Maki Miyahara Sensei (8 Dan) Visit to BUTOKUDEN Dojo

It is our honor to welcome Maki Miyahara Sensei at BUTOKUDEN Kendo Dojo for a special practice on May 22.

Date: May 22, 2011, 10AM – 12 Noon (Refreshment will be served after practice)
Location: Butokuden Kendo Dojo (1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606)

I think it will be a great opportunity to meet a Sensei that knows so much about Kendo and the Kendo History here in the USA.

Please use the form at the bottom of this post to respond your participation (RSVP May 20)

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Taro Ariga

Information regarding Miyahara Sensei
Recently turned 90 years old, Maki Miyahara sensei has an incredible depth of knowledge and experience in kendo, and he is a generous teacher still practicing 4 times a week. In 1971, he was inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame for being the youngest to achieve the rank of hachidan (8th dan) in the U.S., and is on record as winning tournaments as early as 1934 at the age of 12 (see attached link to an article about pre-WWII kendo in the U.S. Black Belt Magazine). He was a student of his father Hiroji Miyahara (Hachidan), even practicing while they were both intern at the Hart Mountain, Wyoming Japanese-American relocation camp during WWII. His father, Hiroji Miyahara, is considered to be one of the founding fathers of Kendo in the U.S.A., as well as Mori Torao (Hanshi Hachidan), an accomplished kendo sensei and European fencer who coached the 1964 United States Olympic team. Miyahara sensei embodies the spirit and history of Kendo in Southern California and the U.S.A.

Black Belt Magazine 1971 article (page 27)

Black Belt Magazine 1965: Samurais of Southern California (Page 32) Also has a group picture before  a 1934 tournament, that states in the captions the Maki Miyahara “won the trophy.”

This picture is from the from page of Chou dojo’s website, 3rd in the 2nd row is Miyahara sensei. Second from the left in the front row is his father.

2011 Memorial Day Kendo Tournament


The Southern California Kendo Organization will be holding its 15th Memorial Day Kendo Tournament on Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at Cerritos regional park gym in Cerritos. This tournament will be held in a unique way so all the participants can enjoy this event. We hope you will accept our invitation by filling out and returning the enclosed form.


Masaharu Makino

President of Southern California Kendo Organization


1. Date: Sunday, May 29th, 2011

8:30AM to 9:00AM roll call for all divisions.


2. Place: Cerritos regional park gym

19700 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703

3. Eligibility: AUSKF Member

4. Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (Three Kenshis per team)

  • 13 years and under Division
  • 14-17 years Division
  • Adult Kyu(18 years and up) Division
  • Yudansha Division

5. Fees:( non-refundable )


Participation:         17 years and under      $15.00

18 years and up     $20.00

Bento (Lunch box):$8.00


  1. Each team consists of three members.Team members may consist of individuals from the same or different dojos or regions.


  1. Each team is requested to choose a name that is the Dojo Name followed by a letter from the alphabet representing the team.

(Example: WLA-A, Long Beach-B, GARDENA-C) for each division.

  1. A HEAD CONTACT person over 18 years old should be assigned for each team and his or her phone number or e-mail address is to be listed on the application form.
  1. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).
  1. Tsuki waza is authorized for YUDANSHA DIVISION only.
  2. Ranks as of May 1, 2011


  1. Age as of May 29, 2011
  1. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing their own Me-Jirushi (Red/White indicator)


  1. Each dojo must provide one or more shinpan for every 10 participants. However we always have not enough number of shinpan, so please provide as many as possible.


  1. Since many of kids are not aware of the time and court for their team’s match (es), Please have an adult with team at all times.

If your kids division team does not answer when called for their match, your kids team will automatically lost by default. Once your kids team loses by default, your team cannot have a make up match even if you arrive at the court later.

  1. As a general rule, it is not possible to modify team members after registration.  However,

for unforeseen situations such as injuries, the tournament committee will evaluate the

case and be in contact.


  1. Tournament rounds will be single elimination.
  1. 2. The individual match is conducted according to SANBON-SHOBU, and its duration will be announced by the chief judge at the morning.

If no winner is determined within the duration, a draw will be declared.

  1. Determination of the winning team will be made in the following order of precedence;

➀ Higher number of individual winners; but, if breaks even, then

➁ Higher number of points scored.

➂ Should ➀ and ➁ turn out to be even, a one point match play-off (daihyo-sen, ippon

shobu)between representatives of the two teams will determine the winning team.