Welcome to the official website of martial artist John Natividad, a world class fighter and great martial arts instructor who taught Tang Soo Do.
Grandmaster John Natividad passed away on August 12, 2021 after years of fighting health issues. He was a true warrior in every sense of the word and one of the greatest examples of a life changed and completed by the his participation in the martial arts and by his relationship with Christ. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and by everyone who appreciated his accomplishments. Until we meet again Grandmaster Natividad, RIP.
John Natividad was a world-rated karate fighter before his retirement from competition in 1975. He appeared in the Top 10 polls of such publications as Black Belt and Professional Karate. His biggest year was 1973, when he won grand championship titles at the International Championships, the Colorado State Championships, Yamashita Open, Northern California Karate Championships and first places at the Las Vegas Nationals and the Black Belt Team Championships in Washington, D.C.
John was a member of Chuck Norris’ Championship team which fought through out the United States and went undefeated for 7 years.
John Natividad was part of the United States Championship Karate Team, who won every team event they fought. This team was featured in the film “New Gladiators” financed by Elvis Presley.
The 1973 fight between John Natividad and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez was one of the greatest non-contact bouts in history at the famous finals of Ed Parker’s Long Beach Internationals where Natividad beat Urquidez 13-12 in overtime using a technique that Benny had shown him two weeks earlier.
John practiced martial arts for almost 50 years both as a world-rated fighter and as a top notch instructor and continued to teach and give seminars until he passed away.
John Natividad worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years with expertise in risk management and claims.
“I come to you with only karate, empty hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death of right or wrong; then here are my weapons, karate, my empty hands.”