Welcome to Koyokai Kendo

Last Update: 11/22/2022

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

Koyokai Kendo is an organization that practices Kendo in the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Founded in 2014 by combining the members of the Battle Creek Kendo Kai and Grand Rapids Kendo Kai, Koyokai now conducts practices in three locations:

Koyokai in Portage, Michigan (Contact: crocozuna@gmail.com)
Southside Dojo – 8534 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Saturdays 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Koyokai in Warren (Contact: travismichaelhill@gmail.com)
Warren Racquetball and Fitness – 29901 S Civic Center Blvd, Warren, MI 48093
Monday & Wednesday – Advanced Adult Class 7:00pm to 9:30pm / Friday – Beginner Class 7:00pm to 9:00pm. $45/month

Koyokai in Milwaukee (Contact: MilwaukeeKoyokai@gmail.com) TNT Performance – 12675 W. Townsend St. Brookfield WI. 53005
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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

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 Warren)

Robert Mack 5th Dan (Head Instructor Koyokai Milwaukee)

Tim Minowa 5th Dan

Mi Mi Hill 4th Dan

David Noonan 4th Dan

Eric Abbey 4th Dan

Daichi Sakuma 4th Dan

Vladimir Trusevich 4th Dan

Stephen Chaffin 3rd Dan 

Joel Inden 3rd Dan

Lars Schlough 3rd Dan

Craig Helker 3rd Dan 

Joshua Elmblad 3rd Dan 

Paul Kilpatrick 2nd Dan

Steve Walker 2nd Dan 

Amy Walker 2nd Dan  (Club President)

Sean Kelly 2nd Dan 

Stephen Shultze 2nd Dan 

Eric Hancock 1st Dan

Erwin Ramthun 1st Dan

Christopher Choi 1st Dan

Taichi Matsuura 2nd Kyu

Anton Trusevich

Tyler Nguyen 1st Dan

Caleb Taylor 1st Kyu

Julio Hernando 1st Dan

Qiu Yongkai

Evelyn Fistler 1st Kyu

Joshua Gonzales

Frank Stahl

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Beginning your Journey

So you have made the decision to visit Koyokai and become a member: We recommend that you visit a class and observe a full session. That way, we can answer questions and inform you on what you will need for your first lesson. We can also direct you on how to make payments for your monthly membership dues.

As a rule, please remember that Koyokai is a Martial Arts Club. We are non-profit. This does not mean that we offer anything less than the best instruction and practice opportunity. However, we also reserve the right to decide on who is going to be welcomed as a member based on proper behavior and manners.

Kendo is a long journey and difficult journey. Members must be patient and willing to train very hard in order to achieve their goals. Commitment is mutual and we are willing to do our part to welcome you to Koyokai. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us:

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