Shinkendo Northwest is a study group for the art of Shinkendo – the Way of the True Sword – located in Portland, OR. It is the only officially authorized branch of the International Shinkendo Federation in the Northwestern United States.
Students learn the history and traditions of the Samurai, and learn practical, real combat techniques passed down from centuries of battle-tested methods, as well as the philosophy that goes along with it.
Toshishiro Obata is headmaster and founder (Kaiso) of Shinkendo. Obata Kaiso holds class at the Shinkendo World Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
Kendall Wells-sensei runs the Portland group and holds classes on a weekly basis. He is a student of Matthew Lynch-sensei, a senior student of Obata Kaiso.