What is kendo?

Kendo (剣道 Kendō), meaning “way of the sword”, is a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional swordsmanship (Kenjutsu) which originated with the samurai class of feudal Japan

Studio City Kendo Dojo is a recognized member of both the Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) the All United States Kendo Federation (AUSKF) and the International Kendo Federation (FIK). All grades and ranks you achieve are recognized by other dojos or organizations at both National and International levels.

Studio City Kendo Dojo

Bridges Academy, formerly Osaka Sangyo University of Los Angeles is home to Studio City Kendo Dojo, which is also known as “OSULA.” Nakashima Sensei and Takei Sensei are OSULA founding Sensei. Along with the other dojo Sensei and instructors work together to provide not just a solid understanding of kendo basics and the skills necessary for rank advancement, National and International competition but to help individuals develop a strong mind and body, and respect for others.


Our Pioneers

  • Michihiro Nakashima

    7-dan Kyoshi

  • Shigeshi Takei


Our Senseis and Assistants

  • Carolyn Yatomi (Head Instructor)


  • Hide Mizutani


  • Ray Yada


  • Salyvan