The grandmaster and founder of the tai jutsu system and the International Christian Karate Association was first introduced to the martial arts in Beirut, Lebanon, at the age of 12, when he came across an illustrated text, handwritten in Arabic, on the art of karate. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to the United States, where, as a youth on the streets of Los Angeles, he learned the basics of combat by necessity. 

In 1971, he began his formal training under grandmaster Tak Kubota at the Hollywood International Karate Association. Two years later, he began training with grandmaster David German, whose TAI karate merged grappling with other styles, such as kung-fu and kenpo. It was there that Dr. Harfouche began to conceive the idea of shorite ryu tai jutsu, a comprehensive system that contained all the components necessary to be a truly complete art.

After earning black belt level ranks in five different martial arts and obtaining his 10th dan in TAI karate, Dr. Harfouche unleashed his own body arts style on the world and took the martial arts community by storm. His passion for the martial arts led him to create the International Christian Karate Association, headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, where he runs a world-class training center.

A lifelong student of 39 years of the martial arts, he seizes every opportunity he can to study other disciplines and train with experts in other styles. His accomplishments include:

• founder and creator if Shorite Tai Jutsu system
• 10th-degree black belt in David German’s TAI karate
• 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo
• 4th-degree black belt in Kenpo
• 2nd-degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate
• 1st-degree black belt in Al Thomas’ Budo Jujutsu
• black-belt-level rank in Kung Fu
• black-belt level rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado

Within the years of 2003 and 2008, Harfouche has been recognized and nominated several times for Grandmaster of the year by many institutions globally.  He also was awarded the prestige's Global Peace Award.  He is truly an ambassador of goodwill to the martial arts community.

In addition to his commitment to the martial arts, Dr. Harfouche is a world-renowned minister and founder of the International Miracle Institute bible training center in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Harfouche travels globally, proclaiming a message of healing and hope. Working with large corporations, he oversees the distribution of millions of dollars worth of clothing and food with his humanitarian organization, to stop oppression and bring freedom to people in every area of their lives. 


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