1970S

  • 1973 :: Yamaguchi participates in 2nd WKC.

1980S

  • 1984 :: Hosokawa Spencer places 3rd Youth Individual @ 3rd AUSKC

  • 1985 :: Yamaguchi coaches Team USA at 1985 WKC

1990S

  • 1990 :: Hosokawa Spencer places 3rd Men's Individual @ U.S. Nationals

  • ​1991 :: Hosokawa Spencer on U.S. Men's Team at WKC

  • 1993 :: Hosokawa Spencer & Choi Jay on Men's Team that places 2st at U.S. Nationals

  • 1994 :: Hosokawa Spencer on U.S. Men's Team at WKC

  • 1996 :: Hosokawa Spencer & Choi Jay on Men's Team that places 1st at U.S. Nationals

  • 1996 :: Hosokawa Yuji places Senior-Youth 2nd Place Individuals @ U.S. Nationals

  • 1999 :: Hosokawa Spencer receives Kantosho Men's Individual @ U.S. Nationals

2000S

  • 2000 :: Hosokawa Spencer on Men's Team @ WKC

  • 2002 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi receives Kantosho Senior Men's Individual @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2003 :: Hosokawa Spencer on Men's Team @ WKC

  • 2005 :: Hosokawa Spencer manages Men's Team @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2008 :: Hosokawa Spencer manages Men's Team @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2009 :: Hosokawa Spencer Assistant Manager for U.S. Men's Team @ WKC

2010S

  • 2011 :: Dong Allyson on Women's Team that won 1st Place @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2011 :: Shoraku Takao medals at Nationals

  • 2011 :: Nakamoto Dez on Men's Team that won 1st Place @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2011 :: Suzuki Lui on Junior-Youth Team that places 2nd Place @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2011 :: Kao Charlie places 3rd Place Individuals @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2014 :: Hosokawa Spencer manages Men's Team @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2014 :: Suzuki Lui wins Senior-Youth Individual AUSKF Championship Title

  • 2014 :: Nakamoto Roxy places 3rd Place Individuals @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2014 :: Nakamoto Roxy & Dong Allyson on Women's Team that won 1st Place at U.S. Nationals

  • 2014 :: Suzuki Lui on Senior-Youth Team that won 1st Place at U.S. Nationals

  • 2014 :: Paek Tom on Mudansha Team that won 1st Place @ U.S. Nationals

  • 2015 :: Hosokawa Spencer Assistant Manager for U.S. Men's Team @ WKC

COMPETITION TIMELINE & MILESTONES

1930S & 1940S

  • 1938 :: Yamaguchi Takeshi Walter is born.

  • 1938 :: Niizawa Chikashi is born.

  • 1942 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi is born.

  • 1949 :: Shoraku Takao is born.

1960S

  • 1962 :: Yamaguchi Takeshi, with is brother, Makoto, begins studying Kendo and Iaido from famed Mori Torao-sensei.

  • 1964 :: Yamaguchi brothers help establish Norwalk Kendo Dojo under tutelage of Hara-sensei.  Yamaguchi Takeshi was 2 Dan at the time.

  • 1967 :: Kobayashi Kazunori is born.

  • 1968 :: Yamaguchi helps co-found Covina Kendo Dojo.

  • 1969 :: Hosokawa Spencer is born.

1970S

  • 1970 :: Yamaguchi attains 4-dan and becomes a sensei.

  • 1973 :: Yamaguchi becomes Head Instructor at Norwalk Kendo Dojo

  • 1975 :: Yamaguchi founds Costa Mesa Kendo Dojo

  • 1976 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi begins kendo at CMKD under Yamaguchi.

  • 1976 :: Hosokawa Spencer begins Kendo at CMKD under Yamaguchi.

  • 1978 :: Hosokawa Yuji is born.

  • 1978 :: Ra Richard is born.

  • 1979 :: Koizumi Tomohiro is born.

1980S

  • 1982 :: Van Zutphen Casey is born.

  • 1983 :: Yamaguchi relinquishes Head Instructor position at Norwalk Kendo Dojo after ten (10) years.

  • 1984 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi attains rank of 4-dan.

  • 1985 :: Hosokawa Yuji begins kendo at CMKD under Yamaguchi.

  • 1985 :: CMKD 10th Anniversary
  • 1988 :: Yamaguchi attains rank of 7-dan, Kyoshi.

  • 1988 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi attains rank of 5-dan.

  • 1988 :: Hosokawa Spencer attains rank of 5-dan.

1990S

  • 1990 :: Hosokawa Spencer attains rank of 4-dan.

  • 1993 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi attains rank of 6-dan.

  • 1994 :: Hosokawa Spencer attains rank of 65dan.

  • 1995 :: CMKD 20th Anniversary

  • 1998 :: Shoraku Tako joins CMKD.

  • 1999 :: Hosokawa Yuji attains rank of 4-dan.

2000S

  • 2000 :: Yamaguchi relinquishes position of Head Instructor.

  • 2000 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi named as Head Instructor.

  • 2001 :: Hosokawa Spencer attains rank of 6-dan.

  • 2004 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi attains rank of 7-dan.

  • 2004 :: Ra Richard starts Kendo at CMKD under Hosokawa Hiroyoshi.

  • 2005 :: Hosokawa Hiroyoshi relinquiches position as Head Instructor.

  • 2005 :: Hosokawa Yuji appointed as new Head Instructor.

  • 2005 :: Hosokawa Yuji attains rank of 5-dan.

  • 2005 :: CMKD 30th Anniversary

  • 2007 :: Shoraku Takao attains rank of 7-dan.

  • 2008 :: Hosokawa Spencer attains rank of 7-dan.

  • 2009 :: Hosokawa Yuji attains rank of 6-dan.

2010S

  • 2012 :: October 5, Yamaguchi-sen collapses at Norwalk Kendo Dojo, just before practice commences, and subsequently passes

  • 2011 :: Van Zutphen Casey attains rank of 4 Dan,

  • 2012 :: Takahashi Kenji attains rank of 6 Dan.

  • 2013 :: Kobayashi Kazunori attains rank of 4 Dan.

  • 2015 :: CMKD 40th Anniversary

  • 2015 :: Koizumi Tomohiro attains rank of 4 Dan.

  • 2017 :: Ra Richard attains rank of 4 Dan.

DOJO TIMELINE & MILESTONES

LEGACY SENSEI

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MATSUYAMA, YOSHIMI

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HIRATA, HIDEO

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FUKUMOTO, KAYOKO

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NIIZAWA, CHIKASHI

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HAMANAKA, TAKEHIRO

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OKA, JAMES

CURRENT SENSEI

Sensei are members whose rank is 4 Dan.  Sensei are listed in alphabetical order.

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Abe, Wayne

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Dong, Allyson

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Kobayashi, Kazunori

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Koizumi, Travis

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Mason, Ted

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Nakamoto, Roxine

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Ra, Richard

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Shiono, Shotaro

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Tauchi, Satoshi

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Van Zutphen, Casey

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CURRENT KODANSHA

Kodansha are sensei members whose rank is 5 Dan or above,
and are listed in rank and seniority order.

HOSOKAWA, HIROYOSHI

7 Dan, Kyoshi & Senior Advisor

SHORAKU, TAKAO

7 Dan, Kyoshi & Senior Advisor

HOSOKAWA, SPENCER

7 Dan

TAKAHASHI, KENJI

6 Dan

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KUBO, KATSUHIKO JEFF

5 Dan

FOUNDED 1975

Founding Sensei & Head Instructors

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YAMAGUCHI, TAKESHI WALTER
04.15.1938 - 10.05.2012
7 DAN, KYOSHI

Founding Sensei

Head Instructor
1975 - 2000

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HOSOKAWA, HIROYOSHI
1942
7 DAN, KYOSHI

Past Head Instructor

Head Instructor
2000 - 2005

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HOSOKAWA, YUJI

1978

6 DAN

Current Head Instructor

Head Instructor
2005 - Present

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Costa Mesa Kendo Dojo

KOKORO - 心

In Japanese, Kokoro means mind and heart, intellect and affection, but most importantly, it is the very substance of the true benevolent Inner Spirit which resides in every human being.


It is with this definition of Kokoro that we practice Kendo everyday, so that the very spirit will become a part of us throughout our lives.


Our aim is to train ourselves by practicing Kendo to instill the spirit of Kokoro in ourselves.  

Yamaguchi Takeshi

04.15.1938 - 10.05.2012