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Instructor Name:CLARENCE P. MURRAY

Head Instructor


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Clarence P. Murray, Head Instructor of Murray’s Okinawan Karate, currently holds the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt (Kudan) in the Okinawan Shorin-Ryu style of Karate. Sensei Murray has taught the martial arts to students of all ages for over forty years in the Washington Metro area.


Clarence Murray began studying martial arts in 1964 under the late John Osaka (8th Dan Kodokan Judo) at the famous Detroit Judo Club. He began studying Karate under Master Willie Adams at the Dexter/Davidson Dojo in 1968. In the fall of 1970, Clarence Murray relocated to the state of Maryland and became a student of James H. Coffman, a 5th Degree Black belt and 1st generation student of Master Fise Kise and Grand Master Hohan Soken. He received his Shodan in 1971 and Nidan in 1974 in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate. Sensei Coffman was responsible for building the strong principles and setting the tone of Okinawan Karate and Kobudo that Clarence Murray instructs today. 


Clarence Murray competed in Karate tournaments from 1970 to 1993. He won over 300 trophies and awards competing in kata, kobudo and kumite. Clarence Murray is nationally known for his expertise in Okinawan weapons, specializing in the Sai.


Sensei Murray has received numerous awards for his contributions to martial arts, including the Everhart’s Nippon Kenpo Karate-Do Living Legend Award and being inducted into the North American Black Belt Hall of Fame, the United States Naval Academy Hall of Fame in 2011, and the US Capitol Classics Hall of Fame in 2014. The Martial Arts Practitioners named Clarence Murray Outstanding Weapons Competitor in 1982 and Outstanding Referee’s in Region 10 (1980). Sensei Murray also received the prestigious Classics Award from the famed US Capitol Classics in 2016.


Clarence Murray has been featured in the Washington Times, Official Karate, Karate Illustrated and Black Belt magazines, and in local broadcast, television and cable media. Clarence Murray and his weapons demo team were featured on ABC Wide World of Sports in 1975.


Clarence Murray credits his martial arts skills and abilities to some of the best Okinawan Karate Masters of this era. They are: James Coffman 7th Dan, Willie Adams 10th Dan, the late Jody Paul 9th Dan, Frank Hargrove 9th Dan, William Hayes 9th Dan and Jiro Shiroma 9th Dan. Other Martial Arts Master includes Ali Shabazz 9th Dan Aikijujitsu.

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