Instructors

Yukio Ara, 荒 征男, 7 Dan Kyoshi (AJKF) – Past Founder

Dean Masahiro Ara, 荒 将博, 7 Dan Kyoshi (AJKF) – Head Instructor
2000, 11th World Kendo Championships (Santa Clara, CA, USA) Men’s National Team member
2003, 12th World Kendo Championships (Glasgow, Scotland) Men’s National Team member
2006, 13th World Kendo Championships (Taipei, Taiwan) Men’s National Team Captain

2009, 14th World Kendo Championships (Sao Paolo, Brazil), National Team Women’s Coach
2018, 17th World Kendo Championships (Incheon, South Korea), National Team Men’s & Women’s Head Coach (3rd Place – Women’s)
2021, 18th World Kendo Championships (Paris, France), National Team Men’s & Women’s Head Coach – CANCELLED

2002, 14th Canadian National Championships – Men’s Division, 3rd Place
2005, 15th Canadian National Championships – Men’s Division, 2nd Place
2008, 16th Canadian National Championships – Men’s Division, 2nd Place
2011, 17th Canadian National Championships – Men’s Division, 3rd Place

2006, 1st Annual BCKF Senior Championships – 1st Place

Profession: Principal, Total Product Marketing
Hobbies: Food and wine, baseball, golf


Makiko Ara, 荒 真紀子, 6 Dan (AJKF) – Senior Instructor
1997, 10th World Kendo Championships (Kyoto, Japan) Women’s National Team member
2000, 11th World Kendo Championships (Santa Clara, CA, USA) Women’s National Team member
2003, 12th World Kendo Championships (Glasgow, Scotland) Women’s National Team member
2006, 13th World Kendo Championships (Taipei, Taiwan) Women’s National Team Captain

2017 Canadian Nationals, Women’s Division, 2nd Place

Vice President, West, Canadian Kendo Federation (2017 to present)

A Conversation with Makiko Ara – Tokushikai Podcast

Profession: Managing Director, TPM, Creative Designer
Hobbies: Cooking, wine, food


Daisaku Taguchi, 田口 大作, 6 Dan (AJKF) – Senior Instructor
2000, 11th World Kendo Championships (Santa Clara, CA, USA), Men’s National Team Member
2003, 12th World Kendo Championships (Glasgow, Scotland, UK), Men’s National Team Member
2006, 13th World Kendo Championships (Taipei, Taiwan), Men’s National Team Member
2009, 14th World Kendo Championships (Sao Paolo, Brazil), Men’s National Team Captain
2018, 17th World Kendo Championships (Incheon, South Korea), National Team Men’s Assistant Coach
2021, 18th World Kendo Championships (Paris, France), National Team Men’s Team Assistant Coach

1999 11th Canadian National Kendo Championships – Men’s Division, Second Place
2002 12th Canadian National Kendo Championships – National Round-Robin, Third Place
2005 13th Canadian National Kendo Championships – National Round-Robin, First Place

Profession: Building Science Engineer
Hobbies: Spending time with son, snowboarding, camping, Seahawks football, and the occasional beer


June Yuki Hayashi, 林  有紀, 5 Dan – Senior Instructor
1997, 10th World Kendo Championships (Kyoto, Japan) Women’s National Team member
2006, 13th World Kendo Championships (Taipei, Taiwan) Women’s National Team member
2011, 17th Canadian National Championships – Women’s Division, 3rd Place

Profession: Hairstylist
Hobbies: Travelling, reading, gourmet cooking


Eiji Kita, 喜多 英治, 4 Dan, Senior Instructor
2018 17th World Kendo Championships (Incheon, Korea) Men’s National Team member

Profession: Canada Post specialist, SEO Professional, Stunt Actor
Hobbies: Weightlifting, anime

 

 

Juneko Kurahashi, 倉橋 順子, 4 Dan, Senior Instructor
1991 World Championship Goodwill Games – Canada
2015 16th World Kendo Championships (Tokyo, Japan) Women’s National Team member

1990 Canadian Nationals, Ladies and Non-Degree Division, 1st Place
1993 Canadian Nationals, Women’s Division, 1st Place
2017 Canadian Nationals, Women’s Division, 1st Place

Profession: Software Engineer
Hobbies: Reading, Ultimate, Running

Senior Members

Tomio Fukumura, 4 Dan
Daisuke Udagawa, 4 Dan
Dean Tajitsu, 3 Dan
Hubert Shim, 3 Dan
Anita Espiritu, 3 Dan
Gordon Mark, 2 Dan
Oliver Young, 2 Dan
Fred Yoshimura, 2 Dan
Dexter Dong, 2 Dan
Alistar Son, 2 Dan

Active Members

Isaiah Son, 2 Dan
Kaito Squance, Sho Dan
Yura Schlegel, Sho Dan
Yuka Lee, Sho Dan
Hugo Young, Sho Dan
Nate Son, Sho Dan
Clark Liao, Sho Dan
Hiyori Tominaga, 1Kyu
Liliana Cheung, 1Kyu
Jason Stone
Kenta Yoshimura
Seishiro Tominaga
Kazuma Yoshimura
Issaac Hwang
Oscar Li
Oswin Li
Harumi Ara
Soshi Ara
Regina Liao
Teruya Lee
Shogo Harada
Sadie Stone
Anthony Rorden