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Master Matthew Ray - Certified Taekwondo Instructor
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Meet Master Matthew Ray

Master Ray has more than 35 years of experience training in Taekwondo and other martial arts, and owning and operating his own schools. He is a certified master instructor through the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Federation as well as the International Taekwondo Federation and Jidokwon school of Korean Martial Arts.

Master Ray has trained with several Olympic coaches and competitors throughout his lengthy competition career in WTF and ITF Taekwondo. He has an extensive background in competing as well as coaching at the state, national, and international levels. Despite his comprehensive competition background, his passion lies within developing well-rounded martial artists, not just athletes.

In addition, Master Ray has trained in Hapkido, Judo, boxing, traditional martial arts, demonstration teams, and weapons, and has been a certified Taekwondo referee as well. He loves sharing his passion for Taekwondo with others and many of his former students have become school owners, instructors, elite athletes, and life-long students of Taekwondo.

Master Ray also has a strong interest in nutrition and fitness and greatly enjoys sharing those interests with his students and families.  He and his wife, Lynell aka “Mrs. Ray” have been long-time residents of the Seattle area and actually trained together as black belt students back in 2001 at what is now Counterforce Taekwondo West!

Master Matthew Ray


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  • 5 star ratingMaster Ray does an excellent job of interacting with youth and adults of all ages. My young 7 year old... read more

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  • 5 star ratingI was so excited to attend this school after the change of ownership and to see what a great difference... read more

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  • 5 star ratingHow do I say it... "THIS PLACE IS AN AWESOME PLACE TO TRAIN AT!" If I could give it more... read more

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  • 5 star ratingOur experience here has been great. Master Ray has been exceptional with kids and is great at training taekwondo, building... read more

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  • Since Master and Mrs. Ray have taken over, the gym went through a nice makeover and replaced the old equipment.... read more

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  • 5 star ratingSince Master and Mrs. Ray have taken over, the gym went through a nice makeover and replaced the old equipment.... read more

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  • My 5 year old has been taking lessons here for several months now and loves it! Mr. Ray is great... read more

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  • Counterforce West Seattle is a great place for our 5 year old to learn self confidence and the 5 tenants... read more

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