holds a 7th Degree Black Belt and has been practicing kendo for over 32 years. Yang Sensei has recently relocated to Plano from Los Angeles, California, where he was the Head Instructor of the Torrance Kendo Dojo, one of the largest and most recognized Kendo dojos in the United States. At Torrance Kendo Dojo, Yang Sensei taught hundreds of students from ages six to over sixty years old, and developed many students who went on to succeed on the regional, national and international stage. In fact, many of his students have become national champions, and five of the eight members of the U.S. National Men’s Kendo Team in 2015 were his students from Torrance Kendo Dojo.
Yang Sensei started kendo at the age of seven at the Torrance Kendo Dojo, and has gone on to study and train at many of the top Kendo institutions around the world, including the University of Tsukuba and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Yang Sensei is currently a Director of the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF), and just completed a three-year term as the Vice President of Education for AUSKF, where he was responsible for organizing educational programs for kendo students throughout the United States.
Until recently, Yang Sensei was also very active in competition, representing the U.S. National Kendo Team in the World Kendo Championships from 1997 through 2015, and as Captain from 2006-2015. During this time, he led the United States Team to Silver Medal finishes twice (2006, 2009) and the Bronze Medal three times (2003, 2012, 2015), and placed individually in the Top 8 of the World Kendo Championships in 2000 and 2003. Yang Sensei is also a former U.S. National Kendo Champion (2005).
Yang Sensei believes that Kendo teaches students the mental focus and inner discipline needed to succeed not only in Kendo, but in life as well. He is a strong believer of balancing Kendo with school or work obligations, and encourages his students to succeed in the classroom as well as the Dojo. Yang Sensei holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and is currently the Chief International Counsel at Toyota Motor North America.