Sono Seigo, 17th Head of the School
Sono Sensei studied Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu from the 16th Headmaster Otani Genshu for many years. Additionally, he received tutelage directly from Saito Jizaburo in Tokyo to learn Owari Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu. He became 17th Headmaster of the Yamato Yagyu-kai upon the passing of Otani Sensei. In addition to his background in swordsmanship, he is also a Shihan level instructor in Okinawan Karate. Sono Sensei is well versed in other traditional arts including kendo, jujutsu, traditional weapons, and Noh Theatre.
Ogasawara Sensei joined the Yamato Yagyu kai at the introduction of Sugihara Iwao Sensei. Prior to Yagyu-ryu, Ogasawara Sensei spent many years practicing Shinto Muso-Ryu Jojutsu. After many years of intense training in Yagyu-Ryu, Ogasawara Sensei has been chosen to become 18th Headmaster of Yamato Yagyu-kai, upon the planned retirement of Sono Sensei in the future. Ogasawara Sensei also trains in Niten-Ichi-Ryu under Sugihara Sensei and Miyagawa Morito Sensei of Kyoto. His high level of focus on the integrity of the Yagyu style and his personal training regime is unsurpassed.
Manogue Sensei began studying Edo Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu in 1991 under Sono Seigo Sensei and Sugihara Iwao Sensei and holds the rank of 3rd dan. He also holds the rank of 5th dan in Aiki-kai Aikido and runs an aikido dojo in New Jersey. In addition to traditional Japanese arts, he has also trained in modern martial arts in the Jeet Kune Do curriculum including, Jun fan gung fu, kali, silat, muy thai, capoeria, braziliian jujitsu, and savate. He travels to Philadelphia on Saturdays to teach Yagyu Shinkage-ryu Heihou.
Walter Sensei started his martial art career with Shotokan Karate in 1986. Soon after, he began studying Tai Chi Chuan, which he continues to practice under various instructors. Walter Sensei studied Yagyu-Ryu under Sono Seigo and Sugihara Sensei from 1991 attained the rank of 4th Dan Kyoshi. Additionally, he holds Okuden rank in Niten-Ichi-Ryu Kenjutsu from Miyagawa Morito Sensei of Otsu, Kyoto Prefecture, and 2nd DAN rank in Takuma-kai Aiki-jujutsu. In addition to teaching Yagyu-ryu, he also teaches Niten-Ichi-ryu.
_Hailing from New Jersey, Chris deMonch started in martial arts training in TKD, Karate, and Judo. Upon moving to Philadelphia for college, he began training in aikido, through which he met Manogue Sensei. Chris has been training in Yagyu Shinkage Ryu for 11 years, and continues to oversee practice in Philadelphia on the days when Manogue Sensei is not present.