Many people don't know about Lotus because of two reasons: (1) Lotus is relatively new. The founder, Mr. Precha Mahachanavong, created this unique martial art within the last 40 years. (2) Lotus was created in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. The people who brought Lotus to the United States were American military servicemen who were stationed in Ubon Ratchathani in the early 1970's. Many U.S. military members studied Lotus until the military base was closed. Only a few elite people returned to the United States and taught Lotus.
Lotus is currently taught in Abbeville, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Spokane, Washington; Bend, Oregon, and Salem, Oregon. If you live near these places and wish to start training, click here for more dojo information.
This is a valid and often asked question. The goal of obtaining a black belt is a great motivator for people to study the martial arts. However, during your training you will come to realize that obtaining a black belt is a destination, and that the journey toward black belt is more important. During this journey, you will become stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your progress will depend on you. The more you put into Lotus, the more you will benefit. Lotus instructors are great people who teach because they love it, not for the money.
The founder of LOTUS, Mr. Precha Mahachanvong, realized there was good to be learned from every martial art. Therefore, he combined some of the best elements and techniques from Judo, Kenpo Karate, Aikido, and Muay Thai to form one systematic and truly unique martial art. Lotus is one martial art style that combines throws and sweeps from Judo, hand strikes and katas from Kenpo, wristlocks from Aikido, and knee strikes, elbow strikes, sweeps, and kicks from Muay Thai.
Studying martial arts is beneficial in many ways. As you start to study martial arts, you will become stronger physically and mentally. Your flexibility and overall health will improve. In addition to working out, you will also learn a valuable skill (the ability to defend yourself and loved ones) that you can take anywhere in the world with you. You will also meet new friends who share your same interests. As a Lotus student, you will be part of a larger family that is spread all throughout the United States. You'll be part of a club much bigger than any one person.
The younger you start studying LOTUS the better. Young people tend to be quicker learners and more agile and physically fit. Lotus will help a young child develop discipline, respect for himself and others, and also a greater sense of focus. However, no age is too old to start studying Lotus. Students have started after their 50th birthday! Whatever the age, Lotus can help you develop into a much healthier, confident, and disciplined person.