerome Mackey was given the name "Mr Judo" in an article in Look (American magazine).[6] He has also been mentioned numerous times in Black Belt Magazine.[7] Jerome Mackey played at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.[5] He would receive a full scholarship to Juilliard School in Manhattan. He would spend 9 years at Julliard as a trained pianist.[8]

Martial Arts

Jerome began learning Judo at the age of 10.[8] Jerome was one of the first Americans to Franchise martial arts in the United States.[9] As the first person to introduce franchise system to America his schools were highly influential especially in NY and NJ. [10] The franchise was incorporated in the United States in 1958.[4] Similar types of schools today include Tiger Schulman's MMA.[8] In fact Jerome Mackey schools was the largest storefront chain in New York Metro.[11] He brought in Judo masters from Japan in an effort to fill his schools with the best instructors.[12] This also helped to enhance the reputation of his schools and martial arts.[13] The Jerome Mackey Schools were well known for their advertisements.[14] He had slogans' such as "Jerome Mackey's Judo: Fear No Man.".[15] Jerome Mackey's schools taught both Judo and Karate.[16] Jerome was a believer that boxer's would have no chance against someone who did Judo.[17] His stores were the largest storefront martial arts schools in New York.[18] A promise what put forward to teach a student to reach a blackbelt for $1875 now matter how long it took.[19] In 1971, he started to implement the start of the opening of schools in Florida. [20]

Locations included

  1. Elizabeth New Jersey,[21]
  2. Stamford, Connecticut,[22]
  3. East 56th street in Manhattan[23]
  4. 3rd Ave in the Bronx,[24] Bayshore, Long Island,[25]
  5. Brooklyn, NY.,[26]
  6. 160 W. 73rd St in Manhattan[8]
  7. 5 North Village avenue, Rockville Centre.[27]
  8. Lexington Ave in Manhattan.,[28] where he employed karate legend Toyotaro Miyazaki.[28]
  9. St Petersburgh, Florida
  10. Largo, Florida [29]
  11. Tampa, Florida[29]
  12. New Port Richey, Florida[29]
  13. Lakeland, Florida[29]
  14. Bradenton, Florida[29]

The Jerome Mackey schools were said to be the most popular martial arts schools in New York City.[14] According to blackbelt magazine in 1974, his schools had between 4000 and 5000 students.[30] He eventually promoted a style of martial arts called Makedo 1000.[31]

Additionally, a number of tournaments were held at his dojo's including the Women's Invitational Shiai in 1966 [32]

Notable Students and Instructors

He utilized Rusty Kanokogi, at one time the highest ranking woman in Judo in the US,[33] the mother of women's olympic Judo, as an instructor in his schools.[34] Ryohei Kanokogi, a Japanese judo players for the 1964 Olympics and was former all-weights judo champion of southeastern Japan.[12] Mr Eguchi at his schools.[35] Sensei Ito an all Japan Judo Champion.[36] Toyotaro Miyazaki a well known karate instructor.[37] Among his students was American Chess Master Bobby Fischer.[38] who trained there in 1963.[38] Also Olympic Bronze Medalist Allen Coage.[39] Author of internal eastern medicine books Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong: Health and Energy in Seven Simple Movements and The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi Bruce Frantzis.[40] Florendo M. Visitacion, a martial arts master.[41]

Instructors Brought to the United States

  1. Ryohei Kanokogi
  2. Motohiko Eguchi


Attempts at innovating martial arts

Jerome Mackey utilized martial arts tournaments in order to breed competition.[14] Jerome Mackey created a lot of controversy by attempting to create a Pro-Judo league for cash prizes.[43] This was to be shown on television via CBS.[44] He would receive a lot of fall out including threats to remove his rank.[44]

School Closings

He would eventually be sued by the NYC Dept of Consumer affairs for his business dealings.[45] This was because of an issue involving stock fraud.[46] The stock was initially offered for $3.00 [47] It would rise to $34.oo in the same year triggering an investigation.[48] This would result in the closing of his martial arts schools.[49] These schools went from the NY metro area and Florida.[50] There was at least 6 schools in Florida before the shutdown.[29] Many of the instructors that he employed would eventually open their own schools.[49] James E. Corr, III, R. Bruce Buschbaum, Barry Drayer, Barry Chajet, Allen Kern, William Murphy and Richard Sobel and Roger Drayer, were convicted with with conspiring to violate the federal securities anti-fraud and mail fraud provisions were convicted after a six-week trial before the Honorable Edward Weinfeld, United States District Judge, and a jury.[51]


His chain of schools were mentioned in the Bill Cosby biography, Cosby.[52]
In the book Mixology by Adrian Matejka, Jerome was mentioned in the quote "I got bullet-proof skin and I'm meaner than Jerome Mackey and Jim Kelly in a paperbag."[53]
Jerome was featured in an article in The New Yorker.[8]
Jerome was the subject of an article in Life Magazine [54] and another time in the same magazine [55]

Jerome was the subject of an article in the Readers Digest.[27]
Jerome was the subject of an article in the New York Sunday News.[27]
Multiple Mentions in Black belt Magazine in different years including August 1969 [56]

Jerome Mackey wrote a book, How To Escape From An Arm Twist (BULLYING ESCAPE ARTS.), which is available on Amazon.[57]
How To Escape From A Choke [58]
How To Escape From A Headlock.[59]
How To Escape If Someone Grabs Your Wrist [60]
THE BIG SECRET That Makes Escape Arts "Work Like A Charm" [61]

See also

List of Juilliard School people


  4. 4.0 4.1 Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation, Volume 2 Thomas A. Green、Joseph R. Svinth
  5. 5.0 5.1,3086558
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The Old O-soto-gari The New Yorker, August 15, 1959 P. 18
  12. 12.0 12.1
  13. The Judo Twins Stan Friedland
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2
  23. New York Magazine 18 Oct 1971
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2
  28. 28.0 28.1
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 Karate School Closed St. Petersburg Times 1973
  38. 38.0 38.1,4436607
  44. 44.0 44.1
  49. 49.0 49.1
  52. [1].
  53. [2]

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