Kyudo Seminar in Spartanburg SC

Message from Doug Sakurai Sensei

“From July 27-August 1, twenty five kyudo students from Southern California, including many from Butokuden dojo will be traveling to Spartanburg, South Carolina for our annual American Kyudo Seminar. There will be 5 days of instruction from three Hachidan Hanshi instructors sent from Japan and an opportunity to test for rank on August 1. Good luck to all those students testing. There will be no kyudo class at Butokuden on July 27th.”

2009 Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament

To BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Please find below the information regarding the 2009 Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament. Please read carefully the information below.

Date: August 16, 2009
Roll Call: 7:30 AM
Place: CSULB Pyramid

This tournament is for both Kyu and Dan divisions.
Please respond to this e-mail to by Thursday, July 23rd if you would like to participate at this tournament.
We also need Shinpan (referees) for this tournament (4 Dan or higher).


Taro Ariga

*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)
1 dan, 2 dan,3 dan,4 dan, and women’s dan
Rules: 4 minutes, unlimited Extension

*Kyu Team
0-4 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 yeas of age and under)
3-1 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 years of age and under)
Rules: Each dojo can submit up to 2 teams in each division
3 minutes, no extension

*Kachinuki Team
3 kenshi consisting of any combination of below mentioned:
– Adult kyu (18 years of age and older)
– Yudansha (up to 3 dan and 30 years of age and older)
Minimum of 2 kenshi per team
Taisho can not tie.  If there are any ties prior to the taisho match both participants will sit down.
No jodan, no nitto, and no tsuki
Each dojo can submit up to 2 teams

Tournament Fee:  $20.00
Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission. However, they will be asked to pay a parking fee.

Volunteer: Three courts and front desk need volunteers


BUTOKUDEN Dojo Martial Arts Training Center

We have opened a new website for our BUTOKUDEN Dojo Martial Arts Training Center.

Now, Martial Artists in the Orange County, California have a place to enjoy practicing various styles of Japanese authentic Martial Arts in one single location, BUTOKUDEN. We have classes for all levels in Kendo, Karate, Kyudo, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, and Jodo. BUTOKUDEN is 100% backed by, Inc., world leading Martial Arts equipment supplier, in order to promote Martial Arts to the community.

In the olden days in Japan, every major city had a place called BUTOKUDEN. This is where Martial Arts were taught to the community, and also a cultural gathering place, where children and young adults were taught the philosophy of Bushido through the Arts of Budo.

We have students from all over Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino and San Diego area.