Ray L Law

Ray L Law

Death 14 Mar 1969 (aged 69)
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot Dormitory 6
Memorial ID 6569620 · View Source
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Prof. 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. Becoming a staff lecturer for the National Dairy Council, Prof. Law incorporated the "Health Clown" routine, along with magic, animal acts and acrobatics, into his lectures.

Later, with the dawn of radio, Prof. Law created, "Darius, King of Health Land," and devised unusual sounds in creating characters to depict. For example, there were excursions through "Tooth Robber Canyon" near "Neglected Teeth Caves." The radio years were exciting, and Prof. Law played an important part in pioneering several promotional ideas for campaigning and fund-raising.

In 1938, Prof. Law traveled to Hawaii as part of a public relations effort to make the Islands popular, and there met his neighbor, Master Henry Okazaki. He studied under Prof. Okazaki and returned to the Mainland with his Black Belt and a burning desire to share what he had learned. He settled in Oakland, California 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 over 116 Black Belts.

Always an organizer, Prof. 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.

To many, as many remember, Law's Judo was a home away from home, and Ray and Marie Law were like mother and father to his students. The evening never ended with the closing bell, and students stayed to talk judo and more judo. No one wanted to leave and generally it was towards midnight before the doors of the dojo were locked up.

Prof. Law so touched his students with his zeal that many went forward to start successful and long standing schools of their own.

Prof. 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 died on March 14, 1969. The school on Grand Avenue was closed shortly after that.

Respectedly taken from Professor Don Cross's bio of Professor at AJJF.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 6569620
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray L Law (6 Nov 1899–14 Mar 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6569620, citing Saint Mary's Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Michael McGurk (contributor 46542812) .