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Instructor Name:Shihan Ryan Ray

4th Degree Black Belt


Other Information:Ryan Ray began his martial arts training on August 23rd, 1999 in Richmond, KY at the Richmond School of Karate. Ryan earned his Shodan – 1st Degree Black Belt in Kami Bushi Do Karate on September 26th, 2003. Ryan also received his Nidan – 2nd Degree Black Belt as well as his Sensei Certification in Kami Bushi Do Karate on May 13th, 2005.Ryan received his Yondan certificate in Kami Bushi Do Karate in February 2013 and also was given the title of Shihan. Shihan Ryan also is a certified English teacher for grades 9 through 12. Ryan teaches Senior English, Speech, Drama, and Journalism.


His advice to those seeking training in the martial arts is reflected by a story told to Bruce Lee by his Sifu, concerning the Japanese Zen master who gave audience to a professor of philosophy. Serving tea, the Zen master filled his visitor's cup, and kept pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he could restrain himself no longer:

"Stop! The cup is over full, no more will go in."

The Zen master replied,

 "Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

This is the message behind the martial arts…always be willing to empty your cup and open your mind to new learning.



Kami Bushi Do Karate                       4th Degree Black Belt

Shorin-Ryu Shorinkan Kobudo        1st Dan Black Belt
Shorinji Tora Ken Do Jujutsu           4th Kyu Blue Belt

1st Place – Men’s Sparring – Baize Martial Arts Tournament 2008

1st Place – Men’s Weapons – Baize Martial Arts Tournament 2008

1st Place – Men’s Kata – Baize Martial Arts Tournament 2008

1st Place – Men’s Contemporary Weapons – Tiger Claw Elite Kentucky State Championship 2009

2nd Place – Men’s Weapons – Pro-Am Sterling Classic 2009

2nd Place – Men’s Kata – Pro-Am Sterling Classic 2009

3rd Place – Black Belt Men’s Sparring – Kentucky State Championship 2009