Growing up in Greenville, Jay spent most of his childhood training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the age of 10 he became #1 ranked in the nation in Jiu-Jitsu. Then in high school wrestled all four years and was a state placer in his senior year. He had his first MMA fight at the age of 16. His amateur career was impressive and saw the accumulation of five championships in three separate weight class. Nowadays you can find Jay teaching MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at his academy. where he is a brown belt instructor.