Miami Budokan Iaido and Kendo Instructors


The Miami Budokan Iaido and Kendo 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.

“If you put your mind in one place, the rest of the body will lack its functioning. If you do not put it anywhere, it will go to all parts of your body and extend throughout its entirety… Because this is so, leave aside thoughts and discrimination, throw the mind away from the entire body, do not stop it here and there, and when it does visit the various places, it will realize function and act without error.”

Takuan Soho – The Swordman’s Handbook, translation by William S. Wilson

Senior Instructors


Rodney Castillo

Iaido Program Director

Head Instructor and Board Member

  • AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN 
  • AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN
  • RSR Kobudo Renshi 5 DAN 

Jose Manuel Contreras

Kendo Program Director 

 

  • Kendo 5 DAN 

Instructors


Pedro Sors

Iaido Instructor

President and Board Member

  • AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN 
  • RSR Kobudo Renshi 4 DAN 

Ben Sardinas

Iaido Instructor

Treasurer and Board Member

  • AUSKF Iaido 4 DAN 
  • AUSKF Kendo 2 DAN
  • RSR Kobudo Renshi 4 DAN 

Jenyer Paez

Iaido Instructor

 

  • AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN
  • AUSKF Iaido 1 DAN 
  • RSR Kobudo Renshi 4 DAN 

Dr. Juan Pablo Vaccari

Iaido Instructor

 

  • AUSKF Iaido 2 DAN
  • RSR Kobudo Renshi 5 DAN 

Zev Pasternak

Kendo Instructor

 

  • AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN 

Technical Advisors


Kunikazu Yahagi

  • Soke, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (Kobudo)
  • Kendo Kyoshi 7 DAN (ZNKR)

Kazuhiza Kaneda

  • Iaido Hanshi 8 DAN (ZNKR)