Welcome to Butokuden Kendo Dojo!
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:
Junior (Basic/Advanced) (6 – 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
(1) 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.
Basic (Non-Bogu) Group: This class focuses on teaching basic movements such as footwork, Suburi (basic Shinai movement) and Kirikaeshi, 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 good manners in the Dojo. After mastering this basic movements, students are tested in order to advance to the Advanced Bogu class.
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.
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)
(2) Kendo for All Ages
This class is focused for High School ages 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: 15 and older Adults
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00PM
$50/Month (Under Shodan)
$30/Month (Yondan and up)
(3) Kendo Open Keiko
This class is open Jigeiko (Free practice). Senseis will also put on their Bogu and do Jigeiko. We participating 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 (Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan)
Taro Ariga’s Kendo Blog: http://www.kendomagazine.com/
|Pilsoo Kim (Kendo 5th Dan)
|Shin Terashita (Kendo 4th Dan)BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor
|Hisano Hsueh (Kendo 5th Dan)
|Steven Hsueh (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Jason Kang (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Ippei Iwata (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Yudai Tsukui (Kendo 4th Dan)|
|Chie Kawamoto (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Yuko Saito (Kendo 3rd Dan)