Last Update: July 6th 2021

Koyokai Kendo now operating in Portage, Michigan, Warren, Michigan and Milwaukee, Wi. All locations now open and accepting new students.

Koyokai Kendo is a small Kendo organization that practices Kendo in the state of Michigan in the United States. Founded in 2014 by combining the members of the Battle Creek Kendo Kai and Grand Rapids Kendo Kai. Koyokai conducts practices in two locations:

Koyokai Kalamazoo@Southside Dojo (Contact: crocozuna@gmail.com)
8534 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Schedule: Thursdays 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturdays 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Koyokai East in Warren Mi. (Contact: travismichaelhill@gmail.com)
Please contact for practice locations and times.

Koyokai Milwaukee@12675 Townsend St. Brookfield Wi 53005 (www.milwaukeekendo.org)

Koyokai Kendo practices the Japanese art of Kendo based on the teachings of Douglas Tamaichi Funamoto Sensei (d. 2001 Kiyoshi 7th Dan).

– Fundamentals: Always stick to the basics.
– Practice: Practice hard and often
– Repeat: Repetition breeds consistency and accuracy.
– Win: Application of training translates to tournament success.
– Rise: Move up through the ranks by displaying proper Kendo.

Kendo the right way. Koyokai Kendo operates under the strict expectations of the International Kendo Governing Body (FIK), the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and the Midwest Kendo Federation (MWKF).


Yutaro Matsuura Renshi 7th Dan (Chief Instructor)

Travis Hill 5th Dan (Head Instructor Koyokai East)

Robert Mack 5th Dan (Head Instructor Koyokai Milwaukee)

Mimi Ahn 4th Dan
David Noonan 4th Dan
Tim Minowa 4th Dan
Daichi Sakuma 3rd Dan
Vladimir Trusevich 3rd Dan
Stephen Chaffin 3rd Dan  
Scott Watson 2nd Dan  
Joshua Elmblad 2nd Dan  
Steve Walker 1st Dan  
Amy Walker 1st Dan  (Club President)
Ryan Kelly 1st Dan  
Sean Kelly 1st Dan  
Phil Reed 1st Dan
Daniel Hammond 1st Kyu  
Alex Dupay  
Taichi Matsuura 2nd Kyu
Anton Trusevich  
Chris Choi
Caleb Taylor
Tristyn Martin
Qiu Yongkai 

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