About Us

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Peaceful Valley Martial Arts follows the teachings of Tatsuo Shimabuku. It is a member of Isshinkai: an international organization of Isshinryu schools headed by Arcenio J. Advincula, one of Tatsuo's original students in Okinawa.

Peaceful Valley Martial Arts was formed in 1995 by head instructors Glenn E. Wargo (Nana Dan) and Glenn N. Wargo (Nana Dan) and has one dojo in White Meadow Lake, Rockaway Township, New Jersey. Both head instructors train directly under Sensei Advincula. In addition, all of our students are free to attend seminars frequently given by Sensei Advincula as well as other practitioners.

Our school emphasizes self-defense, kata, kumite, and weapons as taught by Tatsuo Shimabuku. In addition, we have incorporated into our studies both weapon and hand katas from other styles of karate, including those developed by Sensei Advincula, in order to provide a more rounded experience. We encourage attendance at tournaments including those sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Union. While Peaceful Valley has had many national and regional tournament champions, its emphasis is on the development of the individual to the best of that individual's ability.


Memorial Seminar for Sensei Orchard to benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation Sunday September 11th (Patriots Day) with Sensei Advincula. Photos available in gallery

In Loving Memory of Sensei Larry Orchard


Name: Promoted to:
Ilene LefkowitzOrange Belt (Senior)
Leah AbramsGreen Belt (Junior)
Mara RussoIch Kyu (Teen)
John BianciSho-Dan (Senior)
Nick MatteraYon-Dan (Senior)
Larry OrchardYon-Dan (Senior)
Jim PattisYon-Dan (Senior)
Bernie SchenklerGo-Dan (Senior)
Dave MillerNi-Dan in Advincula Combat Escrima (ACE) in bladed weapons

White Meadow Lake
(Mondays Only)*
  • Pee wees - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Teens - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Adults - 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

*On the first and second Wednesday of every month there will be a workout at WML from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. Tuition for the workout is $11.50. It can be paid at the POA office prior to, or the evening of the workout.

  • Sept 11 - Memorial Seminar for Sensei Orchard to benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation
White Meadow Lake
Glen Wargo, Sr.
(973) 725-2906
White Meadow Lake
100 White Meadow Rd.
Rockaway NJ 07866
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