Mad Dog Karate
By Tami Stevenson
Live Oak, Fla., – Michael Bass, owner of Mad Dog Karate, has studied Karate since 1981 when he took his first class in college. Today, he is a third-degree Uechi Ryu Karate, Okinawan style instructor (like Miyagi Do in the karate kid).
Bass is a US Army Veteran and joined during Desert Storm in 1991 working with M1A1 tanks.
He has deep roots in the North Florida area. His grandfather was born in Pinetta in 1893. His Aunt Mary Mason lived in the area for 30 years. She sadly passed away in 2013. Two years ago he and his wife of 25 years moved to Live Oak and fulfilled what he said is a calling he has always had – to live here.
Mad Dog Karate is a non profit organization located inside Country Strong Gym in Live Oak. They offer kids classes from 4 1/2 years and up and Adult classes in traditional karate. MMA classes will begin in the fall, focusing on beginner grappling.
“The kids classes are structured as traditional karate classes with emphasis on respect, growth and sportsmanship. We play games that the kids love while teaching them self discipline and exercise,” said Bass.
They also will offer Women’s self defense classes on Saturday mornings. Frequency will depend on class participation.
He said he named the karate school after the Suwannee Bulldogs and the fact that he has 4 EnglishBull Bulldogs.