NASSK 2015 Summer Camp

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! 2015 Camp location will be Camp Cayuga near Honesdale in northeast Pennsylvania.

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

August 21 - 23, 2015
Location: Camp Cayuga, 321 Niles Pond Road, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431 USA

For directions and more information see the Summer Camp page.

NASSK Instructors Seminar June 27, 2015

Annual North American San Shin Kai Instructors seminar and dinner

Date: Saturday June 27th 2015.

Seminar from 1 PM to 4 PM

Annual NASSK Dinner follows shortly after seminar.

Seminar Location:
Crosswinds Karate Kai
61 N Wyoming St, Hazelton, PA 18201

Taylor Sensei Dies Peacefully Monday Nov. 17th

Dr. Marion M. Taylor, 76, born in Chicago, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 17th at the Fisher House in North Amherst. He met death bravely among close friends and dedicated students. Marion studied as a microbiologist but found his true passion in traditional Japanese martial arts for what he was more popularly known. He held senior ranks in Iaido, Karate, Kyudo, and Aikido. Marion worked as Director of Martial Arts at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for 39 years until his retirement in 2012. He is survived by many hundreds of students across the country and friends around the world, all of whom mourn his loss. Marion was an inspiring teacher and timeless mentor to those who carry his legacy through the practices he shared.

In his last moments, Marion’s lifetime as a warrior in this modern age shined fiercely as those among us who were there saw him run swiftly towards the threshold of the greatest adventure of all.

In Japanese tradition, the spirit takes 49 days after death to reach nirvana. As his loved ones in the mortal realm, we clap ceremonially to awaken the Gods, or
kami, to make it known who it is they have coming to them. No elegant word exists in English for this section of the body but rather than keep Marion in our hearts, best we keep him in our bellies, or hara, where it is believed in Japanese tradition where the soul resides.

Marion believed and would constantly remind those near him of
mujo – the concept of impermanence. Marion will take some measure of pride in being a representative of this now, but only in a certain way. His most precious knowledge remains as proof of his living in those who live as guardians of his memory.
In tribute to Marion, a generous donor has established the Marion Taylor Martial Arts Endowment at Hampshire College to ensure Marion’s legacy of teaching and mentoring remains vibrant and active at the College and benefits the next generation of students. To learn more or make a gift in Marion’s honor, go to: or contact Clay Ballantine in the College Advancement Office at 413.559.5647, or
Marion is a loss for us all but I do especially thank everyone in our great community who has kept me in their thoughts.

Yours in martial spirit,
- Samuel I Kanner

NASSK Open Seminar October 11, 2014

North American San Shin Kai will hold an Open Seminar for all current San Shin Kai members ONLY. Seminar will be held on Saturday, October 11th. There is no fee, it’s free to all current members. However, pre-registration is mandatory by October 1st. To pre-register, contact Wehrhahn Shihan with your names and number at

River of Life Martial Arts Center
321 Morris Rd
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Iaido and Kumi-tachi Seminar, Ft Washington, PA June 26,2014

San Shin Kai Iaido Seminar featuring Roger Wehrhahn Shihan

Saturday June 28 2014

River of Life Martial Arts and Wellness Center is proud to offer an Iaido seminar instructed by Roger Wehrhahn, Shihan (6th Dan Iaido).

The seminar will cover the fundamental basics of Iaido, featuring enhanced and very detailed principles and techniques.

Also this seminar will feature katas from the Kendo Kumitachi set

The seminar will count as ONE for San Shin Kai's TWO seminar minimum for testing purposes.

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

Date: Saturday June 28 2014

Cost: $60 (Payable at the door)

Time: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

For any further questions please call
215-694-5528 or E-mail:

Seminar Host:
Dwayne McClellan, 4th Dan in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, studies with the North American San Shin Kai which is under the direction of Roger Wehrhahn Shihan, 6th Dan Iaido.