Sensei Kevin Swanner began his study under the late Sensei Berry Grizzard at the University of Alabama Huntsville in the early 80’s. UAH provided a wonderful cross road location for the cooperative study with several different styles of martial arts over the years. Sensei Swanner deeply appreciates the parent organizations that have both guided and trained him over the years, such as Midori Yama Budokai, and most currently American Budo Society , without whose wonderful guidance and imparting of knowledge his programs would not be possible.

Sensei Swanner founded Spirit Made Steel dojo operated it for more than 20 years. In 2016 he stepped down from his management role and most teaching operations. He still teaches kenjutsu classes and operates as Professor Emeritus at Spirit Made Steel.

Ranks and Awards

  • Hachidan (8th Degree Black Belt), Kyoshi Dai, Shin Nagare Karate
  • Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) Midori Yama Goshin Jujitsu
  • Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) Shin Shin Jujitsu
  • Godan (5th Degree Black Belt) Tae Kwon Do
  • Eagle Claw Level 3
  • Kobudo Level 3