Deborah Klens-Bigman earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University, doing field research on Japanese classical dance (Nihon Buyo). In addition to her "day job" she has written on dance, martial arts and Japanese traditional culture for various print and online publications. She has studied iaido for almost 25 years. She earned a 5th degree in Muso Shinden Ryu iaido from Otani Yoshiteru and has a 4th degree in Ryushin Jigen Ryu iaido. She continues to study Ryushin Jigen Ryu under Headmaster Yahagi Kunikazu and Retired Headmaster Kawabata Terutaka in Tokyo, Japan. She is the Instructor at Iaikai Dojo, based in Queens, New York. She also continues to study Japanese classical dance with Shihan Fujima Nishiki-no (Helen Moss).
She lives in Queens with her husband, artist Vernon Bigman, and four cats who think they own the place.