Master Ray Hildreth is Certified, 8th Degree, by the World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters of Hong Kong. With over 48 years of Martial Arts experience his background includes Hung Gar Kung Fu, Choy Li Fut Kung Fu, Kenpo Karate and select forms of the Chen, Yang and Wu Hao methods of Tai Chi Chuan.
Sifu Hildreth has held the following positions: Oklahoma Chairman for the United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Chinese Martial Arts Program, Director of Region 8 for the AAU Chinese Martial Arts Program, Senior Vice-President, Region 6, of the United States Wushu Kung Fu Federation, National Chief Official for the AAU Chinese Martial Arts Program, and a member of the Committee for the National Traditional Wushu Federation.
Sifu Hildreth has received the following Recognitions and Awards: 1992 AAU Outstanding Service Award in, World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 1998, Whirlwind Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, American Black Belt System Hall of Fame in 2004.
Master Hildreth is the author of the book Hill 488, that was published by Simon & Schuster and released in 2003. The book chronicles the battle in Viet Nam, June 15-16, 1966, atop of Hill 488, which made Master Hildreth’s eighteen man platoon, the most decorated unit for its size in United States military history. The Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, thirteen Silver Stars, and eighteen Purple Hearts were awarded to Master Hildreth’s platoon. Master Hildreth, himself, received the Silver Star and Purple Heart Medal for his participation in this historic battle. It was this battle that prompted Master Hildreth to seek out martial arts training so that he could be better prepared should he be sent back to Viet Nam.