Grandmaster Chavez began her Martial Arts journey in 1978 because her cousins had started and invited her to join. She has always enjoyed competing since starting martial arts. Throughout the years she has competed in over 300 Martial Arts tournaments. She has won 195 first-place trophies, 90 second-place awards, 35 third-place awards, and 3 fourth-place awards. She has earned over 26 Black Belt Grand Champions and has made AAU All American for both Black Belt Forms and Black Belt Sparring divisions.
Grandmaster Chavez established Takai Mine Karate Inc. in 1985. The first location was in Tijeras Canyon at the Mountain School of Performing Arts. Later a 2nd location was started at the Lloyd Shaw School of Dance. In 1990 she opened her first full-time location.
Grandmaster Chavez holds the rank of 7th-degree Black Belt in AAU Tae Kwon Do, Kukkiwon, and The World Tae Kwon Do Chun Do Kwan Federation. She is also a 6th-degree black belt in The World Traditional Martial Arts Federation, Shorin-Ryu, and Shotokan. She is a Chief Instructor in Majaipai Derobio Escrima and holds the rank of 3rd level Red Shirt in Escrima under Grandmaster Dan Medina. She is also a member of the Black Master’s Sphinx Karate Clan of the Philippines. She was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2009 in Las Vegas Nevada.
Grandmaster Chavez has been involved with AAU Tae Kwon Do since 2002. She is the New Mexico AAU District Chair (since 2003), Region 10 Director (since 2012), and appointed to the AAU Tae Kwon Do Executive Committee (since 2018). She is an AA official for AAU Tae Kwon Do and a Referee Clinic Administrator for the AAU Tae Kwon Do program.
Grandmaster Chavez is a very well-known competitor and a very sought after instructor. Since it was established, Takai Mine has promoted 160+ students to the rank of First Degree Black Belt or above (view a list of our school's Black Belts). Grandmaster Chavez makes every effort to teach every class at the main school herself.