517 E. Third St. Hobart, Indiana 46342
Mr. Pavletic began his quest for knowledge in martial arts in 1966 and it continues to this day.
1966 - Studied Tae Kwon Do under Richard Hatch and Gerald Walter Hebda
1968 - Studied under Vernon Grubb
1969 - Studied Tae Kwon Do under Kynson Shin
1970 - Sudied Japanese Shoto Kan and Shorin Ryu under Richard Demerse and Shuri-Te under Master Philip Koeppel
1971 - Promoted to Black Belt by Master Koeppel
1972 - Opened First School with Joe Gliniecki
1973 - Opened Hobart school with Joe Gliniecki
1974 - Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt by Master Phillip Koeppel
1976 - Promoted to 3rd Degree Black Belt by Phillip Koeppel
1979 - Promoted to 4th Degree Black Belt by Master Robert Trias
1981 - Promoted to 5th Degree Black Belt by Master Robert Trias. Won "Coach of the Year" in the American Karate Association with the Hobart School ranking #1 in the nation in tournament competition, and the two years prior the school placed 2nd in the nation. Mr. Pavletic was also Indiana Amateur Athletic Union Sparring Champion.
1982 - Studied Largo Demano Arnis under Manuel taninco and Pikiti irsa with Tahun Leo Gaje
1986 - Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt and received the titles Renshi (Scholar Teacher) and Shihan (Teacher of Teachers). Mr. Pavletic also started Yamani under Kioshi Nishime.
1990 - Promoted to 6th Dan in Shorin Ryu, also started Aikido training under Caesar Pena
1992 - First place in Weapons and Second place in Kata at the USA karate Federation Atlantic League Championships
1993 - Attended seminars given by Master Phillip Koeppel where he learned Nahamini Nunchaku Dai and Kuda Kama Shodan
1994 - Mr. Pavletic was taught Master Yuichi Kuda's personal Sai Kata "Suku Ga Nu Sai" by Master Kuda.
1995 - Mr. Pavletic traveled to Cincinnati, Oh with Mr. Doug Adamson to study Yamani Ryu (The weapon system of Okinawan Royalty) under Kiyoshi Nishime.
1997 - Studied Wu system Tai Chi from Flavia Lee Cheng (Long Form) and Chi Kong
1999 - Promoted to 7th Dan by Master Phillip Koeppel, certified through the United States Karate-Do Kai
2009 - Promoted to 8th Dan by Master Phillip Koeppel, certified through the United States Karate-Do Kai
1982 (June) – Began to study Karate at Hobart Karate under Sensei Rudy Pavletic
1983 – Student of the Year
1983 to 1984 – American Karate Association Championship Tournament - Green Belt Division – Ranked 3rd in Sparring and 4th in Kata (form)
1984 to 1985 – American Karate Association Championship Tournament - Brown Belt Division - Ranked as National Champion and 3rd in International Weapons
1985 – Received 1st Degree Black Belt (Sho Dan) in Shuri-Te
1989 – Received 2nd Degree Black Belt (Ni Dan) in Shuri-Te
1992 – Received 3rd Degree Black Belt (San Dan) in Shorin Ryu
1995 – Received 4th Degree Black Belt (Yo Dan) in Shorin Ryu
1995 – America’s Tournament International Competition – Black Belt Division – Ranked 2nd Sparring and 3rd in Kata (form)
1998 – Received 5th Degree Black Belt (Go Dan) in Shorin Ryu
1998 – Indiana/Illinois/Ohio/Michigan Amateur Athletic Union Regional Tournament – Black Belt Division – Ranked Champion in Weapons
2001 – Lions 29th Regional Karate Championship – Black Belt Division – Ranked 1st Place Kata (form), 1st Place Weapons, 1st Place Sparring and Grand Champion in both Kata (form) and Sparring
2002 – Received 1st Degree Black Belt (Sho Dan) Yamanni – Chinen Ryu
2003 – 19th Annual Karate Championship – Black Belt Division – Ranked Grand Champion Sparring
2003 – Indiana Amateur Athletic Union State Qualifying Tournament – Black Belt Division – Ranked Grand Champion in Kata (form), Weapons, and Sparring
2004 – Received 6th Degree Black Belt (Roku Dan) in Shorin Ryu
2012- Received 7th Degree Black Belt (Shichi Dan) in Shorin Ryu
Member of St. Bridget Catholic Church, Hobart, Indiana
Married to Sandy Failla
Memer of Teamsters Local #142
Recording Secretary for Teamster’s Local #142
Stewards Council Charities for Teamster’s Local #142
Over 200 Awards in Karate
Member of American Okinawan Karate Kempo Union
Member of United States Karate-Do Kai
Referee Training for United States American Karate Federation
Hobbies include taking Pictures, collecting Hooters Hats, listening to comedians, and going to watch the Railcats
Kids: Tsunami (Calico Cat) and Harpo (Golden Retriever)
Eric was born January 28, 1981. During school he played football and did cross country. Eric also worked various jobs during his high school years. He has 1 daughter, 3 nieces and 1 nephew.
Eric started at Hobart Karate and Tai Chi in 2006. Here he has studied Shorin Ryu style Karate and Yang style Tai Chi with Sensei Rudy Pavletic. Eric says, “Sensei Mr. Pavletic and Sensei Mr. Failla are the only martial arts instructors he has had. They are fantastic teachers and great people." He plans on being here for a long time. Mr. Hawkins also thinks karate is great for every type of person. It is great physically and can change your whole outlook on life.