The Riverview Martial Arts story begins in the halls of the Portland YMCA in 1964. At a time when martial arts was still unfolding to America, Riverview’s founder, Vincent J. Atripaldi began his lifelong journey.
Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s the back-bone of Riverview’s unique style of martial arts was formed as the lessons, experiences and teachings of the founders passion began to blend into a single vision. Okinawan Karate, Chinese Kung Fu, Korean Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Aiki-jujitsu, Chi Gung, Goju Ryu, and Tai Chi Chuan melded together effortlessly. A new expression took shape, an expression of the ancient Arts that became known at Riverview in the mid 1980s as Universal Movement.
Universal Movement became a formalized curriculum of both hard and soft movements expressing the humanitarian spirit of the martial way. An Art form that, while rooted in tradition, was designed for pliability, effectiveness and efficiency.
In 1989, Riverview’s first Universal Movement dojo was built. The school offered both time-honored traditional techniques and the study/application of martial arts in nature’s ever-changing elements.
In 1994, Riverview became forever changed in both name and purpose when Riverview Foundation was officially granted its 501(c)(3) public non-profit status. As the Founder of both Riverview Foundation and Universal Movement, Sifu Vincent J. Atripaldi created a vehicle through which to share his true passion of martial arts education.
Today, after five decades of devoted training and hard work, Sifu Atripaldi’s lifelong passion to teach self-protection through a peaceful martial art has left an undeniable legacy for Riverview Foundation, and its Riverview Martial Arts schools, to carry forth for generations to come.