Chief Instructor Robert Ray was first introduced to martial arts at the young age of 8 with Shotokan Karate at a local YMCA.
It wasn't until being introduced to kung fu in 1996, at the age of 17, that he would begin to pursue the combative arts full time.
Training in Pai Lum Kung Fu, Chin Na, Qigong and Yang Style Tai Chi helped form his martial arts foundation.
In 2002 Chief Instructor Ray left Pai Lum and began training in Wu Xing Ba Fa Kung Fu with Sifu Tracy Fleming, the first African-American to win a gold medal in the Chinese Nationals.
In 2004 Chief Instructor Ray met and began to train under the man who would revolutionize both his understanding and skills as a martial artist, Grand Master Instructor Jeff Moldovan.
Alongside long time training partner, Elder Instructor Justice Maynard, they would help evolve Fighting Chance Combatives side by side with the founder himself, spending many hours training in the wilds around Grand Master Moldovan’s home late into the night.
Chief Instructor Robert Ray
Training in multiple styles of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Chin-Na as well as being an active practitioner of Parkour, and founding member of the free running group Renzhe, gave Chief Instructor Ray a different way of viewing the world and the puzzles that exist there in.
It wasn't until he began training with Grand Master Moldovan that he was able to effectively understand, combine his skill sets and simplify his answers to the self-defense questions he saw daily.
In 2010 having trained under Grand Master Moldovan for many years, learning from his massive personal knowledge base, Chief Instructor Ray was honored to be asked to inherit the Grand Master’s legacy and carry on the Fighting Chance system upon Grand Master Moldovan's passing.
Sadly that day came sooner than expected when they lost their beloved Grand Master to a heart attack on August 22nd, 2013.
Chief Instructor Ray carries on the spirit, passion and determination instilled and shared by his master, mentor and beloved friend. He continues to train and learn under his instructors Grandmaster Jack Hogan and Tuhon Felix Cortes in order to evolve and grow himself and the system.
Chief Instructor Ray was inducted into the US Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016 and continues to strive to learn, evolve and grow.
Chief Instructor Ray is a proud member of Hogan Karate International, Filipino Combatives Global, American Budokai International, International Shindokai-Kan League and the IBSSA (International Bodyguard and Security Service Association).