East Georgia Kendo Club has been in the Athens area since 2004.
Our dojo is part of the South East U.S. Kendo Federation (SEUSKF) and we participate regularly in seminars and tournaments throughout the area.
Shigeru Koyama has practiced kendo for 50 years, and he received the rank of 5th Dan in Kagoshima, Japan in 1992. A successful competitor from 1993-2005, Koyama sensei is licensed as an instructor, examiner and judge.
He has taught kendo for nearly 30 years in both Europe and the United States, and he was the founder of the Louisiana Kendo Association. He has lived in the US since 1989 with his wife and son, using the ancient art of the samurai as a tool to mold the mind while also cultivating character.
Craig Rugh has studied kendo for 23 years, and he holds the rank of 4th Dan. He moved to Athens in 2008 after spending 15 years in Seoul, South Korea, where he taught at an international school.
Mr. Rugh is married and has 2 daughters. He currently teaches mathematics for the Clarke County School District.
We practice at the Athens Memorial Park Recreation Hall
293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens, GA 30606
Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am.