2017 SCKO Individual Championships (October 8, 2017) Registration

General Information:

  • Date/Time: October 8, 2017 (8:30AM – 8:45AM roll call. Tournament starts at 9AM)
  • Location: Edison High School (21400 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646)
  • RSVP: Monday, September 25, 2017. Please reply by sending the attached registration form to competition@socalkendo.org, and mailing the tournament fees to SCKO (1581 Browning, Irvine CA 92606).
  • We would like to cordially ask for your help in refereeing (4 Dan and up) at the tournament.
  • Fee: $20 all players
  • Bento: $10

Eligibility: All AUSKF Members. If the player is not an AUSKF member, a separate waiver form must be signed at registration.


  1. 9 & Under Boys & Girls
  2. 10-11 Boys & Girls
  3. 12-13 Boys & Girls
  4. 14-15 Boys
  5. 16-18 Boys
  6. 14-18 Girls
  7. Men’s 1-2 Dan (Eto Cup)
  8. Men’s 3-4 (Nakabara Cup)
  9. Men’s 5 Dan and Up (Hori Cup)
  10. Women’s Dan (Akune Cup)
  11. Adult Kyu (19 & Over) Men & Women – (Lorimer Cup)
  12. 55 Years and Over Dan Men & Women
  13. “5 Best Team Matches”

Nabeyama-sensei AUSKF Seminar Schedule 9/16/2017 (Sat)

Nabeyama-sensei AUSKF Seminar Schedule
Date: 9/16/2017 (Sat)
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Place: Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501
Dinner: China Buffett
Time: 5:30pm
Address: 3525 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505
Cost: $20 per person (including tax/tip)
9:30am – 10:00am Warm Up and Suburi
10:00am – 10:30am Footwork/Ashi-sabaki Drills
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:30am Basic Kihon practice (in respective groups)
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch (to be provided by AUSKF – small donation requested)
12:30pm – 1:15pm Q&A Session (be ready in bogu for next session)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Waza Practice (in respective groups)
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:00pm* Open Keiko. Kyu or 21 and under practice with Nabeyama-sensei
3:00pm – 3:30pm* Open Keiko. Yudansha (over 21) practice with Nabeyama-sensei
*Kodansha sensei’s please do motodachi as well
3:30pm – 4:00pm Group Pictures/Clean up etc. (Open keiko may be extended)

The 2017 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship

Please register using the form at the bottom of this post.

RSVP: June 27th, 2017

Date and Time: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
(Gym Open 7:00 AM, Registration 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM)
Place: John Burroughs High School, Gymnasium (Building 5)
1920 W Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Entree Fee: $20
Bento: $10

9-years old and younger
10-11 years old
12-13 years old
14-15 years old
16-18 years old
13-under girls
14-18 girls
No Bogu Division

Team Best 5 Divisions (One Team Per Dojo)

  • Sempo: 13 years and under
  • Jiho & Chuken: 15 Years and Under
  • Fukusho & Taisho: 18 years and Under


2017 SCKO Shinpan (Referee) Seminar

Date: 5/21/2017 @ Butokuden
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Godo keiko 3:45 – 4:45)

Instructor: Hori sensei 7 Dan, Ariga sensei 7 Dan and Okawa sensei 7 Dan
Participants: Kendo rank of 1 Dan and above (Over 14 years old)
Please come prepared with:
– Shinpan Ki (Referee Flags)
– Mejiryushi (Red/White Ribbon tags)
– Referee Booklet (2006 ver.)
– Kendo Dogu and Shinai

Please pay upon arrival: $10 Bento fee (Pay to: Southern California Kendo Organization) The deadline for the application is May 6th. Please send us back.

We need volunteers as player. Kyu rank and children are also welcome.
Could you please ask your dojo members. If anyone can participate as player, also please write their name on the list. This is very good opportunity for learning about referee and improving your skill. We are looking forward to many people taking this opportunity to attend!

2017 SCKO Memorial Kendo Tournament (Sunday, May 28th, 2017)

2017 SCKO Memorial Kendo Tournament (Sunday, May 28th, 2017)

Date : Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Location : Marina High School, 15871 Springdale Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Check-In Time 08:00a – 08:30a (Pacific Standard Time)
Registration & Payment Deadline : April 26, 2017

TEAM TOURNAMENT (three players per team) with the following divisions:
● 12 years and under Kids Division
● Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up)
● 13-15 years-old Youth Division
● 1st – 4th Dan Division, Over 39 Years Old
● 16-18 years-old Sr. Youth Division
● Yudansha Division

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

1) Bento will be provided for Shinpan at no charge
2) Maximum of 5 full-day volunteers per dojo will be provided with Bento at no charge

AUSKF and SCKO Annual Fees are due!

The annual AUSKF and SCKO fees are due soon. Please make checks payable to BUTOKUDEN Dojo for the following amount. If you are registering to AUSKF and SCKO for the first time (i.e. You have never registered before), there is an additional $10. In order to participate in tournaments, promotion exams, and seminars, you must be a member of SCKO and AUSKF.


Description Adult 17 & Under or full time Student
AUSKF Annual Fee $60 $30
SCKO Annual Fee $35 $25




Additional $10 fee for new member (they have never registered with AUSKF and does not have an AUSKF ID)


77th Nisei Week Kendo Tournament (April 30, 2017)

77th Nisei Week Kendo Tournament (April 30, 2017)

RSVP: April 12

Sunday 9AM, April 30, 2017
Sign in: 8AM to 8:30AM
@Almansor Park (indoor basketball gym), Alhambra

10 yrs & Under Kyu
11 ~ 13 yrs Kyu
14 ~ 15 yrs Kyu
Women Kyu (14 yrs & Over)
Adult 0-4 Kyu (16 yrs & Over)
Adult 3-1 Kyu (16 yrs & Over)
Team (please refer to entry packet for detail on composition of team)

Shinpan Meeting: 8:45AM.

Entry Fee $25.00
Bento $9.00

55th Anniversary San Jose Kendo Dojo Tournament (Sunday, May 21, 2017)

55th Annual San Jose Kendo Tournament

@ Independence High School, main gym,
1776 Educational Park Dr., San Jose, CA 95133

Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
check in by 8:30 AM
Starts at 9:00 AM

RSVP April 17, 2017
However, your generous donations are greatly appreciated

Bento for participants is complimentary and for guests is $10.00. Bento will be provided for Officials and Shinpan.

1. Categories:
Youth 10 years and under Youth
11-13 years old Youth
14-17 years old (kyu only)
Adult kyu,18 years and over
Open Women (any rank, 14 years and older)
Over 40 Women (any rank, 40 years and older) May also register in open women’s division, however, depending on the number of participants, may be restricted to one division.
1 dan – 2 dan
3 dan and higher
Seniors (50 years old and up, any rank)

2. Participant will be allowed to enter one (1) individual and one (1) team category only. (except women over 40 may enter both Over 40 Women and Open Women’s division. However, depending on the number of participants, may be restricted to one division)

3. Youth Team: Five person team. 17 years old and under, Kyu only. Two teams allowed.

4. Women’s Team: Three woman team (14 years and older). Two teams allowed.

5. Adult Team: Five person team. Two teams allowed. ***Dojo must have 2 members to have a team (Senpo and Taisho). A member from another dojo may be added to an incomplete team by tournament organizers.


SCKO Spring 2017 Kendo Promotion Exam (April 16, 2017) Registration Form

RSVP March 23, 2017 (Please use the form in located at the bottom of this post)

1. Date: April 16, 2017 (Sunday)
2. Time: Roll Call – Kyu Group: 9:00AM, Yudansha Group: 12:30PM
3. Place: Butokuden Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606
4. Application Deadline: Must be received no later than March 31, 2017. No Exceptions.
5. Examination Fee: Please see attached sheet
6. 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.
7. Examination Items: 6 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), (chakuso, reiho, hassei)
5 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), kote-men (twice), doh-uchi (twice), (chakuso, reiho,
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” 1-9
1 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu-no-sae, ki-ken-tai-ichi),
Nihon Kendo Kata 1-3 and written examination (no more “Bokuto Keiko hou”)
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) 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.

SCKO affiliated Dojo
Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00 $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $10.00 $20.00
1 Dan $15.00 $30.00
2 Dan $25.00 $40.00
3 Dan $35.00 $60.00
4 Dan $45.00 $80.00

Non SCKO affiliated Dojo

Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $30.00 $10.00
Kyu 18 years & above $40.00 $20.00
1 Dan $45.00 $30.00
2 Dan $55.00 $40.00
3 Dan $65.00 $60.00
4 Dan $75.00 $80.00

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.


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


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
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
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
16:00 Break Break Jigeiko (4 – 5)
17:00 Break Break Regular Butokuden Keiko
Junior 5 – 7PM
Break Regular Butokuden Keiko
Junior 5 – 7PM
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
Blue Shade is the practice
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)