Wishing 1st degree black belt and 1st generation disciple Mr. Gray a very happy birthday today!
Sean Gray began studying Bok Fu Do in 1991 after doing his Senior High School Project on the history of martial arts. He earned his instructor rank in 1995 and competed in his first International tournament in 1996. Although personal matters and completing his college degree put his training on hold, he never doubted he would reach his goal of Black Belt. Returning to East West for good in 2003, with future wife Meghan Mannion, Mr. Gray was determined to finish what he started over twelve years earlier. In 2009, he did just that – receiving his 1st Degree Black Belt with classmates Jennie Mitchell and Allen Parco.
Mr. Gray has been a disciple under Grandmaster Lee since 2012. He was a member of the USKSF group that traveled to mainland China in 2004 and 2010. Mr. Gray earned his International ‘B’ Referee certification through the TWKSF in 2010. He has represented Richard Lee’s West Coast Team at the International Kuoshu Championships as well as the United States at world level tournaments. He has also competed for the United States at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Championships in Singapore (2006), Germany (2009) and Malaysia (2012) respectively. He has gold medaled twice at the worlds – in open hand forms division (2006) and two man set division (2009).
Mr. Gray’s cheerfulness and enthusiasm has endeared himself to his teachers, classmates, and students. Through his many years of dedication to his own training and teaching, he has helped to develop several students to instructor level, and continues to make efforts to get back in to the school between work and family commitments.
Mr. Gray, it is always a pleasure to have you with us in the school, and we hope you have a birthday filled with the joy and laughter that you share with others. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and successful new year of life!
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