Arcenio J. Advincula
started his training in the martial arts in 1946 at the age of eight. He was
small and according to him, being of mixed ethnic background (Filipino and
Caucasian) he "looked different" from the rest of his classmates in Alaska.
Needless to say, he was a target of the bullies. On one occasion after school,
he was jumped by a group of bullies who took a brand new cap and jacket that his
father just bought for him. When he returned home and told his father about the
incident, his father went to the home of the bullies and retrieved the clothes.
Soon after, his father hired some friends, who were hand-to-hand combat
instructors for the Philippine Army, to train Advincula in escrima and combat
judo. Thus began his lifelong love, respect and commitment to the martial arts.
November, 1958, on his first tour of duty on Okinawa as a United States Marine,
he began his study of Isshin-ryu. When he was checking in, he saw a sign that
announced free Judo classes. He asked his NCOIC about the class and his NCOIC,
who was a green belt in Isshin-ryu told Advincula about Isshin-ryu and training
under Tatsuo Shimabuku. On his first liberty, the NCOIC took him straight to the
Agena dojo to meet and study Isshin-ryu from its founder, Master Tatsuo
Shimabuku. The date was December 1, 1958 and in the forty years since, a part of
each and every day involves some aspect of the martial arts. He is either
training by himself, teaching or conducting workshops and seminars all over the
United States and Canada, writing articles, studying the history of Okinawa or
martial arts in general, or answering a million questions on the phone or over
the internet from students like me.
Advincula makes yearly
trips to Okinawa for several reasons. He researches and studies karate and
kobudo on the island and keeps in touch with Tatsuo's wife, Mrs. Shimabuku and
Shinsho his second son. Advinculas also conducts Okinawan Cultural Martial Arts
Tours and since 1994 has had four of them. He plans for a fifth tour in April
1999. Another reason for his trips to Okinawa is to visit his in-laws. He has
been married to Michie Nakamashi since January 23, 1961.
Since 1994, Advincula has
conducted four Okinawa Cultural Martial Arts Tours with the fifth tour scheduled
in April, 1999.
Isshin-ryu and the martial
arts are lucky to have Arcenio J. Advincula as an ambassador. For fifty-three
years he has been studying, training and teaching in escrima, combat judo,
kobudo, goju-ryu, shorin-ryu, uechi-ryu, hindiandi gung fu, just to name a few.
December 1, 1998 marked his 40th anniversary studying and teaching Isshin-ryu
karate. He continues to learn and he doesn't close his mind to change. He
strives to keep the Isshin-ryu tradition and Tatsuo Shimabuku alive in our