Dr. Larry C. Tankson is the founder, owner, and Chief Instructor of TAC Karate.
Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 12, 1955, Dr. Tankson began his martial arts training at the Dravidian School of Self-Defense and Karate under the instruction of Sensei Russ Meeks.
Since then he has practiced martial arts for over 35 years and studied several different styles, including Shorin-Ryu, Shorei-Ryu (Shuri-Ryu), Tae Kwon Do, Jui-Jitsu (Japanese and Brazilian), and kickboxing.
He currently holds an 9th degree in Shorin-Ryu, and a 6th Degree in Tae Kwon Do, and received a Doctorate Degree from the AKA college of Yudansha in the oriental discipline of Zen Chuan.
* Thirteen time NBL World Champion
* Eight time Midwest Circuit Champion
* Rated #1 Fighter in the US & Canada
(2012) Promoted to 9th Dan
(2003) Promoted to 8th Dan
(1995) Promoted to 7th Dan
(1990) Promoted to 6th Dan
(1987) Promoted to 5th Dan
Inducted into "International Pro-Am All Styles Martial Arts Hall of Fame."
Inducted into the "Martial Arts Hall of Fame."
TAC Karate school placed 14th in the "Top 25 Schools in the World !"
2000 - NBL World Title in the Senior Men Lightweight
Received the Bronze Medal from the World Karate Association's World Championships in Vienna!!
2001 - NBL Senior 45 and over Lightweight Point Sparring Champion
Received fourth gold & diamond Midwest Circuit Ring for outstanding achievement.
Reigned supreme as the Midwest Circuit Black Belt Champion.
Two-time winner of " AKA Warrior Cup ."
Received " Most Prestigious " Award & "Medal of Honor" Award .
1st Black Belt Executive to win National Black Belt League & World Light Middle-Weight Title.
NBL World Title "Men's Light Middleweight Point Sparring"
NBL World Title "Men's Team Sparring."
Inducted into "Tornado International Hall of Fame" & "American Karate Association Warrior Cup Hall of Fame."
Winner of all Three World Titles and Set World Record as the only person to win world titles in all age groups!
Received Black Belts from TAC Karate
Kenneth Kates Sr.*
R. Bryan Watson**
Larry C. Tankson Jr.**
Robell McMiller II**
Jabari Ture Brooks**
Shahveev E. Stokes
Received Advanced Dan from Hanshi Tankson
Paul "Deno" Thomas (Rest In Peace)
* Instruct independent Martial Arts classes
** Active instructors at TAC Karate