2018 SCKO Spring Kendo Promotion Exam (Sunday April 29, 2018) Registration Form (Butokuden only)

Application Deadline: April 12th 2018 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

Location: Butokuden Dojo, 1581 Browning Irvine, CA 92606
Date: 04/29/2018 (Sunday)
Roll Call: Kyu Division 9:00 AM, Dan Division 12:30 pm

The rank examination follows the rules stated in the “AUSKF Regulations for Kendo promotion examination”.
SCKO welcomes kenshi from AUSKF approved federations to apply for the examination. However, the following conditions must be fulfilled:
* All non-SCKO participans must receive written approval from your
federation to take the promotion exam.
* SCKO reserves the right to accept or refuse participants based on,
but not exclusive to, the conditions listed above.
Rank Examination Fee
SCKO affiliated Dojo
Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00 $20.00
Kyu 18 years & above $10.00 $30.00
1 Dan $15.00 $50.00
2 Dan $25.00 $60.00
3 Dan $35.00 $80.00
4 Dan $45.00 $100.00


  • Examination fee is NOT refundable.
    Do not pay Certificate fee until passed rank.
  • Applicants Must Bring: Kendo-gu, Keiko-gi and Hakama, and Shinai.
  • 3 Kyu and Up, bring Bokuto for taking “Bokuto Keiko Hou” and “Nihon Kendo Kata” exams.
  • *1 Kyu and Up, bring completed Written Test Questionnaire.

Examination Items:

  • 6 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, “Men-Uchi” (twice), “Chakusho, Reiho, and Hassei”.
  • 5 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, “Men-Uchi” (twice), “Kote-Men” (twice), “Do-Uchi” (twice), “Chakusho, Reiho, and Hassei”.
  • 4 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Chakusho, Kamae, Reiho, and Hassei”.
  • 3 Kyu: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Chakusho, Kamae, Reiho, and Hassei”, “Bokuto Keiko Hou” 1- 4.
  • 2Kyu: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Chakusho, Kamae, Reiho, Hassei, and Datotsu-no-Sae”, “Bokuto Keiko Hou” 1- 9.
  • 1 Kyu: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Chakusho, Kamae, Reiho, Hassei, Datotsu-no-Sae, Ki-Ken-Tai-Ichi), Written Examination, “Nihon Kendo Kata” 1- 3.
  • 1 Dan: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Nihon Kendo Kata” 1-5, and Written Examination.
  • 2 Dan: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Nihon Kendo Kata” 1- 7, and Written Examination.
  • 3 Dan: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Nihon Kendo Kata” 1- 10, and Written Examination.
  • 4 Dan: “Gokaku-Keiko”, “Nihon Kendo Kata” 1- 10, and Written Examination.

2017 Butokuden Christmas Tournament & Party (December 17, 2017)

This is our Dojo’s biggest and last event of the year. I hope everyone can attend with your family!


Part 1: Tournament (it may vary depending on the progress):
10:30 Roll call
11:00 Opening ceremony
11:30 Junior Tournament Starts
12:30 Junior Finals
13:30 Adult’s Tournament
14:30 Martial Arts Demonstration
15:00 Adult’s Finals
15:30 Closing Ceremony. Awards Ceremony

Part 2: Christmas Party
16:00 Party preparation
16:30 Christmas Party Starts
Potluck Dinner, Games, Santa Claus Visit, Talent Show, Present Exchange
20:00 Party Close

1) Dinner will be Potluck, so please bring your favorite dishes.
2) Present donation are welcome for Game and Talent show prizes.
3) For present exchange, please bring a gift of the following amount: Kids: up to $5, Adults: up to $10

Divisions (May vary depending on the number of participants in each division):
1. Junior Non-Bogu A (5 – 7 years old)
2. Junior Non-Bogu B (7 – 14 years old)
3. Junior A (0 Kyu – 3 Kyu: 9 years old and under)
4. Junior B (0 Kyu – 3 Kyu: 10 – 14 years old)
5. Junior C (2 Kyu – 1 Kyu: 14 years old and under)
6. Junior D (15 – 18 years old)
7. Junior Girls (10 – 18 years old)
8. Adult Non-Bogu (15 years old and older)
9. Adult Kyu (19 years old and older)
10. Men’s Dan (1 Dan – 3 Dan: 19 years old and older)
11. Women’s Dan (1 Dan and up: 19 years old and older)
12. Masters (45 years old and older)
13. Sensei (4 Dan and up)
* Players in the following can participate in multiple divisions
(Adult Kyu, Men’s Dan, Women’s Dan in Masters)
(Junior Girls in Junior Division)
*Division 1 – 9 have qualifying round before tournament.
*Time: Division 3 – 7 & 9: 2 min, Division 10 – 13: 3 min (may change)

2017 SCKO Christmas Tournament Entry Form

Entry Fee: $0 per Competitor. Happy Holidays!
Date: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Place: West High School Gymnasium, 20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503

8:00 am Setup
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:30 am Tournament Starts.

Court Volunteers: Please provide volunteers from each dojo (at least 3-5 people/dojo). Volunteers, please arrive at 8:00 am for setup and training.

Lunch: Lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring your own special lunch.

Tournament Format:
Non-Bogu Matches : Single Elimination
• 14 & Under Non-Bogu Division
• 15 & Over Non-Bogu Division
See Rules and Regulation for Format
Non-Dan Kids Under 12
• 9 years old & under (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 4 kyu or greater (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 1-3 kyu (Boys & Girls)
• Over 13 years old, Women’s Kyu
• Under 40 years old, Women’s Dan
• 40 years old & above, Women’s Dan
Men’s Kyu
• 13-16 years old Men’s Kyu
• Over 17 years old Men’s Kyu
Men’s Dan
• 13-16 years old Men’s 1-2Dan
• 17-29 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan
• 30 years old and above Men’s 1-2 Dan
• Men’s 3-5 Dan (All Ages)
• 6 Dan up (All ages)
1. Individual Match : **Divisions subject to change depending on registration**
2. East-West Special Team Match: If time is allowed.

1. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).

2. Tsuki Waza and Jodan are authorized for over 16 years old only AND MUST HAVE Dan Rank.

3. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing one’s own Me-Jirushi

4. Tournament brackets will be made right before the tournament. Depending on the number of participants, some divisions may be combined with others.

Tournament Format and Time:

 Individual
NON-BOGU Group Round 1: Men (2), Kote (2), Do (2)
Round 2: Kirikaeshi (1set)
Round 3: Kote-Men (2), Kote-Do (2), KoteMen-Do (2)
Winner: Decision by Hantei

KYU Group 2 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho

DAN Group 3 minutes 3 Point Match /Unlimited Encho

*KYU & DAN Group: Semifinal and Final will be Unlimited Encho,

 Grand Championship 3 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho,

 East –West Match 2 minutes / 3 point match No Encho KACHINUKI Match.
(In the case of a tie, the next kenshi from each team will compete)

2017 17th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament


17th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament (Kendo)

Date: August 6, 2017

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 years 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 cannot 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 and front desk help


2017 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form (July 22 – 23, 2017)

2017 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku

(Picture from last year. See more pictures on the bottom of this post)

We will have our annual Winery Gasshuku as follows:

Date/Time (July 22 – 23, 2017):
July 22
1 – 4 PM: Kendo Practice
5 – ? : Wine and BBQ

July 23:
8:30 – 9:30: Asageiko (Morning Practice)
Dismissal after practice

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

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

Wine/BBQ Location:
300 North 12 Street, Lompoc, 93436
This is the Winery.


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


Everyone to book the hotel on your own. Suggestion is to book near the winery, so you do not have to drive after the BBQ.

Looking forward to a big participation!



Pictures from last year winery Gasshuku:




SCKO Godo Practice @ San Diego, March 19 2017

March 2017 SCKO GODO KEIKO will be held in San Diego.
SCKO has rented a bus so we can all have fun going together. After practice, we have arranged luncheon at nearby restaurant and then to go sightseeing.
We set up 3 meeting places to catch the SCKO bus (West LA, Gardena and Irvine). Specific places will be announced later.
Please come to the most convenient meeting place for you.
The schedule, Lunch fee and location are below.

If some people do not want to join the lunch, they can drive directly to the gym. Or if someone drives their car, but wants to join lunch, please sign up for lunch.
Parents can also get rides if there are seats.
Please mention in the comment if parents also want to get rides and lunch.

Let’s try to have KEIKO with other kenshis and enjoy the trip with us!

4:30am pick up at WLA
5:30am pick up at Gardena
6:30am pick up at Irvine
9:00am – 12:30 Godo Keiko
13:00 – Lunch
14:30 – Sightseeing
20:00 – 21:00 drop off

Lunch: $20(TAX and Tip are included)
Golden City Restaurant. 5375 Kearny Villa Road. San Diego, CA 92123

Twin Peaks Middle school
14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064
Registration Due date is March 7th



March 5-6, 2016 in Huntington Beach, CA!
1st AUSKF Women’s Kendo Seminar!

The AUSKF Education Committee is excited to announce the first ever AUSKF Women’s Kendo Seminar, to be held on March 5-6 in Huntington Beach, CA. We are hopeful that this event will bring together the girls and women throughout the United States to learn kendo from two of the top female kenshi in Japan. Special guest instructors for this event will be:

Yoko Sakuma (5-Dan) was Captain of Team Japan for the 16th WKC, 15th WKC Individual Champion, and a member of the gold-winning Team Japan for the 14th, 15th, 16th WKC(2009-2015).

Yukiko Takami (5-Dan) was the 14th WKC Individual Champion, 15th WKC Team Champion, and 16th WKC Individual 3rd Place.

High-ranking women sensei from AUSKF are also scheduled to attend and provide instruction. Participants of all ages are welcome, but should be wearing bogu and be registered members of AUSKF.

March 5th (SAT) : 9am – 5pm
March 6th (SUN) : 9am – 3pm

Marina High School
15871 Springdale ST.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Special Guest Instructors
Yoko Sakuma 5 Dan
Yukiko Takami 5 Dan

Two-Day Seminar Fee
Please make a check payable to “Butokuden Dojo” by 2/21.

Special Welcome Dinner on Saturday
Saturday Night, March 5th
Location & Cost TBD!