Alexander Bennett is a professor of Japanese history, martial arts and Budo theory at Kansai University. He co-founded and publishes Kendo World, the first English-language journal dedicated to Kendo. He holds black belts in several martial arts--Kendo Kyoshi 7-dan, Iaido 5-dan and Naginata 5-dan. His published works include Japan: The Ultimate Samurai Guide and Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai.
Baptiste Tavernier is an artist and martial artist based in Japan. He has studied martial arts at the International Budo University in Chiba for 7 years and has written several articles and books on the topic of martial arts. He has exhibited his artwork in cities worldwide including Tokyo, Taipei and Miami.