Tatsu Do Martial Arts - Sunrise Dojo
Soke Cavalier and his Junior Students
Tatsu Do Kanji
Our instructors are dedicated to helping you meet your goals for health, fitness, positive change, and personal safety through the art of karate. Each instructor continues to sharpen their skills through their own personal training. All of our karate instructors hold ranking in Tatsu Do karate, an eclectic system of martial arts that uses punches, kicks, strikes, blocks, and throws to disable your attacker.

We highly encourage for you to come and observe our classes before you begin. Often many questions get answered by simply watching the class. Contact us to arrange visit...

Shihan David Swede Renshi Fred Merica
Shihan David Swede, 8th Degree

Shihan David Swede has studied Martial Arts since 1976. He currently holds a 8th degree Black Belt in Tatsu-Do Karate and Kobudo (weapons), 2nd degree Black Belt in Tatsu-Do Aiki Jutsu and 1st degree in Iai Jutsu (art of drawing the sword).
He has studied under Soke William R. Cavalier, 10th degree Black Belt and head of the Tatsu-Do, and Master Gerald Durant (deceased), 10th degree Black Belt Goshin Jutsu. He has been on the Tatsu-Do Board of Directors since 1985. Shihan Swede ran the Perry Martial Arts Studio since 1979, with Renshi Merica being his most senior teaching assistant since 1984.
Renshi Fred Merica, 7th Degree

Renshi Fred Merica has been studying martial arts since 1980 and holds the ranks of 7th Degree Black Belt in Tatsu-Do Karate, 6th Degree Black Belt in Tatsu-Do Kobudo (weapons), and 1st Degree Black Belt in Tatsu-Do Iai Jutsu (sword). Renshi Merica has been studying under Shihan David Swede and achieved his 1st Degree Black Belt status in August 1985 from Soke William R. Cavalier (founder of Tatsu-Do). Renshi Merica is the senior student of Shihan David Swede and was chosen by Soke William R. Cavalier to be on the Tatsu Do Board of Directors in 1995. Renshi Merica has both attended many seminars and clinics on self-defense and also teaches a number of them himself.
Bob Steffenilla Stacey Wright Gail Mortimer
Bob Steffenilla, 4th Degree in Karate Stacey Wright, 2nd Degree in Karate Gail Mortimer, 3rd Degree in Karate
4th Degree in Karate / Kobudo 2nd Degree in Karate 3rd Degree in Karate
Nancy Elmore Jade Wolfer  
Nancy Elmore Jade Wolfer  
2nd Degree in Karate 2nd Degree in Karate