2010 Steveston Kendo Taikai

This year again, we have been invited to participate at the Steveston Tournament in Vancouver, Canada (May 8). This is one of the largest tournament in North America, and I have been going there for the past 20 years, if not more. It is usually held in February, but this year, due to the Olympics, it was postponed to May.  There are participants from all over the USA, Canada, Hawaii, and sometimes Mexico. It is a great tournament, and I am sure you will have a great time.

It is a great opportunity to compete with great players in North America, as well as making a lot of great friends. The あtournament is on Saturday and, usually on Friday, there is a Godo Geiko. Sunday we can do some sightseeing around beautiful Vancouver.

If you are interested in this tournament, please fill in this form until April 13th.

Also hotel accommodation are available at the Best Western Richmond Inn under the “Stevenston Kendo club. Room rates are approximately $119.00/night+ tax.

Best Western Richmond Inn
7551 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC    V6X 1A3
Phone: (604) 273-7878

Promotion test on April 18th, 2010

We have promotion test on April 18th, 2010.

It will be held at Osaka Sangyo University, Studio City.
Their address is 3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604.

The Examination fee depends on which rank you try, so that please refer following chart.

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

For Example, you are 30 years old and will take 4 Kyu.
You need to pay $10.00 in advance as exam fee.
After you pass the test, you have to pay $20 for certificate fee.
If you don’t pass, you don’t need to pay this fee.

From 1 kyu, you should submit the paper exam.Please make sure you make papers.
I advice you that you prepare papers as soon as possible and ask Ariga Sensei to check.

Also from 1 kyu, you are requested to do Kata.
Please practice Kata by yourself as soon as possible too.

Please fill in this form and make a check to Butokuden no later than  March 30

Practice at Kakihara san’s Dojo

The Dojo at Redlands of our member, Kakihara-san, has been accepted to be part of SCKO recently.
We are planning to go there on April 4th and have practice with them around 10:30 am.

This is the address;
590 Nevada Street, units A, B and C
Redlands, CA 92373
Office phone: (909)335-5411

The dojo is facing to Nevada Street. The floor (mat) size is 13m by 13m.
There is a wooden floor, but it is as small as 7m by 13m.
It takes about 1 hour from Butokuden according to google map.

Please sign up here, if you are interested in.

Good will practice with All Japan Jr Kenshi

On March 21, we will have good will practice with All Japan Jr. Kenshi at Vennice Dojo. It is very good oppotunity for especially elementary, middle or High school kids. It is from 1:00pm. After practice around 6:00, they will have a good will party.As it is far away, we can share the ride.

Please fill in this form if you are interested in.

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 e-bogu.com, 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.