Seo Sensei (Executive Vice President of Korean Kumdo Federation for Social Members
) will be visiting our Dojo on December 10. We will have an open practice starting at 7PM. Thanks to Kim sensei, we were able to arrange Seo Sensei’s visit to our Dojo, during his busy schedule here in the USA.
I have known Seo Sensei from a long time ago, and he took very good care of me when I went to Korea for Kendo training back in 2001. He was also one of the referees who refereed my match at the 11WKC in 2000 (Semi Finals, Taisho match Canada x Japan). You can watch that match on Youtube. Keep your calendar open. It will be a great opportunity to practice with a high ranking sensei from Korea.
This is a special message from SCKO Secretary Okawa Sensei.
Shodai Sensei was part of the Japanese team. I would strongly recommend attending this seminar, and feel how a All Japan level is.
You can watch his video against USA here.
Special Seminar with All Japan Kendo Champion
We will have a special kendo seminar with the 2008 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kenji Shodai. It is an excellent opportunity to learn great kendo and we encourage your attendance.
Date: November 21st, Saturday
Place: Wilson Park 2200 Crenshaw Blvd Torrance, CA 90501
Time: 3:00 PM Start (arrive early)
Instructor: Shodai Kenji Sensei, 5dan
Kanagawa Police Department
2008 All Japan Kendo Tournament Champion
Content: Basics of Kendo seminar
Offence to JODAN stance
Defense to JODAN stance
Eligibility: SCKO, SCKF and Western Kendo Federation members
Welcome party for Shodai Sensei
We are inviting Shodai Sensei to dinner and people are welcome to attend the party!
Place: Sea Empress restaurant 1636 W Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, California 90247
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Party fee: $30 per parson includes TAX. (Does NOT include Liquor & drinks)
Please RSVP by November 6 by filling out the form below:
SCKO Individual Tournament is the largest Individual Tournament hosted by our Federation, and divisions are available for all ages and ranks. Last year, we won medals in various divisions. Hopefully, we can repeat that again this year. I strongly recommend participating at this tournament.
For beginners without Bogu, it will be a very good opportunity to come and watch high level skills, and cheer for your Dojo.
Takahashi sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan) from Kyoto has been invited to run a Kendo Seminar at the Covina Dojo Anniversary Keiko. Everyone is invited to join this seminar, but I have to submit the names by October 26.
Please respond using the form below by October 23. The application form is below:
I am trying to automate the process as much as I can, in order to minimize everyone’s work, so I would appreciate if you could fill out this form (I apologize for the double entry for people that have already sent me the information, but please re-enter.) It will automatically update my database. This promotion exam is for people eligible to apply for 6 Kyu and up, up to 4 Dan. Our Dojo minimum requirement is to have been practicing Kendo with Bogu for the last 3 months. The age requirements and Kata requirements are also listed in this link.
For people trying for 1 Kyu and up, I encourage you to start mastering the Kendo Kata from now. There is no point of just doing the Kata for exam purpose only. Kata incorporates all the basic movements in Kendo, and by mastering the Kendo Kata, your Kendo techniques will improve. If you have any questions about the Kata, please ask the Senseis and Senpais at the Dojo.
SCKO Kyu and Dan Exam
Date: November 22, 2009
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced
1dan: Trained over 3 month after granting of 1kyu (Age: 14 years and older)
2dan: Trained over 1 year after granting of 1dan
3dan: Trained over 2 years after granting of 2dan
4dan: Trained over 3 years after granting of 3dan
Today, we had a Kendo Demonstration at the the Seal Beach Pier, for the Japanese Kite festival. Many of our Dojo members came to help us. Ryo, Riki, Ian, Cozo, Shion, Leon, Arata, Hiroyuki and Haruna. It was a good turn out, there were a lot of people watching. But it was kind of too windy, so the sand dust was pretty strong.
“From July 27-August 1, twenty five kyudo students from Southern California, including many from Butokuden dojo will be traveling to Spartanburg, South Carolina for our annual American Kyudo Seminar. There will be 5 days of instruction from three Hachidan Hanshi instructors sent from Japan and an opportunity to test for rank on August 1. Good luck to all those students testing. There will be no kyudo class at Butokuden on July 27th.”