Denton Hewgill Sensei holds the level of ZNIR Nanadan (7dan), which he received in October 2016.
Denton Sensei has had a continuous interest in Japanese culture and sword arts since he was a teenager, when he first saw a picture of Kendo practitioners in the Richmond area of Vancouver. However, it was not until 1990 that Denton Sensei had the chance to begin practicing Iaido and Kendo under the tutelage of Ted Davis sensei. In 1991 and 1992, Denton Sensei took two trips to Japan for more Iaido training and testing with four more trips of about a month each in the interval between 2009 and 2013.
Beginning in 1990, Denton Sensei practiced Kendo for 10 years, after which he trained only in Iaido with Ted Davis sensei until Davis sensei’s unfortunate passing in 2007. Since the inception of the CIA, Denton Sensei has been the treasurer, until he was selected as President by Ted Davis Sensei in 2007, and has held the position of President since.
Another long term interest was Rinzai Zen. Denton Sensei studied with Joshu Sakai Roshi for 10 years starting in 1970 and matured another 17 years with Shinzan Miyamae Roshi from 1990 to 2007.
Denton Sensei is a skilled mathematician, teaching at the University of Victoria from 1969 until his retirement in 2005. Most of his mathematics research was devoted to applied mathematics and scientific computing. In later years research shifted to the development of Japanese language software.
Denton Sensei was instrumental in the creation of several programs for learning Japanese: Kanji Gold in 1999, Nihongo Parotto in 1998 with Dr. Noru in the Japanese Department of UVic, and Real Japanese, in 2007, a joint effort with the Japanese department of UVic.
Iaido – 24 years
Rinzai Zen – 27 years
Kendo – 10 years
Tae Kwan Do – 5 years
Karate – 2 years
Last Edited: May 20, 2014