Shihan-The Kodenkan Hombu, Costa Rica
Professor Ancho began his study of the Kodenkan Dan Zan Ryu Ju-Jitsu system in Hawaii in 1936 with Professor Henry Seishiro Okazaki, founder of the system, and continued to study with Professor Okazaki until he began his military career in 1945. Professor Ancho also learned kempo karate, choy lay fut gung fu, and judo as part of his studies with Prof. Okazaki. Professor Ancho has taught the system all his life wherever he has lived and continues to dedicate his life to the perpetuation of this art.
While serving 31 years in the U.S. Army, Professor Ancho had a wide variety of exceptional opportunities and experiences. A few of these follow-
He served in Germany in 1945, Korea during the conflict, and six tours in Viet Nam with Special Forces. He has received 28 awards and decorations and has been wounded 5 times.
Martial Arts Related Experience-
A. All-Army boxing champion 1947-51, boxed in the 1948 Pan American Games.
B. Won the All-Army talent show in 1957 with his martial arts exhibition with a subsequent year long, around the world tour and appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Jack Parr Show, and The Steve Allen Show.
C. Appeared in several movies in the late 1950s.
D. He has studied a variety of martial arts around the world including Japan (6 years), China, The Phillipines and Viet Nam.
E. Co-Authored the Army hand-to-hand combat manual in the late 1960s.
F. Numerous military assignments as head hand-to-hand combat instructor.
G. Head Judo coach and hand-to-hand combat instructor at the U.S. Military Academy.
Professor Ancho held the rank of Judan (10th degree black belt) and actively taught the art until his death on January 27, 2003.