Sadly, Sensei Ray Wilks passed away, after a short illness, on 10th May 2018, with his wife, Sarah at his side. I feel privileged to have been so close to Ray, Sarah and their children and to have spent so much time in their company.
had over 40 years experience within the martial arts and held the rank of 3rd Dan in the Kobujutsu system as well as a wealth of experience in empty hand arts, practising originally Wado Ryu, then Yushinkai - and had an open mind with regard to all martial
arts. He willingly shared his knowledge and experience and was a stickler for detail....'The Devil is in the detail'!
Ray ran Senior Development Sessions with us at the ATMA, to develop understanding of the principles of martial arts - a must for all
serious martial artists - and our students will tell you of the enlightenment he brought to us in those sessions. Ray and I travelled far and wide within the world of Kobujutu and his teachings have only served to improve and expand my own understanding of
Ray was renowned worldwide for his quality weapons, including bo staff, tonfa, kama and tinbe-rochin and those of us fortunate enough to possess his weaponry will treasure them forever.
He will always be remembered with fondness, affection
and respect - and greatly missed for his encyclopedic knowledge, lively debate and tough training. Missed every day...rest well, Sensei.