What is LOTUS Self Defense?

The Royal LOTUS

Originating in Ubonrachatahani (Ubon), Thailand, by Grand 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.


Whos is responsible for bringing LOTUS to North Carolina?

Jack J. Gentry "The Royal Guardian"

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.

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.


Ajarn Jay Henderson

The LOTUS Legacy

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.  

With over 15 years of teaching experience, Jay 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 their students and operates on the belief that what you learn and practice in the “Dojo” should be applied to everyday life. 



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