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Dojo History and Sensei

Mountain View Kendo Dojo was established in 1972, under Jiro Sakano Sensei (hanshi 8-dan) and Tadashi Kurasawa Sensei (renshi 6-dan). Sakano Sensei was an important figure in California kendo, and was instrumental in starting several dojo in the California Bay Area. He was also associated with kendo instruction in the Pacific North-West prior to World War 2. Kurasawa Sensei won first place in the individual division at the first ever US kendo championship in 1978 [Black Belt magazine article].

Practice was started at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, where it continues to be held today. With expanding membership, an additional practice session in Sunnyvale was added in the early 2000s. MVKD is a non-profit and volunteer-driven dojo.  Instruction is provided free of any cost and membership fees are used to defray practice space rental expenses. All our sensei (instructors) are ranked 4-dan and above, which typically requires at least 10 years of experience. MVKD is also regularly visited by sensei from other dojo who aid in instruction.

Head Instructor
Masami Yamaguchi, kyoshi 7-dan

Assistant Instructors
Sean Choi, 5-dan
Hidesuke Kokawa, 4-dan
Jaehyung Kim, 4-dan
Igsoo Kwon, 4-dan
From L to R: Sakano Sensei (1978), Kurasawa Sensei (1978), and Yamaguchi Sensei (2010)
(Photos courtesy K. Strawn and P. Sengupta)