Sensei Craig Raye - 5th Dan
Sensei Craig Raye is a renowned British karateka who started training in 1978 and has been involved in Shotokan Karate for over 30 years. He continues to instruct and train weekly with the very best karate students from around the world.
Sensei Craig’s career highlights include 1994 individual Kumite Champion, 1997 National Team Champion, 2003 Team Coach and Winning the National Team Championships at Birmingham N I Arena.
Sensei Craig competed from 1981 to 2001, winning 18 individual championships and team events, first place medals in Kata and Kumite. He was part of the England junior squad in 1981 and trained with the England senior squad until 1996, competing in Italy, France, Germany, Prague, Sardinia and Japan.
Sensei Craig has a continuing, long-standing association with the Marshall Street Dojo, founded by the legendary Sensei Enoeda (former chief instructor of the KUGB - see below). Sensei Craig currently holds the prestige position of chief instructor at Marshall Street and, during his competition days was twelve times kumite champion at our annual championships.
As well as an illustrious competition career, Sensei Craig has vast teaching experience, having taught at Earls Court Dojo 1981 to 1984, Pimlico Karate School 1982 to 1984, Marshall Street Dojo 1986 to present, Kingston University 1992,1999, Makenki Karate club 2003, 2009 and Chingford Tora SKC 2015 to 2017. He has taught nationally in Birmingham, Leeds, Surrey and London and internationally in France, Germany and Italy.
Sensei Craig has worked as a security consultant in the press industry for News of the World and Daily Mirror and he was responsible for arranging the fight scenes in the Rowan Atkinson TV commercial for Barclaycard. He has also worked in night club security for 12 years in the Old Kent Road, which involved dealing with many real life situations on a regular basis.
Sensei Craig is ably assisted in class by a number of experienced black belts.