MARTIAL ARTS HISTORY
G.M. Chavez went on to open his own Kajukembo school, Life-Dance Martial Arts, which continues to function to in Albuquerque, NM. He became a volunteer at the Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center, where he taught self-defense to survivors. While doing his work at the Albuquerque Rape Crisis center, he was awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Governor of the State of New Mexico, Bruce King. He also did work for the "Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence" in Albuquerque, NM.
In 1980 Chavez wrote his first book on self-defense, Karate Callejero (in Spanish) for Edamex Publishing Company in Mexico City. Shortly thereafter, he wrote his second book, "Que Hacer Ante una Agresión Sexual." One of his achievements he is most proud of is his collaboration with Senior G.M. Sam Allred on the book "Autodefensa Callejera," which was published in 1995.
In 1984, Chavez pioneered a self-defense program at Memorial Psychiatric Hospital with Dr. Tom Carey. Gerald taught karate to patients to address issues of self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, and anxiety. Gerald, along with other members of Thunderbird Kajukembo, sponsored a variety of workshops and seminars featuring many of the pivotal figures in Kajukembo. These included Senior G.M. Al Decascos, Senior G.M. Jon Loren (He earned his 6th degree blackbelt from GM Jon Loren in Northern Kajukenbo Tum Pai), Senior G.M. Tony Ramos (deceased), Sifu Bill Owens, Sifu Eric Lee, and Alii Don Nahoolewa (picture on left, Allred, Nahoolewa, and Chavez, during AKA National Board meeting, 2001)(picture on right, with G.M. Eugene Sedeño and G.M. Ted Sotelo at a TKA seminar). .
Chavez played an important role in the reformation of the International Kajukenbo Association, and was Regional Director for the State of New Mexico. He later was elected to the position of secretary-treasurer. He is former President of the American Kajukembo Association, which is Chaired by Alli Don Nahoolewa, and is currently a Senior Advisor for the Association.
He had made frequent visits to Mexico to train with Senior G.M. Sam Allred, to present seminars to Mexico's Kajukenbo practicioners, and to work with Allred's students. He has also presented a workshop for the black belts of the training center of now deceased Maestro Mac Cimas on the campus of the huge Universitario Politecnico in Mexico City. In 2006 he was included in the Hall of Fame of Jukensa Kajukenbo receiving the "Premio Alii" as “Persona más Valiosa”.
Gerald continued teaching at
Life-Dance Martial Arts
three days a week while completing his PhD in Clinical Psychology, which he completed in 2008. He now works
as a Behavioralist at the Indian Health Services
Outpatient Clinic and also works with his own private psychology practice
where he does individual and family psychotherapy. He is listed in the
Who's Who of Latino Professionals and is a member of the Phi Beta
Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Chapter.