BUTOKUDEN Martial Arts Dojo offers classes in Kendo, Karate, Aikido, Naginata, Jodo, Sogetsuryu Ikebana, Bushido Culture and Yoga
Welcome to Butokuden Kendo Dojo!
BUTOKUDEN Dojo is one of the largest Kendo Dojos in the USA, and we currently have three 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, 2015, 2016. 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 – 14 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 Jigeiko (Must wear Bogu) – Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:15PM
Click here for the current fees. All Kendo members are also required to join SCKO and AUSKF.
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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 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 – 14 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: 14 and older Adults
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00PM
(3) Kendo Open JIGeiko
This class is open Jigeiko (Free practice). Senseis will also put on their Bogu and do Jigeiko. We have many guest participants 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)
BUTOKUDEN Kancho – Kendo Head Instructor
E-BOGU.COM Inc. CEO
Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) VP and Director of IT
Portugal National Team Coach
BUTOKUDEN Dojo Founder
IBM Kendo Club Founder
University of Waterloo Kendo Club Founder
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, Japan
2014 All USA Championships (2nd Place Team)
International Kendo Coaching:
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)
2016 European Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Skopje, Mcedonia)
2017 European Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Budapest, Hungary)
Kendo Coaching in the USA:
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
2015 All USA Junior Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach
2016 All USA Junior Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Manager
Pilsoo Kim (Kendo 5th Dan)
BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor
Western Kendo Federation President 2017 – Current
Sean Park (Kendo 5th Dan)
2003 – Chatter of Korea Amateur Sports Association President Cup. 4 Dan Division – 1st place.
2004 – USKU Ranking Competition. 4 Dan Division – 2nd place
2015 – SCKO Memorial Day Tournament. 40 Years and over / 4 Dan and Below – 1st Place.
Ryan Kang (Kendo 5th Dan)
Sayaka Takayanagi (Kendo 5th Dan)
Steven Hsueh (Kendo 5th Dan)
UCLA Kendo Club Co-Founder
UCLA Kendo Club Captain
2005 All USA Kendo Federation Championships
SCKO Men’s Team (2nd Place)
2006 Harvard Shoryuhai Team Championships (1st Place)
Hisano Hsueh (Kendo 5th Dan)
Ritsumeikan University Kendo Circle President
2007 Kansai Kendo Circles Tournament Team (1st Place)