About the Instructor
Kendall Kelsoe has performed demonstrations of ancient martial arts and swordsmanship for the Japan America Society of Austin, the Texas Bamboo Society , The Canterbury Renaissance Fair, The Gathering of the Clans in Salado, Texas, The Scots of Austin, Texas, The Austin Celtic Association of Texas , the 1997 Austin Celtic Festival , Asia Cultural Day at St. Edward's University in Austin, various public schools, and the Days of the Scots, in Wimberley, Texas.
Kendall is a well-known lecturer and taught a course on sword history at the University of Texas, Austin. Kendall and his students have appeared on local television broadcast shows in Austin, Texas including "Citizens Live" and "Jim Swift on the Porch", demonstrating the fighting arts and ancient weaponry.
He has consulted and taught theatrical combat and made prop weapons for local independent films. Vampires and Zombies are in fashion!
Kendall is a published photographer, author, artist and cartoonist.
Currently, Kendall is head instructor for the AUSTIN BUJINKAN TANEMAKI DOJO, a Japanese martial arts school. Kendall has studied Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu / Ninjutsu since 1984. A native Texan, Kendall is an avid martial artist and ancient military history enthusiast. He loves military aviation both past and present.
Kendall has studied various martial arts for more than 34 years and enjoys fencing, archery, history, photography, gardening, cooking, knife throwing, woodworking, music, Japanese, Celtic and Nordic historical culture. Mr. K works as a professional sharpener and makes his own tsuka (hilts) and saya (scabbards). He practices the arts of tsuka maki (hilt wrapping) and is an amatuer togishi (sword polisher). He has performs blacksmithing at the Bachman Pioneer Farm for the Austin Historical Society.
Kendall loves to scuba dive and has done so since 1968. He currently is a certified Rescue Diver, and holds certifications from N.A.U.I., P.A.D.I. and N.A.S.D.S..
Published photography includes articles appearing in Ninja Magazine, Karate International, Ura and Omote, The Japan America Society Newsletter, American Bujinkan Dojo newsletter "The Source" and Dr. Kelly Hill Sensei's book ''Ninja Knife Fighting''. Kendall is also a certified Monadnock PR-24 Baton Instructor and teaches courses in security tactics, firearm retention and unarmed self-defense. He teaches members of the United States military including U.S. Army Recon, Airbourne, and U.S. Marine Corps.
Kendall is most proud and honored to be a teacher to members both active and inactive of the 101st. and 82nd. Airborne Ranger Division. Mr. Kelsoe won first place at the tameshigiri (live blade cutting) contest held in Denton, Texas 09-18-2004. His student, Ms. Christa Jackson, placed third. His close friend and Buyu (martial friend) Richard Elizondo Sensei was a very close second place. Kendall currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wonderful wife Connie, their dog Daylin and three cats Tux, Raven and Kumo.