Arcenio James Advincula is a martial artist and a first-generation student of the founder of Isshin-ryū Karate, Tatsuo Shimabuku. He also has an extensive background in Largo Mano Eskrima, Hindiandi Gung Fu, Ryukyu Kobudo and Combat Judo. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps who served for 22 years, 6 months, 18 days including two tours in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He retired in 1981 as a Master Sergeant.
Some of his other notable accomplishments include; designing the Isshinryu patch, receiving a Black Belt Emeritus from the United States Marine Corps, working with the San Diego Chargers on body mechanics, selected by the Okinawan Government to represent the U.S. at the 2005 Okinawa Karate and Kobudo Exchange Symposium.
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 hearts