Kendo Kyoshi 7-Dan, April, 2007
Iaido, Renshi 6-Dan, June, 2009
Started kendo, January 1979
Head Sensei, Idaho Kendo Club, Boise Idaho, 2004-present
Advisor Ren Ma Kendo Club, Portland Oregon, 2011-Present
Member Noma Dojo, Gokokuji Tokyo Japan, 1996-Present
Member Obukan Kendo Club, Portland Oregon, 1983-2011
Head Sensei, Obukan Kendo Club, Portland Oregon, 1986-2004
Member Rocky Mountain Budokan, Denver Colorado, 1979-1983
Past All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) Board Member
Past Kendo Federation of the United States of America (KFUSA) Board Member
Past Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation (PNKF) Board Member
Past PNKF Iaido Committee Chairman
Mexican National Kendo Team Coach, 2013 Latin American Championships
Kendo 5 Dan
Iaido 1 Dan
Kendo 4 Dan
Kendo 3 Dan
Kendo 3 Dan
Kendo 3 Dan
Iaido 2 Dan
Kendo 7-Dan is a true teaching rank. The only rank higher is 8-Dan which is defined as perfect kendo.
There is a 1% pass rate for 8-Dan in Japan, with 10 out of 1000 passing each year in Tokyo. For 7-Dan, the pass rate is about 15%. In the US there are about fifty 7-Dan Senseis, of that group only 3 are Non-Asian, Marsten, Grivas, and Stroud Sensei. 7-Dan has a significant depth of understanding
A person who is eligible for 7-Dan shall have fully acquired a profound knowledge of Kendo principles and his/her skills are of an outstanding level.
“Dan examinations are a measure of how well you have mastered the combat side of kendo. It is a combination of how well you do the basics, waza and mental in a match with your peer group.
Shogo is a measure of the other parts of kendo. How good a teacher you are, can you shinpan, what is your character like, how much do you contribute to the greater good and the written examination in Japan are a kendo theory thesis for Kyoshi and Hanshi.
The theory portion is brand new for Japan for Kyoshi as they just revamped their system a couple of years ago. Before that it was pretty lax and more about income for the Renmei. Even though you pass your Dan exam in Japan for 7th unless you are literate in Japanese you cannot attain Kyoshi now. Before you could.
If you hold 7th Dan Kyoshi for 20 years you can apply for 7-Dan Hanshi. Technically a 7-Dan Hanshi outranks a 8-Dan Kyoshi. It gets very foggy at this point. Even in Japan they are not sure how this all plays out.”
Jeff Marsten, Kendo Kyoshi 7-Dan