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.


Ajarn Jay Henderson

Chief Instructer

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. 



We know walking through the door is the hardest part. You take the first step and we’ll meet you where you are.