Master Ray Bosques was born in Chicago, but his family moved to Puerto Rico when he was at the age of 7. This event changed his life and contributed to the kind of person he is today.
Making new friends while learning a different culture; he grew up skateboarding and surfing among other things, but his real passion was martial arts.
His training began in 1983 learning Okinawa Kempo Karate Do, under the instruction of Orlando Rodriguez Sensei and Nestor Adames Sensei. His fighting skills started to develop, especially his striking which would help him later in his career.
In 1988 he moved to Chicago, an event that changed his life drastically. He learned real quickly that life in the city wasn’t as easy as Puerto Rico. Trough skateboarding he met new friends and even learned how to express himself through graffiti. But his passion for martial arts continued so he began searching for a good school that would teach with the same passion and dedication he learned in Puerto Rico. He tried many schools, but most of them were expensive and not teaching true traditional martial arts. He began to understand what the term “McDojo” meant.
In 1990 he finds what he is looking for and begins to learn Taekwondo and the basics of Hapkido under the tutelage of Sabumnin Israel Collazo. His competition skills in full contact sparring started to take shape under the hard training and guidance of Sabumnin Collazo.
In 1991, Ray wins his first national championship: The Elite Athletic Open at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Under the partnership of his instructor and the Illinois State Team Coach Sabumnin Carlos Vargas, Ray continues his training in Taekwondo and Hapkido, competing and earning quite a reputation as a full contact fighter in the featherweight division. He wins various State and National championships in the U.S. and participated twice in the U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship, the biggest event outside the Olympics, Pan American Games and World games. Master Ray was part of the Illinois state Taekwondo Team from ‘91 – ’93 and was assistant coach for the Illinois Jr. Olympic Team from ’91 – ’93.
After receiving his 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo in 1993, Ray traveled to Puerto Rico to train under the guidance of Sabumnin Luis Arroyo, where he trained for various months, competed in various tournaments and tried out for the Puerto Rican National team.
After returning to Chicago in 1994, he began to associate himself with the wrong crowd and got into a lot of trouble. Thanks to the education his parents provided and the martial arts discipline, Master Ray was able to thrive and better his life.
In 1997 he began training Yama Jutsu Ryu, a system funded by Shinan Julio Ortiz. After receiving a 3rd degree black belt in 1999, Ray retired from competition and decided to help kids and teens with their competition skills.
With the help and support of family and friends, Master Ray Bosques created a youth martial arts program in February, 19th of 2007 to help youth of low income families. Since then he volunteers his time helping youth develop a passion for martial arts while teaching Taekwondo, Hapkido & Okinawa Kempo Karate Kobudo.
On May 9th of 2009 he was re-united with Orlando Rodriguez Sensei and fellow martial artist from his first school. During the same year he helped create the Fenikusu Kenpo Karate Do Kai, a humble organization the helps keep the traditional roots of Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo alive.
During 2011 with the help of family and friends Master Ray created the Shirox Foundation to help raise funds and cover the expenses of the youth martial arts program. He also wants to create other youth activities. With his organization he is passing down the knowledge and experiences he learned: family values, honor, respect, discipline, loyalty, brotherhood, passion and dedication.
Master Ray is a father of 3 daughters and God Father to a few lucky ones. He currently holds a 6th degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo, 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 1st degree in Hapkido. He is also the director of the youth committee of Casa Puertorriqueña were he volunteers his time creating other fun positive after school activities.
Master Ray Bosques thanks all the martial artist, instructors, students and parents that have passed through his path and left a mark in his heart. Because of them he is the martial artist he is today. He wants to send a SPECIAL THANKS to his father Jose R. Bosques, Orlando Rodriguez Sensei and Sabumnin Israel Collazo, his mentors, for teaching him the true values of being a teacher, leader and father figure.
Master Jose L. Cotto
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Chris De La Cueva
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~2005 - Inducted into the American Karate Association Hall of Fame
~2008 - Nominated Taekwondo Instructor of the Year by World Head of Family Sokehip Council
~2009 - Traditional School of the Year by Action Radio Network & World Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame
~2010 - Achievement in Martial Arts and Inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors
~2010 - Master of the Year Award and Inducted into the Latin-American Martial Arts Society~2012 - Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame
I want to thank all the martial artist, instructors, students and parents that have passed through my life and left a mark in my heart. Because of you I am the martial artist I am today. I want to give a SPECIAL THANK YOU to my father Jose R. Bosques, Orlando Rodriguez Sensei and Sabumnin Israel Collazo, my mentors; for teaching me the true values of being a teacher, a leader and a father figure.
Master Ray Bosques