Sensei Alvin Stein

Sensei Alvin Stein founded the Yamabushi Dojo in the summer of 2012. The dojo was the realization of a long time dream for Sensei Alvin, and the pinnacle of a lifetime spent in the martial arts. His earliest training was as a boxer, having been trained by his father, a Golden Gloves boxer. He spent time training in Goju Ryu Karate before finding the Ninpiden Dojo and Kyoshi Randy Weekley in 1993. After years of training with Kyoshi Weekley, he asked and received permission to open his own school. Sensei Alvin loved teaching and was never prouder than when one of his students gained an understanding of a new skill.

In 2017 Alvin celebrated the 5th year anniversary of Yamabushi dojo. Unfortunately it was to be the last year we would spend in his company. In June of that year, he was diagnosed with a rare immune system disorder and passed away in the fall. It was his sincere wish that the dojo continue. After his passing, and in honor of his wishes, Renshi Laurie Sawtelle and Sensei William Penberthy, together with dedicated Yamabushi students committed to continuing the school. Sensei Alvin is survived by his wife, daughters and grandchildren.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” - Buddha