Shorinji Kempo FAU Branch Leadership
The following are the leadership members of the FAU Branch:
During graduate school in Illinois during the late 1970s, through judo, he met an
excellent nidan judo player from Japan - Tadashi Negishi - who was also the Shorinji Kempo
Branch Master at the University. Dr Tondo studied with Negishi-BM for many years.
After moving to Florida, Dr Tondo met Dr Messersmith-BM and trained with him, attaining
the nidan level in Shorinji Kempo in 1987. Dr Tondo continued studying and teaching
Shorinji Kempo in Boca Raton, Florida, until 1993.
There were a few years without any sensei available until Dr Messersmith-BM started a new
Branch at FIU. After teaching, learning, and working out at FIU for over four years we
received permission from Dr Messersmith-BM, Tanaka-BM - USA Representative with WSKO, and the World Shorinji Kempo Organization (WSKO)
to start the Shorinji Kempo FAU Branch in January of 2008. We received the final approval for the
Branch from WSKO on May 24, 2008.
Among the FAU Shorinji Kempo coaches and myself we have many years of experience in Shorinji
Kempo and we hope we can help those interested in learning this beautiful and effective martial art.
We hope the FAU and PBCC students/faculty will take the time to join with us and learn Shorinji Kempo.
If you wish to email Tondo-sensei, click here
I started practicing Shorinji Kempo in Porto Alegre Brazil in 1979, under Sensei Matsuo Ushida. I miss him
dearly for his kindness and honesty and for his way of teaching. I was also privileged to have such
instructors like Sensei Odilon Gomes Santiago Filho, Sensei Clovis Guimaraes de Souza, and Sensei Marcus Possera
who help me shape my life and my character as a young man. I am thankful to them and many others for their
unconditional help and friendship.
In 1990 I immigrated to the United States of America and I met Sensei Eric Messersmith who welcomed me to
his Miami Branch. He introduced me to Sensei Clovis Tondo who help thru difficult times in my life in America
and we became great friends till this day.
I am thankful to him and many other friends I meth thru Shorinji Kempo. To end this short bio I want to agree
with Kaiso's words: "The person, the person, the person, everything depends on the quality of the person." That
was also the best teaching that my first Sensei Matsuo Ushida passed to me in my younger years.
If you wish to email Eduardo-sensei, click here
I was first introduced to Shorinji Kempo while observing a training session featuring Kimura-sensei in
Buffalo in 1984. After returning to New York City, my interest in Shorinji Kempo continued under
Miyata-sensei training for many years.
I received my Shodan rank and attended the International Taikai at the World Shorinji Kempo headquarters
in Tadostu, Japan in 1989.
After a brief absence, I started training again in Miami in 2007 with Messersmith-sensei from the
FIU branch until the creation of the FAU branch in May 2008. I am now an assistant coach under the
direction of Tondo-sensei and Eduardo-sensei.
If you wish to email Richard-sampai, click here
Drew Nathanson is the Shorinji Kempo FAU Branch secretariat and handles all the necessary
branch paperwork. Drew started Shorinji Kempo under Sensei Eric Messersmith from the Miami branch in
1988 and Sensei Tondo from the satellite branch in Boca Raton until the creation of the FAU Branch in
May of 2008.
If you wish to email Drew, click here