Jari was born in what is now the Czech Republic, formerly Czechoslovakia. He studied Electrical Engineering, but his true desire and real talent is ballroom dancing. He has trained under Michael and Vicky Barr, Ann Gleave, Karen and Markus Hilton, John Wood, Gianni D’Orio, Andrew Sinkinson and other world-renowned coaches.
Jari has over 20 years experience in ballroom dancing, as a amateur competitor, a professional competitor and a professional trainer. He has won numerous titles in USA, Europe and Canada with his former partner and was 1999 US National Professional Rising Star Top Couple of the Year for International Standard and 2000 US National Rising Star Champion. Jari has also four National Pro/Am Champion titles with his student partners.