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Covina Kendo Dojo Instructors


Kato Sensei Sakaue Sensei Tew Sensei Kinjo Sensei Chang Sensei Kim Sensei Owaki Sensei Ma Sensei

Tomoji Kato Sensei

Senior Instructor: Tomoji Kato ( 加藤知二 )


  • Place of origin: Tokyo, Japan

  • Rank: Kyoshi (教士) 7-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 33 in San Fernando Valley Dojo with Miyahara (宮原) Sensei
  • Special technique/waza: "Perhaps Kote waza is my best, and I like Men waza."
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members: 一心 (Isshin); To concentrate the mind on one thing.

Masataka Sakaue Sensei

Senior Instructor: Masataka Sakaue ( 坂上正隆 )


  • Place of origin: Kagoshima, Japan

  • Rank:Renshi (錬士) 7-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 22
  • Special technique/waza: "Men waza is my favorite."
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members:礼儀 (Reigi); Courtesy / 剣道は、礼に始まり、礼に終わる。(Kendo wa, rei ni hajimari, rei ni owaru.); "Kendo begins and ends with rei."

Saeko Tew Sensei

Instructor: Saeko Tew ( トウー龍見冴子 )


  • Place of origin: Kyoto, Japan

  • Rank: Renshi (錬士) 6-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 13
  • Special technique/waza: "Keep it secret."
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members:"Do your best."

Katsuhide Kinjo Sensei

Head Instructor: Katsuhide Kinjo ( 金城勝秀 )


  • Place of origin: Okinawa, Japan

  • Rank: 5-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 35
  • Special technique/waza: "It was Men waza, and now is Kote waza."
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members:Continue / "Keiko (稽古; Practice) is important."

Scott Chang Sensei

Instructor: Scott Chang


  • Place of origin: San Jose, CA

  • Rank: 5-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started when I was in college, in 1998.
  • Special technique/waza: I don’t really have one, but I use men waza the most.
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members: “Ko Ken Chi Ai”. It has the meaning of “friendship through the exchange of swords”. In order to elevate your kendo, it’s important to develop friendships wherever you go. It lets you develop a connection, especially with other people from other places, and lets you get to know their kendo. This is very important because it always takes at least 2 people to have keiko. When a group can work together and have a good practice, it lets everyone raise their technique.

Steven Kim Sensei

Instructor: Steven Kim


  • Place of origin: Seoul, Korea

  • Rank: 4-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started in 1997
  • Special technique/waza: None
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members: “I develop my kendo today, kendo develops me tomorrow.”

George Owaki Sensei

Instructor: George Owaki ( 大脇丈二 )


  • Place of origin: Glendora, CA

  • Rank: 4-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 6 in Covina Kendo Dojo.
  • Special technique/waza: Unknown yet.
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members:"There is a phrase 'Practice never lies', but if you do not use your head during practice it will lie easily." - Yu Darvish

Jeason Ma Sensei

Instructor: Jeason Ma ( 马铎/馬鐸 (Duo Ma) )


  • Place of origin: Liaoning, China

  • Rank: 4-Dan
  • When started kendo: Started at 21 in Beijing, China.
  • Special technique/waza: "Men Kaeshi Dou (面返し胴)"
  • Favorite words for kendo / Important advice for Kenshi members:吃得苦中苦 方成人上人 (chih dé kǔ jhong kǔ, fang chan rén shàng rén); "To succeed the best, you must work through the hardest training."