He started karate in 1962, trained with Henry Plée with the pioneers. Went to Japan in 66, then seized in France with Valera, Baroux, Setrouk and Co. Today, at 75, Jean-Pierre Lavorato belongs to the very closed circle of the highest ranking French, the 9th dan. Story of a passion that never went out.
The character is friendly, good living, funny. But we immediately feel that we should not tickle too long. Jean-Pierre Lavorato is a man of character, an enthusiast too: for Karate. If the years have softened a fiery temperament, - although he clarifies, in a burst of laughter, "that we can chase the natural, he comes back at a gallop" - they have not altered this passion that has devoured him since 57 years, since a day in 1962 when his teacher of physical education, in the suburbs of Paris, asks him if he wants to try karate. Jean-Pierre Lavorato is then 18 years old.
"In fact, he asked all his students, everyone said yes, but on Saturday morning, I found myself alone!" I started karate in shorts and T-shirt. to find a Karate-gi at the time, the popular sport was Judo. "
He quickly found his "Teki", the first kimonos imported from Japan that looked like "pants for shrimp". In six months, with almost daily training, he gets his brown belt. Then his teacher, himself a student of Plée and Oshima at the famous Dojo of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, reveals a certain talent at Jean-Pierre Lavorato and offers him to come train with the pioneers of French Karate.