SCKO Shinpan Seminar

RSVP September 20th

Date:               9/30 (Sunday)

Time:               9:00 AM to 4:00PM  (Godo keiko 4:00 – 4:45 if we have time.)

Location:        Butokuden

Instructor:      7dan sensei

Participants:   Kendo rank of 1 Dan and above (Over 14years old)(If you are under 1 Dan or 14 years old, you can join as volunteer.)

Please come prepared with:

– Shinpan Ki (Referee Flags)
– Mejiryushi (Red/White Ribbon tags)
– Referee Booklet (2006 ver.)
– Kendo Dogu and Shinai

We need volunteers as player. Kyu rank and children are also welcome.

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!

2018 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships



Date/Time: October 14, 2018 (8:15AM – 8:30AM roll call. Tournament starts at 9AM)

Location: West High School (20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503 )

Entry Fees: $20 (individual divisions – per person)

Bento Fees: $10 per person
1) Bento will be provided for all Shinpans at no charge
2) Maximum of 5 full-day volunteers per dojo will be provided with                                Bento at no charge

Tournament Divisions:
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) 50 Years and Over Dan Men & Women – (Takenaka Cup)
13) “5 Best Team Matches”

Rules: for Individual
 Tournament will follow FIK Rules and Regulations.
Each person can only participate in “One division” and is responsible for bringing their own MEJIRUSHI (Red/White
 Nito-ryu is not allowed for Mudansha and 18 years and under divisions.
 Tsuki, Jodan, are not allowed for Mudansha and 14-15boys under divisions.
 Time Limit: All Round Robin matches (2 minutes and No Encho – Hantei), Tournament Round Matches (3 minutes and
Encho-Ippon Shobu),
 Time Limit: All Yudansha Divisions (3 minutes and Encho-Ipponshobu)

Rules: for Team
 Team Match: 5 person team (Anyone: all age, gender, rank)
 – If an Yudansha adult and a youth were to have a match, we will honor the Yudansha rules. This will allow the Yudansha to do Jo-dan, Ni-to, and Tsuki.
 – For those youth entering the team match, please make sure they are old and capable enough to fight against adults. We suggest youth in high school.
 “5 Best Team Matches”: (3 minutes and No Encho )
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.

In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth division teams at all times.

2018 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form (SEP 1 – 2, 2018)

2018 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form

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


Some pictures from 2017 winery gasshuku


We will have our annual Winery Gasshuku as follows:

Date/Time (September 1-2, 2018)
SEP 1:
1-4 PM: Kendo Practice
5-??: Wine and BBQ
SEP 2:
8:30-9:30AM: Asageiko (Morning Practice)
Dismissal after practice


Lompoc Recreational Center
124 W Walnut, Lompoc, CA 93436
Same as last year.


Kessler-Haak Vineyard
1700 Gypsy Canyon Road, Lompoc, CA 93436
Check it out! Beautiful winery!

Dojo rental:
It will depend on the number of participants, and we will split among the adult Kenshis!
Adult Kenshis: $10-20 (we will split the cost, so the more the merrier!!)
18 & Under: $0 FREE

Wine and BBQ:
Adult: $30
18 & Under: $5

Everyone to book the hotel on their own!


Looking forward to a BIG participation!

Women’s World Kendo Champion (Yukiko Takami) Visit to Butokuden (July 17)

We will be hosting a special practice with the 2009 World Kendo Champion in the Women’s Division, Yukiko Takami, on July 17.

We will have guests from other Dojos too, so we will have a special practice schedule:

5:00 – 5:45 PM: Junior warm up

6:00 – 8:00 PM: Junior and Adult joint practice, conducted by Takami sensei

8:15 – 10:00 PM: Welcome party (POTLUCK)

Here is her final match at the 14th World Kendo Championships (Red side)

Please fill out the form below for the Welcome Party/Potluck!

18th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament Registration Form

18th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament (Kendo)

RSVP JULY 19, 2018

Date: August 5, 2018

Roll Call: 8:30 AM

Place: CSULB Pyramid –

1250 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840

CSULB has a parking fee

Reminders – Tournament entry includes a Commemorative T-shirts. Please be sure to include sizes with the entry.

Also, kindly make sure all DOB information is correct when submitting your dojo’s final entry.


*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)

    1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, 4 Dan & Up, Women’s Dan, Adult Kyu (18 yrs & over)

    Rules: 4 minutes, Unlimited Extension

*No jodan, no nito, and no tsuki allow for Adult Kyu*



*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)

Youth Girl Kyu (3 kenshi, 16 years of age and under, open division, mix and match of  

team members from other dojo/federation allowed)

Rules: Each Dojo can submit up to 2 teams in each division

                3 minutes, no extension

              *No jodan, no nito, and no tsuki allow


*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          


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

BENTO Fee: $10.00

◦ Officials, staff members, spectators, and volunteers have FREE admission.

* There will be fee for car park at CSULB parking lot

The history of Nikkei Game dates back to 1928, and since then it has became the largest Asian sport competition event in the U.S..  The budo tournament also offer unique experience not found anywhere it that all three martial art sports (Judo, Karate, Kendo) all compete on the same venue at same time.

Volunteer: volunteers needed for court duty and front desk help

2018 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship Registration Form (Butokuden members only)

2018 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship

RSVP BY JUNE 5th, 2018

Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018
(Gymnasium open 7am – Registration 8-8:30am)

Location: John Burroughs High School, Gymnasium (Building 5)
1920 W. Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

  • This championship will be open to all Kendo Students 18-years old and younger regardless of rank.
  • The aggregate scholarship amount is $10,000.
  • The trophies and award certificates will be presented in addition to the scholarships.
  • Each participant will receive a Championship souvenir.
  • Entry Fee: $20 & Lunch Box: $10 (In order to receive a lunch box, participants must pre-order their lunches. Drinks are included. Complimentary lunch boxes will be provided to shinpans/referees)


  • Host: Western Kendo Federation
  • Title Sponsor: Education for Next Generation Organization (ENGO)
  • Volunteers: Youth Volunteers Organization (YVO)
  • Accounting: ABC CPAs


  • 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 Division (One Team Per Dojo)
    • Senpo: 13 years old and under
    • Jiho/Chuken: 15 years old and under
    • Fukusho/Taisho: 18 years old and under


  • This Championships will be OPEN to all Dojos associated with AUSKF (All United States Kendo Federation).
  • Each individual is only eligible to participate in a single individual division – Girls are allowed to compete in one of either Girls Individual Division or Boys Individual Division.
  • Time Limit: 3 minutes with unlimited additional time thereafter
  • No Bogu Division participants will perform:
    • Kirikaeshi, Men, Kote, Kote-Men, Kote-Do
    • All skills will be performed two times, with the exception of kirikaeshi
  • Only one team from each Dojo can participate in the Team Best 5 Division:
    • Team matches in the Team Best 5 Division will consist of 5 members selected from each age group as outlined above
    • Time Limit: 3 minutes
    • Tie matches will be determined by one point match (ippon-shoubu)
  • Tsuki (neck attack) is valid only for 16-18 years old age group in the individual and Team (Captain/Taisho) Championships. Jodan will only be allowed in the 16-18 year old age group for Boys Individual and Boys Team Match.
  • 1st Round of Match format will be round robin and 2nd Round format will be tournament brackets.
  • The format of individual and team matches are subject to change depending on the number of participants.
  • All other rules will comply with standard rules and regulations set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).


  • 4-Dan and Up on a volunteer basis

2018 SCKO Memorial Day Kendo Team Tournament Registration Form (Butokuden members only)


SCKO will be hosting the 2018 Memorial Day Kendo Team Tournament on Sunday, May 27th, 2018.

  1. Date:             Sunday, May 27th, 2018 (Memorial Weekend Sunday)
  1. Location: Cabrillo High School: 2001 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810
  1. Roll Call:       On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:15am to 8:30 am.
  1. Eligibility:        Must be a Valid AUSKF Member
  1. Event:              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 40 Years Old
●      16-18 years-old Sr. Youth Division ●     Yudansha Division
  1. Fees: (non-refundable)

18 years and under                       $15.00 per person

19 years and up                             $20.00 per person

Bento (Lunch box):                        $10.00 per person


1) Bento will be provided for all Shinpans at no charge 

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


  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 arrangements.
  2. Teams are free to make a fun and creative team name. SCKO reserves the right and discretion to edit names if deemed inappropriate or offensive.
  3. 2 CONTACT PERSONS over the age of 18 must 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 15th, 2018
  7. Age as of May 28th, 2018
  8. Each person can only participate in one divisionand 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.


  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:
  5. A) Highest number of individual winners
  6. B) If the number of individual winners is the same, the highest number of points scored.
  7. 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.

78th Nisei Week Kendo Tournament – May 6th, 2018

78th Nisei Week Kendo Tournament – Sunday, MAY 6th 2018 (KYU ONLY)

RSVP BY APRIL 20, 2018

: 8-8:30am

Location: Almansor Park (Indoor Basketball Gym) 
800 S. Almansor Ave. Alhambra, CA

(Participants can only enter 1 division excluding team)

  • 10yrs and under
  • 11-13 yrs
  • 14-15 yrs
  • Women’s (14 yrs and up)
  • Adult 0-4 Kyu (16 yrs and up)
  • Adult 3-1 Kyu (16yrs and up)

Time Limit:
Individual matches –3 minutes, 2 minute extension, hantei (EXCEPT semifinals and final)

Team Matches – 3 minutes, NO extension

*Tournament will follow SCKF Tournament Rules and Regulations, Ver 3.1, 01/2009

For all divisions: NO Tsuki. NO Jodan. A participant may only use the chudan position to strike from. A Strike from other non-chudan kamae will not be considered as a valid point.

Tounament Fees:
15 yrs and under – $15.00
16 yrs and over – $20.00
Bento – $9.00 ea.

56th Annual San Jose Tournament (May 20, 2018) Registration Form

RSVP BY APRIL 19, 2018

The tournament will be held Sunday, May 20th, 2018, at Leigh High School, main gym.

The address is:

5210 Leigh Ave., San Jose, CA, 95124

All participants must check in by 8:30am. The tournament will begin promptly at 9am. There is no entry fee, but your generous donations are greatly appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE: Categories subject to change depending upon the number of entries.

  1. Youth 10 yrs and under
  2. Youth 11-13 yrs old
  3. Youth 14-17 yrs old (kyu only)
  4. Adult Kyu, 18 yrs and up
  5. Open Women (any rank, 14 yrs and up)
  6. Over 40 Women (any rank, 40 yrs and up) May also register in open women’s division, however, depending on the number of participants, may be restricted to one division.
  7. 1-2 Dan
  8. 3 Dan and up
  9. Seniors (50 yrs old and up, any rank)
  10. Participants 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.
  11. Youth Team: 5 person team. 17 yrs and under, Kyu only. 2 Teams allowed
  12. Women’s Team: 3 woman team (14 yrs and up). 2 teams allowed.
  13. Adult Team: 5 person team. 2 Teams allowed.
  14. 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.