Counties Shotokan Karate was founded by Sensei Ray Irving in 1992 in Pukekohe. From here he went on to open up Dojo's (training areas) in Waiuku, Hokitika, Drury, Maraetai, Westport and Alexandra.
In 1996 seeking to further his own knowledge and training he sort out and joined Sensei Ray Dalke's association which also led him to many trainings and experiences with Hidetaka Nishiyama Sensei of whom Ray Dalke had trained under for 48 years.
He also belongs to the IKF (International Karate Federation) which is headed by Peter Brockers in Germany. Sensei Ray travels yearly to train with both Sensei Dalke and Peter Brockers which also includes weapons training. He is a member of the NZMAI (New Zealand Martial Arts Institute) since its inception in 2011.
Sensei Ray holds a 7th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and has over 41 years of experience. He was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Institute on the 7th of November 2009, he was then inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall Of Fame on the 21st of August 2010. He was also inducted into the World Karate Union Hall Of Fame on the 21st of August 2010.
He holds seminars in the honbu dojo in Pukekohe each year, these include weapons training (with Bo, Sai, Kama and Tonfa), street survival ( this is for advanced students only), judging and refereeing, as well as kata and basics.