Established 1981

1053 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706


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Serving the San Francisco East Bay Area, including the communities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington, Oakland, and Richmond

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About Our Dojo

About Our Dojo | Sennin Foundation

The Sennin Foundation Center for Japanese Cultural Arts has been offering instruction in Japanese arts under experienced teachers since 1981. Established by H. E. Davey Sensei, it presents separate training in Japanese yoga, healing arts, martial arts, and fine arts. Classes are available to people of all ages and levels of health, including classes for children ages five and up.

Members of the Sennin Foundation Center have access to the rich traditions of Japan's cultural arts through practice in the group's classical dojo (literally, "training hall of the Way"). More than simply a school or studio, an authentic dojo is a gateway into the timeless realm of Asian art and personal development, allowing members of the Sennin Foundation Center to realize vibrant well-being and longevity. In fact, the word "Sennin" describes the ancient Japanese equivalent of a yogi. The Sennin were known for their enlightenment, splendid health, and according to some ancient myths, their ability to attain immortality. This same emphasis on spiritual realization and health maintenance is stressed by the Sennin Foundation.

H. E. Davey Sensei, and by extension the Sennin Foundation Center, is affiliated with elite organizations, which illustrates the group's close ties with Japan and the nature of the Sennin Foundation's programs. Some of these professional affiliations are as follows:

  1. Zaidan Hojin Tempu-Kai (The Tempu Society)--A Tokyo-based organization founded by the late Nakamura Tempu Sensei. Mr. Nakamura was the originator of Shin-shin-toitsu-do, a distinctive form of Japanese yoga based on mind and body unification.
  2. Wanto Shodo-Kai (East Bay Japanese Calligraphy Association)--A private San Francisco Bay Area study group for shodo, or Japanese brush writing practiced as meditation and fine art, founded by the late Kobara Ranseki Sensei, creator of Ranseki Sho Juku shodo.
  3. Kokusai Shodo Bunka Koryu Kyokai (International Japanese Calligraphy and Cultural Exchange Association)--Headquartered in Urayasu, Japan, this international organization is sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Education.
  4. Kokusai Nihon Yoga Renmei (International Japanese Yoga Association)--The IJYA is headquartered in Kyoto. It's President is Sawai Atsuhiro Sensei, a Senior Advisor to the Sennin Foundation Center, with H. E. Davey Sensei acting as Vice President. Read more at
  5. Shudokan Budo-Kai (Shudokan Martial Arts Association)--The SMAA is a coalition of Japanese and Western experts, featuring martial artists from different systems. With members in several nations, the group works toward the preservation and cultivation of classical Japanese martial arts.
  6. International Hoplology Society--A unique scholarly organization founded by the late Donn F. Draeger Sensei, regarded by some as the world's foremost Western Japanese martial arts authority, author, and historian. The IHS is based in the USA and dedicated to studying the effects of the martial arts on civilizations throughout history.
  7. The Sennin Foundation, Inc.--A federally tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, which is headquartered in California, and which promotes the study of Japanese cultural arts for personal transformation.
  8. Waku Waku Honshin Juku--Waku Waku Honshin Juku is based in Osaka, and it promotes the study of meditation and spiritual growth, with an emphasis on Nakamura Tempu Sensei's Japanese yoga. H. E. Davey Sensei received the highest level of teaching certfication from this prestigious association.