Instructors

     

Matsushita Shuji Sensei

Kendo 7 dan kyoshi


Matsushita Shuji (松下 修治) was born in 1950 on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Matsushita Sensei started practicing kendo at the age of 7. In 1974, he entered the Shinkage Ryu Integrated Budo Dojo, where he apprenticed for the next seven years in Kendo, Iaido, Taijitsu, Judo and Karate. At 31, he received a Master’s Degree in Shinkage Ryu.

During this time, he left his mark in many tournaments. He finished three times within the Top 8 of the All Tokyo Kendo Championship; Team Division Championship of the Shinjuku Kendo Championship; and the Team and Individual Divisions Champion of the Koshigaya Open Kendo Championship.

In 1978, Matsushita Sensei was featured in the martial arts documentary, Budo, which won awards at the Miami International Film Festival.

In 1998, he founded Shu Do Kan Dojo in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, teaching classes in Kendo, Iaido and Taijitsu. He also coached and taught the Cornell Kendo Club, the Rochester Institute of Technology Kendo Club and the Towanda High School Kendo Club.

He was champion in the All Eastern US Kendo Federation Kendo Championship consecutively twice, and he finished first place in the Detroit Open Kendo Tournament Team Division twice.

In 2002, Matsushita Sensei founded the Meishin Muso Ryu school of Iaido, with students in both Japan and the United States. He holds the rank of 7th Dan Kyoshi in Kendo from the All Japan Kendo Federation.

Matsushita Katsunori

Iaido 6 dan, Kendo 5 dan

Biography coming soon

Matsushita Kensaku

Biography coming soon

Thomas Hill

Jujitsu 7 dan, Iaido 5 dan


Professor Thomas Hill has studied Danzan Ryu Jujitsu since 1971. In 1982, he opened his dojo, Shumpukan, in Stroudsburg. He holds the rank of 5 dan in Iaido in the Meishin Muso Ryu style; and the rank of 3 dan in Kendo with the All United States Kendo Federation.