Shown in the two pictures
above and the picture to the right is Mr. Precha Mahachanavong, the founder
of Lotus Self-Defense. Mr. Precha was called by his Thai title, "Ajarn," which
means teacher. Ajarn Precha was a professional Muay
Thai kickboxer in the 1950's. He later earned his black belt from
Master Tony Lasit in kenpo of the Kajukenbo
Using 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 there because of
the Vietnam War.
In addition to teaching Lotus classes, Ajarn Precha
taught self-defense to the Thai military and police. When asked one time about
why he created Lotus, Ajarn Precha responded, "I wanted my student to be able
to walk away [alive] from a fight."