Wayne Owen was first introduced to martial arts during his time in the Marine Corps. He later studied under Dan Inosanto, a revered master and protégé of Bruce Lee.
When Owen and his wife, Bunny, moved to Grants Pass in the mid-1970s, he continued his training with Bill Shaw, a local martial arts expert who blended Chinese kickboxing, judo and jujitsu in a versatile and effective system called Shou Tsu Do Kung Fu, "the way of the hand and foot." A few years later, the Owens took over the school and they continue to guide a new generation in experiencing the martial arts.
2nd Place — Chip Wright's Champion Karate, Medford
3nd Place — Higinbotham Martial Arts, Central Point
The majority of the school's 200-plus members are children between the ages of 3 and 15. In addition to Shou Tsu Do, all students learn the basics of Escrima (Filipino stick fighting). The school also teaches Kodokan Judo and the WOFA Judo Club is competitive in local and state competitions.
As the school's head teacher, Owen knows that patience, compassion and respect are essential for learning martial arts skills and for life. "You are teaching people how to kick and punch, so they have to learn respect, compassion, good sportsmanship and fair play," he says. Located at 113 SE K St. in Grants Pass, Wayne Owen Fighting Arts school motto is "Character counts, be the example."