Steveston 2010

Every year, I go to Steveston Tournament in Vancouver Canada. This is a tournament that I have been going since the 80s, and it has become an yearly event for me. There are participants from all over Canada (West to east), from the USA, Hawaii, and sometimes Mexico. This year, due to the Winter Olympics, the tournament was postponed to May, instead of the usual February.

This year again, the number of participants were well over 300.

Butokuden sent a team and we came 3rd place in the team matches, losing to SCKO team, which was composed with the last US Team. In the individual matches, I came 3rd place, in the 4 Dan and above division.

Here is the 3rd place team.

From 100508-Steveston

Also the link for some of the pictures…

Taro Ariga

SCKO Shinpan Seminar & May 2010 Godogeiko Announcement

SCKO will be holding a Shinpan Seminar on Sunday, May 16th, 2010 at OSULA. We strongly encourage all 3 Dan and above Kenshis to participate at this event. We will have our May Godogeiko after the Shinpan Seminar.

Date: Sunday May 16, 2010
Shinpan Seminar 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Registration starts at 8:30AM)
SCKO Godogeiko 3:15PM – 5:00PM

Place: OSULA Kendo Dojo
3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City CA 91604

Eligibility: 3-Dan and Over (SCKO/WKF)

Instructor: Kyoshi 7 Dan Hori-Sensei (SCKO)
Kyoshi 7 Dan Nakashima-Sensei (SCKO)

Requirement: – Uniform: Kendogi/Hakama
– Need to bring Shinpan Flag and FIK Kendo Rules and regulation book
– All participants are required to do Shiai, so bring your Bogu
All Juniors are required to do Shiai

Event Schedule: 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Shinpan Seminar
3:15PM – 5:00PM: Godogeiko (Juniors and adults)

Lunch: $6:50 each (Please make check payable to SCKO)

SCKO Jr Kendo Godogeiko with SCKF Jr

To all SCKO Juniors:

I hope everyone is practicing very hard.

I have spoken to Chris Yang Sensei (SCKF Junior Coach) and we are planning to do a Godogeiko with the SCKF Juniors.

Location: Norwalk Dojo
Date/Time: Sunday May 2, 9AM 9 – 12AM
Meeting time: 8:30AM
Address:
Norwalk Kendo Dojo
14615 Gridley Rd
Norwalk CA 90650


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NOTE: This practice is open to ALL JUNIORS (not only the ones that will be going to the AUSKF Championships). SO EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

This is a great opportunity to meet people at your age group, make new friends, and have a great time at practice.  Hope to see you all.

Taro Ariga

Everyone, please confirm your attendance using the form below


Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking Examination

Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking (Shoudan and Shoukyu Shinsa) Examinations

Exam for:          1 Kyu

Please answer the following question by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Question: Describe some benefits of “kirikaeshi”.

Exam for:          1 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l        Describe “ki-ken-tai-ichi”.

l        Describe 3 types of Kendo footwork.

Exam for:          2 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l        Describe the 4 types of Kendo “sicknesses.

l        Describe the 3 “ma-ai ”.

Exam for:          3 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l        Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu.

l        Describe “enzan-no-metsuke”.

Exam for:          4 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l        Describe the benefits of the Kendo kata and its relevance to shinai keiko.

l        Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu”.

AUSKF JUNIOR OPEN KENDO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2010

Location:
Independence High School
1776 Educational Drive
San Jose, CA 95133-1703

Divisions:
9 years and under
10-11 years old
12-13 years old
14-15 years old
16-18 years old
13-under girls
14-18 girls
5 or 7 person team (TBD)
(Divisions subject to change depending on number of participants)

Shinpan: 4-dan and above eligible for selection
Entry Fee: $25 per participant (non-refundable)
Bento: $10/person

Shiai rules:
Individual Championships will be OPEN to anyone with AUSKF membership
Time Limit: 3 minutes with unlimited encho
Team Championships will consist of up to 2 teams per federation (to be decided by federation at the Championships)
Team matches will consist of 5 members selected from each age group as outlined below (see chart below)
Team Competition:
Sempo: 12 Years and Under
Jiho: 12 Years and Under
Chuken: 15 Years and Under
Fukusho: 18 Years and Under
Taisho: 18 Years and Under

Time Limit: 3 minutes
In case of daihyo-sen, match will be determined by ippon-shobu
Tsuki, jodan-no-kamae, and gyaku-do are valid only for 16-18 year old age group in both Individual and Team Championships. Nito is not allowed.
Taikai format (round robin, tournament brackets, etc) of both the Individual and Team Championships will be announced at a later date depending on the number of participants
All other rules will comply with standard ruels and regulations set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK)
Shinai size and weight must comply with standard FIK regulations (see chart below)

Official Tournament Hotel:
Santa Clarita Marriott
2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054

For more info please access
http://www.usjuniorkendoopen.com

KENDO Upcoming Events (Feb – June 2010)

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Here is an update on the upcoming events for the first Half of 2010. The events in Red are of major importance.

February

21: SCKO Godo Geiko (Selection for AUSKF Junior Tournament) http://www.usjuniorkendoopen.com/

26 – 28: Ariga in Mexico for Kendo Seminar

March

4 – 8: Ariga in Portugal for Team Gasshuku

12 – 14: Ariga in Hong Kong for Asia Tournament (Tentative)

20 – 22: All Japan Dojo Renmei Kids in LA (Home stay at Ogikubo and Gibbon’s home)

26 – 27: IKF Shinpan Seminar in Vancouver

April

9 – 11: Ariga in Hungary for the European Championships http://ekc2010hungary.kendo.hu/

18: SCKO Promotion Exam

May

8: Steveston Tournament (Vancouver Canada)

16: SCKO Shinpan Seminar

30: Memorial Day Tournament

June

19: Tengu Cup (Frankfurt, Germany)

26: Women’s Tournament in Seattle http://womenskendo.com/

AUSKF & SCKO Annual Membership Renewal (DEADLINE: 2/19/2010)

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members

DEADLINE: 2/19/2010

Please fill in the form below in order to renew your annual AUSKF and SCKO Membership.
You must be a member of AUSKF (All US Kendo Federation) and SCKO (Southern California Kendo Organization) in order to participate in tournaments, promotion exams, seminars, and to be covered by the insurance, provided by the AUSKF.

The membership fees are the following:

Adult (18 and over) $70 (AUSKF $40 + SCKO $30)
Youth (17 and under) $45 (AUSKF $25 + SCKO $20)

Please make a check payable to BUTOKUDEN and give it to the following people:
Ariga Sensei
Asuka
Guy-san
Takahashi-san

2010 1st SCKO Godo Keiko

Important message from Morinaga-sensei (Education)

Southern California Kendo Organization
Jan / 11 / 2010
SCKO EDUCATION SHOICHI MORINAGA, TARO ARIGA
           
SCKO GodoKeiko SCHEDULE (Jan)
DATE/PLACE: JAN/17 (SUN) OSULA

After Practice Party info
SCKO New Year Party Info

Place OJIYA RESTAURANT
15904 E, Gale ave
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
626-855-3500

Time 3:00 PM- 5:30 PM

Fee $25 per person (Include Food & Drink)


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Schedule
9:10: Preparation and cleaning by volunteer KENSHI.
9:30: Running, physical exercise, and SUBURI beginning.
10:00: KIRIKAESHI and Basic [uchi] practice.
10:15: OPEN PRACTICE FOR KENSHI ONLY (4 or 5DAN UP People guidance)
10:50: REST (5 -10 MINUTES)
11:00: OPEN PRACTICE FOR ALL.
11:30: FINISH.

The content might change in the number of people, rank on that day, and the age, etc.
Please bring a lot of kenshi as a volunteer

It holds roll call this year . The purpose of this is to refer when the all-star representative of the expedition rally and the invitational match is decided. However, it is not chosen because it never attends all this attendance. Please acknowledge it.