Motoya Nakamura

Chief Instructor: Kendo 5 dan

Nakamura sensei started practicing Kendo in Nagoya, Japan and continued for six years. After moving to the U.S., he practiced for six years in Virginia. In Oregon, he has been one of the instructors at Obukan and took over the mantle of Chief Instructor in March of 2022.

Chris Tilt

President: Kendo 4 dan

Tilt sensei started kendo under Stroud sensei at Obukan in 1995 and has also been a member at Ren Ma and Portland Kendo Clubs.

Steven Uchida

Instructor: Kendo 4 dan

Uchida sensei began his kendo journey at age 12 at Gardena Kendo Club in Gardena, California. He moved to Oregon in 1991 where he joined Obukan under Robert Stroud sensei. After co-founding RenMa Dojo in Portland, he’s back at Obukan with a focus on beginners to “Train hard and have fun!”

Daniel Anzai

Assistant Instructor, Vice-President: Kendo 3 dan

Daniel started practicing kendo in Hawaii in 2004. He has practiced at Kenshikan Kendo Club (Honolulu, HI) and at the Kendo Club at UW (Seattle, WA).

Blake Sprenger

Beginner’s Class Instructor: Kendo 3 dan

Blake has been practicing kendo since 2016.