Lineage of Peaceful Valley Martial Arts
Glenn E. Wargo
Glenn N. Wargo
Sensei Advincula was one of Tatsuo Shimabuku's original students. Advincula was born in Alaska in 1938 and began his study of martial arts at the age of 8. On his first tour of duty, in 1958 with the Marines in Okinawa, Advincula met Tatsuo Shimabuku and began his studies which lasted seven and one-half years. (Most of the marines only studied with Tatsuo Shimabuku for their thirteen month tour of duty). Advincula married an Okinawan, Michie Nakamashi, in 1961. In addition to Isshinryu, Advincula studied Hindiani Gung Fu, Shorin Ryu and Uechi Ryu. During his 24 years with the marines, Advincula taught hand to hand combat and his system was formally adopted by the Marines in 1999. An expert in Escrima, (Filipino stick fighting), he made Escrima videos for Panther Productions. He was a trainer for the San Diego Chargers football team and was consulted as an expert in knife fighting by the media during the O.J. Simpson trial. He makes yearly trips to Okinawa to do further research in karate and kobudo. In addition, Advincula has made himself available to give numerous seminars throughout the country. Peaceful Valley has been fortunate enough to host several of his seminars.
In 2001, Sensei Advincula formed the Isshinkai Isshinryu Karate and Kobudo Association, a world-wide organization to promote Isshinryu. Peaceful Valley is a member of Issinkai, and is indeed fortunate to be associated with Sensei Advincula.
Sensei Wargo began his training in 1976 at Fred Stahl's AMDO Academy, Wayne, NJ. He studied there for two years before moving to Jefferson Township. He shortly began studying Isshinryu at Dale Jenkins' Jersey Judo Karate Kai under Rick Norris.
In 1980, Mr. Wargo received his first colored belt, a yellow belt, which Sensei Jenkins gave to him personally. He trained with many black belts at JJKK such as Sal Musco, Joe Webb, Mark and Michelle Kowalski, Brian Mackey, George Calvert, and Joan Felenczak. His main instructor was Rick Norris. In 1984, Mr. Wargo went with Rick Norris to YMCA dojo and was one of the senior kyus. Later in 1984/ 1985, he helped Rick Norris with the construction of the first Mine Hill dojo. He was promoted to Shodan in August of 1986 at karate camp. Later on that year, he reopened the West Milford Rte. 23 dojo. Mr. Wargo has been the head instructor of the West Milford dojo since 1986. He has helped develop, structure and teach at many karate camps, shiais, demos and tournaments for Jersey Judo Karate Academy. He received his Nidan in 1990, Sandan in 1994, Yondan in 1998 and Godan in 2006.
In 1995, Mr. Wargo left NJ, went to California and trained in Tae Kwon Do under Master Jun Chong. During this time Sensei Wargo was welcomed into the Okinawan Isshinryu Karate Do Association and had his rank confirmed by Angi Uezu. Upon returning to NJ, he created, along with his father, Peaceful Valley Martial Arts. He is currently studying under Sensei A. J. Advincula.top of page
Sensei Wargo began his training in December 1963 at North Jersey Jujitsu Academy, Montclair, NJ. His instructor was Fred Stahl. He advanced to green belt in 1965 before joining the United States Air Force. While in the U.S.A.F. Mr. Wargo studied Tang Soo Do.
He was a pistol marksmanship instructor, range safety officer and active competitor. He was a member of "Greeley's Irregulars", a police/civilian pistol team based in Cedar Grove, NJ during 1970 to 1976.
In 1977, Mr. Wargo rejoined Fred Stahl in his new style and dojo, "AMDO", in Wayne, NJ. During this time, he was studying with his son.
He put off his training until 1982 when he joined Dale Jenkins' Jersey Judo Karate Kai, under Mark Kowalski. He spent his time training in multiple dojos such as Newton, Ogdensburg, and West Milford (Dance Academy 23). After the death of Dale Jenkins, Mr. Wargo joined his son at the Randolph YMCA dojo with Rick Norris. Shortly after the Mine Hill Dojo of New Jersey Judo Karate Academy opened, he started to study with Lou Popeck. In 1988, he was promoted to Shodan. Mr. Wargo went off to create a new school in Rockaway-White Meadow Lake in the same year. He became a senior instructor of Black Dragons Karate. He received his Nidan in 1993. Angi Uezu welcomed Sensei Wargo into the Okinawan Isshinryu Karate Do Association and confirmed his rank in 1993 and 1995.
Mr. Wargo and his son Glenn, started Peaceful Valley Martial Arts in September of 1995. He left Lou Popek in 1996 and began training with Phil Barry. In 1998 he was promoted to Yon Dan at our seminar with Sensei Advincula. Throughout 1998 and 1999 Mr. Wargo had multiple opportunities to train with various military groups. He trained with the U.S. Air Force Security Police at Andrews Air Force Base, the U.S. Army Airborne Troops at Hunter Army Air Field and Airborne Troops at Fort Campbell.
On June 10, 2000 Sensei Advincula promoted Sensei Wargo to Godan. He is currently the Senior Instructor at White Meadow Lake and West Milford. He is also a nationally ranked referee and competitor in the A.A.U.
Glenn Wargo became a Highway Watch anti-terrorism trainer in March of 2005.
- Article I. The dojo is where the individual's physical and mental condition is trained.
- A. Believe that there is a God and human beings are his children. (Believe in your own faith, but respect the rights of others to believe in their's.)
- B. Military art (budo) begins with a salute and ends with the same.
- C. Students and teachers bow to the protecting God (kamisama) of Isshinryu and be nice to each other.
- Article II. Devote one's mental concentration and practice sincerely during the course of training.
- Article III. Smoking and drinking are prohibited while training.
- Article IV. Take good care of equipment used in training.
- Article V. Students be respectful to their teachers and teachers be courteous to their students and guide them properly. Juniors/Seniors (Kohai/ Sempai).
- Article VI. Violators of the above codes will be dismissed from the dojo.
Master of all Isshinryu Karate
- A person's heart is the same as heaven and earth.
- The blood circulating is similar to the sun and moon.
- The manner of drinking and spitting is either hard or soft.
- A person's unbalance is the same as a weight.
- The body should be able to change directions at any time.
- The time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself.
- The eyes must see all sides.
- The ears must listen in all directions.