Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg

Toshishiro Obata, Kaiso

Obata Toshishiro is the founder and headmaster of Shinkendo Japanese swordsmanship. Of samurai family lineage, Obata Toshishiro was born in Japan in 1948. Obata Kaiso is a descendant of Obata Masamori, who served as a general and strategist for the Takeda family during the Sengoku civil war. Masamori would become Lord of Kaizu Jo (castle) in Shin Shu (Nagano) province.

Obata Toshishiro Kaiso is one of the most well-rounded and authentic martial artists in the field today. In addition, Obata Kaiso has translated important works published by the Hawley Private Library, such as "Mon"; "Bows, Arrows and Quiver"; "Token"; "Heiho Okugisho" and the "47 Samurai". Obata Kaiso has also worked in the film industry writing screenplays, action coordinating, and acting (appearing in movies such as Black Rain, Rage & Honor, Rising Sun, Demolition Man, The Shadow, Showdown in Little Tokyo, and The Hunted). 


Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

The Shinkendo Boston Team

Shinkendo Boston leadership is comprised of Shibucho Sensei Shaffee Bacchus, Shidoin Jamal Thorne, Kenshuin Chris Marti, and Kaikeishi Yeelin Bacchus. 

To learn more about the Shinkendo Boston team, please visit the "About Us" page.