Grandmaster Ray Witte
On May 19, 2007 Grand Master Hwa Chong
promoted Master Ray Witte to 8th dan black belt, the rank of Grand Master.
Grand Master Witte has trained for over
40 years and I have had the pleasure of training with him my entire time in the
Martial Arts. I have watched Grand Master Witte over the years mentor and
develop many martial artists.
During the late 80's through the 90’s Grand Master Witte was the primary person at I.K.Kim
Tae Kwon Do to handle all promotions and tournaments.
There are many students who consider
Grand Master Witte to be their primary instructor or at least senior instructor.
Most of these martial artists have started from white belt and have been guided
along their martial arts path by Grand Master Witte. I have listed a few of the
senior most students that make up this group of Martial Artists.
Schare – 7th dan
Master MacFarland – 7th dan
Master Fay – 6th dan
Master Proctor – 5th dan
Master Fender – 5th dan
Master Nyswonger – 5th dan
Ms. Nyswonger – 4th dan
Mr. Phillips – 4th dan
Grand Master Witte brings practical experience
to his teaching of the Martial Arts. He is currently a retired Cincinnati
Police Officer and during his active years, Master Witte was the Physical
Fitness/Defensive Tactics Instructor. With this
responsibility as well as his years walking a beat in some of the roughest areas
of Cincinnati, he has an understanding of practical application that is unsurpassed.
On a personal note from Master
The inspiration to start Eastgate Martial Arts Club came from my years of
training with Grand Master Witte. Many times I, as well as many of his other
students, would try to repay him for all he has done for us. However,
Grand Master Witte would never accept gifts of money and always told us that if we
really wanted to pay him back, we would teach others. I have hopefully been able
to repay Grand Master Witte as much as possible. However, I feel that it is
much like trying to repay your parents for the years of personal sacrifice that
they have undergone for you. It is truly a debt that can never be repaid.
At Eastgate Martial Arts Club we give Grand Master Witte the high level of respect
that he deserves, as we call him Grand Master!
Eastgate Martial Arts Club
471 Old State Route 74
Cincinnati, Ohio 45244