SCKO Fall Promotion Exam (November 15, 2015)

This is to inform you of the Semi Annual SCKO Rank Promotion Examination.

1.Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
2.Time: Roll call Kyu group: 9:00 AM, Yudansha group: 12:30 PM
3.Place: Butokuden Dojo (1581 Browning Irvine, CA 92606)
4.Application Deadline: Must be received no later than October 24, 2015. No Exceptions.
Submit photocopy of existing rank certificate if taken at another Federation.
5.Examination Fee:
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $15.00
2 Dan $25.00
3 Dan $35.00
4 Dan $45.00

certificate fee(Please pay if you pass)
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $20.00
1 Dan $30.00
2 Dan $40.00
3 Dan $60.00
4 Dan $80.00

6. 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 kendo kata exams.
1 Kyu and up, bring completed Written Test Questionnaire.

7. Examination items:
6 Kyu: Men-uchi (twice), Kirikaeshi,
5 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), kote-men (twice), doh-uchi (twice)
4 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, gokaku-keiko
Kendo match: 4Kyu – 4 Dan
Bokuto Keiko hou fundamental:
1 to 4: 3 Kyu
1 to 6: 2 Kyu
1 to 9: 1 Kyu
Nihon Kendo kata:
1 to 3: 1 Kyu
1 to 5: 1 Dan
1 to 7: 2 Dan
1 to 10: 3 Dan and 4 Dan
Written test: 1 Kyu, 1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, and 4 Dan

(*1) All 1 Kyu and 1 Dan through 4 Dan taking the 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 the last stage of your examination.
(*2) Enclosed is only one copy of the Written Test Questionnaire. 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 ordering the certificate, the passed rank will annul.
(*4) AUSKF issues Only English certificates.
(*5) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submitting for examination

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Schedule Update (as of 6/24/2015)

Butokuden Kendo Members:

Please find below the updated schedule for Kendo events for the upcoming months. Please update your calendars.


6/27 (Sat): 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Junior Practice @ Cerritos Dojo



7/4 (Sat): 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Junior Practice @ Butokuden << CANCELLED 7/18 (Sat): 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Junior Practice @ Cerritos Dojo 7/19 (Sun): SCKO Godogeiko (@Butokuden) 7/25 (Sat): 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM Junior Camp @ Butokuden 7/26 (Sat): 9:00 PM - 4:30 PM Junior Camp @ Butokuden (Sendoff Party after practice)   August: !! SPECIAL SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST !! (Regular schedule resume on September 1) Kids Kendo (1BU 3:30 Class) will be closed during the month of August Junior Advance & Adults (2BU & 3BU): Together on Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 8:30PM Wednesday Open practice (Open to everyone) Wednesday 7 – 8:30PM 8/1 (Sat): All USA Junior Kendo Open Championships (@Huntington Beach) RSVP June 16

8/2 (Sun): All USA Junior Kendo Seminar (@Huntington Beach)


Register here:

8/16 (Sun): SCKO Godogeiko (@Butokuden)


Place: Almansor Gym 800 S. Almansor Ave, Alhambra (Tournament Fees: $15.00)

Register here:



9/20 (Sun): SCKO Godogeiko (@Butokuden)


75th Annual Nisei Week Kendo Kyu Tournament (August 23, 2015)

RSVP July 29

DATE: August 23, 2015
Place AlmansorGym
800 S. Almansor Ave, Alhambra
Tournament Fees: $15.00

Individual Matches; 3 minutes, 2 min extension, hantei (Except semifinals and final)
Team Matches; 3 minutes, no extension

10 years and under any kyu
11 to 13 years any kyu
14 to 15 years any kyu
Women’s kyu 14 and older
Adult 16 and older

Team (kyu team)
senpo: 10 and under any kyu
jiho: 13 and under any kyu
chuken: 15 and under any kyu
fukusho: any kyu, any age
taisho: any kyu, any age

Rules and Regulations:
– For all kyu divisions, including adult kyu, the tsuki point will not be considered as a valid point.
– For all kyu divisions, including adult kyu, a participant may only use the chudan position to strike from. All points from other non-chudan kamae will not be considered as a valid point.
– All Kyu Groups may use Hidari Do (Gyaku Do)

14th Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament (Aug 9, 2015)

RSVP July 8

Date: August 9, 2015
Roll Call: 8:30 AM
Place: CSULB, Pyramid

*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)
1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, 4 Dan & Up, Women’s Dan
Rules: 4 minutes, Unlimited Extension

*Kyu Team
0-4 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 yeas of age and under)
3-1 Kyu Team (3 kenshi, 17 years of age and under)
Rules: Each Dojo can submit up to 2 teams in each division
3 minutes, no extension

*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 can not 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: $20.00
◦ Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission.
* There will be fee for car park at CSULB parking lot

6/20 – 21 (Sat/Sun): SCKO Paso Robles Kendo, Wine and BBQ Gasshuku (with Special guest Ito Sensei)

6/20 – 21 (Sat/Sun): SCKO Paso Robles Kendo, Wine and BBQ Gasshuku (with Special guest Ito sensei)
[Sat 6/20: 1 – 4PM practice, 5 – 10? PM BBQ, Sun 6/21: 9 – 10AM practice]
Open to all levels, regardless if you are wearing Bogu or not.
BBQ Party @ Barton Family Winery
BBQ fee: $20 adults/$5 18 & under (all you can eat BBQ & wine)

2015 All USA Junior Open Kendo Championships (Saturday August 1, 2015)

RSVP: May 16

Please sign up using the form below

Date: Saturday, August 1st, 2015 (Tournament)
Location: Marina High School
15871 Springdale St., Huntington Beach, CA 92649

FEE: $30

Individual Division:

> 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

Team Division:

Boy’s Team Composition
Senpo: 13-years old and under
Jiho: 15-years old and under
Chuken: 15-years old and under
Fukusho: 18-years old and under
Taisho: 18-years old and under

Girls Team Composition
Senpo: 18-years old and under
Chuken: 18-years old and under
Taisho: 18-years old and under

Youth Team Composition (Both Boys and Girls)
Senpo: 11 years and younger
Chuken: 11 years and younger
Taisho: 11 years and younger

Team Practice Schedule:

30-May Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
13-Jun Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Butokuden
27-Jun Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
18-Jul Sat 4:30:00 PM – 6:30 PM Cerritos Dojo
25-Jul Sat 9:00:00 AM – 5:00 PM Butokuden Junior Kendo Camp
26-Jul Sun 9:00 AM – 4:30:00 PM Butokuden Send off Party after practice
Cerritos Dojo location: 19700 Bloomfield Ave., Cerritos, CA 90703


  1. Date: Sunday, May 17th, 2015


  1. Place: Marina High School, 15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649


  1. Roll Call: On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:00a to 8:30 am (PST).


  1. Eligibility: Valid AUSKF Member


  1. Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three kenshi per team) with the following divisions:

12 years and under Division

13-15 years-old Division

16-18 years-old Division

Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up) Division

40 years and Over / 4 Dan and below

Yudansha Division


  1. Tournament Fees: (non-refundable)


18 years and under                        $15.00

19 years and up                  $20.00

Bento (Lunch box):             $8.00

Note: Bento will be provided for Shinpan at no charge.  Also, 8 official volunteers per table will also receive bento at no charge.  


  1. Tournament Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2015 (Please fill in the form below)


Referee Seminar (Sunday, March 29, 2015)

RSVP 3/25 (Wednesday)

Joint Referee Seminar f/Los Angeles Area (SCKO, WKF, SCKF)

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Instructors: Advisor: A. Hori sensei
Instructors: 7 Dan sensei
Coordinator: T. Yuge

o Location: Silverado Park Gym
o Silverado Park, Long Beach, CA
o 1545 W 31st St, Long Beach, CA 90810

o Sun., March 29th:
o 8:30am – 3:30pm: Seminar (Arrive by 7:45)
o 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Godo Keiko
o 7 Dan sensei meeting at 8:00am

Deadline for application will be: March 20, 2015
Send application form to: T. Yuge email: fax: 805-823-1712
Note: Please include your attending 7 Dan sensei on your individual dojo list(s)

Bento orders: $9.00 ea. Bring check or cash to seminar, checks payable to: So. Calif. Kendo Federation
(note: Each federation is responsible for their own 7-dan sensei bento order and payment)

What each person should bring:
o Kendo-gi and dogu (participants are expected to actively participate as shiai-sha as well)
o Mejirushi for self
o Shimpan-ki (referee flags) for self
o FIK Referee Rules and Regulations Handbook (2006 version)
 mandatory (read prior to attending seminar)
 recommended: AJKF Shimpan Tebiki (Supplementary Handbook)
• (Courtesy of Stroud-sensei, Idaho Kendo Dojo)
• download at:
o Pen/pencil and notepad (always good to take notes!)

Who should attend?
– Kenshi 3-dan and above
– Why? To improve their kendo referee skills
– Any kenshi with desire to learn is a plus
– 1-dan and 2-dan may also attend, may be relegated to shiaisha, but good chance to learn!

Method of instruction/training:
– Opening ceremony
– Day’s Events
– Review of important points plus other matters
– Practical
o Training exercises with multiple courts, including immediate feedback
o Questions and answer as time permits
– Godo-keiko with all participants as time permits

Sponsorship of this seminar is shared amongst SCKO, WKF and SCKF federations. Other AUSKF federations are welcome to attend, if so, small donations for gym rental will be appreciated.