Joe Alvarado Jr.

July 31, 1944January 12, 2021

Joe Alvarado Jr., 76 of Austin, Texas, passed away, Tuesday January 12, 2021 due to complications from the coronavirus. Joe was born July 31, 1944 in Austin, Texas to Joe Sr. and Josephine Alvarado.

On April 5, 1964 he married his wife and best friend, Dolores Carrizales. Joe was a Navy Veteran, who served in the Vietnam War. Joe held his Ranking as Grandmaster 10th Dan black belt in SORYU Karate. Joe was an Austin Police Department training instructor, who trained Austin Police officers for many years on the use of force and defensive tactics. He trained the de-escalation to APD before the word ever became popular in policing. Joe truly loved the officers, his teachings impacted many lives.

Joe was a Grand Master of SORYU Karate and brought the style to the USA. The love he had for the students was overwhelming and many looked to him as a father figure and a brother. He also was the owner of A&F Trophy Company in South Austin, he had a passion for embroidery and trophies and would often give out his artwork as gifts. Joe loved to fish and participated in many fishing tournaments with his friends. He was a man of principle who always promoted a strong work ethic. Joe always had many stories and jokes he shared with many people. He left an ever lasting imprint in everyone he met. His hugs were unforgettable.

He was preceded in death by mother, Josephine Nandin and father, Joe Sr. and step-mother, Ann Alvarado.

Joe is survived by his wife Dolores; his children, Lisa Stilwell and her husband Bradley, Cynthia Murphy, Erik Alvarado and his wife Nora Alvarado and Steven Alvarado. His sisters, Orelia Soliz, Tresia Garcia, Nora and Linda Nandin; brother, John Alvarado. He’s also survived by his twelve grandchildren, Andrew, Amanda, James, Jonathon, Ella, Emma, Charlie, Logan, Abigail, Britany, Aaron, Israel and eleven great- grandchildren.

Joe will always be in our hearts forever and he will be missed.

A memorial will be held at a later date, for those wanting to be included, send pictures of Joe or want to send your condolences to the family please email at


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Kevin Phelps

January 20, 2021

Thanks, Joe, you will always be my senior. Joe taught me how seriously one must take your martial arts training. RIP, Joe

Anthony Johnson

January 20, 2021

Father Joe,

Sir I owe so much to you. I first met you in 1986, you came to our unit and rode out with myself and Todd Myers. After that night the rest is history. We spent so much time together learning self defense from you and coming to your shop spending all our money on Police Shirts that you made personally for Todd and I. When Todd passed away, you and I spoke hours about all the Todd stories. Now that you are gone, I have no one to share any more stories about the three of us. But now you and Todd can share our stories. I spoke with you the week you got sick, even then you were full of jokes. I miss you and Love You Sir.

Anthony (A.J.) Johnson

Professor Gary Lee

January 20, 2021

It is 1980 and I blew into Texas Karate from Hawaii, Joe was one of the Texas Legends who influence my career in Texas though the years we would share so much .
I have had the Sport Karate Museum in Texas since 1998 and Joe helped me with Texas History
He allowed me to adopt Rooster , one of his students he raised for my SixFlag
Karate Shows at Astroworld in the early years.
This is the Joe I loved , it is Rooster Machens Roast in Houston , Saturday night at the Banquet , everybody is dressed up wearing Suits and Sunday go to meeting clothes , here comes Joe wearing. pair of Shorts , Hawaiian Shirt and FlipFlops and he comes up to me and says”Gary , I dressed up just for you, and then he gave me a personalized Duffle bag , he made with the Museum logo on it , man ,I loved this guy , Prayers to the family and his BlackBelts , Joe Alvarado R.I.P , thanks for being my friend and mentor
Professor Gary Lee
Texan thanks to Joe

Carl Zimmerman

January 19, 2021

I will miss him. He was a larger-than-life figure in this world. I offer my condolences to his family and friends.

Buzzy Darsey

January 19, 2021

It is with heavy heart that I mourn the passing of my Sensei, my mentor, my father, Grand Master Joe Alvarado. He was a great teacher and an inspiration for his students to excel and be the best they are capable of.

The years I spent studying karate under your tutelage were some of the best years of my life. I will see you in Heaven.


R Brown

January 18, 2021

Rest In Peace brother , you taught us well ...

Joe Munoz

January 18, 2021

As a young policeman you never think you’re going to use your training when it comes to the prevention of deadly force but in the spring of 1987 I was confronted with a armed suspect who pulled a gun on me and held it to my face. My reactions were exactly what Joe had taught me. Within seconds I was able to disarm the suspect and take into custody without any incident. I attribute this to a life-saving event, mine! If it would not have been for Joe’s precise training I would not be here today. Through the years I remained in contact with Joe and always appreciated his candor and work ethic.
Joe will be missed by the many he touched in this very small world.
May he rest in peace and God take his soul. 🙏🏼

Michelle Yarger

January 18, 2021

I met Mr. Alvarado in 1992 as a cadet at APD. He was our DT instructor. He was tough on us but he taught us all so much. The things we learned saved my behind over the course of my career more times than not! I spent all but 4 years in the street.
I continually went to his trophy shop over the years not only to buy things but to just talk. We spent many days talking about anything and everything. He would still take so many moments to teach me new techniques or we would go over old ones. When my husband Brian and I got together in 2010, (also an APD officer but not trained by him). He would take time to teach him techniques that also saved him in several situations.
I will miss our conversations and his mentorship. He was an incredible man, teacher and friend to me and my husband. So many of us held him in very high regard and great respect.

Rest In Peace Sir we will never forget you.

Your friends and students,

Michelle and Brian Yarger


January 18, 2021

It is with great sadness that we heard of Joe’s passing. I met Joe almost 50 years ago when he rode with APD officers on the street. It was obvious he was someone very special, very pro-police, and willing to get involved by conducting in-service defensive tactics training sessions. I had the pleasure of working with Joe for 10 years at the Austin police academy where he was the Defensive Tactics Instructor for cadet training. Joe taught hundreds of cadets and was instrumental in giving the new officers the confidence they needed to do their jobs on the street. He was always upbeat and optimistic but, most of all, a humble man who valued de-escalation over force. I am glad we stayed in touch over the years and I will miss talking to him. We offer our deepest sympathies to the family for your loss. May your memories comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Alex Segura

January 18, 2021

I was very sadden to hear of Grandmaster Joe Alvarado's death... it was like a part of my heart was missing..he was my mentor and reason for being involved in the Martial Arts back in the 60s with Soryu Karate and still to this date with Taekwondo.. if it were not for him giving confidence and strength to believe in myself back then, I honestly don't think I would be where I am now in the Martial Arts.. one motto I will never forget that he instilled in me as a student is, "Defend with Honor".. thank you GM Alvarado..
My prayers and deepest condolences go out to his family..
Rest In Peace, dear Grandmaster....