Meet your Seminar Instructors
Thomas Groendal holds a 6th dan in Jodo and is the lead Jodo instructor for the All United States Kendo Federation, and also holds a 3rd dan in Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu. He lived in Japan for 10 years and regularly interprets for guest instructors from the All Japan Kendo Federation.
He oversees the Northwest’s United States’ branches of the Hoshu Dojo, and is the head instructor of the Portland, OR dojo. He is also currently the chief regional examiner for Western Canada in the Canadian Kendo Federation.
To find out more about Thomas Goendal, visit www.hoshudojo.com
Or check out his appearance on Chop Talk : https://choptalk.podbean.com/e/ct044-jodo-and-japan-with-thomas-groendal/
Harvey King’s lifelong relationship with martial arts began was with karate in the 60s/early 70’s. He started training in iaido in the 70s and early 80s, studying Muso Shinden Ryu at Japanese Swordsmanship Society under John Prough. Prough’s main instructor was Mitsuzuka Sensei, who visited at times from Japan. Ultimately, he earned a 2nd Dan in Iaido. He also started aikido in 1981, eventually attaining the rank of 5th Dan.
Harvey King first saw jodo being taught at the J.S.S. by Uri Barsel. He began taking classes before training with Barsel’s teacher David Pearl, who became his teacher in mid 1980’s. Around 1988 he traveled to Japan to meet Pearl Sensei’s teacher, Matsumura Sensei, at Kobukan Dojo where he took his 1st Dan test. Pearl Sensei retired and King was made a direct student of Matsumura Sensei. During this time, he began traveling to Japan, mostly twice a year, and was told to teach in the U.S.A. He received 5th Dan in Jodo in 1999, and also has a gomokuroku teaching license in Shindo Musu Ryu Jodo (this is a teaching license, not a rank as most people call it.)
His dojo, the Kobujodokai, is located in Brooklyn, NY.
For more information on Harvey King visit https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Kobujodokai-1809300232630028/ Or check out his upcoming interview on Chop Talk ( www.choptalk.podbean.com )
Peter Boylan began studying studying Kodokan Judo in college in 1986. In 1990 he moved to Japan to learn more about Japanese culture, language and martial arts. In 1993 while living in Japan he encountered jodo during an iaido practice, and began studying All Japan Kendo Federation Jodo in 1994. He holds a 5th dan in All Japan Kendo Federation Jodo. He also holds a 5th dan in All Japan Kendo Federation Iaido, a 3 dan in Kodokan Judo, shomokuroku in Shinto Muso Ryu jo, and jun-shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu. Since returning from Japan in 1999, he travels to Japan regularly to study and train. He is the author of MUSINGS OF A BUDO BUM, a collection of essays on all aspects of budo.
Peter Boylan lives in Detroit, Mi where he leads the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai.
To learn more about Peter Boylan, visit his popular blog, The Budo Bum http://budobum.blogspot.com/ , or listen to his interview on Chop Talk. https://choptalk.podbean.com/e/ct059-peter-boylan-musings-of-a-budo-bum/
Peter Boylan will be holding a seminar in Detroit, MI on Saturday September 20th to prep for the upcoming. Find registration information here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460515377509175/
Nate England began studying traditional martial arts in 1995. He was first introduced to Jodo around this time, learning some of the fundamental techniques that were included in the curriculum of American Karate Pioneer, Robert Trias. To further his understanding of traditional martial arts, he moved to Okinawa, Japan in 2007, staying until 2010. During that time, he was able to train with many of the top martial artists in Japan and Okinawa, and also had the opportunity to study jodo more deeply.
Nate England holds a 4th dan in Jodo from the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei. He is also a 5th dan in Shuri Ryu Karate, 4th Dan in Okinawan Kobudo, 3rd dan in Shidokan Shorin Ryu Karate, black belt (degrees not awarded) in Kishaba Jukku Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate, and 1st dan in Iaido. He currently lives in Cincinnati, OH, where he is the co-owner of the Kosho School of Karate, and the host of a weekly martial arts podcast.
To find out more about Nate England, visit www.koshoschoolofkarate.com
Or check out his podcast, Chop Talk http://choptalk.podbean.com/
Frank DiMarco is an accomplished practitioner and instructor of Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo, training under Harvey King Sensei, and holding a 4th Dan. He also trains in Atarashii and Tendo Ryu Naginata and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, holding a 3rd Dan in each. He trained in Iaido under John Prough Sensei until his passing and in Naginata under Sachiko Yamauchi Sensei until her passing. His current Naginata instructor is Takami Tanner Sensei. He is also a karate student of Sensei Mike Jones in Karate and Aiki-Jujutsu.
Frank DiMarco has led multiple Jodo groups across the Midwest, and is currently located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
For more information on Frank DiMarco visit: https://www.facebook.com/New-York-Kobujodokai-1809300232630028/