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     “You cannot train through words.  You must learn through your body. Enduring pain and anguish as you strive to discipline and polish yourself, you must believe if others can do it I can do it to ........  

Important points taught to us  by  others may quickly be forgotten, but the essence of knowledge acquired through personal hardship and suffering will never be forgotten.”  Master Funakoshi from chapter 7 of  KARATE - DO KYUMON.


Welcome To

Havasu Karate
Located in Lake Havasu City AZ


“The path of the Warrior is life long, and mastery is often simply staying the path.”  Richard Strozzi Heckler.

The goal of Havasu Karate is to practice and pass on functional karate, Karate for health, self discipline, and self defense, Karate for life.

My instructor for 20 years, Sensei Frank Shilosky, passed away March 17 2003.  After a courageous battle, Sensei Frank succumbed to leukemia.   

At the time of his death personal issues and my work schedule made it impossible for me to assume the duties that Sensei Frank hoped I would.  On February 13, 2004 I informed Sensei James Tatosky (House of Samurai Founder and head instructor), Sensei Greg Long (Head instructor at the House of Samurai in Peoria AZ), the instructors and student body at the House of Samurai in Lake Havasu City, AZ, that I was separating from the Havasu House of Samurai. 

July of 2004, I was asked by several karate-ka for some instruction.  Having resolved some of my personal and work issues, we scheduled some time for work out and instruction.  Soon after this I was contacted by Sensei Jim and Sensei Greg and encouraged to expand these small private classes and so Havasu Karate was established. I also started teaching classes in Shotokan and women’s self defense at Mohave Community College.  Classes are no longer being held at Mohave Community College.

 In October 2004, I was invited to a seminar given by Kissaki-kai founder and head instructor Sensei Vince Morris and US head instructor Steve Montgomery.  Sensei Vince Morris’s expertise is in the interpretation and application of kata bunki for street and self defense.  Sensei Vince and Kissaki-kai explain and put into action the effective and practical self defense techniques and strategies passed down to us in the Kata that we practice.  January 2006, Havasu Karate became a Kissaki-kai affiliate school.  For Kissaki-Kai information and training follow this link http://www.kissakikarate.com/

 Classes are not currently scheduled for Mohave Community College Havasu Campus but can be arranged.  Phone 928.855.7812 for more info.  For information and training, private instruction, seminars, special group classes, coaching and consulting contact me, Gary Bowes at bowesg@hotmail.com

Gary Bowes Head Instructor – Havasu Karate.


Also in 2004 I established 3 Battles a company that manufactures and distributes unique martial arts training equipment such as the Warrior Pushup Ts (aka power Ts), Makiwaras and the Count-Down Cards.  Click on the button located at the top of the page “3 Battles” for more info.




 Sensei Frank Shilosky 1/26/32 - 3/17/03

 Sensei Frank moved to Lake Havasu from Arlington, Massachusetts.  Before moving to AZ. he worked for NASA, was a real estate developer and business manager to Frankie Fontaine.   He was owner and operator of the House of Samurai in Lake Havasu City for 30 years where he impacted many lives with his martial arts expertise. He held a 8th degree black belt in karate and in 2002 was inducted in to the Masters Hall of Fame for outstanding performance in martial arts. http://www.mastershalloffame.com/2002/2002tbl.html

 Sensei Frank was a proud member in the US Army and also a member of the American Legion Post 81.

“When Kennedy was President, his administration promoted a youth physical fitness testing program which when taken would indicate one’s natural sporting abilities.  My oldest son’s forte was with the martial arts and he asked if he could try Karate.  Knowing very little about Karate, it took several weeks of research and questions to be answered before enrolling my son at the House of Samurai, a Shotokan Karate studio in Somerville, Mass.

 The Dojo was located approximately 12 miles from our residence and beginner’s classes were 2 hours long, Monday through Friday.  After my son’s first month of training his interest was at an all time high.  It was then that I realized I was going to be driving and waiting for him and that I’d best give it a try as a father and son effort.  Having spent 3 years boxing in the amateurs as a young man and although in my thirties, I didn’t think I was too far out of shape.  Boy was I in for a surprise.

 Our Sensei, James Tatosky, (a student of Grand Champion Kazumi Tabata from Japan) was very traditional in his training.  Lots of exercise, plenty of criticism, and lots of discipline.  He was also a police officer on the Somerville Police Force responsible for SWAT and riot training.  Needless to say, our training extended into these areas.  As time went by my interest and desire to learn grew more and more.  It soon became obvious that to truly master the martial arts would take a life time.

I have been fortunate to study under some great masters: Suk Chung (Korean Moo-Duk Kwan), Prof. Rodney Sachanosky (founder of Juko-Ryu Ki), Master Leo Cage of the Philippine Arnis system and others.  Over 30 years have gone by and I still find myself learning, whether by books, videos or seminars. The Arts have been very rewarding.”

Sensei Frank moved to Lake Havasu AZ and established the House of Samurai in 1973.   He was “on the floor” working out and teaching until his death in 2003.  Sensei Frank was an incredible martial artist, instructor, and friend.  

Sensei Tatosky on meeting Sensei Shilosky “Frank came to my school one night to watch his son in class. At the end of the class he came up to talk to me and during the conversation he asked what would you do if I threw a punch like this.  At the same moment he threw a quick left. I blocked it and popped him in the mouth. His reply was, that’s pretty good sign me up.”

If you are a former student of Sensei Frank please contact me at bowesg@hotmail.com


Sensei James F. Tatosky

Sensei James F. Tatosky founded the House of Samurai Shotokan Karate Dojo in 1965.  His first introduction to the martial arts was during World War II while he served two tours of duty in the US Navy. In 1944 his ship took part in the naval and military campaigns to recover the Mariana Islands from Japan.  Liberated Korean laborers taught him the art of Tang Soo Do.

After the war ended Sensei Tatosky combined a successful career as a police officer in the City of Somerville (he served as a Police Captain for many years) with that of being a martial arts instructor.

Along with many, many individual students he taught various police departments and private security forces the art of self defense. In 1960, he met Dong Pil Kim, a master of Tang Soo Do. He studied with Master Kim until 1965 and then established and opened his own Dojo, the House of Samurai.

Sensei Tatosky's instructors were: Master Kazumi Tabata, Sensei Yasuhiko Ichikawa, Sensei Mark Maruoka, Sensei Koji Kuwabara, Master Suk Chung.

Friday, August 25, 1967 off duty and shopping at Raymond’s department store on Washington street (downtown Boston – the combat zone) Sensei Jim was confronted by a man wielding two broken bottles.  The man had already broken the plate glass window in the front of the store.  Sensei Jim, using his police and martial arts training subdued the man.  He happened to break the man’s cheek bone in the process.    

 While this was taking place a Boston Globe news photographer, Bill Brett, happened to be in the area monitoring a police scanner.  He got there in time to document the event.  The next morning it was front page news “Karate Kick Came in Handy”.

The event was reviewed in detail and eventually used as a model example of a successful response.  It is still being used today as a training example by several law enforcement agencies and is well documented in The Tactical Edge – Surviving High-Risk Patrol by Charles Remsberg. 

Sensei Tatosky's students are legion. Many have distinguished themselves in tournaments, and have established highly successful schools of their own all around the country.  Now 87, Sensei Tatosky is “semi retired”, doing well and at the Somerville (Davis Square) Dojo usually every week.  If you are a former student of Sensei Jim Please contact me at  bowesg@hotmail.com



Check out the photos here http://www.havasukarate.shutterfly.com


Sensei John SullivanHakko Ryu Jujutsu

Sensei Sullivan moved to Lake Havasu from Massachusetts where he had been a police officer, he was also a Viet Nam Vet.  John and Sensei Frank became friends and Sensei Sullivan worked out with us at the House of the Samurai sharing his experiences and training with several of us.  Sensei John died unexpectedly.  I’m interested in contacting any of his family members, friends or former students.  If you have any information about Sensei John or his background please contact me at bowesg@hotmail.com





 "Think of everyday life as karate training.  Do not think of karate as belonging only to the dojo, nor as a fighting method. The spirit of karate practice and the elements of training are applicable to each and every aspect of our daily lives. The spirit born of bearing down and gritting your teeth against the cold in winter training or blinking the sweat out of your eyes in summer training can serve you well in your work and the body that has been forged in the kicks and blows of intense practice will not succumb to the trials of studying for a difficult exam or finishing an irksome task one whose spirit and mental strength have been strengthened by sparring with a never-say-die a attitude should find no challenge too great to handle. One who has undergone long years of physical pain and mental agony to learn one punch, one kick should be able to face any task, no matter how difficult, and carry it through to the end. A person like this can truly be said to have learned karate."    Gichin Funakoshi.


 “The ultimate aim of the art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”  Gichin Funakoshi


Dojo Kun for Havasu Karate

Dojo Kun #1: Seek Perfection of Character (Character) Character building begins with perfecting technique through repetition.

Karate-Do is more than just physical art. We take note of the importance of character building through discipline and rigorous training. Character building begins with perfecting techniques through repetition. The spirit to fight will be achieved as one gains more confidence through development of stronger techniques. Train to bring out the spirit, not only to fight but to overcome personal problems.  This concept once understood and experienced it will provide a lifetime benefit of inner strength and peace.

Dojo Kun #2: Be Faithful (Loyalty) In order to fully benefit from training you must be a loyal and helpful member of the Dojo.

To be faithful is a strong samurai and martial arts tradition and an extension of the Confucius influence on the family and martial arts. Loyalty should be shown to your sensei and dojo. While this may seem unusual in the present day, it is unreasonable to expect a sensei to teach all he knows to a student who is likely to leave for the slightest reason. The student must prove his loyalty over the years. The faith and loyalty extended to the sensei will be rewarded, in that a greater amount of knowledge and wisdom will be passed on to the student and this bond between sensei and student is extremely valuable and is the basis of the learning relationship.  

Dojo Kun #3: Endeavor (Effort) With great effort dedicate yourself to mastering the techniques and principals of Karate-Do

To endeavor means complete dedication and commitment necessary to achieve mastery of the art. In no case is mastery possible without strenuous effort and sacrifice on the part of the practitioner. The endeavor must be of a sincere nature and not just superficial. Serious effort on the part of the student will be recognized by the sensei.

Dojo Kun #4: Respect Others (Etiquette) Courtesy is the lubricant of society and an essential part of Karate-Do.

Respect for others is an important part of the Japanese and Okinawan culture and a common theme in the martial arts. Gichin Funakoshi stressed that karate begins and ends with etiquette (a bow). He also stated that without courtesy there is no dojo. This is a reflection of the formal nature of the Japanese people and may be observed bowing during training as well as at home or office. Dojo etiquette is well defined. You bow correctly and show respect in everything you do and everywhere you go. Respect is extended to all, senseis, parents, educators, law, deceased, nature, etc.

 Dojo Kun #5: Refrain From Violent Behavior (Control) A Karate-Ka must not resort to violence as an easy solution.  Use your self discipline, training, intelligence, and confidence to avoid actions that may bring shame to you, your school, and your instructors and that you may later regret.  

A trained fighter is a person with a fierce competitive spirit and great strength so it is unfair to use it against an untrained person. The karate-ka spirit is unbeatable and should be used only for the sake of justice. A person of character can walk away from a fight because he is in control of his emotions and is at peace with himself. He does not have to test his abilities on the street. He wins without fighting and he will have no regrets because no one will be injured.

“The art of karate that we can now acquire openly was once taught only to the most trusted student in secret places seen only by the creatures of the night.”  Eihachi Ota

You can contact me Gary Bowes at

Hatsuun Jindo   “Parting the Clouds seeking the way"

Havasu Karate - Character – Loyalty - Effort - Etiquette - Control



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