LOTUS SELF-DEFENSE

 

 

SENIOR GRAND MASTER TONY LASIT

 

  

 

Senior 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.

Lasit is still involved in KSDI (Kajukenbo Self-Defense Institute) in addition to enjoying retired life in Hawaii.  Lasit attended the KSDI convention in Las Vegas in 2006 and in 2007.  He was gracious enough to offer us an interview on January 17, 2006.  Click here to read the interview.  Mr. Lasit also sent me a film of him teaching Kenpo in the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Additional pictures of Lasit may be found here.

In 2009, Lasit provided his official biography.

This picture is a classic.  It is a group photo of Master Lasit's students in Thailand.  It was taken in the late 1960's or early 1970's. 

This picture is another classic.  It shows Master Tony Lasit presenting Ajarn Precha Mahachanavong, founder of Lotus Self-Defense, his black belt certificate in Kenpo Karate under the Kajukenbo System.

This is a current picture of Senior Grandmaster Tony Lasit.  It was taken at the 2007 Kajukenbo Convention in Las Vegas.