Ray Hughes

Owner: Scottsdale Martial Arts Center
President:
USA Karate Arizona
President:
Arizona Wado Karate Association
Editor: Karate; History, Philosophy, and Events (an international Newsletter)
Board Member: USA Karate Governance Board
PKF Judge: Pan American Karate Federation Judge Kata & Kumite

Bio

Ray Hughes is the owner of Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, Inc. (SMAC) which he started in 1986. SMAC is the oldest and largest martial arts school in Scottsdale, Arizona and boasts a membership of around 300 students. He is the President of both USA Karate Arizona ASO and Arizona Wado, a member of the Governance Board of USA Karate, the editor of both the monthly international newsletter “Karate: Philosophy, History, & Events” and the USA Karate Arizona ASO newsletter.

 

Mr. Hughes started training in Wado karate in 1976 under the instruction of Sensei Marlon Moore in Mesa, Arizona. He went full time karate in 1986 and built his own dojo in 2002.

 

Mr. Hughes holds dan (black belt) ranks in Wado Ryu (4th), JKF Wado Kai (5th), and USNKF (6th). Ray was awarded 6th dan by the late Dan Ivan, and 7th dan from USA Karate-do KyoKai with Sensei Chuck Merriman, Sensei Lee Gray, and Sensei Robert Hunt serving on the testing board.

 

Mr. Hughes had an extensive and successful competition career that spanned over thirty years. Ray competed on 5 USA Karate Teams, two that won gold and one that won silver. His highlight year was in 1986 when he was voted outstanding competitor at the Osawa Traditional Karate Championships in Las Vegas and awarded a trip to Japan, voted outstanding competitor at the USA Wado Ryu Karate Championships in Utah, and voted school of the year and competitor of the year by USA Wado.

 

Though Mr. Hughes teaches all age groups and skill levels, his passion lies in the positive development of youth through the instruction of traditional martial arts. Ray has formed two nonprofit corporations, USA Karate Arizona ASO and Champions Foundation of Arizona, to further this cause. His mission is to give every child in Arizona the opportunity to learn life skills through the teachings of traditional martial arts. His goal is to inspire students who have an interest in the martial arts to find and join a high quality school in their area, regardless of style or art.

Career Accomplishments

  • 1998
    • National Champion Gold Medal - USNKF (Untied States National Karate Federation); Over 40 Kumite (Sparring).
  • 1997
    • National Champion Gold Medal - USNKF (Untied States National Karate Federation); Over 40 Kumite (Sparring).
  • 1986
    • Outstanding Competitor - Traditional Karate Championships, Las Vegas, Nevada.
      Awarded trip to Japan.
    • Grand Champion - USA Wado Karate Championships (Utah Open); defeated three-time grand champion.
    • Competitor of the Year - USA Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation.
    • School of the Year - USA Wado-Ryu Karate-Do Federation.

USA Team Competition

  • 1989
    • World Wado Championships; London, England.
  • 1988
    • All Japan Wado-Ryu Championships; Yokohama, Japan; Team USA wins silver medal.
  • 1985
    • USA vs. Canada National Team; Vancouver, Canada; Team USA wins gold medal.
  • 1984
    • All Japan Wado-Ryu Karate Championships; Tokyo, Japan;
    • USA vs. Canadian National Team; Orange County, California; Team USA wins gold medal.

Black Belt Competitions

Year Tournament Event Place
2005 Food Raising Tournament Team Competition 1st
Central Arizona Karate Championships Kumite Grand Champion
2004 Central Arizona Karate Championships Kumite Grand Champion
Ozawa Cup - Las Vegas, Nevada Team Competition; 40 & Over 1st
2003 Central Arizona Karate Championships Kumite Grand Champion
USA Open Karate Championship Team Team Competition 1st
2002 City of Commerce - California Kata; 35 & Over 1st
City of Commerce - California Kumite; 35 & Over 1st
City of Commerce - California Grand Championship Lost by half a point.
1999 USA Wado-Ryu Championships - California Kumite; 35 & Over 1st
USA Wado-Ryu Championships - California Kata; 35 & Over 1st
1998 USA-NKF Nationals - Louisiana Kumite; 40 & Over 1st
Glendale Karate Championships - Arizona Team Kumite 1st
1997 USA-NKF Nationals - Colorado Kumite; 40 & Over 1st
Shiai '97 - Arizona Kumite 1st
1996 USA Wado-Ryu Championships - California Kumite; 35 & Over 1st
USA Wado-Ryu Championships Kata; 35 & Over 2nd
1993 Itosu-Kai/Jundokan Invitational - Arizona Kata 2nd
1989 19th Annual Utah Open Kumite; Heavyweight 2nd
7th Annual Southwest Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 1st
7th Annual Southwest Karate Invitational - Arizona Kata 3rd
7th Annual Southwest Karate Invitational - Arizona Outstanding Competitor
18th Annual Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 2nd
City of Commerce 14th Annual Karate Championships - California Kumite 2nd
1988 18th Annual Utah Open Kumite; Lightweight 2nd
15th Annual Riverside National Invitational - California Kumite 2nd
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Team Kumite 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kata 2nd
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 1st
All Japan Wado-Ryu International Karate Championships - Yokohama, Japan Team Kumite 2nd
Japan Karate Federation 17th Annual Karate Championships - California Kumite 3rd
1987 6th Annual Glendale Invitational Karate Championships - Arizona Kumite 1st
International Martial Arts Federation Karate Championships - Las Vegas, Nevada Kumite 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 1st
16th Annual Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 1st
Southwest Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 2nd
1986 5th Annual Glendale Invitational Karate Championships - Arizona Kumite 1st
Southeast Utah Karate Championships Kumite 1st
Southeast Utah Karate Championships Kata 1st
16th Annual Utah Open Kumite; Lightweight 1st
16th Annual Utah Open Kumite Grand Champion
15th Annual Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 1st
City of Commerce 11th Annual Karate Championships - California Kumite 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kata 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Team Kumite 1st
1985 Southeast Utah Karate Championships Kumite 1st
15th Annual Utah Open Kumite; Heavyweight 1st
National Karate Association of Canada Karate Championships - Canada Team Kumite 1st
City of Commerce 10th Annual Karate Championships - California Kumite 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Kumite 1st
1984 14th Annual Utah Open Kumite; Lightweight 1st
Mesa Karate Invitational - Arizona Team Kumite 2nd
Japan Karate Federation 13th Annual Karate Championships - California Kumite 2nd
Japan Karate Federation 13th Annual Karate Championships - California Team Kumite; USA vs. Canada 1st
1983 13th Annual Utah Open - Utah Kumite; Lightweight 2nd
W.K.O. Full Contact Karate - Arizona Winner by Unanimous Decision
2nd Annual Mesa Karate Championships - Arizona Kumite 1st
1982 11th Annual Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 1st
Glendale Open Karate Championships - Arizona Kumite 2nd
Mesa Karate Championships - Arizona Kumite 1st
1981 National GKFA Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 3rd
11th Annual Utah Open - Utah Kumite 2rd
1980 Great Western Classic - Arizona Kumite 1st
9th Annual Friendship Karate Championships - California Kumite 2nd