Yoshimi Asano
Promoted to Black Belt

Please join me in congratulating and celebrating the great accomplishment of Yoshimi Asano. He challenged and completed the black belt promotion test including 10-men sparring tonight. I am pleased and proud to announce that he is now shodan (first degree black belt) of Enshin Karate.

The 4 minutes short version of his 10-men sparring video has been posted below. Check it out!


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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Kancho Joko Ninomiya Seminar

Nov. 7-8 2009

Kancho Ninomiya visited Butokuden for the 4th annual special training seminar. 11 adult students and 18 kids students from Butokuden had a very rare opportunity to learn directly from Kancho. On the same day, Alex Hayato Mikasa completed 10-men kumite and got promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt after 4 years of hard training.

Enshin Karate Inter-Dojo Tournament at Denver, Colorado

Nov. 14, 2009

Yoko Nitta and Yoshimi Asano represented Enshin Karate Irvine Branch at Butokuden to participate the annual Inter-Dojo Tournament that was held at Enshin Karate Headquarter in Denver, Colorado. Although it was their very first time to compete in any Karate tournament, they both impressed other Enshin members by their superior performance and brought 2 trophies back to Butokuden.

Kata Division (co-ed):

3rd Place Yoko Nitta

4th Place Yoshimi Asano

Men Advanced Kumite Division:

1st Place Yoshimi Asano

Kancho Joko Ninomiya Sensei Visit to Butokuden

Here is an important information from Kakutani Sensei.


Enshin Karate Irvine at Butokuden will host a special training seminar with Enshin Karate Grandmaster Kancho Joko Ninomiya on Nov 7-8, 2009.

Day 1: Saturday Nov 7, 2009
4:00 pm ~

Adults and children 12 years and older
*Enshin Members Fee $20 (Non-Enshin Members Fee $40)
* Enshin members who took a promotion test on Sep 2009 are exempted from this fee.

Day 2: Sunday Nov 8, 2009
9:00am ~ 10:30am
Children under 12 years old
Enshin members only

Please email to karate@butokuden.com for inquiry and registration. The deadline to register is Nov 1st.

Thank you,

Go ‘Alex’ Kakutani
Enshin Karate Irvine Branch Chief