Why Us

Because we strive to be the best in the industry in all facets of our operation.

Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, Inc. operates under the same philosophy that is taught to its students, “mediocrity is not acceptable.” We do not accept mediocrity with our staff, facility, curriculum, or training equipment. We strive to be the best in the industry in all facets of our operation.

Because you will not find staff anywhere with more experience and passion for teaching martial arts than at our facility

Because we do not require you to sign a contract.

Because we are the oldest school in Scottsdale and this longevity shows you are choosing the best.

Because unlike other martial art schools that are small in size and offer only one training floor, our spacious facility features:

  • 3 training floors
  • Separate changing rooms for men and women
  • A playroom for young siblings
  • Plenty of seating for family and friends to view training

Because Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, Inc. is a traditional school with a curriculum that spans back to the 17th century that uses the latest technology in computer and video equipment to help our students improve to the highest level at the fastest possible rate.

If you ever feel that we are falling short of these standards, please see me personally in this matter.

Sensei Ray Hughes

Teaching Philosophy and Presentation of this Karate Program

By: Sensei Ray Hughes  

Scottsdale Martial Arts Center Owner and Chief Karate Instructor


School Motto: “We Teach the Ancient Ways to the Modern World.”


This is a traditional Karate school, which means we have a long martial art history with an old and proven training system. This system has an unbroken instructor line that dates back to the 17th century. The teachings of this art are based on discipline, high technical level, philosophy, and effort. In these aspects, Scottsdale Martial Arts Center is very different from many schools that are based on entertainment and quick rewards. Training based on a traditional karate system offers a student something to be proud of – in a humble way, of course!

The manner in which we present traditional karate training is truly unique in that, although, we run an old and formal program, we do smile and enjoy ourselves.

We have age and time requirements like the old systems. It is only logical that age and maturity should be required for legitimate ranks in Karate.

We hold to the belief that we are all students of the art. Therefore, we do not put our instructors on pedestals. We expect them to be friends with our students and mentors to the younger. We know their respect is to be earned and not to be demanded. We present and discuss martial art history and philosophy, but never lectured. Martial art training is an honorable way of life.