The club was founded by Sensei Ray Parker 9th Dan.
Sensei Ray Parker 9th Dan
Sensei Ray Parker, Ray started training in martial arts in 1968 aged 13 at Professor Jack Holt’s club in Accrington, the headquarters of the Tegatani Martial Arts Organisation (TMAO). He was awarded student of the year in 1969 by the TMAO. The following year 1970, he won four competitions at two different events. He was first in sparring and board breaking TMAO event and was again first in sparring and first in kata at the Isle of Man championship.
At the end of the year while he was training for his black belt grading in kempo/Ju Jitsu at his local youth group building he founded our club there. He continued to successfully compete at national and international level until one year later he was graded at Sensei Phil Milner’s club in Sheffield. There, he was awarded his 1st dan by Professor Holt and Sensei Milner. He followed this in 1972 with an entry into the Guinness book of records has part of a local martial arts team who demolished a house with their bare hands.
In 1974 he was graded 2nd dan ratified by the TMAO and the BJJA. Each year following, he continued to establish his reputation as a skilled martial artist with further success in competition, public demonstrations and raising money for charity.
In 1976 he was introduced to kickboxing when he fought a pro from the USA. Four years later he incorporated this with its own syllabus into the club in Blackburn. In the meantime he had graded 3rd dan in kempo (1976), kenjutsu (1977, way of sword) and Ju Jitsu (1977) winning a special award from the BJJA. He also attended international courses at Waterloo in Belgium and had taught in Spain.
He received consecutive special awards from the World Ju Jitsu Federation when attending their international courses in 1981 and 1982, the same year he co-produced a kempo training video. In 1983 he graded 4th dan Ju Jitsu from the BJJA again receiving a special award and started to train in Kyudo (way of bow) the same year. Three years later in 1986, he won an international competition in Scotland with the bow and gained class 3 coach with the society Okinawa Ko-Budo (weapons). In 1987, he became a member of the token society (sword), received a Martial Arts Commission (MAC) coaching award and the WJJF recognised him again with a special award. He followed this in 1988 with a MAC senior coaching award. However, the main event for Ray that year was his visit to Soke Munetoshi Inoue in Japan where he trained for a month and presented mayoral letters to him from Blackburn.
In 1990 he taught in California and Mexico and the following year 1991, he produced the kickboxing video, ‘The Kicker’. In 1992 he attended the United Nations of Ju Jitsu course at Roses in Spain. The following year while grading 5th Dan in Ju Jitsu BJJA, he taught in the Isle of man and continued these courses for the next two years.
In 1995 he and Simon relocated the club to the bigger venue of the Albion Mill were they celebrated their silver jubilee. Over the next five years, Ray continued has always attending and competing in international events, raising money for charity and introducing new systems to the club. He introduced a ladies self defence course and in 1997 dedicated an entire syllabus to kempo. In 1998 he was awarded 6th dan kempo by Nippon Dai Budo Kai (NDBK) association.
In 2000 he also gained his 6th dan Ju Jitsu from the TMAO and BJJA. Both disciplines bestowed the title of Shihan to Ray on achievement of this level. Its primary definition is “One who brings water” but it is a title, used in Japanese martial arts to mean model teacher. After thirty two years of dedication to training, competing, collaboration with a mixture of the most renowned martial arts organizations both nationally and internationally, Ray had earned this honor.
Ray has continued on his chosen path since 2000. In 2001 he established links with the head of the Hankyo kempo/Ju Jitsu association (HKJJA), Kancho Brian Wrightson. He had discovered through an article in a martial arts publication on Kancho Wrightson, that he had been one of his former students thirty years previously. Annual exchange training courses were run between the club and the headquarters of the HKJJA in Shrewsbury and in 2003, Ray gained his 7th dan from Kancho Brian Wrightson.
By 2004, Ray and Simon had seen their club grow year on year at its new location so much so, they had to open a second room at the club dedicated to Martial arts. Sadly, Kancho Wrightson’s premature death in 2006 took one of the UK’s leading exponents from the world of martial arts. Shortly after this, members of Brian’s association honoured Ray when they nominated him for his 8th dan and Professor Tony Smith head of NDBK awarded this at their headquarters in Shrewsbury.
In 2005 due to family commitments, Ray decided to reduce his responsibilities towards running the club with Simon, leaving Simon in full control. Simon continued the open door policy of the club that embraces different styles and bonds with different associations. In the summer of 2007 after a weekend course run at the club by local lad Michael Bisping, Simon introduced the teaching of mixed martial arts. At the end of the same year, he agreed a deal with one on Lancashire’s oldest Judo clubs. They relocated to train at the Albion Mill and so increased the range of training available under one roof. Not only is range extensive but the combined experience of all the instructors exceeds 200 years
In October 2009 after months of planning and organisation, Simon expanded the club for a third time in its history. He relocated to the new larger premises a mile away from the Albion Mill to the Queens Mill in Lower Darwen.
Ray continued training and coaching at Roman Rd.community centre in Blackburn and then later at Ivy St.community centre in Blackburn where he still coaches kickboxing, ju-jitsu, kempo and Koryu Bushido with the help of Sensei Allan Riley and Sensei Paul Ingham.
He was awarded his 9th Dan by Prof.Tony Smith at Cala Gran in 2015 and continues to train and coach at Ivy St. community centre following a total knee replacement in 2019.In November 2020 Sensei Simon Jones and the Blackburn Martial Arts and Kickboxing club will be celebrating 50 years since Ray started it. Ray would like to thank the following people for their dedication in Koryu Bushido. Sensei Allan Riley. Sensei Paul Ingham. Sensei Steven Longden. Sensei Lee Minogue. Sensei Imran Mehrban. Sensei William Ingham. Sensei Liam Ingham. Special thanks to Sensei Steven Longden for his work on the website.
Yours in Budo RAY.
Sensei Paul Ingham 5th Dan
Sensei Paul Ingham started training in martial arts in 1985 age 14 at Sensei Tony McDermotts club in Blackburn in the art of Tae Sho Karate as taught by Sensei Phil Standring. He gained his blackbelt in 1990 from Sensei Tony McDermott. Not long after this Sensei Tony became too ill to continue teaching and closed his club. It’s at this point he was introduced to Professor Tony Smith who was teaching Sokudo in Accrington Rd community centre in Blackburn. Professor Smith knew Sensei McDermott and accepted Sensei Paul into his club as a Brown Belt. Its then when he found his ideal martial art and proceeded to lean the art of Sokudo. In 1993 he was graded to Blackbelt in Budo on a panel of Dan graded instructors at Accrington Rd. this was Profesor Smith and Sensei Melanie Smith. In the years training with Professor Smith at various locations in Blackburn and Padium, Sensei Paul also started Kickboxing with Professor Smith at his club in Padium and also in another club in Padium under the Nippon Dai Budo Kai with Sensei Dave Garth.
2004 he was awarded his 1st Dan (Sho Dan) from Professor Smith, Sensei Eddie Dillon on a national grading weekend. Later that year was awarded a level 2 NVQ in Martial Art’s Coaching and became a coach within the Nippon Dai Martial Arts Academy. 2006 gained his 2nd Dan (Ni Dan) in budo from Professor Smith, Sensei Eddie Dillon. 2009 gained his 3rd Dan (San Dan) in budo from Professor Smith, Soke Ray Parker and Sensei Eddie Dillon. 2010 he was awarded NVQ level3 in martial arts coaching and became a senior instructor alongside Professor Smith and Sensei Andrew O’Connor at the Nippon Dai Martial Arts academy.
2013 gained his 4th Dan (Yon Dan) in budo and was awarded a masters Belt from Professor Smith, Soke Ray Parker, Sensei Eddie Dillon and Sensei Jimmy McGillick. It’s this year he approached Soke Parker to ask if he would teach him the way of the sword. Professor Smith gave him permission to do this and Soke Parker took him on as student teaching him the ways of the samurai along with Sensei Allan Riley. 2015 Soke Parker gave him permission to start teaching the sword, Paul then asked Ray if we could put a syllabus together up to Blackbelt. Ray, Allan and Paul agreed on the content and Koryu Bushido was born. Its then he started a class within the Nippon Dai Martial Arts Academy. In 2018 we had our first 2 Blackbelts from his class Sensei William Ingham and Sensei Liam Ingham this was a great day for Koryu Bushido especially as they are His Brother and his Son.
December 2015 Paul was awarded 4th Dan (Yon Dan) in Koryu Bushido along with Sensei Allan Riley from Soke Ray Parker and Professor Tony Smith at the Nippon Dai annual awards evening. 2018 was graded to 5th dan (Go Dan) in budo/Koryu Bushido from Professor Tony Smith, Soke Ray Parker, Shihan Simon Jones, Sensei Eddie Dillon, Sensei Terry Files and Sensei Jimmy McGillick at the annual Blackbelt grading and training weekend. Special thanks to Professor Tony Smith and Soke Ray Parker for their teachings and patience over the years.
Sensei Allan Riley 5th Dan
Sensei Allan Riley 5th Dan
Sensei Allan Riley started training Shotokan style Karate in 1980 with Sensei Gabriel Cassidy, then moved on to Sensei Ray Parkers club at the Kaleidoscope club in Blackburn joining the Kick Boxing class.
A syllabus was introduced and he was awarded Black belt in April 1996 he also gained an N.V.Q in Martial Arts Coaching, presented to him by Professor Tony Smith 10th Dan head of the Nippon Dai Budo Kai.
In 1998 Soke Ray Parker devised a syllabus for his Kempo Karate style which involved learning to handle a variety of weapons as you passed through each grade.
In 2001 he achieved his (Shodan) Black Belt 1st Dan and in June of 2003 achieved his (Ni Dan) 2nd Dan, the black belt grading panel included Brian Wrightson a well travelled Martial Artist based in Shrewsbury.
In July 2006 he achieved his (San Dan) Black belt 3rd Dan and then in 2010 was awarded his (Yon Dan) 4th Dan from Professor Tony Smith 10th Dan and Soke Ray Parker 9th Dan.
In Dec 2015 he was awarded (Yon Dan) 4th Dan in Koyru Bushido along with Sensei Paul Ingham.
In May 2018 he was awarded (Go Dan) 5th Dan along with Sensei Paul Ingham at the annual black belt gradings on the training weekend at Carla Gran.
Sensei Allan Riley would like to give a special thanks to Soke Ray Parker, Professor Tony Smith, Sensei Paul Ingham, Shihan Simon Jones & Sensei Gabriel Cassidy, all who have had a lot of patience over the years.
Sensei Ray Parker 9th Dan, opening night at the new Nippon Dia Budo-Kai Dojo in 2016