Hanshi Laurie Gray commenced his martial arts career in 1966, at the age of 12, with western boxing. Next came karate in 1968. While karate remained his primary interest, he also cross-trained in other disciplines.
Hanshi Laurie has studied under a number of Australian luminaries: Budoshinkai Karate-Jitsu under Hanshi George Adams, Goju-Kai Karate and Ken Shin Ryu Kobudo under Shihan Merv Oakley, Kyokushinkai Karate under Hanshi John Taylor, Nihon-Jujitsu under Grandmaster Les Harnos, and Choy Lee Fut Gung Fu and Yang’s style Tai Chi Ch’uan under Sigung Howard Choy.
In the past Hanshi Laurie also had the privilege of training directly under Soke Yamaguchi Gogen (now deceased) Grandmaster, Goju-Kai Karate-Do; Soke Hayashi Teruo (now deceased) Grandmaster, Shito-Ryu Karate-Do; Sigung Lee Iu Ling (now deceased) Grandmaster, Choy Lee Fut Gung Fu; Grandmaster Joe Onopa (now deceased) Kwon Bop Do Tae Kwon Do; and more particularly since 1995 under the mentorship of O’Sensei Richard ‘The Legend’ Lenchus (Grandmaster, Legend Shotokan Karate).
Hanshi Laurie also regularly travels to Japan to study directly under Soke Kawanabe Kenjiro. Soke Kawanabe is one of the last great Masters who studied directly under the father of modern karate and Shotokan Karate’s founder, Funakoshi Gichin Sensei. Soke Kawanabe also studied extensively under Inoue Hoken Sensei, Master of Daito-Ryu Aiki-jujutsu who co-founded Aikido with his uncle, Ueshiba Morihei O’Sensei. Following a split with his uncle Inoue Sensei subsequently founded Inoue-ryu Aiki-Budo, a style that transitioned to become known as Shin’ei Taido; Okuyama Tadao Sensei, noted Shotokan-ryu master and author of the Kotodama Tsurugi, a treatise based on the Hachriki (eight powers or forces); and Okuyama Ryuho Sensei, Master of Daito-Ryu aiki no jutsu and founder of Hakko-ryu jujutsu.
Hanshi Laurie’s achievements include:
Recipient of Kyoju Dairi certification from Kawanabe Sensei