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 rank in several styles of iaido, and was recently named Jun Shihan (along with Peter Boylan) in Shinto Hatakage Ryu by master teacher Kiyama Hiroshi. She goes to Japan annually to train in SHR and Shindo Muso Ryu jodo with members of the Nihon Jodokai. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Performance Studies, and has also studied Classical Japanese Dance. She is married to artist Vernon Bigman and lives in the Bronx, NY.

Ph.D, Iaikai Instructor