Welcome to Force 1 Shotokan. We would like to introduce the Head Instructor and Founder of Force 1 Shotokan Karate, Maxwell PalŠu.
Maxwell PalŠu has been a martial arts practitioner since the early age of 4. His training began in Pasadena, CA at Master Ed Parkerís Kempo studio. Then in Arizona he was exposed to the Korean martial arts system of Tang Soo Do by Master Rick Iacomacci where he trained for seven years competing and winning (as evident by his huge collection of trophies and medals) many tournaments including the Arizona State Championship.
In the Lone Star State of Texas under the guidance of Master Cliff Bird and later under Master Wade Meeker he trained in Tae Kwon Do and was honored with a First Place Medal in the Texas State Championship and brought home the Silver Medal in the Kumite (sparring) competition during the 2001 Tae Kwon Do Junior Olympics.
During the latter part of 2001 Maxwell returned to Northern California as a recognized national champion and continued his Tae Kwon Do training with Master Jack Correy and UFC fighter Ali Arfa who instructed Maxwell in the arts of Jiu Jitsu. After training an average of 20 hours per week, Mr. PalŠu was promoted to assistant instructor at the age of 15 and became the youngest Red Collar (Assistant Instructor) within the renowned International Tae Kwon Do Council (ITC).
After moving to La Quinta during the spring of 2003, he joined the ranks of the students receiving Tae Kwon Do instruction from Mr. William Stubblefield and later returned to polish his Tang Soo Do with Mr. Mundo Chavez.
Now with a well rounded technique in Korean martial arts, Maxwell looked at expanding his horizons by taking-up the Japanese techniques of karate and found a willing teacher in Sensei Steve Beck of Palm Springs Shotokan. Maxwell participated in the International arena and brought home, to the Palm Springs Dojo, a first place in his division, earned at the 2005 World Shotokan competition in Las Vegas, NV.
Since the spring of 2006, at 18 years of age, Maxwell became one of the nationís youngest instructors to run a karate school (Dojo) sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for the martial arts with the local community at the Civic Center Park in Palm Desert. Maxwell is currently providing instruction to young and old alike.
In 2003, alongside his brother, he joined the ranks of the students receiving Tae Kwon Do instruction from Mr. William Stubblefield and later began training in the art of Tang Soo Do with Mr. Mundo Chavez. Now with experience in the Korean martial arts, Dax took on the Japanese techniques of karate under Sensei Steve Beck of Palm Springs Shotokan.
Representing our Dojo, Dax entered into the tournament circuit, taking firsts in seven consecutive tournaments. Dax's experience and reputation is becoming well known within the martial arts community. When Maxwell was offered the opportunity of running a dojo, Dax earned the position of Sempai (assistant instructor) and currently serves as the Captain of the S.W.A.T. Team.
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