Sandan Dean Bogenreif, member of Kenshin-Kaikan since 1986.
Began learning from Grand Master Kazumasa Yokoyama at age 30, I had previous experience in Shotokan karate and TaeKwondo. I received my Shodan from Master Yokoyama in 1994. In 2004 I continued my training and have been training with Master Yokoyama since. I am still in awe of Koncho's teachings and Martial Arts abilities. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a student of the Master Yokoyama. Knowing Koncho, is a rare and honored privilege. At the current age of 60, I continue to learn and grow under Kocho's tutelage.
Mr. Lopez started karate the summer of 1990. He studied Shito-Ryu in Harlingen, TX under Shihan Saldana. He also studied for three years under Hanshi Minobu Miki in San Diego, Ca. Mr. Lopez got promoted to Shodan on October 30, 2004 and to Nidan on August 18, 2007 by Shihan Saldana in Harlingen TX. Mr. Lopez also studied Goju-Ryu for 2 and a half years in the Grand Bahama Island under Greene Sensei. Mr. Lopez started studying Shorin-Ryu under Yokoyama Sensei on January 2012. Mr. Lopez got promoted to Shodan-Ho on June 22, 2012, and to Shodan on March 2, 2013.
My name is Brandon Bogenreif, and I am a proud student of Master Kazumasa Yokoyama Kancho. I began my training at the age of seven, but was unable to complete my training at that time. I returned with renewed interest in 2010, and since then I have strived to become a worthy recipient of Kancho's teachings. My journey has truly just begun, and I count myself extremely fortunate to be able to learn from the world's greatest martial artist!
Mr. Bodota started martial arts in 1990 while attending school in Boston. He studied under Master Kazumi Tabata, an 8th degree Grand Master in Shotokan karate. Master Tabata studied Shotokan at Waseda University under Master Isao Obata, one of Master Gichin Funakoshi’s first students. In 1991 Mr. Bodota also started studying under Master Nagao Matsuyama. Master Matsuyama studied Shotokan at Waseda University under Master Toshio Watanabe, the oldest living student of Grand Master Funakoshi.
Mr. Bodota studied under both Master Tabata and Master Matsuyama until 1997 when he stopped due to a left knee injury. He moved to Houston, TX in 1999 and then to Hayward, CA in 2000. After returning to Boston in 2003, he went back to Shotokan. Late 2004, Mr. Bodota stopped practicing again after an injury to his right knee. Mr. Bodota moved to Houston in 2007. In 2012 he started studying Shorin-ryu under Grand Master Kazumasa Yokoyama, earning his Shodan in late 2013.