Aikido Kids class starts!!

We will starts Aikido kids class from 4:15 to 5:15 on Monday and Thursday, just before the adults’ class.
This class open for 5-12 years old.
Instructor is Valentin. And Aikido students will help him teach.

It is good chance for kids to start new martial arts in Irvine,California!

Kim Kyung Nam Sensei Visit to BUTOKUDEN Dojo

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members and Friends:

We will have Kim Kyung Nam sensei to visit BUTOKUDEN dojo on the following days. Everyone is welcome to join our open practice.

Wednesday, June 9
Wednesday June 16
7:00 – 9:00PM (Please be on time)

Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo
17346 Eastman
Irvine, CA 92614-5522

I have known Kim sensei for over 20 years, and he is definitely one of the strongest Kendo players I have practiced with. He has participated in various WKCs, representing Korea. I am sure it will be a great experience even just to watch his Kendo.

Taro Ariga & Kim Kyung Nam

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Taro

Kyudo Promotion test in Tokyo

It held Kyudo promotion test in Tokyo.
This is the students from Butokuden who passed this time!
Congratulations!

Takahashi Hoshina – Shodan
Akemi Kotaki – 3 Dan
Sara Kurachi – 3 Dan
Toshitsugu Fujimura – 3 Dan
Jeremy Cail – 4 Dan
George Nakashima – 5 Dan
Masatsugu Owaki – Renshi

Congratulations!!

Steveston 2010

Every year, I go to Steveston Tournament in Vancouver Canada. This is a tournament that I have been going since the 80s, and it has become an yearly event for me. There are participants from all over Canada (West to east), from the USA, Hawaii, and sometimes Mexico. This year, due to the Winter Olympics, the tournament was postponed to May, instead of the usual February.

This year again, the number of participants were well over 300.

Butokuden sent a team and we came 3rd place in the team matches, losing to SCKO team, which was composed with the last US Team. In the individual matches, I came 3rd place, in the 4 Dan and above division.

Here is the 3rd place team.

From 100508-Steveston

Also the link for some of the pictures…

Taro Ariga

SCKO Shinpan Seminar & May 2010 Godogeiko Announcement

SCKO will be holding a Shinpan Seminar on Sunday, May 16th, 2010 at OSULA. We strongly encourage all 3 Dan and above Kenshis to participate at this event. We will have our May Godogeiko after the Shinpan Seminar.

Date: Sunday May 16, 2010
Shinpan Seminar 9:00AM – 3:00PM (Registration starts at 8:30AM)
SCKO Godogeiko 3:15PM – 5:00PM

Place: OSULA Kendo Dojo
3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City CA 91604

Eligibility: 3-Dan and Over (SCKO/WKF)

Instructor: Kyoshi 7 Dan Hori-Sensei (SCKO)
Kyoshi 7 Dan Nakashima-Sensei (SCKO)

Requirement: – Uniform: Kendogi/Hakama
– Need to bring Shinpan Flag and FIK Kendo Rules and regulation book
– All participants are required to do Shiai, so bring your Bogu
All Juniors are required to do Shiai

Event Schedule: 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Shinpan Seminar
3:15PM – 5:00PM: Godogeiko (Juniors and adults)

Lunch: $6:50 each (Please make check payable to SCKO)

SCKO and SCKF Junior Godogeiko (May 2, 2010)

Today we had the Joint Junior Godogeiko between SCKO and SCKF. It was a great practice and we had many participants from both organizations. I would like to thank all parents who took their time to bring the kids to practice. I am sure it was a great experience for all kids.

At the end of practice, we had a goodwill Shiai and here are the results. Thank you Natsuko-san, for keeping the tournament records.

SCKO vs SCKF Godogeiko (May 2, 2010) Shiai

by Natsuko Takahashi

COURT A

SCKO

SCKF

Sempo

Arata

OO

Suzuki

Jiho

Yamada

O

Horii

Sansho

Kentaro

OO

O

Sugiyama

Chuken

Gaku

OO

Nagatani

Rokusho

Sugeta

O

Nogimura

Nanasho

Sayaka

OO

Arima

Fukusho

Ogikubo

OO

O

Nagasawa

Taisho

Shintaro

OO

Chan

Daihyo

Ogikubo

O

Nogimura

Wins

4

4

Points

8

8

Daihyo

1

COURT B

SCKO

SCKF

Sempo

Tateda

OO

Hakamada

Jiho

Miyazaki

X

X

Hiki

Sansho

Sasaki

OO

Yonsho

Ian

O

OO

Kan

Chuken

Kato

OO

Rokusho

Yamamoto

O

Oft

Nanasho

Cozo

O

OO

Suzuki

Fukusho

Hutchinson

X

X

Yoon

Taisho

Hutchinson

OO

Kobayashi

Daihyo

Maeda

OO

Kim

Wins

4

4

Points

10

7

COURT C

SCKO

SCKF

Sempo

Miyazato

X

X

Roford

Jiho

Hanako

OO

Kim

Sansho

Gen

O

Shin

Yonsho

Kiuchi

OO

Mizobe

Chuken

Ryo

O

Sato

Rokusho

Brandon

OO

Hakamada

Nanasho

Haruna

OO

Tamaki

Fukusho

Kumagai

OO

Makiuchi

Taisho

Honma

O

O

Watanabe

Daihyo

Lee

OO

O

Choi

Wins

4

4

Points

7

10

Butokuden Kyudo Member joined the Inaugural Kyudo World Cup!!

On April 21st, 2010 the American Kyudo Team USA will be flying to Japan to compete in the Inaugural Kyudo World Cup. The competition will pit the Team USA members against teams from all around the world, including Germany, France, England and Japan. The World Cup will be held every three years and is considered the Olympics of Kyudo. The team members are Doug Sakurai Renshi 5th Dan, Maria Peterson Renshi 5th Dan and Masa Owaki 5th Dan. Both Doug and Masa are from Butokuden Dojo in Irvine California, and are members of the Southern California Kyudo Renmei. Maria is a member of the Northern California Kyudo Federation.

SCKO Jr Kendo Godogeiko with SCKF Jr

To all SCKO Juniors:

I hope everyone is practicing very hard.

I have spoken to Chris Yang Sensei (SCKF Junior Coach) and we are planning to do a Godogeiko with the SCKF Juniors.

Location: Norwalk Dojo
Date/Time: Sunday May 2, 9AM 9 – 12AM
Meeting time: 8:30AM
Address:
Norwalk Kendo Dojo
14615 Gridley Rd
Norwalk CA 90650


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NOTE: This practice is open to ALL JUNIORS (not only the ones that will be going to the AUSKF Championships). SO EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

This is a great opportunity to meet people at your age group, make new friends, and have a great time at practice.  Hope to see you all.

Taro Ariga

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