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Criminal Justice Alum Ed Yuncza Continues to Shine in
Martial Arts and Career

West Windsor, N.J. – At age 42, Ed Yuncza ’92 (A.S. Criminal Justice), owner and teacher at E.Y. Martial Arts & Self-Defense Concepts in Hamilton, is not ready to throw in the towel – or black belt – in martial arts competition at the national level.

Just last month, Yuncza returned to the tournament circuit after a 12-year hiatus to compete at the 43rd annual Battle of Atlanta national karate tournament held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

And Yuncza didn’t just compete.  On June 15, he won first place in the men’s over-40 black belt heavy weight sparring division.

“I always wanted to fight in the Battle of Atlanta,” Yuncza said.  “At 42, I figured if I am ever going to do this now is the time.  I credit a great deal of my success to my instructor/coach Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace (23-time undefeated PKA world champion), who pushed me out of my comfort zone and into a position to once again be effective at the national level.”

Celebrating Sensei Ed's first place victory at the 43rd Annual Battle of Atlanta, from left, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, MCCC alumnus Ed Yuncza, and Don "The Dragon" Wilson.


Yuncza holds a 5th degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Karate. He has trained in martial arts since 1984 and has taught since 1991. He has been a contributor to Black Belt magazine and Inside Kung Fu magazine for 20 years.

A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Yuncza chose to attend Mercer because it allowed him the flexibility to pursue his college degree while continuing his martial arts training.

He notes that MCCC quickly became much more.   “My experiences at Mercer help me to develop a lifelong love of learning and motivated me to continue my education beyond Mercer.”

After graduating in 1992, Yuncza transferred to Rider University, where he earned a B.A. in Political Science in 1994 and was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society (the nation’s only honors organization for students studying political science and government).

In 1995, Yuncza opened E.Y. Martial Arts & Self-Defense Concepts. And, as if that was not enough to keep him busy, he began a second (dual) career at Princeton University in the IT field in 1996.

Reflecting on his employment at Princeton, Yuncza says, “I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time and took advantage of the opportunities in the early days of the Internet to land a full-time position as a web designer at the university.”  Since then, he has assumed management roles in the department.

“The lessons I learned at Mercer taught me that I could do much more with my life than I ever thought possible.  Academically, Mercer prepared me to successfully seize the opportunities I would be presented with later in life.  Since I graduated from Mercer, I have never stopped setting new goals,” Yuncza said.

In addition to teaching group classes, Yuncza also instructs private clients in martial arts, reality based self-defense, and civilian firearms training. He notes that in his 20 years of teaching, he has often recommended Mercer to his students as a great way to begin their college careers.
Clearly not content to just sit back and let life happen, Yuncza continues to work as a freelance magazine writer and, in 2011, he wrote and published his first book, Sport Karate Point Sparring.  Yuncza also serves on the Mercer County Republican Committee (a part-time elected position).

Yuncza, who lives in Robbinsville with his wife and four children, says that his family continues to inspire him every day.  “They are the source of my drive and what makes it all worthwhile,” he said.

For more information about Yuncza and those interested in martial arts training, visit his website here.

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