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Toshishiro Obata

Toshishiro Obata is the founder of Shinkendo. He is well known in Japan as a tameshigiri champion for several years in a row and is an authorized shitoka. He studied aikido under Gozo Shioda in the Yoshinkan Honbu Dojo, and studied the sword arts of Nakamura-ryu, Ioriken Battojutsu, Toyama-ryu, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, Kashima Shin-ryu, Ryukyu Kobudo, and others. He moved to America in 1980 to start teaching and to develop his own sword art, based on his extensive experience. In 1990, the International Shinkendo Federation was officially established. The federation has grown to 80 branches internationally, and continues to expand. Obata, as the founder of the school, is referred to as Obata Kaiso by his students, and continues to travel across the globe to hold seminars for his students around the world. Since 1986, Obata has appeared in several Hollywood films.

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Oct 20, 1948 In Gunma Prefecture - Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Black Rain 1989-09-22
Latest Project:
Movie The Hunted 1995-02-24
Known For
Poster of Demolition Man
Poster of Rage and Honor
Poster of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Poster of The Sword of Bushido
Movie The Hunted Ryuma 1995-02-24
Movie Rising Sun Guard at Imperial Arms 1993-07-30
Movie Demolition Man CryoCon 1993-10-08
Movie Rage and Honor Chan Lu 1992-05-08
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Tatsu 1991-03-22
Movie Showdown in Little Tokyo Sato 1991-08-23
Movie The Sword of Bushido Yamaguchi 1990-06-07
Movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tatsu 1990-03-30
Movie Black Rain Mediator 1989-09-22
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