Our instructors (sensei) are:

  • Founder of Mumeishi Melbourne: Sensei Brent Gazzaniga, 5th Dan. (Shihan 師範)
  • Principal instructor: Sensei Junji Sakamoto, 6th Dan.
  • Instructor: Sensei Trent Reeve, 5th Dan.
  • Assistant instructor: Russell Robinson, 4th Dan.

About Brent Gazzaniga sensei, 5th Dan

Sensei has a long history in budo generally and kendo in particular. Please view our history page for information about Brent sensei.

About Junji Sakamoto sensei, 6th Dan

I started Kendo when I was 7 years of age in Fukuoka, Japan. I trained very regularly at local dojos as well as schools up to 17 years old. I was away from Kendo for many years after that until I met Brent Gazzaniga Sensei at Mumeishi Kendo Dojo, in Berwick, Victoria. It was over 20 years ago. I feel the encounter with Brent Sensei was inevitability for my life. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity of meeting Brent Sensei and other sincere members of Mumeishi Kendo Club.

Sensei's message

Our dojo mottos are 開かれた心、学ぶ心、友を思う心 in Japanese and they are translated “Open Mind” “Sincere Heart to Learn” and “Heart to Care for Others”. I see all of our members respect these mottos and we are endeavouring to enhance our Kendo skills and beyond. I study Aikido as well, and I believe all Japanese martial arts are connected and share fundamental elements. Aikido is an excellent extended study of Kendo. Kendo is one of the most profound parts of Japanese traditional culture. If you would like to experience the deep culture of Japan, please visit us and talk with us. Your visit is always welcome.

About Trent Reeve sensei, 5th Dan

Sensei has been involved in budo for most of his life, and started Kendo at Mumeishi in 2005. Trent sensei has represented Victoria multiple times in the Australian Kendo Championships, and has represented Australia at multiple World Kendo Championships.

In 2023, he was appointed Captain of the Australian Kendo Team for the upcoming 2024 World Kendo Championships in Milan, Italy.

About Russell Robinson, 4th Dan

Russell Robinson started his Kendo training at Mumeishi at the age of 45. He has represented Victoria at the Australian Kendo Championships, including as captain of the Kyu Grade men's team - leading them to a Silver Medal in 2011.

In 2019, Russell also started training in Iwama-style Aikido.

Sempai (senior student/dojo steward)

  • Andy Garard, 3rd Dan

Please feel free to ask Andy, Russell or any of our sensei about any aspect of our dojo.