Ajarn Jay

Ajarn Jay Henderson is a second generation Lotus black belt with over twenty years of martial arts experience. Jay  began studying Lotus Self-Defense in 1991 under Jack J. Gentry at West Charlotte recreation center in Charlotte, North Carolina. John is currently a certified personal trainer through America Muscle and Fitness (AMFPT), MMACA Conditioning Coach and also experienced in the fundamental training of local night club security. Between 1993 and 2005 John competed and participated in numerous martial arts tournaments such as “Dojo” and the United States Junior Karate Circuit “USJKC” where he was awarded competitor of the year from 1995-98 in multiple divisions. 

With over 10 years’ teaching experience, John is now the Owner/ Chief Instructor of Legacy Martial Arts & Fitness where he is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Lotus Self Defense. He understands that today’s generation needs active role models who they can admire and it is getting harder and harder for parents to find reinforcement for the values and principles that they would like to see in their children. Legacy Martial Arts & Fitness is dedicated to personal growth in themselves and in their students and operates on the belief that what you learn and practice in the “Dojo” should be applied to everyday life. 


Dion Henderson

 Instructor - Mr. Shelton

Professional Martial Arts instructor and personal trainer.  Shelton has studied Lotus since 1990 under Ajarn Jack. J. Gentry. 

Certifications/ Accomplishments

  • B.S. Degree in Sports Management

  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Lotus Martial Arts under Jack J. Gentry

  • Certified Personal Trainer

  • North Carolina Central University Football Hall of Fame

  • Former  assistant Strength and conditioning coach for North Carolina Central University

  • Certified Judge/ Official with the DOJO organization


Anthony Ratliff

Mr. Anthony began his Lotus Training in 2004 under Ajarn Jack J. Gentry.  He has now earned the rank of Brown Belt and assistant instructor under Ajarn Jay.  

Certifications/ Accomplishments

  • B.S. Degree in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science Education

  • M.Ed - Educational Leadership

  • 25 Years of Public Education Experience ( Teacher, School Administrator, District Administrator)

  • LMAA Certified Assistant Instructor

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