2018 SCKO Christmas Kendo Tournament (Sunday December 9th, 2018)

RSVP by November 29th

Date: Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Place: Cerritos Regional County Park Gymnasium, 19700 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos, CA 90803
Entry Fee: $0 per Competitor. Happy Holidays!

Approximate Time Schedule:
8:00 am Setup
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:30 am Tournament Starts.
12:00 pm Lunch
4:00 pm Closing Ceremony
5:00 pm Done cleaning up
Court Volunteers: We have to provide volunteers. If you can do, please apply from following form. We appreciate your coorperation!
Volunteers, please arrive at 8:00 am for setup and meeting.

Lunch: Lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring your own special lunch.

Tournament Format:
Non-Bogu Matches : Single Elimination
• 14 & Under Non-Bogu Division
• 15 & Over Non-Bogu Division
See Rules and Regulation for Format

Non-Dan Kids Under 12
• 9 years old & under (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 4 kyu or greater (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 1-3 kyu (Boys & Girls)

• Over 13 years old, Women’s Kyu
• Under 40 years old, Women’s Dan
• 40 years old & above, Women’s Dan

Men’s Kyu
• 13-16 years old Men’s Kyu
• Over 17 years old Men’s Kyu Men’s Dan
• 13-16 years old Men’s 1-2Dan
• 17-29 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan
• 30 years old and above Men’s 1-2 Dan
• Men’s 3-5 Dan (All Ages)
• 6 Dan up (All ages)

1. Individual Match : **Divisions subject to change depending on registration**
2. East-West Special Team Match: If time allows.

We will register people who is 3 Dan and up as shinpan. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

1. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).

2. Tsuki Waza and Jodan are authorized for over 16 years old only AND MUST HAVE Dan Rank.

3. Each kenshi can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing one’s own Me-Jirushi

4. Tournament brackets will be made right before the tournament. Depending on the number of participants, some divisions may be combined with others.

Tournament Format and Time:

 Individual
NON-BOGU Group Round 1: Men (2), Kote (2), Do (2)
Round 2: Kirikaeshi (1set)
Round 3: Kote-Men (2), Kote-Do (2), KoteMen-Do (2)
Winner: Decision by Hantei

KYU Group 2 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho

DAN Group 3 minutes 3 Point Match /Unlimited Encho

*KYU & DAN Group: Semifinal and Final will be Unlimited Encho,

 Grand Championship 3 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho,

 East –West Match 2 minutes / 3 point match No Encho KACHINUKI Match.
(In case of a tie, the next kenshi from each team will compete)

SCKO 2018 fall Kendo Promotion Exam (Sunday November 18th, 2018) BUTOKUDEN ONLY

RSVP by October 30th

1. Date: November 18, 2018 (Sunday)
2. Time: Roll Call- Kyu Group: 9:00AM, Yudansha Group: 12:30PM
3. Place: Butokuden Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606
4. Examination Fee:

Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00 $20.00
Kyu 18 years & above $10.00 $30.00
1 Dan $15.00 $50.00
2 Dan $25.00 $60.00
3 Dan $35.00 $80.00
4 Dan $45.00 $100.00

5. Applicants Must Bring: All ranks must bring own Kendo·gu, neat Keiko·gi                                                                 and Hakama, and Shinai.
3 Kyu and Up, bring Bokuto for taking “Bokuto Keiko                                                         hou” (Training Method for
fundamental kendo techniques with Bokuto) and                                                                 Nihon Kendo Kata exams.
1 Kyu and Up, bring completed Written Test                                                                           Questionnaire.
6. Examination Items:

6 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men·uchi (twice), (chakuso, reiho, hassei)
5 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), kote-men (twice), doh-uchi (twice), (chakuso,
reiho, hassei)
4 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei)
3 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei), “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1-4
2 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu·no·sae), “Bokuto
Keiko hou” 1-9
1 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu·no·sae, ki-ken·taiichi),
Nihon Kendo Kata 1-3 and written examination (no more “Bokuto Keiko hou”)
1 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is skilled and has learned the basics of kendo),
Nihon Kendo Kata 1-5, and written examination
2 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is finely skilled and has acquired the basics of
kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1·7, and written examination
3 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is superbly skilled and has expertise in the basics
of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1 · 10, and written examination
4 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is exceptionally skilled and has mastered the basics
and applied use of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1·10, and written examination

(*1) All 1 Kyu and 1-4 Dan taking the exam must complete the attached written examination prior to the exam date. They must submit this on the day of the exam. Written examination is the last state of your promotion
(*2) Examinees who 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 paying the certificate fee on the day of the exam, the
passed rank will be annulled.
(*3) AUSKF issues only English certificates.
(*4) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submitting for examination.

2018 WKF Year End Kendo Championships

RSVP by October 11th, 2018

Date : Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Location: John Burroughs High School,
1920 W Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Roll Call : 8:00AM to 8:30AM. Gym Open 7:00am
Event : Individual / Team Tournament

• 10-years old and younger
• 11-12 years old
• 13-15 years old
• 16-18 years old
• 18 Years old Girls & Under
• Adult Kyu Man & Women ( 19 & Over )
• Women’s ( Any Age & All Ranks )
• Seniors – 50 & Over, All Ranks
• 1-3 Dan , Any Age
• 4 Dan Up & Any Age
• Team Best 3 Women Divisions ( Any Age )
• Team Best 5 Divisions ( Any Age )

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 October 28th, 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 ( *All Shinpans and Volunteers, Lunch will be provided by WKF. )

SCKO Shinpan Seminar

RSVP September 20th

Date:               9/30 (Sunday)

Time:               9:00 AM to 4:00PM  (Godo keiko 4:00 – 4:45 if we have time.)

Location:        Butokuden

Instructor:      7dan sensei

Participants:   Kendo rank of 1 Dan and above (Over 14years old)(If you are under 1 Dan or 14 years old, you can join as volunteer.)

Please come prepared with:

– Shinpan Ki (Referee Flags)
– Mejiryushi (Red/White Ribbon tags)
– Referee Booklet (2006 ver.)
– Kendo Dogu and Shinai

We need volunteers as player. Kyu rank and children are also welcome.

This is very good opportunity for learning about referee and improving your skill.

We are looking forward to many people taking this opportunity to attend!

2018 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships



Date/Time: October 14, 2018 (8:15AM – 8:30AM roll call. Tournament starts at 9AM)

Location: West High School (20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503 )

Entry Fees: $20 (individual divisions – per person)

Bento Fees: $10 per person
1) Bento will be provided for all Shinpans at no charge
2) Maximum of 5 full-day volunteers per dojo will be provided with                                Bento at no charge

Tournament Divisions:
1) 9 & Under Boys & Girls
2) 10-11 Boys & Girls
3) 12-13 Boys & Girls
4) 14-15 Boys
5) 16-18 Boys
6) 14-18 Girls
7) Men’s 1-2 Dan (Eto Cup)
8) Men’s 3-4 (Nakabara Cup)
9) Men’s 5 Dan and Up (Hori Cup)
10) Women’s Dan (Akune Cup)
11) Adult Kyu (19 & Over) Men & Women – (Lorimer Cup)
12) 50 Years and Over Dan Men & Women – (Takenaka Cup)
13) “5 Best Team Matches”

Rules: for Individual
 Tournament will follow FIK Rules and Regulations.
Each person can only participate in “One division” and is responsible for bringing their own MEJIRUSHI (Red/White
 Nito-ryu is not allowed for Mudansha and 18 years and under divisions.
 Tsuki, Jodan, are not allowed for Mudansha and 14-15boys under divisions.
 Time Limit: All Round Robin matches (2 minutes and No Encho – Hantei), Tournament Round Matches (3 minutes and
Encho-Ippon Shobu),
 Time Limit: All Yudansha Divisions (3 minutes and Encho-Ipponshobu)

Rules: for Team
 Team Match: 5 person team (Anyone: all age, gender, rank)
 – If an Yudansha adult and a youth were to have a match, we will honor the Yudansha rules. This will allow the Yudansha to do Jo-dan, Ni-to, and Tsuki.
 – For those youth entering the team match, please make sure they are old and capable enough to fight against adults. We suggest youth in high school.
 “5 Best Team Matches”: (3 minutes and No Encho )
Should A and B turn out to be even, a one-point match playoff (Daihyo-sen, Ippon Shobu) between chosen representatives
of each team will determine the winning team.

In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth division teams at all times.

2018 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form (SEP 1 – 2, 2018)

2018 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form

Please register using the form at the bottom of this page, so we can have an approximate head count.


Some pictures from 2017 winery gasshuku


We will have our annual Winery Gasshuku as follows:

Date/Time (September 1-2, 2018)
SEP 1:
1-4 PM: Kendo Practice
5-??: Wine and BBQ
SEP 2:
8:30-9:30AM: Asageiko (Morning Practice)
Dismissal after practice


Lompoc Recreational Center
124 W Walnut, Lompoc, CA 93436
Same as last year.


Kessler-Haak Vineyard
1700 Gypsy Canyon Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
Check it out! Beautiful winery!

Dojo rental:
It will depend on the number of participants, and we will split among the adult Kenshis!
Adult Kenshis: $10-20 (we will split the cost, so the more the merrier!!)
18 & Under: $0 FREE

Wine and BBQ:
Adult: $30
18 & Under: $5

Everyone to book the hotel on their own!


Looking forward to a BIG participation!

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.