Tatsu-Do History

Soke William R. Cavalier Jr., was born on July 31, 1940, in Rochester, New York. Soke began training in Chito Ryu Karate in 1957. In the spring of 1958, Soke Cavalier moved to Florida, where he trained in Yoshin Ryu Ju Jutsu and Shito Ryu Karate under the direction of Sensei Mattson.

Upon reaching black belt status, Soke Cavalier returned to New York State and continued to train in various styles of Karate, Jujutsu and Kung Fu, both in the United States and Canada. Sensei Mattson referred Soke Cavalier to Kyoto Durant, who at first would not accept him as a student until he had proven himself. After three years, Master Durant finally let him join Goshin Jutsu Kyo Jujo, where Soke studied Karate, Ju Jutsu, Aiki Jutsu, and Kobudo. In 1976 Grand Master Durant gave Soke Cavalier permission to form his own style of;

Tatsu-Do Karate
Tatsu-Do Aiki Jutsu
Tatsu-Do Kobudo
Tatsu-Do Iai Jutsu

Soke Cavalier attributes all of his knowledge to Grand Master Durant and has certificates signed by Grand Master Durant, as well as Master Hohan Soken, Master Fuse Kise, Master Daniel K. Pai, and Master Glenn Premru.

Today, Soke William Cavalier Jr. is the head of Tatsu-Do Yudanshakai and president of the Traditional Martial Arts Association. Soke is chief advisor to Master Matthew Durant, Dai Soke of Goshin Jutsu International, and holds the rank of Tenth Degree Black Belt in both Tatsu-Do and in Goshin Jutsu Ryu. Soke was inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1988, the Eastern U.S.A. Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1991, and Goshin Jutsu Hall of Fame in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1993 and the World Martial Arts Association Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1995.

The Tatsu-Do system has been recognized as a legitimate system by Master Aoki, 10th Dan of the Shorei Ryu style.





Art Forms


Tatsu-Do Karate incorporates aspects of traditional karate such as punches, kicks, and blocks as well as self defense. The upper ranks incoporate aspects of Ju Jutsu, Aiki Jutsu and advanced self defense while also learning the use of weapons.

Aiki Jutsu

Aiki Jutsu is seemingly the flipside of Karate. Where Karate teaches hard blocks and punches, Aiki Jutsu teaches softer techniques and the redirecting of your opponents momentum. Joint locks, pressure points and throws make up most of Aiki Jutsu instruction. The Aiki Jutsu classes are open to students who hold at least a green belt in Tatsu-Do Karate.

Iai Justsu

Iai Justu is the art of sword drawing. Both Boken and Katana are used in instruction with more emphasis placed on the live blade. Iai Jutsu is open only to black belts in Tatsu-Do Karate and is only taught at the Hombu.







School Rank Belt Schedule
The Hombu
3559 Poplar Hill Rd.
Livonia, NY 14487
Soke Cavalier Monday 7:00-8:00
Tuesday 7:00-8:00
Wednesday 7:00-8:00
Thursday (Aiki) 7:00-9:00
Friday (Iai) 7:00-8:30
Auburn Karate Studio
64 Genesee St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Master Hillman Monday 6:30-8:30
Wednesday 6:30-9:00
Saturday 10:00-11:00
Canandaigua Dojo
Grange Hall
Coy St.
Master Wickson Friday 7:00-9:00
Churchville Dojo
Moose Lodge
Chili-Riga Rd.
Churchvill, NY
Sensei Bray
Sensei Hults
Wednesday 5:00-7:00
Crystal Beach Dojo
4621 Bachlor Row
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Sensei Fladd Tuesday 7:00
Dansville Dojo
140 Main St.
Dansville, NY 14437
Master Adams
Sensei Schubmehl
Sunday 5:00-8:00
Wednesday 6:00-9:00
Elmira Dojo
1101 Maple Ave.
Elmira, NY 14904
Master Ladouce
Tuesday 7:30-9:00
Friday 7:00-9:00
Filmore Dojo
Route 19A (Filmore Fire Hall)
Filmore, NY 14735
Sensei Strain Thursday 7:00-9:00
Geneseo Karate Club

Schrader Gym
SUNY campus
Master Hartness Monday 7:00-9:00
Wednesday 7:00-9:00
Friday 7:00-9:00
Saturday Noon-2:00
Geneseo Dojo
63 Main St.
Geneseo, NY 14454
Sensei Bancroft Friday 7:00-8:30
Hilton Dojo
26 Main St.
PO Box 152
Hilton, NY 14468
Sensei Adams Monday 7:00-8:30
Tuesday 7:00-8:30
Wednesday 7:00-8:30
Honeoye Dojo
Briarcliff Square
Honeyoe, NY 14471
Master Wickson Monday 6:30-8:30
Lima Dojo
7329 E. Main St.
Lima Town Hall, Lima, NY 14485
Sensei White Thursday 7:00-9:00
Perry Dojo
Ultimate Salon & Fitness
39 South Main St.
Perry, NY 14530
Master Swede Tuesday 7:00-9:00
Wednesday 7:00-9:00
Thursday 7:00-9:00 (Adults)
Pike Dojo
Fire Hall
Main St.
Pike, NY 14450
Sensei Abbott Saturday 10:00-Noon
Rush Dojo
American Legion
2611 Pinnacle Rd.
Rush, NY 14560
Master Parker Tuesday 6:00-9:00
Sunrise Dojo
366 Center St.
Caledonia, NY 14423
Renshi Roztocil Monday 6:30-9:00
Tuesday 6:30-9:00
Wednesday 6:30-9:00
Thursday 6:30-9:00
Friday 6:00-7:30
Saturday 9:30-11:00

This page last updated 4/04/97


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