Katie Murphy Stevens
Head Instructor Sensei Katie Murphy Stevens began her study of Danzan Ryu Jujitsu in 1990. She has been 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. She is active teaching at regional and national seminars, and participating in tournaments. In addition to her martial arts studies, she incorporates healing arts in her studies and is a graduate of the Danzan Ryu Seifukujitsu Institute massage course. She serves on the board of directors for the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation (AJJF) and the Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors (AWMAI). 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. He is currently a student of Sensei Nerissa Freeman and serves as the Northwest Regional Manager for the American Judo and Jujitsu Federation.
Sensei Michael Thompson began training Danzan Ryu at Makoto Kai in late 2011 and obtained his black belt in the Spring of 2018. Michael has also trained in Dentokan Aikijujitsu, Taekwondo, Progressive System (a blend of Filipino Martial Arts and Jujitsu), and Aikido.