HANSHI JOHNNY PACHIVAS May 3, 1926 - February 14, 2000
Hanshi Pachivas began teaching karate to the general public in he early 1950’s and is the Father of Karate in Florida. Traditional karate grew under his leadership. He supported the growth of authentic karate and promoted many tournaments that were the stepping stone for Florida Karate-ka to gain national prominence. He’s been named “Coach of the Year” six times and traveled around the world as an Ambassador of Karate. During Hanshi Pachivas’s competition days he was feared for his speed and power. Usually fighting from a cat stance he could use both roundhouse and front kicks and his incredible hand speed. In 1963 Grandmaster Robert Trias invited him the Hombu Dojo in Phoenix, Arizona. This was the beginning of a special relationship that would last for the next 25 years. Hanshi Pachivas is one of just a few to be personally chosen by O’Sensei Trias to be a member of the Trias International Society. Among his many accomplishments are his students. Three who are members of the Elite Trias International Society. They are Ridgely Abele, Twice World Kata Champion, Andy Horne, and Lori Clapper. Society members are selected on the basis of accomplishment, ability, knowledge, competitive spirit and sincere dedication to the dissemination of true Karatedo. Another of Hanshi Pachivas students whom deserves special mention is Donna Judge. Miss Judge is a eleven time and current USKA Woman’s Black Belt World Champion. Under Grandmaster Trias, Hanshi Pachivas received the highest title within the organization. He is a Chief Instructor and now Director of the United States Karate Association International. Hanshi Pachivas holds a 5th Degree in Judo and in Jujitsu. Hanshi Pachivas provided training of authentic Karate and Sport Karate for over 40 years. He is concerned with the total development of he individual. He counseled many Karate-ka on the importance of being free from any prejudice, and doing your best is the real winning. Hanshi Pachivas believes that Karate develops character and Integrity and provides the insight for success in life. He reminds that hard physical training never stops.
- 10th Dan Shuri Ryu Karatedo and Goju Ryu Karatedo.
- 10th Dan Kobudo.
- 6th Dan Jiu-Jitsu.
- 5th Dan Judo.
Hanshi John Pachivas... "The Father of Florida Karate" Opened the first Karate Dojo in the state of Florida .-
In 1953 he became a self-defense instructor for the than Dade County Police Academy and He was a 5 time Full-Contact Heavyweight Karate Champion of Florida.-