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Our Teachers' Bios

Curtis Marsten Sensei
(Kendo Renshi 6th Dan) heads the Kent and Federal Way, Washington dojos. He was Coach of the 2011 PNKF Men's Team that went to the US Chamionships. His dedication and assistance to us are immeasurable.

Jeff W. Marsten Sensei
(Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan) has been practicing Kendo more than 30 years. He founded the Highline Kendo Club, the Bellevue Kendo Club and the Sno-King Kendo Club and co-founded the University of Washington Kendo Club. Former US National Champion and Pan-Am Champion. Former President of the All United States Kendo Federation and International Kendo Federation. PNKF Advisor. Head coach of PNKF teams that go to US Kendo Championships.

Elizabeth Marsten Sensei
(Kendo 5th Dan). Elizabeth Marsten Sensei is the daughter of Jeff Marsten Sensei and the niece of Curtis Marsten Sensei. She trains mostly at Highline dojo, though we see her frequently at the Friday Bellevue training, and she is a visiting instructor at the University of Washington Kendo Club. Visits Spokane to conduct seminars. Represented the USA on the Women's team at the 2003 World Kendo Championships (read more)

Jeff Marsten, Jr. Sensei
(Kendo 4th Dan) started Kendo at six years old. Assists with instruction mostly at Highline and Bellevue Kendo Clubs. Was on the national champion Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation High School team for All US Kendo Federation National Championships in LA, 2002. Travels to Japan regularly for extra training. Visits Spokane and Tri-Cities to give seminars.

Russ Sinclair Sensei
Russ Sinclair started training in Okinawan and Japanese budo (martial arts) when he was 12 years old in 1960. He first experienced Kendo when he lived in Japan in 1969 and 1970. He received his Renshi (teacher's) title in Classical Okinawan Karatedo in 1974 and Shihan title in 2013 and is currently ranked 7th Dan. He co-founded Spokane Kendo Club in April of 2003. Was Trainer/Coach for PNKF Teams for the 2008 US Kendo Championships and Assistant Coach for the PNKF Men's Team in 2011.

Wendy Sinclair Sensei
(Kendo 2 Dan) Began Okinawan Goju-ryu Karatedo at age 18 in 1978. She co-founded Spokane Kendo Club in April of 2003. "I appreciate the tremendous value of traditional budo training in our everyday lives. I also enjoy the sport aspect of Kendo, because I love competition. I especially appreciate that women have no disadvantage in Kendo and can excel even against larger men."

The following are Kendo teachers at the Bellevue Kendo Club who help us tremendously when we visit there for training. We are grateful to them for their inspiration and assistance.

David Yotsuuye Sensei
(Kendo Renshi 6th Dan, Iaido 1st Dan). Assistant instructor at Bellevue Kendo Club, advisor to Kendo Club at University of Washington and PNKF Treasurer. Member of 1985 US National Team at World Championships in Paris, France. PNKF Team member to US Championships in 1978, 1981 and 1984, PNKF Team Coach in 1990, 1993 and 1996. Shinpan and assistant coach of PNKF Women's and Youth Teams in 1999. Assistant Court Coordinator at 11th World Championships in 2000. PNKF Team manager in 2002. PNKF Men's Team Coach for the 2008 US Kendo Championships. Visits Spokane and Tri-Cities to conduct seminars.

Tom Bolling Sensei
(Kendo 4th Dan, Iaido 5th Dan) has been practicing Kendo and Iaido for more than 30 years. Teaches at University of Washington Kendo Club, Bellevue Kendo Club and Everett Kendo and Iaido Club. He is editor of the monthly newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation called the "Kenyu", which means "sword friends."

Rory Elliot Sensei
(Kendo 5th Dan, Iaido 2nd Dan) started practicing Kendo in 1982 at Highline dojo under Jeff and Curtis Marsten. Currently assisting at Highline, Bellevue, Everett and Sno-King dojos and advisor to Omaha Kendo Club in Nebraska. He was a Pacific Northwest Kendo Federation men's team member in 1990 and 1993. He was PNKF Women's Team coach for the 2002, 2005 and 2008 US Championships.

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