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About Our Founder
Kyo Kasumi is the first and only female stunt coordinator and fight director in America specializing in TATE: Japanese sword fighting and other Japanese combat styles. After training and working with master Masatsugu Takase in Japan for 15 years, she relocated to New York where she opened her own TATE and stunt training dojo in White Plains in 2014. The dojo has since become a training hub for a wide range of students from professional actors to beginners and children. As a mother of three, she is particularly skilled at choreographing action sequences involving women and children while ensuring their safety.
In addition to her on-set roles, Kyo is also a film producer. Her debut production, “First Samurai in New York” not only was selected into 14 film festivals around the world, including New York Shorts International Film Festival and HollyShorts Film Festival, but also won four awards including Best Fight Weapons at the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival and the Action on Film International Film Festival.
Kyo is also active in philanthropy, fostering international cultural exchange by organizing trips for American high school students to Japan, as well as establishing a fund at NYU Tisch School of the Arts to uplift BIPOC voices and stories to help combat systematic marginalization in the industry.
Japanese feature film “Gold Boy”, in which Kyo worked as a fight choreographer and stunt coordinator, is set for release in 2024, alongside another co-produced between France and Belgium.
Held the very first Tate class in NY in the entranceway at her house.
Launched TATE Japanese Sword Fight Performing arts NY Dojo.
Started Kids Action class. (Spring and fall sessions)
Tate open workshops in Brooklyn.
Started Film Action class.
Launched film reel production services.
Started Tate Manhattan class.
Started Tate preteenager class.
Launched film or stage fighting coordinate production services.
Started Tate Junior Class.
Kids Super Hero Action Workshop.
Started Teen class.
Started Kids Manhattan Class
Launched film production business
Shooting of the film "First Samurai In NY"
Samurai Kids Class at Japanese weekend school.
Introduced promotion examination and special Tate skill class event.
Our 4th anniversary showcase was listed as an official event of Immigrant Heritage Week 2018 by the mayor's Office.
Samurai kids class at Japanese weekend school with our teen class students as assistants.
Shooting of Japanese film "Kensatsugawa no zainin" in Japan.
Was invited to reception party of Japan day by Japanese ambassador's residence.
Was invited to Asian Heritage Celebration of NYPD.
Our film, First Samurai in New York became NY Premier at New York Shorts International Film Festival.
Our film, First Samurai in New York was accepted and screened at NY Japan Cine Fest in Asian Society.
First Samurai in New York was officially selected to Movievalley BazzaCinema Festival in Bologna Italy.
FSNY(First Samurai In New York) got an award of Best director in Movievalley BazzaCinema Festival in Bologna Italy.
FSNY was officially selected to “A Shaded View” Fashion Film Festival in France.
FSNY was officially selected and got a Japan Premier from Kadoma International Film Festival in Japan.
Workshop and lecture at Middle / High school of Japan College "Nihon Daigaku" in Japan.
FSNY was officially selected to the Oscar Qualifying 14th Holly Shorts Film Festival in Hollywood.
FSNY was officially nominated for the three awards in Action On Film International Film festival in Las Vegas.
FSNY was officially selected to Oaxaca Film Fest 9th as a finalist in Mexico.
FSNY got 2 awards of Best Costume and Rising Action Star award (female short) at AOF Action On Film International Film Festival in Las Vegas.
FSNY Paris Premier at the Asvoff10-10th Anniversary Edition.
FSNY was officially selected to Twin Cities Film fest in MN.
Workshops and performance demonstrations at Lyceum Kennedy Japanese/ International school.
Lecture on Japanese Samurai at Hunter College.
Lecture and demonstration at New Year Celebration of East-West International school.
4th anniversary showcase and celebration of our dojo at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion.
Speech and talk event of Kyo Kasumi at Business Women's Association at "Nikkeijin kai"
Workshops and Performance demonstrations at Children's festival in Japan Society.
Lecture and performance demonstration in Princeton University.
Performance demonstration at Japan day 2018 at central Park.
Performance at "Peace is" by United nations in United Nations of New York.
Performance demonstration at Imperial Hotel in Japan "Hoppy beverage 70th anniversary celebration.
Performance Demonstration at 3 year anniversary celebration.
Performance Demonstration & lecture at Bronx elementary school.
Performance Demonstration at Harrison "Matsuri" event.
Performance Demonstration at New York City Police Department "Asian Heritage Celebration"
Performance Demonstration at Metropolitan Museum "Nomura holding 90th anniversary celebration."
Performance Demonstration & lecture at Japan Society Language Center Event.
Performance Demonstration at 2 year anniversary.
Demonstration and lecture at Japan Society
Performance Demonstration at 1year anniversary.
Performance Demonstration at Body Conference NY 2015
Performance Demonstration at J-COLLABO Winter festival Masters & Monsters.
NY Dojo Showcase by all students at White Plains dojo.