Sakhu "Jay" Mesura-el passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in Longview, Texas at the age of 54. Jay was born in East Elmhurst, New York. He was preceded in death by mother, Idell White-Jacobs and father Willie James Jacob Sr. He graduated from Flushing High School in Queens, New York.
Jay loved helping people, be it personally or professionally. For all of his adult life, Jay worked in the field of protective services. His experience ranged from executive protection to public safety. He chose this field due to his immense experience and contributions to the martial arts world. Jay was a two-time master level black belt and developed many systems such as Kamikaze-Te Rue and Fatal Beauty. His passion for the arts started in 1975 under the guidance of master Toyotaio Miyazaki. To friends and family, he was known as "Karate Jay" and the "Bruce Lee of the family. In his early years, he achieved many accolades and acquired many trophies and belts. His love of the art form allowed him to travel to Japan and study with many great masters. In 2007, he relocated to Longview Texas and later partnered with A.C.W.A. which lead him to launch his own organization called "Real World Combatives".
Jays' ability to teach underprivileged children led many to great successes in their adult lives. He gave them the ability to not only have a dream but to make that dream a reality. No matter if he was in a casual or professional setting, he was always in training mode. Anyone who was in his presence would receive a technique to defend or protect themselves.
While contributing to the martial arts community his greatest pleasure came from the love he had for his family. In 2018, he traveled to Charleston S.C. for the White family reunion where he gave a presentation on DNA and Awareness, emphasizing the importance of sharing skills and talents so we can motivate the next generation to discover and develop their own.
Jay is lovingly remembered by his son, Prince Sakhu Mesura-el and Latisha Bingham, Prince Sakhu's Mother, both of Longview TX; sister, Termeka Jacobs and niece, Simone Areola both of Columbia S.C.; special friend, Vanessa Jones, of Lakeport TX; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.
He always said Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Jay's ultimate goal was to share his experiences with others and to live life without fear.
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