For a general but informative history on TSKSR, the wikipedia article is a good read: Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu
Our Dojo's story begins with Sugino Yoshio, who began his martial training as a judoka. Jigoro Kano, the founder of modern Judo, introduced Yoshio Sensei to Katori Shinto Ryu in 1927. After the war, he built a new dojo in Kawasaki where he continued to train in kenjutsu and aikido. Sugino sensei began to teach students outside of Japan and over the next few decades, many foreign students came from North America and Europe to train at his dojo. Sugino sensei passed away in June of 1998.
Sugino Yukihiro Sensei has continued teaching students all over the world as well as coming to Canada every year to host a seminar for KSR practioners. Yukihiro sensei has an extraordinary sense of humour and decades of experience as a teacher making his instruction invaluable.
We were fortunate enough to have Sugino Sensei begin visiting Canada over 10 years ago. His annual visits have provided unparalleled guidance and motivation in our journey along the path of budo and we are deeply indebted to him.
Dennis Wiens Sensei began training in KSR while in University. He met Doug Tong Sensei who had recently moved back to Canada after spending about four years in Japan. He had trained at Sugino Dojo and was eager to share what he had learned.
Tong Sensei was a friend of Sozen Kusano Larsen while at Sugino Dojo and suggested we begin to bring him to Canada for training seminars in order to advance our training. We have continued that tradition for the last 11 years.