Began training in Isshinryu karate in 1980 under Master A. J. Avincula and later also began Shinkendo and Akibujutsu training under Master Obata.                                                                                               

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Bobby Holley Sensei's Bio

  •  Internationally Certified Roku Dan (6th Degree Black Belt)


    Born June 4, 1959 in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Pontotoc, Mississippi, his first introduction to martial arts was in 1977 at age 18 with friends in a backyard “dojo”. The next year he studied with a Tan Sui instructor. In 1979 at the University of Mississippi, he joined the Ole Miss Isshinryu Karate Club- a traditional Okinawan style of kara-te, literally “empty hands” and Kobudo, ancient weapons art. Serving as treasurer, vice-president, and president, he earned his Shodan on July 9, 1982 and was head instructor of the Ole Miss Club from 1982-1990. This was also his introduction to Arcenio J. Advincula sensei, a first generation student of the styles founder Tatsuo Shimabuku. Advincula had just retired from the United States Marine Corps and was teaching seminars around the country.

    At this time, Mr. Holley met and trained with Modern Arnis Filipino stick/ knife-fighting system founder Remy Presas, participating in three seminars over 2 years. In 1984 he began his study of ACE Escrima, a largo mano system under guru Advincula and served as “uke” (demonstration assistant) from then to the present time.

    From 1984-1990 Holley earned his Nidan and Sandan in karate and served on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Karate Association as its youngest member and tournament producer (6 tournaments). In 1988 after his primary instructor left the state Holley asked Advincula sensei to be his sensei and was accepted. At Advincula’s request, Mr. Holley trained the Ole Miss Rebel Football team in Body Mechanics in 1991.

    That year, a new job took the Holley family to Conway, AR, where over the next few years he studied several different styles including Aiki Kai aikido, USJA Judo and jujutsu, Chinese Kenpo and Brazilian jui-jitsu. He opened Conway Karate in 1994 and in 1996 attended the first Shinkendo and Aikibujutsu seminar featuring Obata Toshishiro, a talented martial artist of Samarai lineage. Lonnie Oakes of Tupelo, Mississippi’s Kaza Yama Dojo, hosted the event and became Holley sensei’s instructor. Holley would make the 4 ½ hour drive one way on Saturdays and make copious notes and videos. After Oakes sensei left the area Randy Beard of Springdale, Arkansas, stepped in as instructor/ advisor for the Arkansas dojos.

    Currently Mr. Holley lives in Greenbrier, Arkansas with his wife and two daughters and operates Conway Karate/ Jujutsu Dojo located at 2415 Donaghey Avenue in Conway. Classes offered include instruction in Isshinryu Karate, Ryu Kyu Kobudo, Shinkendo and Toyama-Ryu, Japanese swordsmanship, ACE Escrima and Aikibujutsu. Master Holley holds various Black Belt ranks in these arts as well as USJA Jujutsu, and a Brown Belt in Judo.



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