Jay was a two time state champion wrestler in Nebraska and went on to wrestle for the University Nebraska at Omaha. After graduating, he began training for MMA, compiling a professional record of 7-2 with wins over UFC and Bellator vets. After taking a break from combat sports, he began his journey at JG training in the gi. Jay is a Masters World Runner Up in the Gi and Masters World Champion No-Gi at Purple Belt. He is also a coach for Mason Youth Wrestling and a Master Trainer at Life Time Fitness. He is currently a Brown Belt under Professor Jorge Gurgel and Professor David Reeves.