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UCO's International House to Host High Tea Featuring Jiujitsu Black Belt Master

Sept. 5, 2013

Media Contact:  Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma International House will host Jiujitsu Master Ty Gay and UCO senior and Jiujitsu Blue Belt Chase Hill for a presentation from 5-6 p.m. Sept. 10 as a part of its High Tea program. The UCO International House is located at 912 N. Chowning Ave. in Edmond, just north of the main campus.

Master Gay and Hill will demonstrate three potentially life-saving self-defense techniques and discuss the art and meaning of jiujitsu practice. Gay is a certified jiujitsu black belt and the owner of Edmond’s Redline Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

“I am learning Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and am fascinated by the number of stories of students who have learned just a little bit, which saved them from a very dangerous situation,” said Dennis Dunham, Ph.D., executive director of the Office of Global Affairs.

“In addition to learning a few quick techniques, this is an opportunity to have a conversation with two dynamic enthusiastic individuals that are both helpful and entertaining.”

UCO's International House offers opportunities for Central's students, faculty, staff and the community to experience global cultures through transformative learning experiences. Jiujitsu is an ancient form of martial arts with influences from Greece, India, Japan and Brazil that uses principles of discipline, patience, efficiency and control to teach self-defense. 

High Tea is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. in the International House and is free and open to UCO students, faculty, staff and the public. Traditional High Mountain Chinese Tea and light snacks are served.  

For more information, contact Nela Mrchkovska, manager of the International House, at 405-888-3583 or, or visit


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Cutline: Jiujitsu Master Ty Gay (right) and UCO senior and Jiujitsu Blue Belt Chase Hill (left) will demonstrate potentially life-saving moves at the UCO International House’s High Tea on Sept. 10.