Tigerman Dojo and Museum Grand Opening | June 26, 2021 (The date of Elvis' last concert)
Tigerman Dojo and Museum is a combination of Khan Rhee and Elvis Presley. The focus is the building: Elvis trained in martial arts from 1970-1974 in this very building. The Dojo floor has been recreated in the exact look as it did in the 1970's.
In addition, Elvis and Karate enthusiasts will love the "Safari Room" which was inspired by The Jungle Room in Graceland. (Some may even notice some similarities-
Karate and Elvis enthusiasts will be able to get on the Dojo floor with an experienced martial arts masters, some of which trained personally with Elvis in the same building.
The Elvis Memorabilia, which highlights facts from his career, also includes the actual ambulance that transported Presley from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital on August 16, 1977.
Family members of Elvis Presley will also take part of running this facility in Memphis. Elvis Presley's first cousin, Billy Smith who also worked with Elvis as one of the "Memphis Mafia" will get to visit the museum and also his son! Joey Smith (Elvis' second cousin) is the General Manager of the operation. "I've come across a lot of businesses that focus on Elvis that don't pan out. This is different. This is going bring jobs to the community and this is an experience that doesn't have to end after a tour," says General Manager Joey Smith. "This is going to make a lot of people happy."
This will be a fan friendly experience which Thompson empahasizes, "Will be very affordable."
Tigerman Dojo and Museum | Billy Stallings