, The Way of the Dragon, was founded by Soke William R. Cavalier, Jr
. in 1976. Soke began training in Chitu Ryu Karate in 1957. In 1958, Soke Cavalier moved to Florida where he trained in Yoshin Ryu Ju Jutsu and Shito Ryu Karate under the direction of Sensei Mattson
. Upon reaching black belt status, Soke Cavalier returned to New York State and continued to train in various styles of Karate, Ju Jutsu and Kung-fu in both the United States and Canada. Sensei Mattson referred Soke Cavalier to the great Grand Master Durant
, where he studied and ranked in Karate, Ju Jutsu, Aiki Jutsu, and kobudo (traditional okinawan weapons).
In 1976, Grand Master Durant
gave Soke Cavalier permission to form TATSU DO MARTIAL ARTS
TATSU DO KARATE - The art of using punches, kicks, strikes, blocks,throws to disable your attacker
TATSUDO AIKI JUTSU - An ancient technique of combat using coordination between attacker and defender
TATSUDO KOBUDO - The art of weapons, including bo staff, sais, kama, onfa and nunchaku
TATSU DO IAI JUTSU - The art of sword fighting
Today, Soke Cavalier is head of the TATSU DO
organization and president of the Traditional Martial Arts Association. He holds the rank of 10th degree black belt in Tatsu Do and 9th degree black belt in Goshin Jutsu Ryu. Soke Cavalier was inducted into The International Karate Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in 1988, The Eastern U.S.A. Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, PA in 1991, the Goshin Jutsu Hall of Fame in Erie, PA in 1993, and the World Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH in 1995.
The TATSU DO
system has well over 200 black belts in the Rochester and Auburn, NY area and elsewhere in United States. There are 12 TATSU DO
schools in the area.
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Soke William R. Cavalier, Jr.,
the Head Instructor, is a 10th Dan and the founder of TATSU DO.