MAHASHANAVONG SELF DEFENSE INSTITUTE
Originating in Ubonrachatahani (Ubon), Thailand, by Master & Founder Precha Mahachanavong, Lotus style karate is a blend of Muay Thai kickboxing, Chinese Kenpo karate, Aikido and judo. It's popular today to practice mixed martial arts, but Ajarn Precha was forming his mixed martial art when it was not common to see.
Ajarn. Precha was a professional Muay Thai fighter in addition to having a black belt in Kenpo Karate under Great Grand Master Tony Lasit of the Kajukenbo Self-Defense Institute.
Though it has some grappling aspects, Lotus is primarily a striking art. Combining techniques of Muay Thai, Judo and Chinese Kenpo karate, Lotus is a highly effective close quarter combat system. Your early training will have an emphasis on Kenpo karate with regard to fundamentals, stances, footwork, and striking. As you progress there will be an increased focus in Aikido, Judo & Thai boxing.
Great Grand Master Tony Lasit has an 9th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate under the Kajukenbo Self-Defense System. Lasit enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1944. He served in the European Theatre of Operations. Lasit was honorably discharged in 1948. Lasit joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955. He was stationed in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand and opened a Kenpo school there in 1968. Within 6 months, he left on a tour of duty. He returned to Ubon Ratchathani in 1970 and resumed teaching. While there in 1968, he taught a Kenpo Karate class on the military base. He befriended Mr. Precha Mahachanavong, a Thai national who at the time worked on the base. Lasit began teaching Mahachanavong Kenpo.
AJARN JACK J. GENTRY
Lotus was first introduced to Charlotte, NC in 1991 by Ajarn Jack J. Gentry at West Charlotte recreation center located at 2401 Kendall Dr, Charlotte, NC 28216. Ajarn Gentry is one of the few American Lotus Practitioners to study directly under Ajarn Precha and obtained the rank of black belt.
Ajarn. Jack Gentry was an enlisted airman in the United States Air Force. He started his martial arts training in 1970 under James Parker Jr. of the Shorinryu Matsumura orthodox Karate-do while stationed in Nha Trang Republic of South Vietnam. There, Jack obtained the rank of green belt. Jack transferred to Griffith Air Force Base, Rome NY in 1971 where he studied Taekwondo and achieved the rank of brown belt.
When he was stationed in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, he began his martial arts training in 1973 by studying Lotus Self-Defense under Ajarn Precha Mahachanavong, the founder of Lotus, at the Mahachanavong School of Lotus Self-Defense in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
In addition to holding a black belt in Lotus, Jack also holds a black belt in Hapkido, which he studied when he was stationed in Osan, South Korea.
After an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, Jack now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. The name of his school was "Royal Guardians." In addition to teaching Lotus, his recent studies have been in Aikido under Master Lamard Wingster of Troopers Touch, Bronx, NY.