Ray Law

Professor Ray Law was born in 1899 in Roundup, a town in Silver Bow County, Montana. After a varied youth and adolescence, he conceived of a promotional idea in health education, the “Health Clown,” and toured under the sponsorship of various health organizations, including the Utah Public Health Association and National Tuberculosis Association.

On July 2, 1923, he married Marie Bounita Law and moved to Northern California. In 1938, Professor Law traveled to Hawaii as part of a public relations effort to make the Islands popular, and there met his neighbor, Henry Okazaki. He studied under Professor Okazaki and returned to the Mainland with his Black Belt and a burning desire to share what he had learned. He settled in Oakland and established the first full-time Danzan Ryu jujitsu school in the United States.

In 24 years, Prof. Law taught over 14,000 students and 116 Black Belts. Among those recipients were (Prof.) Norm C. Nelson; (Prof.) Johnny Congistre; (Prof.) Rory Rebmann; (Prof.) Bill Randle; (Prof.) Bill Morris; (Prof.) Bert Aspinall; (Prof.) Jim Birmingham; (Prof.) Betty Maillette; (Prof.) Don Cross—so many more who went forward to teach and spread the message of Master Okazaki.

Always an organizer, Professor Law became a founding member and past president of the Northern California Judo Federation and its successor, the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation. He created programs for schools, colleges and police agencies.

Professor Law’s decades of service did not go unrecognized. As a founder of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation, he was accorded the rank of 10th Degree Black Belt, a rank which had been recognized by the International Judo and Jujitsu League. He served in the capacity of Continental President of the International World Judo Federation, and was a distinguished member of the International Technical Committee, Danish Sports Judo Federation and the Austrian J.U.V.O. he was inspirational in the creation of both the Southern California Jujitsu Association and Shoshin Ryu Yudanshakai.