Shinn Taniguchi ~ Kendo 3.dan

Shinn Taniguchi started Kendo at the age of 10, having earned the rank of 3.dan by age 17, which is the youngest age possible according to time constraint testing rules under the by-laws of the All U.S. Kendo Federation.

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.