14th Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament (Aug 9, 2015)

RSVP July 8

Date: August 9, 2015
Roll Call: 8:30 AM
Place: CSULB, Pyramid

*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)
1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, 4 Dan & Up, 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
No jodan, no nito, and no tsuki
Each dojo can submit up to 2 teams for both Kyu and Kachinuki Teams.

Tournament Fee: $20.00
◦ Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission.
* There will be fee for car park at CSULB parking lot

6/20 – 21 (Sat/Sun): SCKO Paso Robles Kendo, Wine and BBQ Gasshuku (with Special guest Ito Sensei)

6/20 – 21 (Sat/Sun): SCKO Paso Robles Kendo, Wine and BBQ Gasshuku (with Special guest Ito sensei)
[Sat 6/20: 1 – 4PM practice, 5 – 10? PM BBQ, Sun 6/21: 9 – 10AM practice]
Open to all levels, regardless if you are wearing Bogu or not.
BBQ Party @ Barton Family Winery
BBQ fee: $20 adults/$5 18 & under (all you can eat BBQ & wine)

2015 All USA Junior Open Kendo Championships (Saturday August 1, 2015)

RSVP: May 16

Please sign up using the form below

Date: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 (Tournament)
Location: Marina High School
15871 Springdale St., Huntington Beach, CA 92649

FEE: $30

Individual Division:

> 9-years old and younger
> 10-11 years old
> 12-13 years old
> 14-15 years old
> 16-18 years old
> 13-under girls
> 14-18 girls

Team Division:

Boy’s Team Composition
Senpo: 13-years old and under
Jiho: 15-years old and under
Chuken: 15-years old and under
Fukusho: 18-years old and under
Taisho: 18-years old and under

Girls Team Composition
Senpo: 18-years old and under
Chuken: 18-years old and under
Taisho: 18-years old and under

Youth Team Composition (Both Boys and Girls)
Senpo: 11 years and younger
Chuken: 11 years and younger
Taisho: 11 years and younger

Team Practice Schedule:

30-May Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
13-Jun Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Butokuden
27-Jun Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
18-Jul Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
25-Jul Sat 9:00:00 AM – 5:00 PM Butokuden Junior Kendo Camp
26-Jul Sun 9:00 AM – 4:30:00 PM Butokuden Send off Party after practice
Cerritos Dojo location: 19700 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703


  1. Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2015


  1. Place: Marina High School, 15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649


  1. Roll Call: On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:00a to 8:30 am (PST).


  1. Eligibility: Valid AUSKF Member


  1. Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three kenshi per team) with the following divisions:

12 years and under Division

13-15 years-old Division

16-18 years-old Division

Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up) Division

40 years and Over / 4 Dan and below

Yudansha Division


  1. Tournament Fees: (non-refundable)


18 years and under                        $15.00

19 years and up                  $20.00

Bento (Lunch box):             $8.00

Note: Bento will be provided for Shinpan at no charge.  Also, 8 official volunteers per table will also receive bento at no charge.  


  1. Tournament Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2015 (Please fill in the form below)


Referee Seminar (Sunday, March 29, 2015)

RSVP 3/25 (Wednesday)

Joint Referee Seminar f/Los Angeles Area (SCKO, WKF, SCKF)

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Instructors: Advisor: A. Hori sensei
Instructors: 7 Dan sensei
Coordinator: T. Yuge

o Location: Silverado Park Gym
o Silverado Park, Long Beach, CA
o 1545 W 31st St, Long Beach, CA 90810

o Sun., March 29th:
o 8:30am – 3:30pm: Seminar (Arrive by 7:45)
o 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Godo Keiko
o 7 Dan sensei meeting at 8:00am

Deadline for application will be: March 20, 2015
Send application form to: T. Yuge email: yuge.kendo@gmail.com fax: 805-823-1712
Note: Please include your attending 7 Dan sensei on your individual dojo list(s)

Bento orders: $9.00 ea. Bring check or cash to seminar, checks payable to: So. Calif. Kendo Federation
(note: Each federation is responsible for their own 7-dan sensei bento order and payment)

What each person should bring:
o Kendo-gi and dogu (participants are expected to actively participate as shiai-sha as well)
o Mejirushi for self
o Shimpan-ki (referee flags) for self
o FIK Referee Rules and Regulations Handbook (2006 version)
 mandatory (read prior to attending seminar)
 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
o Pen/pencil and notepad (always good to take notes!)

Who should attend?
– Kenshi 3-dan and above
– Why? To improve their kendo referee skills
– Any kenshi with desire to learn is a plus
– 1-dan and 2-dan may also attend, may be relegated to shiaisha, but good chance to learn!

Method of instruction/training:
– Opening ceremony
– Day’s Events
– Review of important points plus other matters
– Practical
o Training exercises with multiple courts, including immediate feedback
o Questions and answer as time permits
– Godo-keiko with all participants as time permits

Sponsorship of this seminar is shared amongst SCKO, WKF and SCKF federations. Other AUSKF federations are welcome to attend, if so, small donations for gym rental will be appreciated.



Dec 31: Toshigoshi Keiko (11 pm)

This is an annual event at our Dojo. We have been doing Toshigoshi Keiko since the start of our Dojo, back in 2004. We start practice at 11:00PM on new year’s eve, practice until midnight, we stop the Keiko to celebrate the new year, and then we go back to practice again, until approximately 1AM.  After practice please stay to enjoy Mrs. Ariga’s delicious Ozoni (Japanese traditional Mochi Soup). All levels from all Dojos are welcome to participate.

Dec 31 Schedule:

  • Dojo Opens at 10:45PM
  • 2014 Practice starts at 11:15 PM (Jigeiko Only, so please warm up yourself prior to Keiko)
  • 2014 Practice ends at 11:55 PM
  • New Year Celebration!
  • 2015 Practice starts at 00:10 AM
  • 2015 Practice ends at 00:50 AM
  • Ozoni and Sake Party

Pictures from 2013 – 2014 Toshigoshi Keiko


2015 International Butokuden Kendo Gashuku Invitation

December 13, 2014
Dear Senseis and Kendo Friends:

As many of you know, I have been coaching the Portuguese national team for the past 11 years. After building our Butokuden Dojo in 2012, I started conducting annual Kendo Gasshukus here at our Dojo in Irvine, California. This Gasshuku was designed as part of the training for the Portuguese Kendo leaders (mainly national team members and the Dojo Senseis). I have set the objective of this Gasshuku to “Teach the correct Kendo and introduce the leaders with the correct method of teaching.”

In 2013, I had the opportunity to visit Medellin for the 3rd CLAK tournament, and I spoke with many of you. By doing Shinpan and watching the tournament, I found that the level of the Latin American Kendo had risen in the past few years. I was also very touched by the dedication and the love you had for Kendo. Many people asked me if they could come and practice at our Dojo, and my answer was “Of course, yes!” So this year (March 2014), we invited the Latin American Kenshis to our Gasshuku, and it was a big success. We had Kenshis from Mexico, Colombia, Aruba and Ecuador.

This year again, I would like to open our doors to Kenshis in Latin America. This will be beneficial to both the Latin American countries Kenshis, and the Portuguese Kenshis, by giving each other a chance to practice with various Kenshis from different countries, and making new Kendo friends. I hope many people can attend.

Gasshuku information:
Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606 USA
Dates (See “2015 Butokuden Gasshuku Schedule” for details):
Arrive March 14 (Sat) 2015
Leave on 21 (Sat) 2015
Taro Ariga (Kyoshi 7 Dan)
Shin Terashita (4 Dan, Osaka Prefecture University Kendo Captain)
Nagisa Komorida (4 Dan, 2012 All Japan University Kendo Champion)
Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Japanese
Participation Fee: Free
Application deadline: January 31, 2015
url: www.butokuden.com
Phone: +1.949.756.8880

Participation requirements:
1) Member of an accredited Kendo Organization in your country
2) Authorization from your Kendo Organization
3) Participants must participate for the entire Gasshuku.
4) The Gasshuku is focused to Kendo leaders or future leaders in your country.
5) Due to the logistics, a maximum of 3 people from each country.
6) The participating Kenshis must be 2 Dan or above form accredited FIK organization

Important information:
1) Participation Fee: Free
2) Breakfast and lunch to be provided by E-BOGU (We will go out for Breakfast on Friday 3/20 to be paid by each participant (Approximately $10).
3) We will go out for dinner every night. Dinner is to be paid by each participant (Approximately $15/meal).
4) Transportation to the Gasshuku is to be arranged by the participant. If arriving at SNA (Orange County Airport), pickup can be arranged. If arriving in LAX, please let us know (we will try to arrange a ride, but you may have to use shuttle bus).
5) Participants will have the choice of sleeping at the Dojo or staying at a hotel nearby:
a. Dojo: FREE, but bring a sleeping bag.
b. Hotel: there are hotels near the Dojo starting at approximately $35 to 50/night per person (double occupancy). About 10 minutes walking distance from the Dojo
6) All participants must have medical insurance valid in the USA.
7) There is a Walmart at walking distance.
8) Donations are welcome!

I lived in Brazil for many years, and I understand that travelling to the USA may be challenging especially for countries in Central and South America, both financially and acquiring travel documents. In order to have as many countries participating, I would like to make this Gasshuku as affordable as possible.

Please send us the application at ariga@e-bogu.com by January 31, 2015.

I am looking forward to having many countries participating.

Sincerely yours,
Taro Ariga
Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan
Butokuden Dojo Kancho
Useful information (Distance from Dojo):
 Nearby airports:
o John Wayne (Orange County, Santa Ana) Airport (Airport code SNA): 5 min by car
o Los Angeles International (Airport Code LAX): 1 hour by car (shuttle bus approximately $30)
o Long Beach Airport (Airport Code LGB): 30 minutes by car
 Accommodation near the Dojo:
o Motel 6: 1717 E Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (0.8 Miles from Dojo) ($70 + Tax for 2 people in a room)
o Candlewood Suites: 2600 South Red Hill Avenue, Santa Ana, CA ($102 + Tax for 2 people in a room) (0.4 Miles from Dojo)
 Places to see:
o Disneyland (15 minutes by car)
o Knot’s Berry farm Park (20 minutes by car)
o Newport Beach (15 minutes by car)
o Universal Studios (1 hour by car)
o Hollywood, Santa Monica (1 hour by car)
o California Science Center – Space Shuttle Endeavour (1 hour by car)
o Sea World (1.5 hours by car)
o San Diego Zoo (1.5 hours by car)


2014 Paso Robles Kendo Gasshuku (August 16 – 17)

2nd Annual SCKO Summer Gasshuku in Paso Robles
Open to all Level Kenshis (non-bogu and with-bogus, kids and adults)

Gasshuku fee: Free
BBQ at Barrel 27 Winery (Food and all you can drink wine and drinks inclusive)
Adults: $15
Juniors (18 and under): Free

Date/Time Schedule:

August 16 Saturday:
11:45AM: Arrive at the gym
12 noon to 3:00PM: Kendo Training
4:00 to 8:00PM: BBQ at Barrel 27 Winery

August 17 Sunday:
7:45AM: Arrive at the gym
8:00 to 9:15AM: Morning Practice
Dismissal after practice

Kendo Training: Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive, Paso Robles CA 93446 (Gym)
BBQ: Barrel 27 Wine Company, 2323 Tuley Court, #110, Paso Robles CA 93446

>> Please access the SCKO website to signup!