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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H. E. Davey

H. E. Davey is the Director of the Sennin Foundation Center, which offers instruction in Japanese yoga, martial arts, healing arts, and fine arts. His introduction to the arts of Japan came via traditional martial arts. Since age five, he's studied jujutsu extensively in the USA and Japan. He received a seventh-degree black belt and the title of Kyoshi from Kokusai Budoin, a Tokyo-based international federation. Kokusai Budoin defines Kyoshi as a "Master's Certificate." He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Shudokan Martial Arts Association (, an international coalition of Japanese and Western experts, who have granted him an eighth-degree black belt.

In his early teens, Mr. Davey began studying Shin-shin-toitsu-do, a system of Japanese yoga and meditation founded by Nakamura Tempu Sensei. He's a professional instructor of Shin-shin-toitsu-do, and a member of the International Japanese Yoga Association (Kyoto) and the Wakuwaku Honshin Juku (Osaka). He holds the highest level of instructor certification from these associations, which are devoted to the teachings of Mr. Nakamura. He practiced in Japan and the USA under Nakamura Sensei's senior disciples, including Sawai Atsuhiro Sensei and Hashimoto Tetsuichi Sensei. Mr. Davey received comprehensive instruction in Nakamura Sensei's methods of bodywork and healing with ki ("life energy"). He trained in Hatha yoga and Pranayama breathing exercises in the tradition of Indra Devi.

He studied shodo, Japanese brush writing and ink painting, for 20 years under the late Kobara Ranseki Sensei. Kobara Sensei's successor, Mr. Davey holds the top rank in Ranseki Sho Juku shodo and exhibited annually in Japan for many years. He received numerous honors in these exhibitions, including Jun Taisho ("Associate Grand Prize").

H. E. Davey's articles on Japanese arts and his artwork have appeared in numerous American and Japanese magazines and newspapers. He's the author of the following books:

Spirituality & Health magazine presented Davey Sensei with its Book of the Year award for Living the Japanese Arts & Ways: 45 Paths to Meditation & Beauty. Also in 2003, the same book was one of ForeWord magazine's top five books and a finalist for their Book of the Year award.