Kizuna Dojo Instructors

Mark Stone

5th Dan

Mark started Kendo whilst studying at the Australian National University in 1991 and then joined Sydney Kendo Club in 1995. He spent many years living overseas and has been a member of Gudoseishinkan in Hong Kong, Hizen Dojo in London, and Shidogakuin in New York.


Mark has been our instructor since 2012 and attained the rank of 5th Dan in 2018

Chika Iwasa

5th Dan

Chika started Kendo in 1986 in Kure, Hiroshima. 

Since then, she has practiced kendo for over 30 years in Kobe (Kobe University Kendo Club), Osaka and Sydney.

Chika joined our coaching team in 2015. Chika is an Accredited Instructor with the Australian Kendo Renmei and her current grade is 5th Dan (attained in 2008).

David Banbury

4th Dan

David started Kendo in 2005 with the Sydney Kendo Club. From 2008 to 2012, David was a member of the Vancouver Kendo Club, participating in numerous seminars and tournaments in Canada and USA. David returned to Australia in 2012.

David is an Accredited Instructor with the Australian Kendo Renmei and has been one of our instructors since 2012. In 2017, David attained the rank of 4th Dan.

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