About Us

From 1985 – 1993 Sensei Fein studied under the supervision of Mitsuzuka Takeshi Sensei, with the instructors Sensei John Prough and Sensei Marty Eisenberg, at the Japanese Swordsmanship Society, NYC (affiliated with San Shin Kai, Tokyo, Japan) He also studied under Shozo Kato Sensei at the Doshikan Dojo, NYC.

Sensei Fein holds the rank of Godan (5th Dan) in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido. If you have any questions about the Makoto Dojo and our practice of Muso Shiden Ryu Iaido, please email us on the contact page

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The Makoto Dojo is a member of the Independent Martial Arts Federation (IMAF) and the United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF) and is accepted by them as a legitimate school teaching the universally recognized forms of Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido. Our dojo abides by all of the current universal rules, regulations and standards required by the ZNKR, All Japan Kendo Federation. If you are a member of the ZNKR or plan to become a member, I have prepared Iaido students to review for and successfully take their Seitei Gata test elsewhere.

Independent Martial Arts Federation (IMAF)
Robert S. Shook, Soke.
Makoto Dojo is recognized as the representative of Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido for IMAF.

United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF)
Bruce R. Bethers, Hachi Dan Shihan
Makoto Dojo is a member of of USMAF

Sensei Fein is also a board certified, licensed Massage Therapist specializing in pain management, with a private practice in Sarasota, Florida