Katie Murphy Stevens
Head instructor Sensei Katie Murphy Stevens began her study of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1990. She has been a school head of Makoto Kai in Woodland, CA since 2002. She received the rank of godan (5th degree black belt) in 2014 and is currently advancing her training as a student of Professor Jane Carr. In addition to her jujitsu studies, she is a graduate of the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute massage program. She has been active in support of the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF) operations since 2003, serving in various administrative roles. Sensei Murph began her martial arts practice for some self-defense training and fitness, but she stays for the deep friendships and her love of the art.
Sensei Joe Bendorf began his jujitsu practice in the Makoto Kai juniors program in 1998. He earned the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt) in 2011. Sensei Joe has also studied silat, judo, tai chi, and is a graduate of the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute massage program.