About Master LaSala
6x World Champion
Thank you for considering LaSala’s Dojo.
Let me tell you a little about myself, my mission, and my school. My name is Fred J. LaSala. I am a Master in the art of Tai Chuan Do Karate. I am a Christian and the head instructor of Karate for Christ Ministries and LaSala’s Dojo.
My goal is to reach the lost and shine a positive light on the martial arts. We are a very traditional system and school. I am a hard but fair teacher.
I have studied the martial arts for over a 1/4 of a century and have taught for the past 20 years. I started in the grapping arts and then continued in karate.
My grappling training started in 1973. I attended many wrestling camps all over the country. This was early preparation to my success on the High school wrestling team where I won many championships. During that time I was in and out of karate schools as a teenager and young adult. I could not find a karate school that I felt good about until I found Tai Chuan Do.
Tai Chuan Do was founded by Grand Master Ken Champ. He created one of the most well rounded systems known. With Tai Chuan Do I have studied A-Kido, Jujitsu, and Karate.
This training has led me personally to 6 World Championship Titles, 13 State Championship titles in fighting, breaking, kata, weapons kata, self defense and an induction into numerous Martial Arts Hall of Fames, including my most recent induction last year into the World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of fame. I am also a Member of the World Pan Hellenic United Martial Arts Foundation. I also I have won a Silver Medal in a jujitsu competition for Wide World of Sports. Many of these championships have been televised on ESPN2, ESPN, FX, CBS and The Sunshine Network. I can also be seen on the Discovery Channel’s documentary, “Extreme Martial Art.”
My dojo is proud of it’s 46+ State Championship titles in numerous divisions that include self-defense, fighting, kata, weapons, submission grappling, and breaking. In 2007 our school was voted “Martial Arts School of the Year”.
My Grand Master has permitted me to cross train in Hapkido Nam Moo Kwan with Master German Alpire, in which I hold a 3rd degree Black Belt and am registered by the KI Do Board at Kuk Ki Won, in Seoul, Korea. I also hold a 3rd degree Black Belt in Nicei-Gojo-Ryu full Contact Karate and am a 2nd degree Black Belt in American Gojo-Ryu/Okinawan Weapons Training and I have also trained in Judo and kickboxing.
In 1995 I fought with the U.S. Karate team in Venezuela. I have fought to the finals of the Tough Man Contest in Saint Lucie County in 1999. In 2006 I was once again honored to travel as a Coach for the U.S. karate team to Trinidad. Our team came back to the US with many International Pan Caribbean Titles. Last year I competed and won an International Title in Submission Grappling My competition team competes nationally. We also have a demonstration team that is well known around the country.
So, as you can tell, our system of karate and my school offer many things.
While training at my school you will have personal instruction. You will be expected to work hard but you will be rewarded with spiritual growth and personal fitness and rank certification. Because of your training, you will be able to feel better about yourself and will be able to walk through life with a new confidence.
God bless and I hope to see you in class,
Master Fred J. LaSala
6x World Champion