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About Sensei Chadwick Minge, School Director

Mr. Minge’s introduction to Martial Arts came during a tour of duty in the military, serving with the 82nd Airborne and then with the 7th Special Forces Group, where he served as a Senior Medical Specialist. After his tour of duty, Mr. Minge traveled extensively overseas, working in security and as a troubleshooter for private parties, corporations and several overseas government agencies. After 17 years living as an expatriate, he returned to the States and moved to Los Angeles.

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Shortly after he began training in the traditional Japanese Warrior Arts, he met Grand Master Shoto Tanemura who invited Sensei Minge to live and study in Japan as his personal student. The Grandmaster requested that Sensei Minge return to Los Angeles to open a Dojo (School) to the public. This Dojo was to be the foundation school for the United States and was thus given the name of Yamato Dojo.  In the past several decades, many schools of martial arts have emerged and there are numerous claims to fame, many of dubious or unverified origin.  Thus creating great controversy and confusion amongst students of the arts.  When choosing a master teacher in any art form, it is wise to verify origins and lineage of those teachers.

In addition to teaching at Studio City Martial Arts, Mr. Minge works as a security consultant and bodyguard, instructs at various police departments across the country, gives Tai-jutsu seminars and writes for Martial Arts publications.

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