PROFESSOR RAMON ANCHO
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Professor Ramon "Lono" Ancho is currently
ranked as a Kudan, 9th Degree Black Belt, in the Kodenkan Danzan-Ryu
Jujitsu Association, and holds the title of presiding elder in
this organization. Lono, the name for the Hawaiian god of love
and friendship, lives in Costa Rica.
Most popularly associated with his heroic Vietnam
experiences, Prof. Ancho's contributions to martial arts, and especially
to the development of Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Jujitsu, are solidly
based on more than a single period of his life. To the man himself,
his Vietnam experience is but one experience in an eventful life.
There were adventures before and more after.
Ramon Ancho is thought of as a modern-day warrior,
a man of action, an achiever, a doer. His life experiences, naturally,
overshadow many men. He has certainly beaten the odds. Few are
aware of the fact that this apparently carefree man earned a total
of 28 combat-related citations in his military career and attained
the rank of Major. The fact that he has become a master of calculated
risk obscures an earlier experience, though undoubtedly a less
colorful one, than being a student of Master Okazaki's at the age
of 10 This experience marked the beginning of Ancho's martial arts
career. The post-military Ancho has remained no less active than
pre-military or military Ancho. A great believer in service, he
not only devotes his time to charity and community activities,
but at the same time earns a living in law enforcement. Although
not considering himself an intellectual, Ancho's achievements have
proven him to be a thinking man. Ancho believes deeply, and this
belief has underscored his life, that man too, must serve man.
Ramon Ancho holds senior ranks in Kempo Karate,
Kodenkan Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu, and the title of Professor in Kodokan
He has instructed celebrities Ricardo Montalban,
Tony Curtis, and acted as bodyguard for Martha Raye. He appeared
in movies such as The Naked and the Dead, Beachhead (with Tony
Curtis and Janet Leigh), Get Set, Go and television appearances
with Ed Sullivan, Steve Allen and Jack Parr.
Prof. Ancho has served as instructor to the 82nd
Airborne Division, 1st Special Forces Group, 5th Special Forces
Group, West Point Military Academy Cadet Judo Team, U.S. Special
Warfare School and as Assistant Commandant of the New York Military