Shown in the two pictures
above and the picture to the right is Mr. Precha Mahachanavong, the founder
of Lotus Self-Defense, a Thai mixed martial art. Mr. Precha was called by his Thai title, "Ajarn," which
means teacher or professor. Ajarn Precha was a professional Muay
Thai kickboxer from 1950-1956 and competed in over 75 matches. He later earned his
first degree black belt from Senior Grandmaster Tony Lasit
in kenpo karate of the Kajukenbo
Using fighting skills he learned from Muay Thai, Kenpo Karate, Judo, and Aikido, Ajarn Precha combined the best of
these martial arts to form Lotus, a truly unique Thai martial art
incorporating Thai customs and traditions. He started teaching his
self-defense in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand in the late 1960's early 1970's.
Many of his students were American military men stationed in Ubon because of
the Vietnam War.
In addition to teaching Lotus Self-Defense classes, Ajarn Precha
taught self-defense to the Thai military and police.