South Florida’s home of traditional Japanese swordsmanship.

Miami Budokan is a not-for-profit martial arts and cultural academy specializing in traditional Japanese swordsmanship. The core of our mission is to preserve these arts through an unbroken line of transmission keeping true to their martial roots in Japan while applying them in a relevant form to the modern western practitioner.

Learn more about the dojo and our philosophy.

Our Sword Arts

Miami Budokan teaches iaido, the traditional Japanese martial art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning it to its scabbard with grace and power in a peaceful manner. We teach the standardized Zen Nippon Kendō Renmei (ZNKR) iaido curriculum used for testing and promotion by the All United States Kendo Federation as well as the Musō Shinden-ryū koryu.

We also teach Ryūshin Shōchi Ryū, a kobodu (or “ancient style”), under the direction of Soke Kunikazu Yahagi. Ryūshin Shōchi Ryū’s lineage that traces back to the early Edo period in Japan.

Dojo Leadership

Miami Budokan instructors have a broad range of experience, training, rank and backgrounds to help you reach your training goals. All of our instructors hold fully certified ranks and teaching certificates in the arts they teach.

Rodney Castillo

Head Instructor and Board Member

AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN

AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN

RSR Kobudo 5 DAN Renshi

Pedro Sors

Instructor, President

AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN

RSR Kobudo 4 DAN Renshi

Ben Sardinas

Instructor, Treasurer

AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN

AUSKF Kendo 2 DAN

RSR Kobudo 4 DAN Renshi

Jenyer Paez

Instructor

AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN

AUSKF Iaido 2 DAN

RSR Kobudo Renshi 4 DAN

Juan Pablo Vaccari

Instructor

AUSKF Iaido 2 DAN

RSR Kobudo Renshi 5 DAN

As a traditional iaido dojo, Miami Budokan maintains close connections with our technical advisors in Japan.

Kunikazu Yahagi

Technical Advisor

Shuseki Shihan, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (Kobudo)

Kendo 7 DAN Kyoshi (ZNKR)

Kazuhiza Kaneda

Technical Advisor

Iaido 8 DAN Kyoshi (ZNKR)

Join the Dojo

Miami Budokan welcomes new students. Guests are welcome to observe our general classes (Tuesday and Saturday) or to participate on a trial basis – bring comfortable athletic clothing (sweatpants recommended) and a willingness to learn. Contact us prior to visiting so that we know to expect you.

Dojo fees are collected monthly and include access to all general classes and open practices. Multiple family member discounts are available. There are no signed contracts, as fees are collected on a month-to-month basis.

  • Adults: $100
  • Students: $75
  • FIU Kendo Members: $50

All Miami Budokan members are required to register with the All United States Kendo Federation (~$100/year) for the purpose of insurance, testing, and seminar participation. Ask any instructor for more information. Students participating in Ryushin Shouchi Ryu events and testing should also become members of the RSR organization.

We are committed to the inclusion and support of all students regardless of race, color, age, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship .

Calendar

Schedule and Contact

Miami Budokan holds classes on:

  • Tuesdays, 8:30pm-9:30pm
  • Saturdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Sundays, 9:00am-10:30am (open training, no guests)

Housed in the Japan Cultural Center, Miami Budokan is located in the Coral Terrace neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

Miami Budokan
7360 SW 24 Street, Suit 25B
Miami, FL 33155
(786) 461-8147
info@miamibudokan.com

 

 

Get In Touch

Reach out to us with any questions or to sign up for your free trial class.