Welcome to Butokuden Kendo Dojo!

(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

BUTOKUDEN Dojo is one of the largest Kendo Dojos in the USA, and we currently have four levels of Kendo classes. Our instructors are well qualified instructors with international competition experiences, with extensive experience in teaching Kendo. Our Juniors won the National tournaments in 2012. Our Dojo is a member of Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO), which is affiliated with AUSKF (All USA Kendo Federation), as well as the IKF (International Kendo Federation).

Class Levels and Schedule:

Kid’s Kendo (5 – 7 years old) – Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30 to 4:30PM
Junior (Basic/Advanced) (7 – 15 years old) – Tuesdays and Thursdays:4:30 to 6:45PM
Kendo for all Ages (High school and older) – Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 to 9:00PM
Open Keiko (Must wear Bogu) – Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:15PM


Phone: 866-DO-KENDO (866-365-3636)
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(1) Kid’s Kendo

This class focuses on teaching basic movements such as footwork, Suburi (basic Shinai movement), as well as important etiquette and manners in the Dojo, for kids who are just starting Kendo. We make Kendo fun at the same time, we teach the manners.
Age group: 5 – 7 years old
Fee: $35/Month


(2) Kendo Junior (Basic/Advanced)

This class is divided into two separate groups, Basic and Advanced. Basic group focuses in children just starting Kendo, without wearing Bogu (Kendo Equipment gear). The Advanced group focuses in children who have completed the Basic Kendo class and/or have been approved by the Sensei (instructor) to proceed to the next level.

Advanced group: Advanced techniques are taught. Basic and advanced movements with Kendo Bogu are taught in more depth including Kirikaeshi, Uchikomi, Kakarigeiko, Ouyou Waza, Competition techniques, and much more.

Basic (Non-Bogu) Group: Basic movements, such as Suburi, foot work, Kirikaeshi is taught in this class. After mastering this basic movements, students are tested in order to advance to the Advanced Bogu class.

Every year, there are various tournaments hosted by the Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) and All USA Kendo Federation (AUSKF) which students are allowed to attend, upon Sensei’s approval. Our children did extremely well in the past tournament, placing #1 in the USA.

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:45PM
Age group: 7 – 15 years old (or equivalent level)
Fee: $50/Month (Under Shodan), $45/Month (Shodan)



(3) Kendo for All Ages

This class is focused for High School and older and adults. We have a variety of levels in this class so everyone is welcome. For advanced people, we run a full advanced technique classes, with high level Wazas and competition techniques. For beginners, Senseis and Sempais will help you so you can start practicing with more advanced people. We also have lessons for people just starting Kendo. This class is taught divided in two groups: With Bogu and without Bogu.

Age group: Adults

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00PM

$50/Month (Under Shodan)
$45/Month (Shodan)
$40/Month (Nidan)
$35/Month (Sandan)
$30/Month (Yondan and up)



(4) Kendo Open Keiko

This class is open Jigeiko (Free practice). Senseis will also put on their Bogu and do Jigeiko. We have occasional guests from different Dojos. It is a great opportunity to practice and try your skills. You must wear Bogu in order to join this class.

Age group: All
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:15PM




 Taro Ariga Taro Ariga (Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan)

  • BUTOKUDEN Kancho – Kendo Head Instructor
  • Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) Coach
  • Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) Director of Education
  • Portugal National Team Coach


  • BUTOKUDEN Dojo Founder
  • IBM Kendo Club Founder
  • University of Waterloo Kendo Club Founder

Tournament Achievements:

  • Represented Canada in the 7th World Kendo Championships in Korea 1988 (Bronze Medal)
  • Represented Canada in the 8th World Kendo Championships in Canada 1991 (Bronze Medal)
  • Represented Canada in the 9th World Kendo Championships in Paris 1994 (Bronze Medal)
  • Represented Canada in the 10th World Kendo Championships in Japan 1997
  • Represented Canada in the 11th World Kendo Championships in USA 2000 (Bronze Medal)
  • Represented Canada in the 12th World Kendo Championships in Great Britain 2003
  • Represented Canada in the 13th World Kendo Championships in Taiwan 2006
  • Canadian Kendo Championships 1990 (Gold Medal)
  • Canadian Kendo Championships 1993 (Bronze Medal)
  • Canadian Kendo Championships 2002 (Bronze Medal)
  • Represented Canada two times at the Nakakura-Ki Tournament
  • 2014 All USA Championships (2nd Place Team)

Coaching Achievements:

  • 2009 World Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • 2010 European Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Hungary)
  • 2011 European Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Gdynia, Poland)
  • 2012 World Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Novara, Italy)
  • 2015 World Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2014 European Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
  • 2011 All USA Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach
  • 2010 All USA Junior Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach
  • 2011 All USA Junior Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach
  • 2012 All USA Junior Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach

Taro Ariga’s Kendo Blog:


 Pilsoo Kim Pilsoo Kim (Kendo 5th Dan)

  • BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor
 Shin Terashita Shin Terashita (Kendo 4th Dan)

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor


  • Osaka Prefecture University Varsity Kendo Captain
  • Participated at All Japan University Championships

Tournament Results:

  • Mie Prefecture High School Championships Team 2nd Place
  • Mie Prefecture High School Championships Individual 3rd Place
  • Mie Prefecture High School (1st year) Championships Individual 1st Place
Hisano Hsueh (Kendo 5th Dan)


  • Ritsumeikan University Kendo Circle President

Tournament Results:

  • 2007 Kansai Kendo Circles Tournament Team (1st Place)
  • 2008 Mumeishi 3’s Championships Individuals (3rd Place)
  • 2012 PNKF North American Women’s Taikai Team (2nd Place)
  • 2014 Toyama Prefecture Corporations Kendo Tournament Individuals (2nd Place)
 Steven Hsueh Steven Hsueh (Kendo 4th Dan)


  • UCLA Kendo Club Co-Founder
  • UCLA Kendo Club Captain

Tournament Results:

  • 2005 All USA Kendo Federation Championships
  • SCKO Men’s Team (2nd Place)
  • 2006 Harvard Shoryuhai Team Championships (1st Place)
  Jason Kang (Kendo 4th Dan)


  • Kendo instructor at Kuk-Sa Dojo in Seoul Korea
  • A board member of Sung-Nam Si Kendo ClubTournament

Tournament Results:

  • 2011 Kyung-Gi Do Kum-Nong Championships (1st Place)
  • 2010 Sung-Nam Si Championships (2nd place)
Ippei Iwata (Kendo 4th Dan)

  • MWKF Tournament Team Division (2nd Place)
  • MWKF Tournament Individuals (3rd Place)
  • All US Easter Kendo Federation Tournament Individuals (1st Place)
Yudai Tsukui (Kendo 4th Dan) 
Yuko Saito (Kendo 3rd Dan)

  • Participated at All Japan High School Championships Tournament: Yamanashi prefecture
  • Yamanashi Prefecture High school Championship team (1st Place)
  • Yamanashi Prefecture High School Tournament individual third grade (1st Place)
  • PNKF North American Women’s Taikai (2nd Place)
  • SCKO Year End Tournament Individual (1st Place)