Women’s World Kendo Champion (Yukiko Takami) Visit to Butokuden (July 17)

We will be hosting a special practice with the 2009 World Kendo Champion in the Women’s Division, Yukiko Takami, on July 17.

We will have guests from other Dojos too, so we will have a special practice schedule:

5:00 – 5:45 PM: Junior warm up

6:00 – 8:00 PM: Junior and Adult joint practice, conducted by Takami sensei

8:15 – 10:00 PM: Welcome party (POTLUCK)

Here is her final match at the 14th World Kendo Championships (Red side) https://youtu.be/7qNsu7i0pvw

Please fill out the form below for the Welcome Party/Potluck!

18th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament Registration Form

18th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament (Kendo)

RSVP JULY 19, 2018

Date: August 5, 2018

Roll Call: 8:30 AM

Place: CSULB Pyramid –

1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840

CSULB has a parking fee

Reminders – Tournament entry includes a Commemorative T-shirts. Please be sure to include sizes with the entry.

Also, kindly make sure all DOB information is correct when submitting your dojo’s final entry.


*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)

    1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, 4 Dan & Up, Women’s Dan, Adult Kyu (18 yrs & over)

    Rules: 4 minutes, Unlimited Extension

*No jodan, no nito, and no tsuki allow for Adult Kyu*



*Kyu Team

0-4 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 years of age and under)

3-1 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 years of age and under)

Youth Girl Kyu (3 kenshi, 16 years of age and under, open division, mix and match of  

team members from other dojo/federation allowed)

Rules: Each Dojo can submit up to 2 teams in each division

                3 minutes, no extension

              *No jodan, no nito, and no tsuki allow


*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 cannot 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:  $30.00

BENTO Fee: $10.00

◦ Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission.

* There will be fee for car park at CSULB parking lot

The history of Nikkei Game dates back to 1928, and since then it has became the largest Asian sport competition event in the U.S..  The budo tournament also offer unique experience not found anywhere it that all three martial art sports (Judo, Karate, Kendo) all compete on the same venue at same time.

Volunteer: volunteers needed for court duty and front desk help

2018 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship Registration Form (Butokuden members only)

2018 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship

RSVP BY JUNE 5th, 2018

Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018
(Gymnasium open 7am – Registration 8-8:30am)

Location: John Burroughs High School, Gymnasium (Building 5)
1920 W. Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

  • This championship will be open to all Kendo Students 18-years old and younger regardless of rank.
  • The aggregate scholarship amount is $10,000.
  • The trophies and award certificates will be presented in addition to the scholarships.
  • Each participant will receive a Championship souvenir.
  • Entry Fee: $20 & Lunch Box: $10 (In order to receive a lunch box, participants must pre-order their lunches. Drinks are included. Complimentary lunch boxes will be provided to shinpans/referees)


  • Host: Western Kendo Federation
  • Title Sponsor: Education for Next Generation Organization (ENGO)
  • Volunteers: Youth Volunteers Organization (YVO)
  • Accounting: ABC CPAs


  • 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
  • No Bogu Division
  • Team Best 5 Division (One Team Per Dojo)
    • Senpo: 13 years old and under
    • Jiho/Chuken: 15 years old and under
    • Fukusho/Taisho: 18 years old and under


  • This Championships will be OPEN to all Dojos associated with AUSKF (All United States Kendo Federation).
  • Each individual is only eligible to participate in a single individual division – Girls are allowed to compete in one of either Girls Individual Division or Boys Individual Division.
  • Time Limit: 3 minutes with unlimited additional time thereafter
  • No Bogu Division participants will perform:
    • Kirikaeshi, Men, Kote, Kote-Men, Kote-Do
    • All skills will be performed two times, with the exception of kirikaeshi
  • Only one team from each Dojo can participate in the Team Best 5 Division:
    • Team matches in the Team Best 5 Division will consist of 5 members selected from each age group as outlined above
    • Time Limit: 3 minutes
    • Tie matches will be determined by one point match (ippon-shoubu)
  • Tsuki (neck attack) is valid only for 16-18 years old age group in the individual and Team (Captain/Taisho) Championships. Jodan will only be allowed in the 16-18 year old age group for Boys Individual and Boys Team Match.
  • 1st Round of Match format will be round robin and 2nd Round format will be tournament brackets.
  • The format of individual and team matches are subject to change depending on the number of participants.
  • All other rules will comply with standard rules and regulations set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).


  • 4-Dan and Up on a volunteer basis

56th Annual San Jose Tournament (May 20, 2018) Registration Form

RSVP BY APRIL 19, 2018

The tournament will be held Sunday, May 20th, 2018, at Leigh High School, main gym.

The address is:

5210 Leigh Ave., San Jose, CA, 95124

All participants must check in by 8:30am. The tournament will begin promptly at 9am. There is no entry fee, but your generous donations are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE: Categories subject to change depending upon the number of entries.

  1. Youth 10 yrs and under
  2. Youth 11-13 yrs old
  3. Youth 14-17 yrs old (kyu only)
  4. Adult Kyu, 18 yrs and up
  5. Open Women (any rank, 14 yrs and up)
  6. Over 40 Women (any rank, 40 yrs and up) May also register in open women’s division, however, depending on the number of participants, may be restricted to one division.
  7. 1-2 Dan
  8. 3 Dan and up
  9. Seniors (50 yrs old and up, any rank)
  10. Participants will be allowed to enter one (1) individual and one (1) team category only. Except women over 40 may enter both Over 40 Women and Open Women’s division. However, depending on the number of participants, may be restricted to one division.
  11. Youth Team: 5 person team. 17 yrs and under, Kyu only. 2 Teams allowed
  12. Women’s Team: 3 woman team (14 yrs and up). 2 teams allowed.
  13. Adult Team: 5 person team. 2 Teams allowed.
  14. Dojo must have 2 members to have a team (Senpo and Taisho). A member from another dojo may be added to an incomplete team by tournament organizers.


2018 WKF Spring Kendo Championship Registration Form (Butokuden Members only)

RSVP by April 12



  • Date : Sunday, April 29th, 2018 
  • Location: John Burroughs High School

1920 W Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

  • Roll Call :  8:00AM to 8:30AM. Gym Opens at 7:00am 
  • Event :  Individual / Team Tournament 
  • Divisions:
  • 10-years old and younger
  • 11-12 years old
  • 13-15 years old
  • 16-18 years old
  • Adult Kyu Men & Women ( 19 & Over )
  • Women – Any Age & All Ranks
  • Seniors – 50 & Over, All Ranks
  • 1-3 Dan – Any Age
  • 4 Dan Up – Any Age
  • Team Best 5 Division


Competition Information:

  • Youth – 3 minutes / Unlimited Encho (Extension)
  • Adult – 3 minutes / Unlimited Encho (Extension)
  • Yudansha (Black Belt) – 4 minutes / Unlimited Encho (Extnesion)
  • Each participant can enter in only one division
  • Rank and Age as of April 29th, 2018

Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK). Tournament rules may be subject to change by the WKF Tournament Committee.

  • Fees: $20 (non-refundable) 
  • Lunch: $10 (*Lunch will be provided by WKF for all Shinpans and volunteers.)

2018 AUSKF Kodansha (5 to 7 Dan) Spring Promotion Examination (April 15, 2018)

2018 AUSKF Spring Promotion Examination (April 15, 2018)

 Location:  Marina High School (15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649)

Dates:  Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm: Registration
  • 1:00 pm –  4:00 pm: Test 5 Dan & above, Shogo
  • 4:00 pm –  5:00 pm: Seminar/Keiko


5 Dan 6 Dan 7 Dan Renshi Kyoshi
Testing Fee $100 $120 $150 $120 $150 Non-Refundable, Non-transferable
Menjo Fee $150 $200 $300 $300 $500 Void in the case of exam failure

** Application Deadline:  Friday, March 30, 2018   (All the documents and checks must be received by the deadline)

Submit the following to VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Please email the following in PDF file to :  michio.kajitani@auskf.org

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of current Dan Certificate (Menjo)
  • Essay (Written Test Answer Sheet; must be completed in English)
  • Recommendation (by the president of your federation) – **Shogo applicants only

Please mail the payments to:  Michio Kajitani, VP P&E AUSKF, 590 Shadowbrook CT, Redlands, CA 92374

  • 1 check for Examination Fee
  • 1 check for Menjo Fee ( It will be void in case you fail in the exam)
  • Hard copy of the application form.

**  All checks made payable to All United States Kendo Federation. 

**  Please do not send cash or money order for Menjo fee

Lodging information:  the hotel below is near the gym and special rate applies if you book by March 3.

Holiday Inn Orange County Airport (2726 S Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705)  Phone: 714 4816300


If you have any question, please contact Michio Kajitani, Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Email:  michio.kajitani@auskf.org

Useful Documents:

2018-4-15 AUSKF Promotion Exam Information Packet



Toshikoshi Keiko 2017 – 2018 @ Butokuden

Toshikoshi Keiko 2017 – 2018 @ Butokuden
This Sunday December 31 @ 11PM.

Dojo Opens at 10:45PM
2017 Practice starts at 11:15 PM (Jigeiko Only, so please warm up yourself prior to Keiko)
2017 Practice ends at 11:55 PM
New Year Celebration! at MIDNIGHT
2018 Practice starts at 00:10 AM
2018 Practice ends at 00:50 AM
Ozoni and Sake Party