The guiding influences at Kodokan are:
Masatake Sumi sensei-Hanshi,Hachidan (8-dan), Emeritus Professor of Physical Education, Fukuoka University of Education, Kyushu, Japan. One of the most widely respected and
experienced Kendo Masters, renowned not only in Japan but worldwide. He annually leads the famous "Kodokan Kendo Seminar" (aka SSS - Sumi Sensei Seminar).

Highly acclaimed sensei also associated with Kodokan:

Isao Uegaki-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

Junichi Tashiro-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

Fumio Mori-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

Susumu Nagao-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

Hiroshi Ozawa-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

Yukuo Iwao-Kyoshi,Hachidan (8-dan).

The late Torao Ono-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan).

Masayoshi Imasato-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan).

Morio Kumamoto-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan).

Shoji Enomoto-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan).

Setsuko Kobayashi-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan) - A Pioneer of Ladies Kendo in Japan.

Hiromi Fujita-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan) - Japanese Ladies Team Coach at the 13WKC in Taipei.

Sotaro Honda-Kyoshi,Nanadan (7-dan) - Former Chief National Kendo Coach for the British Kendo Association from 2003 to 2007

 

CLUB FOUNDER: PAUL BUDDEN SENSEI-KYOSHI, NANADAN (7-DAN)

Email :paul.budden@kodokankendo.org.uk

Paul is the Kancho of Kodokan and is qualified in Coaching Studies from the University of Gloucester, is a registered NAKMAS senior Instructor, A Kendo coach to the Army & Combined Paul BuddenServices Martial Arts Associations, Technical Director of the Maltese Kendo Federation and a highly respected International Kendo teacher & referee. The only original student of the late Terry Holt sensei-Kyoshi, Nanadan (7.dan) Founder of Mumeishi Kendo Club, to achieve 7-dan.

He is also the well renowned author of several publications to date including: Looking at a Far Mountain : A Study of Kendo Kata ,  Devil's Gloves and the One Cut - An introduction to Ono-ha Itto ryu Kata, Three Ages of British Kendo - Biographical Portraits Volume IX for the Japan Society, a short Biography on R A Lidstone for Kendo World magazine 7.2 and A Truly British Samurai - the Exceptional Charles Boxer (1904-2000). He was a member of the British team that won Bronze in 1987 at the European Kendo Championships in Malmo and has visted  Japan on numerous occasions for study, practice & to Referee. The Championship Co-ordinator ( Official Speaker) for the European Kendo Federation he was was Co Organising Director at the  'Acclaimed' 12th World Kendo Championships in Glasgow 2003 for the British Kendo Association. Paul has also worked on many PR & media projects (please see our Promotional Work page) including: LEGO® Star Wars™, Channel 4's 'the Games' and for Nintendo in their Wii promotions. Most recently, he has worked for the 'Disney Channel' on a Star Wars Rebels Trailer as a Fight Director.

JUMPEI MATSUMOTO 

EMERITUS INSTRUCTOR: SENSEI-KYOSHI,NANADAN (7-DAN)

Jumpei Matsumoto Chief National Kendo Coach for the British Kendo Association from 2007 to 2009, having first visited the UK in 1986. A most outstanding Kendo teacher with over 40 years of experience - 'The perfect picture, how you wish your own Kendo could be'..

KAZUYO MATSUDA

SENSEI-RENSHI,NANADAN (7-DAN)

Email : kazuyo@kodokankendo.org

Kazuyo is a registered NAKMAS Senior Instructor, a British Kendo Association National Coach and former Great Britain National Ladies Team Coach, she is also an Internationally experienced Referee and is currently the National Team Coach to the Maltese Kendo Federation.

The most senior graded female kendoka in the UK and one of only six 7- dan ladies in Europe.

The epitome of the Kodokan kamon -

'Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee'

CARL RANGER

INSTRUCTOR,YONDAN(4-DAN)

Email: secretary@kodokankendo.org

Carl is a registered NAKMAS Instructor and a British Kendo Association level 1 registered coach.

Carl is also Club Secretary.

'The Lone Ranger' - everyone's senpai so never alone

HITOMI OKODA

INSTRUCTOR,YONDAN(3-DAN)

Hitomi is a registered NAKMAS Instructor and a British Kendo Association level 1 registered coach.

' The youngest of our coaches but with maturity beyond her years'

Carl is also Club Secretary.

'The Lone Ranger' - everyone's senpai so never alone

DAVE YOUNG

INSTRUCTOR,YONDAN(3-DAN)

Email: welfare@kodokankendo.org

David is a registered NAKMAS Instructor and listed with the British Kendo Association

David is also the Club welfare officer

'Young in name and at heart' - Patience personified