Kazuto Yasuda started Kendo many years ago while still living in Japan, and he joined the original Memphis Kendo Club in 1995 when he came to Memphis to do cancer research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacological sciences in December 2009 and continues to do research at St. Jude's.
"Yaz" has 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 started with the original Memphis Kendo Club under Harry Dach-sensei's teaching in 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.
Paul has a very diverse background, having been in the casino business, and owner of several small businesses over the years. Paul's daughter, Abigail, also started Kendo in 2018!
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.