Robert Safreed

Robert B. Safreed was born May 4, 1940 in Albion, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University where, in 1960, he began training in Shotokan Karate and combat Judo under Police Defensive Tactics instructor, Leslie Dyer. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in December 1961. He began his Isshin-ryu training in January 1963 under Tatsuo Shimabuku. Upon departing Okinawa in March 1964, Master Shimabuku told him to find U.S. Marine A.J. Advincula and continue his Isshin-ryu training under Advincula. Safreed adheres to the teachings of Tatsuo Shimabuku as a member and follower of the Isshinkai.

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USMC Knife fighting:

Robert Safreed - Chairman
1st Generation student of Tatsuo Shimabuku
Isshinkai Branch Dojo - Long Beach, Ca