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About Us

The Renfrew Kendo Dojo, strives to maintain the highest degree of character and perseverance for quality Kendo. More than just a place for one to “get in shape”, members view the Dojo as a training vehicle; a vehicle to not only hone one’s physical stamina, skill, and dexterity, but to uphold and improve on one’s discipline, character, and drive.

Our philosophy as a whole is that the facility in which the practices are held is not the dojo, but all the members who practice in it all collectively become the Dojo.

Per capita, the Renfrew Kendo Dojo membership holds the most successful record in local, national, and international competition.

In addition, our dojo also (per capita) holds a large number of high ranking Sensei and senior members.

Instructors and Advisors

At the RKD, one never, ever stops learning. Therefore, one is to consider themselves a student, where the road of learning never ends. Our core group of members are those who strive to improve their physical stamina and dexterity, as well as their discipline, character, and drive.

Yoshiaki Taguchi – 7th Dan, Shihan: having practiced Kendo for nearly 30 years, Taguchi-Shihan offers a vast amount of Kendo knowledge to his students. He is extremely passionate about the art of Kendo and is very active in the Kendo community. Taguchi-Shihan most recently represented Canada as an official referee at the 14th World Kendo Championships. He is also the Vice President for the Canadian Kendo Federation.

Maya Taguchi – 5th Dan, Head Instructor. In her 25 years in Kendo, Taguchi-sensei has experienced success at the local, national and international level. A three-time National champion and current North American women’s champion, she also has represented Canada four times at the World Kendo Championships and was most recently the captain for the 2009 Canadian Team. Taguchi-sensei has trained in various elite kendo institutions in Japan and specializes in teaching advanced level students.

Daisaku Taguchi – 5th Dan, Senior Advisor: Taguchi-sensei has been practicing Kendo for nearly 30 years. In addition to numerous championship standings in local tournaments, he has achieved first place (National Round-Robin) and runner-up (National Tournament) status at the national level and has represented Canada at four World Kendo Championships (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th WKC), earning one third place standing and two fighting-spirit awards. Taguchi-sensei’s delivery of Kendo is high-paced and intense – perfect for those looking to challenge themselves.