Jason Heit began training in martial arts at 14 years
old. His first competition was in the
1990 Island Tough Man Contest which he won at 17 years old. After winning the Island Tough Man Contest he
began competing in amateur boxing.
Coached by Donny Orr Sr. and Mike Caird Jason quickly tore
through the Canadian amateur ranks winning bronze gloves, silver gloves, golden
gloves, the diamond belt, the B.C. provincial light-heavyweight title, and the
Canadian Light-Heavyweight title by knocking out all his opponents in the 1995
Canadian Nationals. He then went on to
represent Canada in the 1995 Pan-American Games and the 1996 AIBA Multi-Nation
International Olympic Qualification Tournament.
In 1996 he moved to Los Angeles to train under Royce
Gracie. After receiving his blue belt
from Royce he moved to Duncan where he opened a small gym and began
teaching. One of his students from this
gym, John Allessio has since gone on to win titles in The King of the Cage,
Hawaiian Superbrawl, TKO Challenge, Gladiator Challenge, WEC, and fight in the
UFC against Pat Millitech, Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves. Jason has continued to help train and corner
John in his stand up game.
In 1997 Jason fought in the first ever sanctioned MMA bout
in Canada which he won by KO in the first round.
In 1998 while being coached by Stan Peteric, he earned a spot on the Canadian Amateur
Kickboxing team and won the Team Canada vs. Team USA Kickboxing North American
title by knocking his opponent out in the first round.
In 1999 he moved back to Los Angeles to start his pro boxing
career. Training at Wild Card boxing by
day and working security at night he was recruited to run the security at the famed
Whiskey Bar and the The Standard Lounge.
It was here he met actor Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky). Burt managed Jason with famed boxing manager
Lou Duva. Jason climbed the rankings to
the number 3 professional cruiserweight in Canada before retiring from
professional boxing after receiving lucrative job offers for close protection
work. He retired from boxing in 2002.
He was now able to focus on his security career; he left the
nightclub industry and began his career in close protection looking after
clients Drew Barrymore, David Duchoveny, Nicholas Cage, Russell Simmons and a
two year world music tour with Robbie Williams.
Jason has since continued his training at Legends MMA under
coaches Bas Rutten, Randy Couture, Jason Miller, Karo Parysian, Mac Danzig,
Eddie Bravo and Jeremy Williams.
2007, Jason Heit moved back to his hometown to achieve his
goal of opening his gym and pass on his knowledge of martial arts.
?Martial arts have brought incredible experiences, people
and lessons into my life. It is my
passion and I hope to open this door to others to share my knowledge of this
wonderful art. I have now retired from
competition and have moved into my role as a trainer.
§ Amateur Boxing- 26
wins, 4 losses, 24 KO?s
§ Tough Man Competition-
3 wins, 3 KO?s
§ MMA 1 win, 0
losses, 1 KO
§ Kickboxing 4 wins,
0 losses, 4 KO?s
§ Pro Boxing 5 wins,
1 loss, 2 KO?s
Jason Heit has a combined boxing, kickboxing and MMA ring
record of 39 wins, 5 losses, with 34 knockouts.
Check out Island MMA, they do everything. Grappling, Boxing,
Muay Thai. It's where UFC, Pride, WEC veteran John Alessio came out of.