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 – 8 years old
(2) Kendo Junior Advanced
This class is for children who have completed the Kid’s Kendo class and/or have been approved by the Sensei (instructor) to proceed to the next level. Older children, with limited experience in Kendo, may be able to attend this class, upon Sensei’s approval. This class is taught in two separate groups: With Bogu and without Bogu.
Bogu 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.
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 Bogu class.
Every year, there are various tournaments hosted by the Southern California Kendo Federation (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 ages 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
E-BOGU.COM Inc. CEO
Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) Coach
Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) Director of Education
Portugal National Team Coach
BUTOKUDEN Dojo Founder
Represented Canada in the 7th World Kendo Championships in Korea 1988 (Bronze Medal)
Canadian Kendo Championships 1990 (Gold Medal)
2009 World Kendo Championships Portuguese National Kendo Team Coach (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Taro Ariga’s Kendo Blog: http://www.kendomagazine.com/
|Pilsoo Kim (Kendo 5th Dan) BUTOKUDEN Kendo Instructor|
|Shin Terashita (Kendo 4th Dan)
Achievement:Osaka Prefecture University Varsity Kendo Captain
Participated at All Japan University Championships
Mie Prefecture High School Championships Team 2nd Place
|Steven Hsueh (Kendo 4th Dan) Achievement:
UCLA Kendo Club Co-Founder
UCLA Kendo Club Captain Tournament Results:
2005 All USA Kendo Federation Championships, SCKO Men’s Team (2nd Place)
2006 Harvard Shoryuhai Team Championships (1st Place)
|Jason Kang (Kendo 4th Dan) Achievement:
Kendo instructor at Kuk-Sa Dojo in Seoul Korea
A board member of Sung-Nam Si Kendo ClubTournament Results:
2011 Kyung-Gi Do Kum-Nong Championships (1st Place)
2010 Sung-Nam Si Championships (2nd place)
|Ippei Iwata (Kendo 4th Dan)
|Minako Harigai (Kendo 3rd Dan)
Assistant Instructor Niigata prefecture High school Team Championships (1st place)
Hokushinetsu Area High School Team Championships (1st Place)
Hokushinetsu Area High School Individual Championships (3rd Place)
PNKF North American Women’s Taikai (2nd Place)
2012 Southern California Championships (1st Place)
|Yuko Saito (Kendo 3rd Dan)