Meet Dr. Larry C. Tankson…

Dr. Larry C. Tankson is the founder, owner and Chief Instructor of TAC Karate & Fitness Inc. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1955, Dr. Tankson began his training at the Dravidian School of Self Defense and Karate, under the instruction of the late Mfundishi Russ Meek. He received his first degree black belt from Hanshi Shorty Mills in 1974.

Since then, Dr. Tankson has practice martials arts for over 45 years and has studied several different styles, including Shorin-Ryu, Shorei-Ryu, Tae Kwon Do, Jiu -Jitsu (Japanese and Brazilian) and Kickboxing.

He currently holds an 10th degree black belt in Shorin-Ryu Karate and his official title is Hanshi Larry Tankson. He also holds a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and received a Doctoral Degree from the AKA College of Yudansha in the Oriental Discipline of Zen Chuan.



  • 14-time NBL Word Champion

  • 8-time Midwest Circuit Champion

  • Rated #1 Fighter in the US and Canada

  • Inducted into Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  • Inducted into AKA Warrior Cup Hall of Fame

  • Most Sport Karate wins in the history of the sport



Hanshi Tankson sat down with the Legend Series in 2012 to talk about his legacy!

Part One

Part Two



Larry has appeared as a stunt performer in movies such as:

  • Batman Begins

  • 8 Mile

  • Ali

  • Home Alone 3

  • Soul Food

  • Mortal Kombat 3: Deadly Alliance

  • Barbershop 1 & Barbershop 2: Back in Business

  • and many more!

Link to: IMDB Listing