Main Sensei, Michi Yamato joined Ohno sword & martial arts group(Original Power Ranger martial arts & stunt group) at 16 yrs old and became a master in Japan. He action-choreographed over 100 episodes in Japan & Hollywood.
Yuuki Yamagiwa's first encounter with martial arts and stage combat was in 2002. From a young age, Yuuki competed in national martial arts competitions and became Samurai Karate Studio's first Grand Champion in the Traditional Kata category at the California Karate Nationals in 2011. In addition to her martial arts background, Yuuki's interest in stage combat and performing arts led her towards an extensive study and performance career in sword and hand-to-hand stage combat and choreography. She has been teaching since 2007 and is proud and honored to teach at Samurai Karate Studio.