REGULATIONS (in PDF format)
MEMBERSHIP (in PDF format)
GRANDMASTER JOHNNY PACHIVAS
Born: May 3, 1926
Passed on to the Next Life: February 14, 2000
The passing of our master instructor is a heart wrenching occasion. We are torn because while we will miss him dearly, our loss is Heaven's gain. For those who place their faith and trust in Christ, Hanshi's passing is not a final goodbye; but instead, it is merely a temporary separation until the time we too are called to our Eternal Home where all of God's children will spend eternity.
Pachivas serves as the Executive Director of the United States Karate Association- International, with membership in 41 countries and all 50 states. The United States Karate Association was started in 1948 by the late Grandmaster of Shuri Ryu, O'Sensei Robert Trias , (see more pictures HERE). Under Grandmaster Trias, Pachivas was the highest ranked Chief Instructor and received the highest title within the organization, the title of Hanshi.
The son of Greek immigrants, Pachivas grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where his father was the proprietor of one of the finest and foremost Greek restaurants in downtown St. Louis. Upon completion of high school, Pachivas was offered 23 full scholarships from universities across the United States in football, baseball and basketball. While in college, Pachivas became an honored All American. Since the time Pachivas began his formal training in the wrestling arts in 1938, he has been inducted into every major martial arts hall of fame worldwide and most recently was inaugurated into the Greek Hellenic A.H.E.P.A. Hall of Fame. Until his death, Grandmaster Pachivas continued to be a vibrant and exciting teacher. He reminded us that hard physical training never stops.
PACHIVAS PANKRATION is an apex in the learning experience for any martial art
practitioner. A great deal of tactical and strategic expertise is developed
through this freestyle discipline of ground combat. The Dai Nikyo is applied
in great detail during competition as the student's thoughts, mental focus and
balance envelop their opponent. The student learns to gently flow from one movement
to the next, both with orchestrated and evolving maneuvers."
The PACHIVAS PANKRATION combines the grace of Judo, the speed and force of Jiu Jitsu, the powerful striking style of Karate, and the brute strength of Greco-Roman Grappling. Integrated together, these styles form one of the most aggressive and dynamic forms of Pankration styled fighting in the world!