Kaiso Geoffrey R. Spohn has almost 40 years training and teaching experience in the martial arts. He began his journey, pursuit, and study of martial arts in 1982 in the art karate. As a child he was taught the fundamentals of karate and after earning his black belt, he knew that he was going to dedicate his life to the practice of the martial arts. Since that time, Spohn has proven to be a fierce practitioner, training and studying multiple disciplines.
Currently, he is studying under the leadership of Hanshi Robert Handley in the art of Shotokan Karate-Do, under Hanshi Darel Chase in the disciplines of Sentou Ryu Aikijujitsu, Goshinjutsu, Shorin Ryu Karate-Do, and is training with Dr. Donald Miskel in the art of Black Lotus Kempo Ryu Jujutsu.
Spohn is the Headmaster and Kaiso of Tatsu Te Ryu Karate Systems, a modern, blended system/style/ryu-ha of Budo, which consists of a blending of various styles that he has trained. Spohn is also the Kaicho (President) of the Intercontinental Martial Arts Union.
As an instructor, Spohn believes in a principled approach to martial arts, which includes the development of personal character as well as physical strength. His primary teaching goals are to motivate and inspire his students to be the best that they can be, while instilling respect, confidence, effective self-defense, and discipline.
His passion for the martial arts is apparent in every class he teaches. His ability to reach children and adults alike has given him the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of many.
Some Current Ranks:
Tatsu Te Ryu Karate Systems: Kaiso/Founder
Tae Kwon Do (Kukkiwon):
Some of Shidoshi Spohn's accomplishments include:
Black Belt ranking in multiple disciplines
World Director - Intercontinental Martial Arts Union
United States Martial Arts Hall Of Fame (2008 - Master of the Year)
Intl. Independent Martial Artist Assoc. Hall Of Fame (2011 - Man of the Year)
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