52nd Steveston Kendo Tournament at Vancouver, Canada (February 8, 2014)

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

As I mentioned during my Christmas presentation, the Steveston Tournament will be on Feb 23, in Steveston, BC, Canada. This is one of the biggest tournament in North America, with participants from Canada, USA, and Hawaii. It is only a 2 hours flight, and the food is great. If you want to stay a few extra days, one of the best skiing in the world, is not too far away. The entry fee is by donation. If you are interested, please sign up using the form below. Please RSVP by January 14.


Date: February 8, 2014 9:00am

Location: McMath High School, 4251 Garry Street, Richmond, B.C.

Fee: Donation

Hotel Info: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

Ph: (604) 273.7878

Room rates: $114/night + tax



Individual matches

Junior > 10 Years & Under > 11–13 Years > 14–15 Years Ladies > 16 Years+ (1 Dan & Under) > 16 Years+ Older (2 Dan & Over)

Adult Kyu > 16 Years+ (0–4 KYU) > 16 Years+ (1–3 KYU)

Yudansha > 1–2 dan > 3 dan > 4 dan+

Team Matches > Junior (15 years & under) > Senior (16 years+)

PLEASE NOTE 1. There will only be one (1) encho of “2 min” for individual junior/non-degree/ ladies/1-2 dan divisions as well as only one (1) “3 min” encho for the 3 dan/4 dan & above divisions. 2. Categories are subject to change depending upon the number of entries. 3. Participants will be allowed to enter into one (1) individual category only. 4. Due to the high number of entrants and the use of five (5) courts, it will be the responsibility of each Kenshi/Delegation Leader to ensure that their players are available at their designated courts or risk disqualification.

Kubota Memorial Tournament (January 26, 2014)

Date: January 26, 2014


Place: Wilson Park Gymnasium

2200 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance     CA


Dead line: December 22, 2013


Tournament Fees:

17 and under $15.00 (Kyu )

18 and older $20.00 (Adult Kyu and Yudansha)

Bento– $ 8.00



0-6 kyu (13 and under) / 5-4 kyu / 3-1 kyu /Women’s kyu (14 and under)

Adult kyu (18 and older) / Women’s dan / 1-2 dan / 3-4 dan / 5 dan and above

Seniors A (50-59) / Seniors B (60 and older)


Please fill out the below for registration.


Team SCKO Try-out for 2014 All US Kendo Championships (28 & 29 December, 2013 / 4 & 5 January, 2014)


Dec.28 and 29, 2013: All divisions except Men’s

Jan.4 and 5, 2014: Men’s division only



Butokuden dojo


Entry fee:

$25 / one division


Dead line:

December 8th, 2013



The SCKO already announced qualifications by first letter (2014 Team SCKO Guidelines) but if you didn’t have it, visit www.scko.org and download available.


Kenshis may only compete in One (1) division for the AUSKF Championships. however, you may enter a kenshi in as many divisions as desired for the SCKO qualification process, as long as the participate meets the eligibility requirements, and pays the appropriate entry fee of $25 per division entered. Entry fee are non-refundable.



The divisions of 2014 AUSKF Championship are not settle by AUSKF yet but we will start registration based on last time AUSKF Championship.

Men: 16 years and over

Women: 16 years and over

Jr. Youth Boys: 12- 15 years

Jr. Youth Girls: 12- 15 years

Sr. Youth Boys: 16 – 18 years

Sr. Youth Girls: 16 – 18 years

Senior 50 years + and 3 Dan or higher.

Adult (Mudansha): 19 + and 1 Kyu or lower.


Date : Sunday, December 8th

Roll Call : 8:30am

Shinpan Meeting Start : 8:45am

Tournament Start : 9:00am

Location : Cerritos Community Regional Park (19700 South Bloomfield Ave Cerritos, CA 90710)

Eligibility : SCKO Members Only

Entree Fee : None

Bento : All Shinpan and Volunteers, Lunch will be provided by SCKO. *Shinpan must be 3 Dan & Over.

Dead Line : November 20th



Individual Divisions


*Competition format for Non-Bogu is as follows:

Non-Bogu Matches : Single Elimination

Men 2 times, Kote 2 times, Do 2 times for the first match,

Kirikaeshi for the second to semi final match,

Kote-Men 2 times, Kote-Do 2 times in final match.

Winners will be judged by Shinpan.


9 & Under Boys & Girls

10 – 12 Boys & Girls

13&Over Women’s Kyu

13&Over Women’s Dan

13&Over Men’s Kyu

13&Over Men’s Dan (1-2Dan Only)

Men’s Dan (Over 3Dan, Any Age)

Groups of 3 Round-Robin Matches, followed by single elimination tournament

Each participant can enter in only one division.

Rank as of November 1st, 2013.


Team Match Division (One or Two Teams per Dojo)

Senpo : 12 & Under

Jiho : 18 & Under

Chuken : Woman Any Rank

Fukusho : 19 & Older Any Rank

Taisho : 19 & Older Any Rank

Team Matches : Single Elimination


Please fill out the application below:

2013 AUSKF Zone 3 Referee seminar Application form (November 16&17, 2013)

AUSKF Referee Seminar: Zone 3 (NCKF and CCKF)

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, 2013


Sponsored by: All U.S. Kendo Federation

Organizing Committee: AUSKF Competition Committee
Instructors: Selected instructors from AUSKF

– Sat., Nov.16th: Leigh High School
(9am – 5pm) 5210 Leigh Ave, San Jose, CA 95124

(8am – 9am) Meeting for all 7 dan sensei – required

– Sun., Nov. 17th: Leigh High School
(8:30am – 12pm)

What each person should bring:
– Kendo-gi and bogu (participants are expected to actively participate as shiai-sha as well)
– Mejirushi (tasuki) for self
– Shimpan-ki (referee flags) for self
– FIK Referee Rules and Regulations Handbook (2006 version)
o mandatory (read prior to attending seminar)
o recommended: AJKF Shimpan Tebiki (Supplementary Handbook)
 (Courtesy of Stroud-sensei, Idaho Kendo Dojo)
 download at: http://www.idaho-kendo.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/shinpan_tebiki_rv06.2010.pdf
– Pen/pencil and notepad (always good to take notes!)

Who should attend?
– Kenshi 3-dan to 7-dan
– Why? To improve their shimpan skills
– Any kenshi with desire to learn is a plus
– Additionally: possible consideration for US Championship referee selection

Method of instruction/training:
– Saturday:
o A.M.: Instructional
 Opening ceremony
 Instructions on rules/regulations and theory
 Note: Be familiar with “basic conduct/movement/flag positioning/judgment calls,” as we will assume that 3-dan and above are knowledgeable of these items. This will expedite the morning session.
o P.M.: Practical
 Training exercises with multiple courts with immediate feedback from instructors
 Questions and answer as time permits
 Godo-keiko with all participants as time permits
– Sunday:
o A.M.: Practical exercises continued
 Training/Q&A/Godo-keiko
 Closing ceremony
Hotel Info: We recommend the following hotels, but have not made any special arrangements.

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA ‎
(408) 988-1500

Biltmore Hotel and Suites Santa Clara Hotel
2151 Laurelwood Rd, Santa Clara, CA ‎
(408) 988-8411

Saturday Banquet:

New Port Restaurant
1696 South Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 737-9976

Time: 6:30 pm
Cost:$30/person (drinks not included) – Pay at Door

Bento for Saturday/Sunday:

Cost: $10/day (includes drink)


Airport to/from hotel: On own. However, please let us know group (names) and flight schedule. Confirmation of this service will be given at later date.

To/From seminar venue: NCKF will provide transportation from hotel to gym.
Please let us know your arrangements.

2013 Fall SCKO Promotion Exam Application Form (November 17, 2013)

1.Date                         November  17th, 2013
2.Time:                            Roll call     Kyu group: 9:00 AM, Yudansha group: 12:30 PM
3.Place:                           Butokuden Dojo
4.Butokuden’s Deadline:      October 10th, 2013
5.Examination Fee:
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $15.00
2 Dan $25.00
3 Dan $35.00
4 Dan $45.00

certificate fee(if passed)
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $30.00
2 Dan $40.00
3 Dan $60.00
4 Dan $80.00
6.Examination items: Kendo match: All ranks (6 Kyu – 4 Dan)
Bokuto Keiko hou fundamental: 1 to 4(3 Kyu); 1 to 6(2 Kyu); 1 to 9(1 Kyu);
Nihon Kendo kata: 1 to 3(1 Kyu); 1 to 5(1 Dan); 1 to 7(2 Dan); 1 to 10(3 Dan and 4 Dan)
Written test:    1 Kyu, 1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan and 4 Dan

(*1) All 1kyu and 1Dan through 4Dan taking exam must complete the attached written test prior to the exam date. They must submit this on the day of the exam. Written test is last stages of your examination.
(*2) Enclosed is only one copy of each Rank test. Therefore, please make additional copies of the written test and distribute to examination applicants.
(*3) Examinees, which successfully pass all stages of the rank exam, MUST pay Certificate (Menjo) fee at the day of the exam, after the results are announced. Without order certificate, the passed rank will annul.
(*4) AUSKF issue Only English certificate.
(*5) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submit this examination.

2013 SCKO Individual Kendo Championship (October 6, 2013)


  • Date:                   October 6th, 2013 (Sunday)

Roll Call from 8:30 – 9:00AM


  •  Place:                  Marina High School
15871 Springdale St

Huntington Beach,CA92649


  • Eligibility:         AUSKF Members Only

  • Event:                   Individual Kendo Tournament


  •  Entree fee:           $20.00

  •  Bento:                  $8.00 each

*All Shinpan and Volunteers, Lunch will be provided by SCKO.


  • Dead line:             September 10th 2013




  •  Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).
  •  Tsuki Waza and Jodan are authorized for over 16 years old only, except Adult Women’s / Men’s Kyu.
  • Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing one’s own Me-Jirushi (Red/White indicator)
  • Divisions:
Youth  (3 minutes / Unlimited Encho)
9 & Under Boys & Girls
10 – 12 Years Old Boys & Girls
13 – 15 Years Old Boys
13 – 18 Years Old Girl’s Kyu
16 – 18 Years Old Boys
Adult Kyu  (3 minutes / Unlimited Encho)
Adult Women’s Kyu (Over 13 Years Old)
Adult Men’s Kyu (Over 19 Years Old)
Yudansha  (4 minutes / Unlimited Encho)
Women’s Dan  (Over 13 Years Old)
Men’s 1-2 Dan  (Over 19 Years Old)
Men’s 3-4 Dan
Men’s 5 Dan UP


*Please fill out the application below:

73rd Annual Nisei Week Kendo Kyu Tournament (August 18, 2013)


August 18, 2013

8:00~8:30 (all divisions)

Place: Almansor Park Gym

800 S Almansor St, Alhambra, CA 91801

Cross Streets: Between Los Higos St and Park St


Individual Matches; 3 minutes, 2 min extension, hantei

(Except semifinals and final)

Team Matches; 3 minutes, no extension




10 years and under any kyu

11 to 13 years any kyu

14 to 15 years any kyu

Women’s kyu   14 and older

Adult          16 and older


Team (kyu team)

l  senpo    : 10 and under any kyu

l  jiho      : 13 and under any kyu

l  chuken   : 15 and under any kyu

l  fukusho  : any kyu, any age

l  taisho    : any kyu, any age



Rules and Regulations:

– For all kyu divisions, including adult kyu, the tsuki point will not be considered as a valid point.
– For all kyu divisions, including adult kyu, a participant may only use the chudan position to strike from. All points from other non-chudan kamae will not be considered as a valid point.

– All Kyu Groups may use Hidari Do (Gyaku Do)