National Technical Council

OVERVIEW

The role of the National Technical Council (NTC) is to oversee the quality of Shintaido instruction in the United States. Specifically, they are charged with resolving technical questions, acting as a resource for local instructors, keeping track of the status of instructors on sabbatical, and disseminating information about SoA policy on maintaining instructional credentials. 
– Membership in the National Technical Council is extended to all SoA members who have reached the level of Senior Instructor or that of Sandan, or above, in Karate, Bojutsu, or Kenjutsu.
– The Council is coordinated by a Chairperson who is elected by the SOA NTC membership and then approved for board membership by the SOA Board. This is a a two-year term that can be extended for additional terms.

CURRENT NTC MEMBERS (as of May 2023)

   Robert Gaston, Chairperson: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Shodan, Kenjutsu Yondan
   Shin Aoki: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Yondan, Karate Yondan, Kenjutsu Yondan
   Sandra Bengtsson: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Shodan, Kenjutsu Sandan
   Connie Borden: General Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Shodan, Kenjutsu Yondan
   Bela Breslau: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Nidan, Kenjutsu Sandan
   David Franklin: General Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Sandan, Kenjutsu Sandan
   Chris Ikeda-Nash: Graduate, Karate Sandan, Kenjutsu Nidan
   Lee Ordeman: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Shodan, Kenjutsu Sandan
   Jennifer Peringer: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Nidan
   Byron Russell: Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Nidan, Kenjutsu Nidan
   Lee Seaman: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Nidan
   Mike Sheets: Senior Instructor, Bojutsu Shodan, Kenjutsu Nidan
   Jim Sterling: General Instructor, Bojutsu Sandan, Karate Nidan, Kenjutsu Yondan