BUTOKUDEN Dojo Relocation Notice

Dear BUTOKUDEN Members and Friends:

As you may have already heard from your Senseis, we are currently building a new Dojo inside E-BOGU.COM warehouse. We will be moving out from our current Dojo on January 31. Please get information from your Sensei, as each of your Senseis will co-ordinate their class schedule during the transition. I would like to apologize the inconveniences during the move, but I am sure the new Dojo will be much better than our current one.

The new Dojo will be at E-BOGU.COM Warehouse which is located in the address below.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Taro Ariga


E-BOGU.COM, Inc. new address:

1581 Browning
Irvine CA 92606
Phone: 949.756.8880
(The Dojo is less than 1 mile from our current Dojo and about 3 minutes by car)

Directions from our current Dojo

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Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking Examinations on November,2010

Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking Examinations on November,2010.

Exam for 1 Kyu
Question: Describe some benefits of “kirikaeshi”. 切り返し

Exam for 1 Dan
Choose one (1) of the following to answer
 Describe “ki-ken-tai-ichi”. 気剣体一致
 Describe 3 types of Kendo footwork. 足さばき

Exam for 2 Dan
Choose one (1) of the following to answer:
 Describe the 4 types of Kendo “sicknesses”. 四戒
 Describe the 3 “ma-ai ”. 間合

Exam for 3 Dan
Choose one (1) of the following to answer:
 Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu”. 有効打突
 Describe “enzan-no-metsuke”. 遠山の目付け

Exam for 4 Dan
Choose one (1) of the following to answer:
 Describe the benefits of the Kendo kata (剣道形)and its relevance to shinai keiko (竹刀稽古).
 Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu”. 有効打突

Promotion Examination on November 21,2010

This is to inform you of the Annual (autumn) SCKO Rank Promotion Examination.

1. Date & Time: November 21, 2010 8:30 AM

2. Place: Osaka Sangyo University, Studio City
3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

3. Application Deadline: Must be received no later than November 2, 2010
Submit photocopy of existing rank certificate if taken at another Federation.

4. Examination Fee:

amp; Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00 $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $10.00 $20.00
1 Dan $15.00 $30.00
2 Dan $25.00 $40.00
3 Dan $35.00 $60.00
4 Dan $45.00 $80.00

You have to pay Exam fee first. Please make a check payable to e-bogu.com
After you pass the exam, you have to pay certificate fee on that day.
If you are not sure about which rank you take, talk with Ariga Sensei.

5. Applicants must bring: All rank bring own Kendo-gu, neatness Keiko-gi and Hakama, Shinai.
1 Kyu and up bring Bokuto for take an exam of Nihon kendo kata.
1 Kyu and up bring completed Written Test Questionnaire.
See Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking Examinations on November,2010. This is written test questionnaire.

6. Examination items: Kendo match: All ranks (6 Kyu – 4 Dan)
Nihon Kendo kata: 1 to 3 1Kyu
1 to 5 1 Dan
1 to 7 2 Dan
1 to 10 3 Dan, 4 Dan
Written test: 1 Kyu, 1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan and 4 Dan
No “Bokuto Keiko hou fundamental” this time. It’ll be scheduled April 2011.

7.Volunteers required: at least one

(*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.

Please fill in this form if you’d like to take promotion test.

2010 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships

1. Date: October 3rd, 2010 (Sunday)
2.Place:Cerritos Regional Park Gym,19700 Bloomfield Ave Cerritos, CA 90703
3. Eligibility:AUSKF Members Only (Please ask Asuka or Natsuko if you don’t know this membership)
4. Event: Individual Kendo Tournament
5. Entree fee: $20.00 (18 & over) $15.00 (17 & under)
6. Bento: $8.00 each

Aikido Kids class starts!!

We will starts Aikido kids class from 4:15 to 5:15 on Monday and Thursday, just before the adults’ class.
This class open for 5-12 years old.
Instructor is Valentin. And Aikido students will help him teach.

It is good chance for kids to start new martial arts in Irvine,California!

Kim Kyung Nam Sensei Visit to BUTOKUDEN Dojo

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members and Friends:

We will have Kim Kyung Nam sensei to visit BUTOKUDEN dojo on the following days. Everyone is welcome to join our open practice.

Wednesday, June 9
Wednesday June 16
7:00 – 9:00PM (Please be on time)

Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo
17346 Eastman
Irvine, CA 92614-5522

I have known Kim sensei for over 20 years, and he is definitely one of the strongest Kendo players I have practiced with. He has participated in various WKCs, representing Korea. I am sure it will be a great experience even just to watch his Kendo.

Taro Ariga & Kim Kyung Nam

Looking forward to seeing you all.


Kyudo Promotion test in Tokyo

It held Kyudo promotion test in Tokyo.
This is the students from Butokuden who passed this time!

Takahashi Hoshina – Shodan
Akemi Kotaki – 3 Dan
Sara Kurachi – 3 Dan
Toshitsugu Fujimura – 3 Dan
Jeremy Cail – 4 Dan
George Nakashima – 5 Dan
Masatsugu Owaki – Renshi