Sensei Ray has studied in the Amerikick System under Sensei Mike Sautner and Grandmaster Dennis Tosten since 1996. He earned his 1st dan Black Belt 10/28/2000, 2nd dan 4/17/2004, 3rd dan 12/8/2007, 4th dan 8/24/2012, 5th dan 06/04/2017.
He began his martial arts journey in 1969 in Tae Kwon Do and Shotokan (under Ray Lindsay) karate and soon took up the study of Sosuishiru Ju Jutsu and Okinawan Te karate (under Charles Partridge). Ray spent several years with Mr. Partridge until his instructor succumbed to a heart attack. He then found his way in 1972 to a fore runner of Amerikick, an American Karate Studio. He studied under, taught for and managed the studio for owner Cliff Jewell until April 1973 when a motorcycle accident took him out of training until 1996.
During his 20+ years in Amerikick, Ray has learned advanced American Kenpo from Grandmaster Tosten as well as Modern Arnis. He supplemented his learning with the teaching of the Grandmaster of the International Bando Association, Maung Gyi. From Dr. Gyi Ray has learned knife techniques, Forest monk staff fighting (non-lethal) and Min Zin yoga. Ray is the lead instructor of Advanced Black Belts for Team Amerikick North Penn.