Shihan Roger Wehrhahn began his Martial Arts training in 1969 in Kearny, NJ with an excitement and enthusiasm that has now spanned almost 5 decades. The training consisted of traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Do and Kobudo (Weapons). In 1980, he began attending as many intensive seminars and training sessions as he could find in the arts of Ken Jutsu and Iai (Technique of the sword). He was truly developing an appreciation for Iai and a thirst for an orderly disciplined form of sword training.
In 1984, he began his formal training in Iaido under Mitsuzuka Takeshi, Sensei, founder of the San Shin Kai, at a summer long series of seminars in NYC and by September, that very same year, was in Tokyo, Japan studying Iaido at the hombu dojo. Wehrhahn, Shihan holds the rank of 6th dan in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and is currently the chief instructor for the North American San Shin Kai, USA. He also holds the rank of 7th dan, Kyoshi in Okinawan Goju ryu Karate, as well as high dan rankings in Kobayashi Shorin Ryu Karate and Ryukyu Kobudo (Ancient Okinawan weapons). During his illustrious career spanning 47+ years he has also studied Kyokushin Kai Karate Do, Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do, Aiki-jujutsu, Hakko Ryu Ju Jutsu and Chen Style Taichi. Shihan continues to focus his training and teaching on the arts of Iaido, Kobudo and Karate Do and is available for seminars and private lessons.
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