Seo Sensei’s visit to Butokuden Dojo

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Subject: Seo Sensei’s (Kendo 8 Dan) visit
Date: December 10
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

From Small

Seo Sensei (Executive Vice President of Korean Kumdo Federation for Social Members
) will be visiting our Dojo on December 10. We will have an open practice starting at 7PM. Thanks to Kim sensei, we were able to arrange Seo Sensei’s visit to our Dojo, during his busy schedule here in the USA.

I have known Seo Sensei from a long time ago, and he took very good care of me when I went to Korea for Kendo training back in 2001. He was also one of the referees who refereed my match at the 11WKC in 2000 (Semi Finals, Taisho match Canada x Japan). You can watch that match on Youtube. Keep your calendar open. It will be a great opportunity to practice with a high ranking sensei from Korea.

徐(セオ)先生(韓国社会人剣道連盟副会長)が12月10日、武徳殿にお越しいただくことが決定しました。当日、3部の時間をオープン稽古にして、ご指導をいただく予定です。徐(セオ)先生とは2000年の世界大会で私の試合の審判をしていただいたことをきっかけに、お世話になっております。その後、韓国に剣道の練習に行った時にもお世話になり、今回は金先生経由で、武徳殿道場での稽古時間を割いていただきました。韓国の高段位の先生に稽古をお願いできる機会なので、是非参加ください。

Seo Sensei’s Profile:
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Represented Korea at WKC
WKC referee
Byung-Yoon Seo (8 Dan)
Exec. Vice President of Korea Kumdo Federation

11WKC in 2000 (Semi Finals, Taisho match Canada x Japan) Ariga x Takahashi

Shodai Sensei Kendo Seminar

This is a special message from SCKO Secretary Okawa Sensei.

Shodai Sensei was part of the Japanese team. I would strongly recommend attending this seminar, and feel how a All Japan level is.

You can watch his video against USA here.

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Special Seminar with All Japan Kendo Champion

We will have a special kendo seminar with the 2008 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kenji Shodai. It is an excellent opportunity to learn great kendo and we encourage your attendance.

Date: November 21st, Saturday
Place: Wilson Park 2200 Crenshaw Blvd Torrance, CA 90501
Time: 3:00 PM Start (arrive early)
Instructor: Shodai Kenji Sensei, 5dan
Kanagawa Police Department
2008 All Japan Kendo Tournament Champion
Content: Basics of Kendo seminar
Offence to JODAN stance
Defense to JODAN stance

Eligibility: SCKO, SCKF and Western Kendo Federation members

Welcome party for Shodai Sensei

We are inviting Shodai Sensei to dinner and people are welcome to attend the party!

Place: Sea Empress restaurant 1636 W Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, California 90247
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Party fee: $30 per parson includes TAX. (Does NOT include Liquor & drinks)

Please RSVP by November 6 by filling out the form below:

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2009 SCKO Individual Tournament

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

SCKO Individual Tournament is the largest Individual Tournament hosted by our Federation, and divisions are available for all ages and ranks. Last year, we won medals in various divisions. Hopefully, we can repeat that again this year. I strongly recommend participating at this tournament.

For beginners without Bogu, it will be a very good opportunity to come and watch high level skills, and cheer for your Dojo.

Please sign up using the form below.

Taro Ariga

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Covina Dojo 40th Anniversay Keiko

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Takahashi sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan) from Kyoto has been invited to run a Kendo Seminar at the Covina Dojo Anniversary Keiko. Everyone is invited to join this seminar, but I have to submit the names by October 26.
Please respond using the form below by October 23. The application form is below:

RESPOND BY OCTOBER 23

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2009 Fall SCKO Dan/Kyu Exam Sign up Sheet

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

I am trying to automate the process as much as I can, in order to minimize everyone’s work, so I would appreciate if you could fill out this form (I apologize for the double entry for people that have already sent me the information, but please re-enter.) It will automatically update my database. This promotion exam is for people eligible to apply for 6 Kyu and up, up to 4 Dan. Our Dojo minimum requirement is to have been practicing Kendo with Bogu for the last 3 months. The age requirements and Kata requirements are also listed in this link.

For people trying for 1 Kyu and up, I encourage you to start mastering the Kendo Kata from now. There is no point of just doing the Kata for exam purpose only. Kata incorporates all the basic movements in Kendo, and by mastering the Kendo Kata, your Kendo techniques will improve. If you have any questions about the Kata, please ask the Senseis and Senpais at the Dojo.

Taro

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SCKO Kyu and Dan Exam
Date: November 22, 2009
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced

REQUIREMENTS:

1dan: Trained over 3 month after granting of 1kyu (Age: 14 years and older)
2dan: Trained over 1 year after granting of 1dan
3dan: Trained over 2 years after granting of 2dan
4dan: Trained over 3 years after granting of 3dan

KATA REQUIREMENTS:

1kyu: Tachi #1 – #3
1dan: Tachi #1 – #5
2dan: Tachi #1 – #7
3 – 4dan: Tachi #1 – #7 and Kodachi #1 – #3

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Kendo SCKO Schedule for Year End

October 18
3rd Sunda Practice at OSULA

October 25

Texas Tournament

November 1
Kyu/Dan Exam for USKS

November 8
AUSKF Promotion Exam

November 15
West Covina Dojo Aniversary Keiko

November 22
SCKO Kyu/Dan Exam

December 6
SCKO Individual Tournament

December 13
Godo Keiko & End of Year party

Please check our events schedule at http://www.butokuden.com/events.html

Kendo Demonstration at Seal Beach

Today, we had a Kendo Demonstration at the the Seal Beach Pier, for the Japanese Kite festival. Many of our Dojo members came to help us. Ryo, Riki, Ian, Cozo, Shion, Leon, Arata, Hiroyuki and Haruna. It was a good turn out, there were a lot of people watching. But it was kind of too windy, so the sand dust was pretty strong.

2009 Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament

To BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Please find below the information regarding the 2009 Nikkei Games Kendo Tournament. Please read carefully the information below.

Date: August 16, 2009
Roll Call: 7:30 AM
Place: CSULB Pyramid

This tournament is for both Kyu and Dan divisions.
Please respond to this e-mail to kendo@butokuden.com by Thursday, July 23rd if you would like to participate at this tournament.
We also need Shinpan (referees) for this tournament (4 Dan or higher).

Thanks,

Taro Ariga

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Tournaments
*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)
1 dan, 2 dan,3 dan,4 dan, and 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 nitto, and no tsuki
Each dojo can submit up to 2 teams

Tournament Fee:  $20.00
Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission. However, they will be asked to pay a parking fee.

Volunteer: Three courts and front desk need volunteers

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