Our History

Berkeley Kendo Dojo was established in 1995 by Yoshinari Miyata (1926-2016), Yuko Gower, Sylvette Orlianges, and Richard Hill.

A Hanshi 8th Dan, Miyata Sensei was born in Los Angeles and moved to Japan, where he began training in kendo in Kagoshima prior to World War II. Miyata Sensei returned to the US after World War II and was one of the driving forces of the Kendo Federation of the United States of America (KFUSA) under the late Torao Mori Sensei.

Miyata Sensei facilitated the establishment of dojos in the East Bay Area and beyond. The East Bay Kenyukai (Friendship through Swordsmanship Association) now has affiliated dojos in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Concord, and Stockton.


Yoshinari Miyata


Hanshi 8th Dan

Bob Matsueda

Chief Instructor Emeritus / Advisor

Renshi 6th Dan

Dorothee Liebschner

Chief Instructor

Kendo 4th Dan

Atsushi Miyamoto


Kendo 5th Dan
Iaido 5th Dan

Richard Hill


Kendo 4th Dan
Iaido 4th Dan

Victor Kwok


Kendo 4th Dan
Iaido 3rd Dan

Ashley Takami


Kendo 4th Dan


Berkeley Kendo Dojo admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other administered programs.

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