Head instructor: Yano Nobuhiro sensei
This years Edinburgh kendo seminar will be taught by Yano Nobuhiro sensei, kyoshi hachidan. Yano sensei is one of a small handful of elite professional police kendo instructors that work in Osaka police department.
After graduating from Miyazaki prefectures kendo-powerhouse, Takachiho high school (while still a student his team managed second place in the All Japan High School Championships), he joined Osaka police force in order to pursue his passion for kendo.
As a police man he spent a few years in the tokuren squad (a small group of select men and women whose job is to do kendo day-in-day-out) before being hand-picked to become a police kendo instructor, something than not all tokuren members are given the opportunity to do. His first position after instructor-training finished was a five year stint as a teacher at the Osaka police academy. Soon after this period, in 2008, he passed hachidan on his first attempt (he was 46 years old at the time).
For the last ten years, like other police kendo instructors, Yano sensei has moved around different police stations within Osaka prefecture teaching kendo to police men and women of all ages and abilities. This trip to Edinburgh will be his first time teaching kendo abroad.
Full name: Yano Nobuhiro
Grade: Kyoshi hachidan
Born: 1962, Miyazaki prefecture (55 years old)
High school: Takachiho high school
Work: Osaka police dept., 1982~current
Passed hachidan: 2008
Yano sensei teaching high school students, December 2017:
Assistant instructor: George McCall
Helping Yano sensei will be kenshi 24/7’s own George McCall.
George, a fully qualified Japanese high school teacher, has been working at one of Osaka prefectures top academic public high schools for a decade. Teaching kendo is part of his job, which makes him the only non-Japanese public high school kendo teacher in Japan.
Since coming to Japan, George has studied kendo almost exclusively under police professionals. It is this connection that brings Yano sensei to Edinburgh.
Full name: George McCall
Grade: Renshi rokudan
Born: 1975, Scotland (42 years old)
Work: Fully qualified high school teacher
Lived in Japan: Since 2003 (15 years)