Instructors

Chief Instructor

Mr. Shigeo Kimura – 7th Dan Kyoshi

Kimura-Sensei was born and raised near Sendai, Japan. Kimura-Sensei attended Takushoku University in Tokyo, a school well known for martial arts training, where he was Captain of the University Kendo Team. He emigrated to Canada over 35 years ago, and since then has raised his family, runs a successful business and teaches Kendo in the Greater Toronto Area. Kimura-Sensei has represented Canada at the World Kendo Championships as a competitor, coach and international referee.

Instructors

Mr. Yukio Yamada – 5th Dan

Yamada-Sensei has studied Kendo under Kimura-Sensei for more than 40 years. He first practiced with the Tokabudokan dojo under Nakamura-Sensei. He practiced under Kimura-Sensei with the Takubukan dojo which is now the Toronto Kendo Club, and started the Mississauga Kendo Club with Kimura-Sensei in 1996. He also teaches kendo at the Hamilton Kendo Club.

Mr. Andreas Draesner – 4th Dan

Draesner-Sensei has over 20 years of Kendo experience. Having started his kendo at the University of Waterloo, Draesner-Sensei currently holds the rank of Yondan, which he achieved in 2003.

Mr. Gerald Audette – 4th Dan

Audette-Sensei has been practicing kendo for close to 20 years. He began kendo with the Saskatoon Kendo Club under Mr. Ken Miyaoka-Sensei, and then the Edmonton Kendo Club with Ms. Stephanie Bozzer-Sensei before joining the MKC in 2006. He currently holds the rank of Yondan, and is in charge of the Basics and Juniors programs at the club.

Mr. Dale Cheong – 3rd Dan

Dale has been practicing kendo with the MKC since 2005, and currently holds the rank of Sandan. He is the club’s secretary/treasurer.

Mr. Tim Samios – 3rd Dan

Tim has been practicing kendo with the MKC since 2005, and currently holds the rank of Sandan. He assists will the beginners’ program.