Summer Camp 2013, August 23-25

Dear Students and Instructors,

It is that time of year again when we meet in beautiful surroundings for an exciting weekend of Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido training and camaraderie! This year's location will be Camp Lokanda in the Catskill Mountains near Glen Spey in upstate New York. Note that this is a new location! Camp Lokanda's facilities are among the best. The camp is located on 80 acres on a scenic 3-mile natural spring-fed lake. The bunks are comfortable, modern and clean with bathrooms, showers and beautiful lake views. Camp Lokanda recently added a brand new dining hall and kitchen which is over 14,000 square feet! Attached to this building is a huge outdoor covered pavilion for outdoor eating and barbeques. All of the food served at Lokanda is Kosher and dairy and meat meals are never mixed. The Chef takes great pride in the variety and quality of the meals offered during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Campers enjoy so many options and there is always a great salad bar with plenty of fresh options. The Social Hall is a large beautiful air-conditioned building that is spacious enough for a large group with wood floors appropriate for Iaido practice.

Please join us for an action packed weekend of traditional Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and fun!
North American San Shin Kai,
Roger Wehrhahn

August 23, 24, & 25, 2013
Location: Camp Lokanda, 546 Haring Road, Glen Spey, New York 12737 USA

For directions and more information see the Summer Camp page.

San Shin Kai Pre-Test Seminar, July 28th, 2012

Announcement of our annual North American San Shin Kai pre-test seminar.

Date: July 28th 2012 

Place: Crosswinds Karate Kai, Hazleton, PA
61 N Wyoming St Hazelton, PA 18201 (570) 454-4347 Peter DiSabella

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

This is a complimentary seminar conducted by Mitsuzuka Sensei and myself. 

Any member testing at this years camp and in good standing with the association is invited to attend. 
Please take advantage of this opportunity. Hope to see you there!  

If you need more info, call

Iaido Seminar, Ft Washington PA March 24, 2012

San Shin Kai Iaido Seminar featuring Roger Wehrhahn Shihan hosted by River of Life Martial Arts and Wellness Center
Saturday March 24, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

River of Life Martial Arts and Wellness Center
321 Morris Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034


River of Life Martial Arts and Wellness Center is proud to offer an Iaido seminar instructed by Roger Wehrhahn Shihan. The seminar will cover the fundamental basics of Iaido, featuring enhanced and very detailed principles and techniques.
Seminar Cost: $50 (Payable at the door)

Seminar Host: Dwayne McClellan
For any further questions please call 215-694-5528 or E-mail:

Summer Camp 2012, Aug 24-26

Mark your 2012 calendars!

This year's Summer Camp will be held August 24, 25 & 26.

Official camp shirt and tameshigiri are included in registration fee this year.

Details to be announced later.

Iaido Seminar, Amherst MA February 26, 2012

New England San Shin Kai Iaido Seminar in Amherst, MA with Roger Wehrhahn Shihan
Hosted by South Amherst San Shin Kai

Date: Sunday, February 26, 2012

For Time and Location:
(413) 559-5729

Marion M. Taylor
P. O. Box 2083
Amherst, MA 01004-2083

Lesson 5 of Hasegawa-Eishin Ryu, January 21, 2011

Lesson 5 of Hasegawa-Eishin Ryu: Yamaoroshi

with Roger Wehrhahn Shihan

Date: Saturday, Jan 21 · 11:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Crosswinds Karate Kai
61 N Wyoming St Hazelton, PA 18201 (570) 454-4347 Peter DiSabella

Iaido Seminar, Houston TX January 14, 2011

Hosted by Houston San Shin Kai

Roger Wehrhahn Shihan
Date: Saturday, Jan 14 · 10:00am - 3:00pm

More Event Info on the seminar Facebook page

Look for details of location and exact times on Facebook and on

Camp Notes and Shinsa Results

On behalf of Mitsuzuka Munehiro sensei and myself, we wish to congratulate all attending SSK members for a successful and memorable camp! We know some of you risked hardship and even danger to attend. For those of you who suffered losses, our hopes and prayers are with you for a quick return to normalcy.

Congratulations to all who tested! We are proud of you. Not everyone is willing to open themselves up to critique by their peers. We appreciate your commitment and courage. If the test were evaluated solely on spirit, every candidate would surely have passed, however, we must take into consideration many other areas of the testing performance! We and the instructors of the students that need to retest are committed to working closely with you to help you achieve the level you tested for. We apologize for not getting the chance to formally announce the results of the test, as we finished late in the day and most people left right after dinner to avoid the approaching storm.

Yours in Iaido,
Roger Wehrhahn, Shihan

The following candidates have passed the test:

SSK Dan Test Results, 2011

Chin, Alexander
Kim, Seung
Leonard, Staci
Lewis, John
McSpadden, Emily
Stokes, Callian

Brosseau, Michel
Burnett, Alex
Byrnes, Christopher
Erb, Scott
Lee, Mark
Lee, Walker
Lindley, Joe
Zinnes, Joe

Kanner, Sam
Vieira, Alex

Hocker, Craig

Dunham, Brian
Kelley, Brian

Summer Camp Deadline!

The deadline for postmarking your Summer Camp registration to be eligible for the lower rate is tomorrow, Monday the 15th.

Also, Peter Boylan of Mugendo Budogu has confirmed his attendance again this year. Make sure to bring some spending money, because you will be tempted by his quality budo goods, as well as the usual offering of San Shin Kai curriculum DVDs.

Pre-Test Seminar Reminder

I have only heard from several people on the Pre-test seminar. Please confirm if you have students coming. Even if you have registered please reconfirm.
Thank you

Pre-Test Seminar, Free to those participating in shinsa at Summer Camp:
July 30th at 11:00 am, Crosswinds Karate Kai, Hazleton, PA, 570-454-4347.

May 28 Seminar Slots Open

The May 28th Iaido seminar at the Crosswinds Karate Kai in Hazleton has a few spots open. This 3 hour seminar (11:00-2:00) will cover fine points of technique along with kata.

Pre-Test Seminar, 2011

There will be a free pre-test seminar July 30th at 11:00 am for anyone testing at this year's Summer Camp, compliments of the San Shin Kai. It will be held at the Crosswinds Karate Kai, Hazleton, PA, 570-454-4347.

Summer Camp information has also been updated. Information packet and registration forms to follow.

May Seminar

The May seminar is set for Saturday the 28th from 11:00-2:00. I am limiting the class to 16 people this time on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fee is $50.00 and it is due by May 1st. Please email me at if you are coming, and please help spread the word.

Thank you,

Summer Camp 2011, August 26-28

Mark your calendars! This year's Summer Camp will be held August 26, 27 & 28. Details to be announced later.

Iaido Seminar, Houston TX, April 30 & May 2

Hosted by Houston San Shin Kai

Roger Wehrhahn Shihan
Date: Saturday, April 30 · 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: Safety America Karate
2595 Cordes Dr
Sugar Land, TX 77479

More Info on the seminar Facebook page

He will be teaching on Saturday, April 30th in Sugar Land starting at 12 noon
on Monday, May 2nd in Houston at Hope Stone Dance School at 8:15pm - 10pm

Look for details of location and exact times on Facebook and on

March Seminar, 3/12/11

There will be a three-hour iaido seminar on Saturday, March 12th, from 11:00 am — 2:00 pm at the Crosswinds dojo in Hazleton, PA. This seminar will cover general fine points of technique and kata of MSR. It is open to everyone and will count as one of the required seminars for testing. Camp is just 7 months away! The fee is $50.00 (due by Mar. 1). There is limited space so I will cut off registration at 18 people. Please RSVP to reserve your space. I hope to see you there!

Date Change, Instructors' Practice, 11/20/10

The date for the instructor/staff training and meeting needs to be changed to the prior Saturday, November 20. Please confirm availability with Shihan.

Instructors' Practice and Meeting, 11/27/10

The instructors' practice, meeting, and dinner is set for noon on November 27, 2010. Please confirm your attendance with or direct any inquiries to Roger Wehrhahn, Shihan.

Camp Wrap-Up

Two and a half (ish) days, 50+ attendees, tempting goods from Mugendo Budogu, and a fine shinsa capstone -- another terrific San Shin Kai camp. This time, without added goats.

Pictures will be finding there way into the website as time allows. Thanks to everyone who made camp a success yet again.

Summer Camp Update

Added a layout map to the Summer Camp page. Also, the deadline for the cheaper rate has passed. See you at Camp!

Pre-Test Seminar

"Hello instructors/students,

The SSK will be sponsoring a complimentary pre-test seminar for anyone testing at camp this year on June 26th at Crosswinds Karate Kai in Hazleton, PA. It is beneficial that you attend to be comfortable with the material and the testing etiquette. Please let me know if you have anyone eligible to test. Also, my email list might not be up to date so please help spread the word by passing this on to all students and posting it at the dojo.

Thank you,

Summer Camp, 2010

Summer Camp information is posted on the Summer Camp page.

August 27, 28 & 29, 2010
Camp Cayuga, Honesdale, PA.

Annual Instructors Seminar and Dinner, November 7, 2009 Hazelton, PA

Dear instructors/study group leaders,
Our annual SSK instructors seminar and dinner is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7th at the Crosswinds Karate Kai dojo in Hazleton, PA. The practice is scheduled for 12:00- 3:00 pm. Dinner is at 4:00 pm till ? This is a free seminar and dinner for all instructors in good standing. (Dinner is capped at $35.00) any additional fees, drinks etc. are extra. Please reply no later than Nov 1st. to reserve your space. You are welcome to bring someone with you if you like at your own expense. I look forward to seeing everyone there.
Please contact:
Peter DiSabella
Crosswinds Karate Kai
61 N Wyoming St
Hazelton, PA 18201
(570) 454-4347

Houston Seminar Saturday, November 14, 2009, Houston, TX

The seminar is scheduled from 10 AM to 2 PM (with a break). Download poster here.

White Horse Academy of Martial Arts
215 East 11th St.
Houston, TX 77008
Craig Hocker
Houston San Shin Kai
(281) 630-0821