Mr. Larry Tatum began his study of Kenpo Karate in Pasadena, California in 1966, and has become one of this style's most prominent figures. Recognized for his captivating seminars and articulate explanations of his art, Mr. Tatum enjoys a reputation as a gifted instructor. His forte is helping other reach their maximum potential through Kenpo karate. In 1984, he was named "Instructor of the Year" by Inside Kung Fu magazine.
His many students include celebrities and their offspring. He has personally worked with Sidney and Joanna Poitier, Gary Collins, Julie Haggarty, writer Joe Hyams and Nancy Cartwright. He has trained the children and grandchildren of such notables as Ed Byrnes, George Peppard, Ann Archer, Tommy Smothers, Patty Duke Austin Grier and composer Henry Mancini. He has also taught many of the current high-ranking black belts in Kenpo: Mr. Mohammed Tabatabai, Mr. Jeff Speakman, Mr. Clyde T. O'Briant, Ms. Barbara Hale, Mr. Darrel Liner, Mr. Roy MacDonald, Mr. Trevor Haines, Mr. Ed Booze, and many others.
In 1988, Panther Productions asked Mr. Tatum to create 23 videos on the art of Kenpo, entitled When Kenpo Strikes. These videos encompass all the basics, freestyle, katas, concepts and principles of the kenpo system.
In 1993, Mr. Tatum produced another comprehensive series of 21 videotapes entitled Kenpo Self-Defense Techniques. These definitive videos represent a virtual technical encyclopedia of the kenpo system. In them, Larry personally demonstrates each and every self-defense technique from yellow belt through 3rd degree black belt.
Mr. Tatum has written two books, Confidence, A Child's First Weapon, and The Art of Competition Kata.
Today he is wearing a 10th degree Larry Tatum is considered one of the foremost authorities on Kenpo Karate. His teaching has spanned 30 years. Being one of the most sought after teachers, his time is spent giving seminars and demonstrations throughout the world as well as teaching at his Head Quarter School located in Pasadena, California. Moreover, he has a Kenpo Karate Association with over a thousand members world-wide. Teaching children has always been a specialty at Larry Tatum's Kenpo Karate schools. Children as well as adults are taught to walk away from a fight. But if they have no other choice, they know they can defend themselves- THIS IS CONFIDENCE-. This confidence is carried with them into their school work and daily lives.
Mr. Tatum is the official spokesperson and co-founder for "Children at Risk", a non-profit organization. He is also a Television and movie Technical Consultant and Fight Choreographer.
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