5th Annual Butokuden International Kendo Gasshuku

January 17, 2017

Dear Kendo Friends and Senseis:

As many of you know, I have been coaching the Portuguese National Team for the past 12 years. After building our Dojo, I started hosting annual Kendo Gasshukus here at our Dojo. This Gasshuku was originally designed as part of the training for the Portuguese Kendo leaders, mainly national team members and the Dojo Senseis.  I have set the objective of this Gasshuku to “Teach the correct Kendo and introduce the leaders with the correct method of teaching.” Since 2014, we have extended the invitation to not only Portuguese Kenshis, but to other countries as well. We have hosted Kenshis from various countries, such as Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Aruba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, and Serbia.

This year, we will be holding our 5th Annual Butokuden Gasshuku from April 9 to 15, 2017. I would like to extend our invitation to Kenshis across the world interested in participating in this event.  This will be beneficial to all participants, by giving each other a chance to practice and make Kendo friends around the world. Following the Gasshuku on Sunday April 16, we have a Dan Promotion Exam being held by the Southern California Kendo Organization for ranks of Kyu to 4 Dan. If you are interested in taking the examination after the Gasshuku, please inquire with your country’s Kendo federation president the possibility to test in the USA.

Gasshuku information:

Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606 USA

Dates (See “2017 Butokuden Gasshuku Schedule” for details):

Arrival Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017

Gasshuku: Sunday, April 9 to Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dan Promotion Exam: Sunday April 16, 2017.

Instructors:

Taro Ariga (Kyoshi 7 Dan) and Butokuden Dojo Senseis

Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Japanese

Participation Fee: Free

Application deadline: February 28, 2017

url: www.butokuden.com

Phone: +1.949.756.8880

Participation requirements:

  • Member of an accredited Kendo Organization in your country.
  • Authorization from your Country’s Kendo Organization leader.
  • Participants must participate for the entire Gasshuku.
  • The Gasshuku is focused to Kendo leaders or future leaders in your country.
  • The training is very rigorous. Participants must be in good health condition to participate.
  • Participants must have medical insurance valid in the USA.
  • Due to the logistics, a maximum of 2 people from each country (please inquire if more people want to participate).
  • The participating Kenshis must be 2 Dan or above form accredited FIK organization

Important information:

  • Gasshuku Participation Fee: Free
  • Breakfast and lunch: E-BOGU will provide basic food (Bread, butter, milk, coffee, etc.). In the past, participants made a pool to buy some extra food. There is a Walmart within walking distance. Approximate budget for one week is about $50/person.
  • Most nights, we will go out for dinner. Dinner is to be paid by each participant (Approximately $15/meal). In the past, Butokuden Dojo members volunteered to cook for the Gasshuku members for some evenings.
  • Transportation to the Gasshuku is to be arranged by the participant. If arriving at SNA (Orange County Airport), pickup can be arranged. If arriving in LAX, please let us know as we will try to arrange a ride. In case we cannot arrange a ride, you will have to find your own way to the Dojo. See additional information below.
  • Participants will have the choice of sleeping in the Dojo or staying at a hotel nearby:
    1. Dojo: FREE (bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase at Walmart for approximately $25)
    2. Hotel: there are hotels near the Dojo starting at approximately $35 to $50/night per person (double occupancy). About 10 minutes walking distance from the Dojo.

I lived in Brazil for many years, and I understand that travelling to the USA may be challenging especially for Kenshis from countries in Central and South America, both financially and acquiring travel documents. To have as many participants from various countries, my goal is to make this Gasshuku as affordable as possible.

Please let me know if someone from your country is interested in being part of this Gasshuku. Please reply to me with the application form to gasshuku@e-bogu.com by February 28, 2017. I am looking forward to having many countries participating.

Sincerely yours,

Taro Ariga

Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan

Butokuden Dojo Head Instructor

E-BOGU.COM, Inc. CEO

Tentative Schedule

2017 Butokuden Gasshuku (April 8 – 15, 2017)
Time Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
4/8/2017 4/9/2017 4/10/2017 4/11/2017 4/12/2017 4/13/2017 4/14/2017 4/15/2017
6:00 Arrival Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up Wake up
7:00 Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40) Asageiko (7:00 – 7:40)
8:00 Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM Breakfast 8 – 9 AM
9:00 SCKO Team Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Basic Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Basic Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Basic Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Basic Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Basic Practice @ Butokuden
9:00 – 11:30 AM
Cleaning and pack up
10:00
11:00 End of Gasshuku
12:00 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Lunch 11:30 – 1:30 Departure
13:00
14:00 SCKO Team Practice
@ Butokuden
1:30 – 4 PM
Advanced Practice
@ Butokuden
1:30 – 4 PM
Advanced Practice @BTK
1:30 – 3:00PM
Advanced Practice
@ Butokuden
1:30 – 4 PM
Advanced Practice @BTK
1:30 – 3:00PM
Shiai & Shinpan @BTK
1:30 – 3:00PM
15:00
16:00 Break Break Jigeiko (4 – 5)
17:00 Break Break Regular Butokuden Keiko
Junior 5 – 7PM
Break Regular Butokuden Keiko
Junior 5 – 7PM
Break
18:00  Sayonara BBQ
(6 – 10PM)
19:00 Jigeiko 7 – 8:00PM Dinner Join Other Dojo Practice
7 – 9PM
Regular Butokuden Keiko & Jigeiko
Adult 7 – 9:00PM
Butokuden Open
Jigeiko Only 7 – 8:30PM
Regular Butokuden Keiko & Jigeiko
Adult 7 – 9:00PM
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Dinner
22:00 Dinner Dinner @ Butokuden Dinner @ Butokuden
23:00
Description
Blue Shade is the practice
Asageiko
Morning Practices (Jigeiko only)
Basic Practice
We will focus on basic practices without and with Bogu. Footwork, Suburi, Basic Strikes
Advanced Practice @ Butokuden
We will focus on Drills, Waza Practice, Kata
We will have Jigeiko at the end of each practice
Join Dojo Practice
Tentatively schedule a joint practice with other Dojos.
Regular Butokuden Keiko Junior
Our Dojo Elementary School to Junior High School Class. Join the drills and learn how to teach a kids class. Our juniors are one of the best in the USA
Regular Butokuden Keiko Adult
Our Dojo High School and older Class. Join the drills and learn how to teach adults.
Butokuden Open Jigeiko
Once a week, we have Jigeiko only pracitce, and many people from other Dojos come and join our practices

 

Download Forms Here:

2017-ButokudenGasshukuIrvine-InvitationLetter V1.0

ButokudenInternatinalGasshukuApplicationForm V1.0

2017 Butokuden Gasshuku Schedule-Tentative V1.0

 

Additional Information:

 

  • Nearby airports:
    • John Wayne (Orange County, Santa Ana) Airport (Airport code SNA): 5 min by car
    • Los Angeles International (Airport Code LAX): 1 hour by car (Approximate cost, shuttle bus $30, UBER $60)
    • Long Beach Airport (Airport Code LGB): 30 minutes by car
  • Accommodation near the Dojo:
    • Motel 6: 1717 E Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (0.8 Miles from Dojo) ($35/person double occupancy)
    • Candlewood Suites: 2600 South Red Hill Avenue, Santa Ana, CA ($102 + Tax per room, for 2 people in a room) (0.4 Miles from Dojo)
  • Places to see:
    • Disneyland (15 minutes by car)
    • Knot’s Berry Farm Park (20 minutes by car)
    • Newport Beach (15 minutes by car)
    • Universal Studios (1 hour by car)
    • Hollywood, Santa Monica (1 hour by car)
    • California Science Center – Space Shuttle Endeavour (1 hour by car)
    • Sea World (1.5 hours by car)
    • San Diego Zoo (1.5 hours by car)

 

 

 

2017 SCKO Team Practice Schedule (for both AUSKF Championships and US Junior Open)

2017 SCKO TEAM PRACTICE SCHEDULE

(for both AUSKF Championships and Junior Open National Championships)

Dates 9:00 to 11:30 1:30 to 4:00PM Location
1/8 (Sun) Team Practice N/A Butokuden
1/15 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko N/A Butokuden
1/29 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
2/12 (Sun) Team Selection Matches Butokuden
2/19 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko N/A TBD
2/26 (Sun) Cancelled due to Yuhihai
3/5 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
3/19 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko N/A TBD
3/26 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
4/9 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
4/16 (Sun) SCKO Dan Promotion Exam Butokuden
4/30 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
5/14 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
5/21 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko N/A TBD
5/28 (Sun) Cancelled due to Memorial Tournament
6/4 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
6/11 (Sun) Team Practice (Adults) Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
6/17 (Sat) Gasshuku (Kendo Camp) Gasshuku (Kendo Camp) Butokuden
6/18 (Sun) Gasshuku (Kendo Camp) Sendoff party Butokuden
6/22 (Thu) Junior Open National Kendo Championship San Jose
6/23 (Fri) AUSKF Kendo Championship San Jose
6/24 (Sat) AUSKF Kendo Championship San Jose
6/25 (Sun) AUSKF Kendo Championship San Jose

Note:

Adults and Juniors practices will be separated:

  • 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Adult Practice (Men, Women, Senior and Mudansha)
  • 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM: Junior Practice (Senior youth Boys and Girls, Junior Youth Boys and Girls)

Junior practice will combine with Team SCKO junior practice.

All the juniors with Bogu are welcomed to attend the Junior practice.

2017 Butokuden Kendo Schedule (as of 1/27/2017)

2017 Butokuden Kendo Event Schedule

As of January 27, 2017

Dates Event Location New
1/8 (Sun) SCKO Team Practice Butokuden
1/15 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko Butokuden
1/29 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
2/5 (Sun) Kubota Memorial Tournament Wilson Park Torrance
2/12 (Sun) Steveston Kendo Tournament Vancouver Canada
2/12 (Sun) SCKO Team Selection Matches for AUSKF Championships Butokuden
2/18 (Sat) – 19 (Sun) 2nd AUSKF Adult/Mudansha Seminar Marina High New
2/19 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) Long Beach Update
2/26 (Sun) Yuhihai University Tournament UCLA
3/5 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
3/11 (Sat) – 12 (Sun) Special Seminar by Izhizuka Sensei (Hanshi 8 dan)

Former Head of Osaka Police, All Japan Champion 1985

Butokuden
3/11 (Sat) – 12 (Sun) 2nd AUSKF WOMEN’S KENDO SEMINAR Englewood, NJ New
3/19 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) San Diego Update
3/26 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
4/1 (Sat) – 2 (Sun) Team USA Prospects Camp Wilson Park Torrance New
4/8 (Sat) – 9 (Sun) Kodansha Promotion Exam (5 – 7 Dan) San Jose, CA New
4/9 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
4/8 (Sat) – 15 (Sat) Butokuden International Kendo Camp Butokuden
4/16 (Sun) SCKO Dan Promotion Exam Butokuden
4/30 (Sun) Nisei Week Tournament TBD
4/30 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
5/12 – 14 European Kendo Championships Budapest Hungary
5/14 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
5/21 (Sun) Shinpan Seminar 9AM – 3PM

SCKO Godogeiko 3 – 4 PM

TBD Update
5/28 (Sun) Memorial Day Tournament TBD
6/4 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
6/11 (Sun) AM: Team Practice (Adults), PM: Team Practice (Junior) Butokuden
6/17 (Sat) Gasshuku (Kendo Camp) Butokuden
6/18 (Sun) Gasshuku (Kendo Camp) Butokuden
6/22 (Thu) Junior Open National Kendo Championship San Jose
6/23 (Fri) – 25 (Sun) AUSKF Kendo Championship San Jose
7/16 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) TBD New
8/20 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) TBD New
9/17 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) TBD New
10/8 (Sun) SCKO Individual Tournament TBD New
10/22 (Sun) SCKO Godogeiko (9 – 11:30AM) TBD New
11/5 (Sun) Promotion seminar for 3-6 Dan 9am-3pm TBD New
11/11 (Sat) – 12 (Sun) Kodansha Promotion Exam (5 – 7 Dan) TBD New
11/19 (Sun) SCKO Promotion at 9am-4pm

Godogeiko 4 – 5PM

Butokuden New
12/10 (Sun) SCKO Holiday Tournament TBD New
12/17 (Sun) Butokuden Christmas Tournament and Party Butokuden New

 

 

Locations:

Butokuden Dojo: 1581 Browning, Irvine CA 92606

Cerritos: Cerritos Regional County Park (19700 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703-7811)

Lomita: Lomita Park (24428 Eshelman Ave, Lomita, CA 90717)

Marina High School: 15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

West High School in Torrance: 20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503

Long Beach Dojo: 1766 Seabright Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Wilson Park: 2200 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501

2016 Butokuden Kendo Christmas Tournament & Party

For each person participating in the tournament, please fill out the form.
Deadline: December 15 (Thursday)
This is the biggest event of the year for our Dojo! Everyone is welcome to attend 🙂
We have Tournament for all age and all level and Christmas party 🙂

Schedule:
Tournament:
Roll Call 10:30AM
Ends at 4PM
Christmas Party Starts at 4:30PM

16th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament (Kendo) Date: August 7, 2016

Tournament
*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
down.
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
◦ Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission.
* There will be fee for car park at CSULB parking lot

Volunteer: volunteers needed for court duty(3) and front desk help

2016 Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form

Butokuden Kendo Members and Kendo Friends:

Now that the Junior Championships is over, it is summer and time to have fun!

Some pictures from 2015 Wine gasshuku.


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

This year’s winery Gasshuku will be held as follows:

Date/Time (July 30 – 31):
July 30
1 – 4 PM: Kendo Practice
5 – ? : Wine and BBQ

July 31:
8:30 – 9:30: Asageiko (Morning Practice)
Dismissal after practice

Kendo Practice Location:
Anderson Recreation Center,
125 West Walnut Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436

Wine BBQ Location:
ZOTOVICH Winery
300 North 12 Street, Lompoc, 93436
This is the Winery. Jason thought of doing in the vineyard, which is lovely, but there are a lot of rattlesnakes at this time of the year, and since we will have kids playing around, we decided not to, to be on the safe side 🙂

Fees:
In the past it was a SCKO event, so SCKO was subsidizing a portion of this event, but since most of the participants were from BUTOKUDEN, this year we will make it a BUTOKUDEN event. But of course, everyone is welcome to join.

Dojo Rental: It will depend on the number of participants, and we will split among the adult Kenshis.
Adult Kenshi: $10 – 20 (we will split the cost, so more people, it will be cheaper!)
18 and under: $0

Wine & BBQ:
Adult: $25
18 and Under: $5

Looking forward to a big participation!

2016 SCKO Memorial Day Tournament (May 29, 2016)

RSVP: April 22, 2016

20th Annual Memorial Day Kendo Team Tournament

  • Date: Sunday, May 29th, 2016
  • Location: Marina High School, 15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
  • Roll Call: On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:00a to 8:30 am.
  • Eligibility: Must be a Valid AUSKF Member
  • Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three players per team) with the following divisions:
    • 12 years and under Division
    • Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up) Division
    • 13-15 years-old Division
    • 40 years and Over / 4 Dan and below
    • 16-18 years-old Division
    • Yudansha Division
  • 6. Fees: (non-refundable)
    18 years and under $15.00 per person
    19 years and up $20.00 per person
    Bento (Lunch box): $8.00 per person
    Note: Bento will be provided for Shinpan at no charge.

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

1. Each team consists of three members. Team members may consist of individuals from the same or different dojos or regions. In the case where members are required, please notify the competition committee ASAP for best possible arrangments.
2. Teams are free to create a team name. This name will remain unchanged once submitted on the entry form. Inappropriate or discriminatory names or slogans are prohibited and will be changed immediately.
3. 2 CONTACT PERSONS over the age of 18 should be assigned to each dojo. Please provide a contact number or e-mail on the application form.
4. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).
5. Tsuki waza is authorized for YUDANSHA DIVISION only.
6. Division Ranks as of May 1, 2016
7. Age as of May 29th, 2016
8. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing their own MEJIRUSHI (Red/White indicator)
9. In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth division teams at all times.
10. It will be an automatic loss by default if one is not present at the time of the match. There will be no exceptions for those who have already been declared a loss by default.
11. Team members cannot be modified after the tournament deadline date. However, if unforeseen situations such as injuries occur, the tournament committee will allow dialogue for possible team changes. Please promptly notify the SCKO Competition Committee of any team changes. The SCKO Competition Committee has the right to decline any team changes after the tournament deadline date.

SHIAI RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Tournament rounds will be held in round robin (as necessary), followed by single elimination.
2. The individual match is conducted according to SANBON-SHOBU, and the chief judge will announce its duration at the opening ceremony.
3. If no winner is determined within the duration, a draw (HIKI-WAKE) will be declared.
4. Determination of the winning team will be made in the following order of precedence:
A) Highest number of individual winners
B) If the number of individual winners is the same, the highest number of points scored.
C) 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.

SCKO Spring Promotion Exam (Sunday, April 17, 2016)

RSVP April 5

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

  1. Date: April 17, 2016 (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: Please see attached sheet
  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.

  1. Examination Items: 6 Kyu: Men-uchi (twice), Kirikaeshi, (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” 1-6

1 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu-no-sae, ki-ken-tai-ichi), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-3 and “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1-9, and written examination

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. Volunteers Required: Please see attached volunteer request letter

 

(*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 exam. (*2) Please distribute copies of attached Written Test Questionnaire to your dojo members for this purpose.

(*3) 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.

(*4) AUSKF issues only English certificates.

(*5) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submitting for examination.

 

Please submit Promotion Exam Roster form with one check for the total examination fee per Dojo