Samurai Sword Soul Company

Japanese Sword Fighting Company
founded by Yoshi Amao

Samurai Sword Soul (SSS) is a samurai theater company, founded by Yoshi Amao in 2003.

Samurai Sword Soul’s sword technique is based on Waki Ryu Tate, which was created by Keihei Wakisaka; the spirit of Seido Karate; and Kendo (Japanese fencing) technique. Now imbuing traditional Japanese sword fighting arts with a more contemporary essence and their own artistry, they have established a unique “Samurai Sword Soul Style.”

Samurai Sword Soul is the only theater company in New York which employs TATE in their demonstrations and samurai dramas. SSS’s mission is to spread the Bushi-Do, The Way of the Samurai, and to introduce TATE to people who are not familiar with it. SSS believes their samurai spirits reach the audiences of all ethnicities, ages, and genders. They regard the Samurai Virtues: Rectitude (義 gi), Courage (勇yū), Benevolence (仁 jin), Respect (礼 rei), Honesty (誠 makoto), Honor (名誉 meiyo), and Loyalty (忠義 chūgi) as the code of conduct that is still relevant in our time.


Samurai Sword Soul debuted at the 2003 Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. SSS has made many other TV appearances, including NBC, NY-1 News, WB-11, CBS, FOX TV, Fuji TV and NHK, and in newspapers such as New York Times, Daily News, New York Sun, Metro New York, Japion, and Daily Sun. They perform extensively in many major festivals and events such as the Anime Festival at Jacobs K Javits Center, Japan Day in Central Park, and Sakura Matsuri in Washington DC.

from Senshi, filmed by Gemma Flemming

Company Members : Koji Nishiyama, Sandy Chase, Saori Goda, Dom Mancuso, Masaya Okubo, Yoichiro Kawakami, Kenny Fong, Atsunori Hayamizu aka Umihei, Akira Ito

Musicians : Seiichiro Koizumi, Hirotoshi Umeda

Jennifer was a member of Samurai Sword Soul for 5 years.