Sensei Ray Morcomb - Instructor Profile

Sensei Ray Morcomb - Instructor Profile


INSTRUCTORS PROFILE

RAYMOND MORCOMB

Rank: 4th Dan Black Belt
Started Karate: 1989 (aged 8 years) at Castle Hill Karate Club
Original Instructor: Sunshuke Takahaski Shihan & Jake Leslie Sensei

Raymond has operated his own dojo since 1999

Favourite Katas: Unsu

Competition Highlights:

  • 2016 Most Valuable Player at the WKF World Championships (Linz, Austria 2016)
  • Won the inaugural Visually Impaired Kata World Championship (Bremen, Germany 2014)
  • Silver in the Visually Impaired Kata World Championships (Linz, Austria 2016)
  • Silver Medal Men's Open Kata 2015
  • 2015 NSW Kata Athlete of the Year
  • International competitions in… 1996 Osaka, Japan; 1998 Paris, France; 2001 Aberdeen, Scotland (final 16 kata); 2004 Tokyo, Japan; 2008 Johannesburg, South Africa (silver); 2009 Fort Lauderdale, USA (silver); 2010 Bavaria, Germany (gold); 2011 Sydney, Australia (Silver); 2012 Paris, France (demonstration).
  • Australian Men's Open Kata Champion 2004 (JKAA);
  • Men's Open Kata Bronze Medal 2012 AKF National Championships
  • First international event (1990)… Gold and Silver medal in the Australia-New Zealand-Japan Friendship Tournament (Hisai City, Japan)

Coaching Highlights:

  • AKF NSW State Kata Coach
  • JKAA Women's National Team Coach 2006 (silver and bronze medallists)
  • Chaperoning 20 EMA and Ettingshausen's students to Meitoku Gijuku High School (Japan) 2010 and 2016 for cultural, language & karate instruction… and friendship tournament.

Instructor Highlights:

  • Founding Instructor at Evolution Martial Arts
  • PE, PASS and School Sport Instructor (MMA fitness and body control) at Pennant Hills High School
  • Guest Coach at Fukui High School & Meitoku Gijuku High Schools (Japan)


Biography:

Raymond began training at 8 years of age with Castle Hill Karate Club. He was quickly hooked. His karate-training buddies from these early years remain close to this day. He began training on scholarship at the Sydney Academy of Sport and the NSW Institute of Sport for Elite Athletes from aged 16. He trained hard with Sports Scientists and improved his physical performance but most importantly gained an education in the mechanics of martial arts. As a direct result of the improved training methods Raymond began placing in major tournaments around the world. Such experiences readied him to arrive in Paris, France and perform his favourite kata 'Unsu' in front of 16,000 spectators at the WKF World Championships in 2012 – one of his all-time karate highlights... and to win gold at the first world championships for Athletes with a Disability 2 years later in Bremen, Germany.

You will probably catch Raymond saying:

"Hard work 'n' dedication"

"Make it a habit, not a hobby"

What does Raymond love most about Martial Arts?

Travelling the world with old and new friends

Shaping our community of tomorrow by working with the youth of today