Charlie Murray2018-07-08T18:55:23+00:00

Charlie Murray

Kent Cumberton


Sensei Murray began studying Karate in 1967, at age 15, in Ocean City and Salisbury MD.  Instructors were the future first U.S. Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion Harvey Hastings and 9th Dan Isshinryu Grand Master Sensei Tom Lewis.

Martial Arts Accomplishments:

  • 1971 – Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt
  • 1971 – 72 – Studied Isshinryu Karate under founder Grand Master Tatsuo Shimabuku and son Shinsho at famous Agena Dojo in Okinawa
  • 1971 – Promoted to 2nd Degree Brown Belt in Judo, Miyako Jima, Okinawa
  • 1972 – U.S. Karate Championships, 2nd Place Heavyweight Black Belt fighting at 162 lbs.
  • 1978 – Pennsylvania Karate Championships, 1st Place Heavyweight Black Belt fighting at 165 lbs
  • 1980 – 81 – Chief Instructor Isshinryu Karate School, MacDill AFB, FL
  • 1981 – 84 – Chief Instructor Isshinryu Karate School, Pruem Air Station, Germany
  • 1986 – 88 – Owner / Chief Instructor of Murray Karate Studio, Sumter, SC
  • 1986 – 88 – Selected as Vice President, American National Karate Association
  • 1987 – Promoted to 7th Degree Black Belt, American National Karate Association
  • 1988 – Director / Sponsor of 1st American National Karate Championships, Sumter, SC
  • 1990 – Studied Isshinryu Karate under Master Angi Uezu (Shimabuku’s son-in-law and Training Ambassador) USMC’s Camp Foster, Okininawa; Promoted to 6th Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate
  • 1992 – Delaware Open Karate Championships, 1st Place Senior Division Black Belt Fighting
  • 2000 – 01 – Taught Isshinryu Karate, Newport Navy Base, Newport, RI
  • 2013 – Promoted to 7th Degree Black / Red and White Belt in Isshinryu Master
  • 2016 – Chief Instructor Isshinryu Karate, Cleveland, TN – Boys & Girls Club
  • 2016 – Mid-South Karate Championships, 1st Place Heavyweight Black Belt Fighting Senior Division.  Also 2nd Place Kata and 3rd Place Weapons
  • 2016 – Promoted to 8th Degree black/Red and White Belt Isshinryu Master
  • 2017 – Tennessee Open Karate Championships, Executive Division, 1st Place Lightweight Blackbelt fighting

Professional Accomplishments:

A former Air Force (AF) Colonel, Sensei Murray enlisted in the Air Force in 1970 upon graduation from High School and served in the 776 Radar Squadron, Point Arena Air Station, CA, and at Detachment 1, 623 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, Miyako Jima, Okinawa.  Upon discharge, the high-level events of his life were he became a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, attended college, led/pastored a Church in Scranton PA and then re-entered the Air Force through the Air Force’s Officer Training School.  He concluded his Air Force career in September 2007.

In his Air Force career:

  • Commanded the 74th Air Control Squadron
  • Served in three Headquarters Air Force positions
  • Led as the Deputy Director, Systems Integration Division in the Joint Staff’s Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) Systems Directorate
  • The second non-naval officer ever selected to serve as a course director at the Naval War College, Newport, RI
  • Chief, Air Operations Command and Control Division at Headquarters, United Stats Air Force Europe
  • Director, Global Communications & Information at the Air Force Command, Control, Communications, Computer & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center
  • Director of the Air Force’s largest and most capable test and experimentation organization, the Air Force Transformation Center
  • From 2007 to 2014, after retiring from the Air Force, he worked as a Senior Business Development Manager within the Communications Division in Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems (NGIS) Sector.  In this role he was his business unit’s top sales leader for six to seven years. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2015


  • 1977 – Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Bible / Theology; Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA
  • 1978 – Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Counseling; Marywood University, Scranton, PA
  • 1996 – Master of Arts (MA) Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies; College of Naval Warfare, Newport, RI
  • 2000 – Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives; Harvard University / Massachusetts Institute of Technology . Tufts University


  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Air Force Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
  • Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm
  • Northrop Grumman Business Unit’s Top Business Producer for 6 of 7 years
  • Recognized as Naval War College’s #1 Military Professor by Provost
  • Developed/brokered reconciliation process leading to 19 agreements within the
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Promoted early to Lieutenant Colonel; less than 2% of AF officers are so
  • distinguished
  • Commanded/led 1st Fighter Wing’s most decorated squadron for two
  • consecutive years–4 Major Command, 11 of 13 Numbered AF and 18
  • Group/Wing awards; best ops & management grades on higher headquarters
    inspections in a decade; built best counter drug operation in the Joint Task For
    4.2 Area of Responsibility; lauded as wing’s “strongest Major,” “Best Squadron
    Commander” by both Wing & Group Commanders
  • Combat Challenge 87’ winner; lauded as AF’s Top Weapons Controller by 4-star Tactical Air Command (TAC) Commander
  • Picked by 4 Star TAC Commander to present special brief to AF Chief of Staff
  • College Senior Class President; named in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

FAMILY: Married Dee Ciocca of Scranton, PA in 1975.   They have two children, Brandon and Sara and four grandchildren.

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