Instructors

our instructors

This page lists instructors, past and present, affiliated with Iaikai. I am incredibly grateful for their assistance and expertise. Where applicable, I include links to their own teaching websites. Many of them can also be found on Facebook.

  • Kiyama Hiroshi
    Kiyama Hiroshi is a 7th Dan Iaido instructor, living in Kusatsu, Japan.  He is our Shinto Hatakake ryu instructor.  At 90 years of age,…
  • Yoshiteru (Raymond) Otani (1932?-2004)
    Otani Sensei was my first iaido teacher, and remains my inspiration for studying and teaching iai. Mr. Otani came to the US in 1954,…
  • Dan Pearson
    Dan Pearson holds a menkyo level in Shinto Muso Ryu jodo and shomokuroku level in kusarigama (sickle and chain). He is a long-time student…
  • Deborah Klens-Bigman
    Deborah Klens-Bigman is the Instructor at Iaikai. She began her study of Muso Shinden Ryu iaido in 1986 with Otani Yoshiteru. Klens-Bigman Sensei holds…
  • Ismael Franco
    Ismael Franco Sensei brings over 25 years of martial arts experience to Tora Dojo. He began his martial arts training in 1987 under Nick…
  • Peter Boylan
    Peter Boylan holds yondan (4th degree) in jodo from the Kendo Federation and Shomokuroku, Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo, as well as dan-level degrees in…