Tenchi Dojo




PHONE 908-236-0052
FAX  908-534-2418

Welcome to Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo where our goal is to teach Isshinryu Karate and Okinawan Kohudo as taught by Sensei A.J. Advincula, a pioneer of Marine Corps Martial Arts. It was in the late 1950's that Sensei Advincula began studying Isshinryu karate from Tatuso Shumabuku, the developer of this powerful and lightening fast system of karate. Since then Sensei Advincula has become one of the foremost authorities on Isshinryu karate.

Here at Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo we also teach and support the traditions, history, customs and courtesy of the Okinawan culture. This is so we can better help our students understand the Okinawan way of life which we believe is an essential component to learning Isshinryu Karate and Okinawan Kobudo. 


Class Schedule
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday





Teen/Adult
All Ranks
8:30am-9:30am




Teen/Adult
All Ranks
9:30am-
11:00am
Juniors
All Ranks
9:30am-10:30am





Ryukonkai Kobudo
10:30am - 11:30am

2nd Saturday of each month
Black Belt Class
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Juniors
All Ranks
6:00pm-7:00pm

Juniors
All Ranks
6:00pm-7:00pm
Juniors
All Ranks
6:00pm-7:00pm


Teen/Adult
All Ranks
7:00pm-9:00pm

Teen /Adult
All Ranks
7:00pm-9:00pm
Ryukonkai Kobudo
7:00pm - 8:00pm










Black Belt Class
2nd Saturday of each month - 1pm–3pm (9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12)

We provide a curriculum for Junior, Teen and Adult learners.

Juniors           Ages 6-11
Teen/Adult    Ages 12 and older (or by special permission from Mr. Fawcett)




Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo
Instructors
Scott K. Fawcett (GoDan) - Head Instructor
Scott studies Isshinryu Karate and Okinawan Kobudo under Sensei A.J. Advincula and is a member of Sensei Advincula's Isshinkai. Scott has attended Sensei Advincula's annual Enbukai in Oceanside, California in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014. Scott also had the privilege of traveling to Okinawa with Advincula Sensei, his wife Michie and a small group of students for a 10-day cultural martial arts tour in 2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012. Scott holds the rank of Yondan in Ryukonkai Kobudo. He is also head of the NJ Branch of Ryukonkai and is a certified Ryukonkai instructor.

Experience
1979-1981: Isshinryu Karate under Dale Jenkins at Jersey Judo Karate Academy
1989-2001: Isshinryu Karate under Joan Calvert at American Budo Kai
2001-2004: Jeet Kune Do, Sambo and Escrima under Frank Viggiano of Martial Arts Concepts
2005-present: student of Sensei Arcenio J. Advincula, a first generation student of Master Tatsuo Shimabuku and creator of the original Isshinryu patch. 
2009-present: student of Sensei Iha Kotaro and Sensei Iha Mitsutada in Ryukonkai kobudo.


Kathy Fawcett (Yon Dan) - Instructor

Kathy was promoted to Shodan at our 2008 karate camp.  In addition to helping run the dojo, Mrs. Fawcett also instructs classes every Friday morning.  Mrs. Fawcett visited Okinawa with Sensei Advincula and his wife Michie for a 10-day cultural martial arts tour in both 2008 and 2011. Kathy attended Sensei Advincula's annual Enbukai in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 & 2014 and is an affiliate member of Sensei Advincula’s Isshinkai.  She is also a certified Women’s Self Defense instructor with the Fight Like A Girl (FLAG) program. Kathy was graded Sandan in Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo by Iha Kotaro Sensei and Iha Mitsutada Sensei in May 2013.

Erik Heller (YonDan) - Instructor

Erik was promoted to Shodan in December 2008. Erik was a member of our KI TEAM Program for a number of years and is now an instructor in the dojo. Erik visited Okinawa with Sensei Advincula and his wife Michie for a 10-day cultural martial arts tour in 2011 and he attended Sensei Advincula's annual Enbukai in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2014. Erik is an affiliate member of Sensei Advincula’s Isshinkai. Erik was graded Sandan in Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo by Iha Kotaro Sensei and Iha Mitsutada Sensei in May 2013.

Lorena Verdun (SanDan) - Instructor

Lorena was promoted to Shodan in July 2010.  Lorena also has many years of experience in Goju-Ryu Karate where she holds the rank of Nidan.  Lorena visited Okinawa with Sensei Advincula and his wife Michie for a 10-day cultural martial arts tour in 2011 and she attended Sensei Advincula's annual Enbukai in 2010 and 2014. Lorena was graded Nidan in Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo by Iha Kotaro Sensei and Iha Mitsutada Sensei in May 2013.

Leslie Sauerborn (Sandan) - Instructor

Leslie has been studying Isshinryu Karate since December of 2005 and was promoted to Shodan in July of 2010. Leslie attended Sensei Advincula’s annual Enbukai in 2010. Leslie is also a member of our Ryukonkai program.