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Instructors

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Wayne Hall

Master Wayne Hall was born and raised in Hawaii, living next door to a Judo and Aikido dojo. As the youngest of six children, Sensei Hall learned Judo first by becoming a practice throwing bag for his older brother Phillip who was a student at the dojo. In the fifth grade he started Aikido classes, loved every minute and practiced everyday with friends. As a teenager he studied Okinawin Karate under the Hawaii Tikenjutsu Kai organization. At age 26 he studied kung fu under Mark Kahikina jr. . In the old days, they were no belt ranking system. Master Hall studied seven days a week until becoming assistant instructor.

 

In 1979 Hall and his family moved to Oklahoma where he met a great Aikido Instructor named Quan Van Tran who learned Aikido in Vietnam under Master Dang Thong Phong, founder of International Tenshinkai Federation. He studied Aikido until Jan. 1995 when he decided to open his own school in Tuttle, Oklahoma with Sensei Van Tran’s blessings.

 

Master Hall is a member of The World  Organizer of Martial Artist, The United States Martial Arts Association International, The Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Association, The United International Federation of Martial Arts, and The United States Martial Arts Association. 

 

At present, Master Hall’s rank is 7th dan in Aikido, promoted by the International Martial Arts Grandmasters council and 1st dan in Judo promoted by Grandmaster Phil Porter president USMAI. Master Hall also holds a Doctrine of Philosophy in Asian Martial Arts through World Organizer of Martial Arts. Master Hall is also a non-member advisor to the Asian Fraternity, Tau Kappa Omega at  University of Oklahoma.

 

Hall was inducted into the USMA Millennium Hall of Fame 2000 as Master Instructor and again as Master Instructor of the year 2001. He has also been inducted in 2002 by the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master of the Year, in 2003 by the Native American Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Master of the Year, and also in 2003 as Senior Master Aikido Instructor by the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

 

Ray Whitley

 

A Silver and Gold Life Member of the USMA, and a menber of The United International Federation of Martial Arts. Ray is a 3nd degree black belt in Aikido under Wayne Hall.  Ray teaches the morning Adult classes.  Retired from 24 years with Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Ray attends many martial art seminars and hopes to continue training and learning from all the arts.

 

Whitley, was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002 as Outstanding Martial Artist, in 2003 as Instructor and again in 2004 as Outstanding Aikido martial Artist.

 

Sensei Whitley

 

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