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The instructors at Doshikai have all achieved their rank from the All United States Kendo Federation and have been members of Doshikai from 5-10 years. Most have extensive martial arts training in other forms of Budo such as karate-do, aikido, kung fu, etc. One of the things you will soon realize is how each of the instructors at Doshikai work with new students to make them feel comfortable and excel quickly. The attention to detail in each technique and the emphasis on etiquette is one of the most important exercises that the instructors will work on with you. You will also find that they are very knowledgeable in Japanese Swordsmanship history, etc.


Mr. Barry Poitras - Iaido Godan (5th Degree Black Belt), Kendo Godan (5th Degree Black Belt)

Mr. Poitras began his martial arts training in Shotokan Karate-do in 1980. He began Kendo and Iaido in 1989 with the Boston Kendo Dojo. He currently holds the rank of Godan (5th Dan) in Kendo and Godan (5th Dan) in Iaido, as well as Sandan (3rd Dan) in Karate-do.



Mr. Chad Cook- Iaido Yondan (4th Degree Black Belt)

Mr. Cook has been studying Iaido since 2000 at the Doshikai Kendo and Iaido dojo in Acton, MA, and currently holds the rank of Yondan (4th degree black belt) in Iaido through the All US Kendo Federation.


Mr. Corwyn Miyagishima - Iaido Sandan (3rd Degree Black Belt)

Corwyn Miyagishima began studying Iaido in 2008. He is currently ranked Sandan in Iaido.


Mr. Gerry Tanguay - Iaido Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt)

Gerry Tanguay began studying Kenpo Karate in 1990. He is currently ranked nidan in Iaido, Yondan in Kenpo and Yondan in Jujutsu.



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For more information, please contact info@doshikai.org