In addition to his Kendo background, Dach-sensei holds the rank of 5.dan in Iaido and is a student of 3-time All-Japan Iaido Champion, Takeshi Nakagaki-sensei.
Kazuto Yasuda started Kendo many years ago while still living in Japan, and he joined Memphis Kendo Club in 1995 when he came to Memphis to do cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He received in Ph.D. in pharmacological sciences in December 2009 and continues to do research at St. Jude's.
"Yaz" has regularly served on the Memphis Kendo Club's primary 5-man Team and was selected as a member of the All-Southeast U.S. Kendo Team in 2002, competing at the All-U.S. Kendo National Championships in Los Angeles.
Rogers Gossett has been with Memphis Kendo Club under Harry Dach-sensei's teaching since 1994. He has twice been selected to the All-Southeast U.S. Kendo Team and competed in the All-U.S. National Championships both in 1996 (Cleveland) and 1999 (Las Vegas).
Outside of kendo, he works as a Labor Relations Advisor in the Contract Administration department of FedEx's Legal Division.
Walter has competed and placed in several SEUSKF Championships over the years. In 2011, he was selected to the Southeast US Kendo Team and captured the Fighting Spirit Award (Kanto Sho) in the Senior Division of the All-US Kendo Federation National Championshpis in Atlanta. In 2014, he was again selected to the SEUSKF Team which competed at the AUSKF National Championships in San Diego, CA. He currently serves as one of the team managers for the SEUSKF Team.
Outside of Kendo, Jodi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Science with a concentration in BioChemistry, and minors in Biology and Japanese from the University of Memphis. While at the UofM, he also took part in the university's study abroad program and spent a month in Japan studying the language and culture.
Even though his age, until recently, put him in the junior divisions of competition, Shinn has held the "Senpo" position (position 1) of the Memphis 5-man Team for the past several years. He has taken 1st and 2nd place medals in every junior division in which he has competed, and he was previously selected to the All-Southeast U.S. Kendo Federation Junior Team, both as an individual competitor and 5-man team member, at the All-U.S. Junior National Championships.
Shinn is currently a student at Christian Brothers University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and Packaging.