“way of the sword”


Traditional Japanese style of fencing with a two-handed wooden sword, derived from the fighting methods of the ancient samurai (warrior class).

Hokkyokusei Kendo Kai
(HKK=North Star Kendo Association)
Established 1998
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Age 16 - Adult

Class Schedule:

Mondays 8-9:30pm

Fridays 8-9:30pm

To learn more contact:

Instructor Stephen Voss

Kendo 4th Dan Black Belt

& founder of

"Hokkyokusei Kendo Kai"


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Affiliated with

All U.S. Kendo Federation

Steve Voss (4th Dan Kendo) has over 31 years of experience practicing kendo. His first
seven years were spent learning under Minoru Kiyota Sensei (Professor of Buddhist
Studies at University of Wisconsin), a long-term practitioner of kendo starting before
World War Two. While at Wisconsin, Steve did a Master of Science in Kinesiology,
majoring in Motor Learning.

His thesis was titled:
Differences in Selective and Sustained Attention in Fencing and Kendo Practitioners

Additionally, he presented a paper on the same topic at the 1996 Symposium on Martial
Arts and Western Sports held at the UW with Professors of Physical Education and
Martial Arts from the U.S. and Japan
Upon graduation in 1998, he founded Hokkyokusei Kendo Kai (HKK=North Star Kendo
Association) when he moved to Rochester. It is a member dojo of the Midwest (MWKF)
and All United States Kendo Federations (AUSKF).

Sensei Voss served as the MWKF Secretary and President for 4 years each. He has fought,
managed, and coached for the MWKF at the AUSKF National Tournament in 1996,
1999, and 2002. In 2004, he attended the 29 th All Japan Kendo Federation’s (AJKF)
Foreign Kendo Teachers Seminar in Saitama, Japan, a weeklong training camp run by
8 th Dan Kendo instructors chosen by the AJKF. The purpose of which is to train
teachers in countries outside Japan in proper kendo methods and philosophy.

Due to the comparative rarity of kendo in the U.S. and the distance between dojos,
Steve has traveled in the U.S. and Japan, as well as hosted higher-ranking sensei, in
order to receive teaching from these instructors at practices, seminars and kendo
camps. At the Midwest and U.S. level these are taught by 7 th & 8 th Dan Sensei from the
U.S. or Japan. HKK has been fortunate to host two of Japan’s finest teachers
(Yamanaka Shigeki Hanshi 8 th Dan and Saito Shigeki Kiyoshi 8 th Dan) for several years,
on their way to the MWKF Summer Camp. These travels etc., are to ensure that proper
kendo is taught and practiced.

Sensei Voss and HKK offer standard training in the three main aspects of kendo: kendo kata
(bokuto), kendo kihon (shinai/bamboo sword fencing basics) and jigeiko (shinai/bamboo
sword open Japanese fencing) in a friendly and family like atmosphere. Through our
membership in the MWKF and AUSKF we participate in seminars, tournaments and
rank advancement locally, regionally and nationally. Since its start, HKK has produced
four 4 th Dans, ten 3 rd Dans, eleven 2 nd Dans, fifteen 1 st Dans, and fifteen 1 st Kyu kendo
ranked members. In addition to rank testing, members have won awards in local and
regional tournaments with two participating on the MWKF team at the national kendo