Welcome to Butokuden Kendo Dojo!
BUTOKUDEN Dojo is one of the largest Kendo Dojos in the USA, and we currently have four levels of Kendo classes. Our instructors are well qualified instructors with international competition experiences, with extensive experience in teaching Kendo. Our Juniors won the National tournaments in 2012. Our Dojo is a member of Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO), which is affiliated with AUSKF (All USA Kendo Federation), as well as the IKF (International Kendo Federation).
(1) Kid’s Kendo
This class focuses on teaching basic movements such as footwork, Suburi (basic Shinai movement), as well as important etiquette and manners in the Dojo, for kids who are just starting Kendo. We make Kendo fun at the same time, we teach the manners.
Age group: 5 – 7 years old
(2) Kendo Junior (Basic/Advanced)
This class is divided into two separate groups, Basic and Advanced. Basic group focuses in children just starting Kendo, without wearing Bogu (Kendo Equipment gear). The Advanced group focuses in children who have completed the Basic Kendo class and/or have been approved by the Sensei (instructor) to proceed to the next level.
Advanced group: Advanced techniques are taught. Basic and advanced movements with Kendo Bogu are taught in more depth including Kirikaeshi, Uchikomi, Kakarigeiko, Ouyou Waza, Competition techniques, and much more.
Basic (Non-Bogu) Group: Basic movements, such as Suburi, foot work, Kirikaeshi is taught in this class. After mastering this basic movements, students are tested in order to advance to the Advanced Bogu class.
Every year, there are various tournaments hosted by the Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) and All USA Kendo Federation (AUSKF) which students are allowed to attend, upon Sensei’s approval. Our children did extremely well in the past tournament, placing #1 in the USA.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 – 6:45PM
Age group: 7 – 15 years old (or equivalent level)
Fee: $50/Month (Under Shodan), $45/Month (Shodan)
(3) Kendo for All Ages
This class is focused for High School and older and adults. We have a variety of levels in this class so everyone is welcome. For advanced people, we run a full advanced technique classes, with high level Wazas and competition techniques. For beginners, Senseis and Sempais will help you so you can start practicing with more advanced people. We also have lessons for people just starting Kendo. This class is taught divided in two groups: With Bogu and without Bogu.
Age group: Adults
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00PM
$50/Month (Under Shodan)
$30/Month (Yondan and up)
(4) Kendo Open Keiko
This class is open Jigeiko (Free practice). Senseis will also put on their Bogu and do Jigeiko. We have occasional guests from different Dojos. It is a great opportunity to practice and try your skills. You must wear Bogu in order to join this class.
Age group: All
Time: Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:15PM
|Taro Ariga (Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan)
BUTOKUDEN Kancho – Kendo Head Instructor
BUTOKUDEN Dojo Founder
Represented Canada in the 7th World Kendo Championships in Korea 1988 (Bronze Medal)
Canadian Kendo Championships 1990 (Gold Medal)
Represented Canada two times at the Nakakura-Ki Tournament
2014 All USA Championships (2nd Place Team)
2009 World Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
2011 All USA Kendo Championships Southern California Kendo Organization Team Coach
Ariga’s Kendo Blog: http://www.kendomagazine.com/
|Pilsoo Kim (Kendo 5th Dan) BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor|
|Shin Terashita (Kendo 4th Dan)
BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor
Osaka Prefecture University Varsity Kendo Captain
Mie Prefecture High School Championships Team 2nd Place
|Nagisa Komorida (Kendo 4th Dan)
BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor
|Steven Hsueh (Kendo 4th Dan)
UCLA Kendo Club Co-Founder
|Jason Kang (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Ippei Iwata (Kendo 4th Dan)
MWKF Tournament Team Division (2nd Place)
|Minako Harigai (Kendo 3rd Dan)
|Yuko Saito (Kendo 3rd Dan)