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

  • Ryushin Shouchi Ryu – Renshi 5 DAN
  • Seitei Iaido 4 DAN (ZNKR/AUSKF)
  • AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN
  • IMAF Iaido 4 DAN | Kobudo 5 DAN

Jose Manuel Contreras

Kendo Program Director 

 

  • AUSFK Kendo 5 DAN

Instructors


Pedro Sors

Iaido Instructor

President and Board Member

  • Ryushin Shouchi – Ryu 4 DAN
  • Seitei Iaido 4 DAN (ZNKR/AUSKF)

Ben Sardinas

Iaido Instructor

Treasurer and Board Member

  • Ryushin Shouchi Ryu – Renshi 4 DAN
  • Seitei Iaido 3 DAN (ZNKR/AUSKF)
  • IBS Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu 2 DAN
  • AUSKF Kendo 2 DAN

Jenyer Paez

Iaido Instructor

 

  • Ryushin Shouchi Ryu – Renshi 4 DAN
  • AUSFK Kendo 3 DAN

Dr. Juan Pablo Vaccari

Iaido Instructor

 

  • Ryushin Shouchi Ryu – Renshi 5 DAN
  • Seitei Iaido 1 DAN (AUSKF)
  • IBS Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu 2 DAN

Zev Pasternak

Kendo Instructor

 

  • AUSKF Kendo 3 DAN

Technical Advisors


Kunikazu Yahagi

 

  • Soke, Ryushin Shouchi Ryu
  • ZNKR Kendo 7 DAN Kyoshi

Kazuhiza Kaneda

 

  • ZNKR Iaido 8 DAN Hanshi
  • 8-time All Japan Champion, Iaido