2018 Mori Hai Tournament (January 21, 2018) Registration Form (for Butokuden Members)

RSVP January 4 (Thursday)

2018 Mori Hai Tournament

Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sign in: 8:00-8:30am
Location: Wilson Park, Torrance, CA

Divisions: (Participants can only enter ONE division)

  • 0-6 Kyu (age 13 and under)
  • 5-4 Kyu
  • 3-1 Kyu
  • Women’s Kyu (14 and older)
  • Adult Kyu
  • Women’s Dan
  • 1-2 Dan
  • 3-4 Dan
  • 5 Dan and above
  • Senior Group 1 (50-59)
  • Senior Group 2 (60+)

Tournament Regulations

  • Kyu 3 minutes, 2 minutes encho, hantei(except for semifinals & finals)
  • Dan 4 minutes, 2 minutes encho, hantei(except for semifinals & finals)

Tournament Fees:
17 and under: $15.00
18 & older and ALL Yudanshas: $20.00
Bentos: $9.00

2017 Butokuden Christmas Tournament & Party (December 17, 2017)

This is our Dojo’s biggest and last event of the year. I hope everyone can attend with your family!


Part 1: Tournament (it may vary depending on the progress):
10:30 Roll call
11:00 Opening ceremony
11:30 Junior Tournament Starts
12:30 Junior Finals
13:30 Adult’s Tournament
14:30 Martial Arts Demonstration
15:00 Adult’s Finals
15:30 Closing Ceremony. Awards Ceremony

Part 2: Christmas Party
16:00 Party preparation
16:30 Christmas Party Starts
Potluck Dinner, Games, Santa Claus Visit, Talent Show, Present Exchange
20:00 Party Close

1) Dinner will be Potluck, so please bring your favorite dishes.
2) Present donation are welcome for Game and Talent show prizes.
3) For present exchange, please bring a gift of the following amount: Kids: up to $5, Adults: up to $10

Divisions (May vary depending on the number of participants in each division):
1. Junior Non-Bogu A (5 – 7 years old)
2. Junior Non-Bogu B (7 – 14 years old)
3. Junior A (0 Kyu – 3 Kyu: 9 years old and under)
4. Junior B (0 Kyu – 3 Kyu: 10 – 14 years old)
5. Junior C (2 Kyu – 1 Kyu: 14 years old and under)
6. Junior D (15 – 18 years old)
7. Junior Girls (10 – 18 years old)
8. Adult Non-Bogu (15 years old and older)
9. Adult Kyu (19 years old and older)
10. Men’s Dan (1 Dan – 3 Dan: 19 years old and older)
11. Women’s Dan (1 Dan and up: 19 years old and older)
12. Masters (45 years old and older)
13. Sensei (4 Dan and up)
* Players in the following can participate in multiple divisions
(Adult Kyu, Men’s Dan, Women’s Dan in Masters)
(Junior Girls in Junior Division)
*Division 1 – 9 have qualifying round before tournament.
*Time: Division 3 – 7 & 9: 2 min, Division 10 – 13: 3 min (may change)

2017 SCKO Christmas Tournament Entry Form

Entry Fee: $0 per Competitor. Happy Holidays!
Date: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Place: West High School Gymnasium, 20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503

8:00 am Setup
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:30 am Tournament Starts.

Court Volunteers: Please provide volunteers from each dojo (at least 3-5 people/dojo). Volunteers, please arrive at 8:00 am for setup and training.

Lunch: Lunch will NOT be provided. Please bring your own special lunch.

Tournament Format:
Non-Bogu Matches : Single Elimination
• 14 & Under Non-Bogu Division
• 15 & Over Non-Bogu Division
See Rules and Regulation for Format
Non-Dan Kids Under 12
• 9 years old & under (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 4 kyu or greater (Boys & Girls)
• 10-12 years old, 1-3 kyu (Boys & Girls)
• Over 13 years old, Women’s Kyu
• Under 40 years old, Women’s Dan
• 40 years old & above, Women’s Dan
Men’s Kyu
• 13-16 years old Men’s Kyu
• Over 17 years old Men’s Kyu
Men’s Dan
• 13-16 years old Men’s 1-2Dan
• 17-29 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan
• 30 years old and above Men’s 1-2 Dan
• Men’s 3-5 Dan (All Ages)
• 6 Dan up (All ages)
1. Individual Match : **Divisions subject to change depending on registration**
2. East-West Special Team Match: If time is allowed.

1. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).

2. Tsuki Waza and Jodan are authorized for over 16 years old only AND MUST HAVE Dan Rank.

3. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing one’s own Me-Jirushi

4. Tournament brackets will be made right before the tournament. Depending on the number of participants, some divisions may be combined with others.

Tournament Format and Time:

 Individual
NON-BOGU Group Round 1: Men (2), Kote (2), Do (2)
Round 2: Kirikaeshi (1set)
Round 3: Kote-Men (2), Kote-Do (2), KoteMen-Do (2)
Winner: Decision by Hantei

KYU Group 2 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho

DAN Group 3 minutes 3 Point Match /Unlimited Encho

*KYU & DAN Group: Semifinal and Final will be Unlimited Encho,

 Grand Championship 3 minutes 3 Point Match / Unlimited Encho,

 East –West Match 2 minutes / 3 point match No Encho KACHINUKI Match.
(In the case of a tie, the next kenshi from each team will compete)

SCKO Fall Promotion Exam (Sunday, November 19, 2017) Butokuden Members Only!

1. Date: November 19, 2017 (Sunday)
2. Time: Roll Call – Kyu Group: 9:00AM, Yudansha Group: 12:30PM
3. Place: Butokuden Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606
4. Application Deadline: Butokuden Members: October 26, 2017
5. Examination Fee: Please see below
6. Applicants Must Bring: All ranks must bring own Kendo-gu, neat Keiko-gi and Hakama, and Shinai.
3 Kyu and Up, bring Bokuto for taking “Bokuto Keiko hou” (Training Method for fundamental kendo techniques with Bokuto) and Nihon Kendo Kata exams.
1 Kyu and Up, bring completed Written Test Questionnaire.
7. Examination Items: 6 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), (chakuso, reiho, hassei)
5 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, Men-uchi (twice), kote-men (twice), doh-uchi (twice), (chakuso, reiho, hassei)
4 Kyu: Kirikaeshi, gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei)
3 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei), “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1-4
2 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu-no-sae), “Bokuto Keiko hou” 1-9
1 Kyu: Gokaku-keiko, (chakuso, kamae, reiho, hassei, datotsu-no-sae, ki-ken-tai-ichi), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-3 and written examination (no more “Bokuto Keiko hou”)
1 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is skilled and has learned the basics of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-5, and written examination
2 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is finely skilled and has acquired the basics of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-7, and written examination
3 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is superbly skilled and has expertise in the basics of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-10, and written examination
4 Dan: Gokaku-keiko (one who is exceptionally skilled and has mastered the basics and applied use of kendo), Nihon Kendo Kata 1-10, and written examination
8. Volunteers Required: Please see attached volunteer request letter

(*1) All 1 Kyu and 1-4 Dan taking the exam must complete the attached written examination prior to the exam date. They must submit this on the day of the exam. Written examination is the last state of your promotion exam.
(*2) Please distribute copies of attached Written Test Questionnaire to your dojo members for this purpose.
(*3) Examinees who successfully pass all stages of the rank exam MUST pay Certificate (Menjo) fee at the day of the exam, after the results are announced. Without paying the certificate fee on the day of the exam, the passed rank will be annulled.
(*4) AUSKF issues only English certificates.
(*5) All examinees must be a member of AUSKF and pay their annual fee before submitting for examination.

Exam Fee:

SCKO affiliated Dojo
Exam Fee Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under $10.00 $20.00
Kyu 18 years & above $10.00 $30.00
1 Dan $15.00 $50.00
2 Dan $25.00 $60.00
3 Dan $35.00 $80.00
4 Dan $45.00 $100.00

2017 SCKO Shinpan Seminar (October 1, 2017)

Butokuden Dojo Members:

SCKO is planning to have a Shinpan(Referee) Seminar on October 1st (Sunday).
The information is following.

Date: 10/1 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Godo keiko 4:00 – 4:45 if we have time.)
Location: Butokuden
Instructor: Head Instructor Hori sensei and 6,7 dan sensei
Participants: Kendo rank of 1 Dan and above (Over 14years old)
Please come prepared with:
– Shinpan Ki (Referee Flags)
– Mejiryushi (Red/White Ribbon tags)
– Referee Booklet (2006 ver.)
– Kendo Dogu and Shinai

Please pay upon arrival: $10 Bento fee (Pay to: Southern California Kendo Organization)
The deadline for the application is Sep 23rd. Please send us back.

We need volunteers as player. Kyu rank and children are also welcome.
Could you please ask your dojo members.
If anyone can participate as player, also please write their name on the list.

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!

2017 SCKO Individual Championships (October 8, 2017) Registration

General Information:

  • Date/Time: October 8, 2017 (8:30AM – 8:45AM roll call. Tournament starts at 9AM)
  • Location: Edison High School (21400 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646)
  • RSVP: Monday, September 25, 2017. Please reply by sending the attached registration form to competition@socalkendo.org, and mailing the tournament fees to SCKO (1581 Browning, Irvine CA 92606).
  • We would like to cordially ask for your help in refereeing (4 Dan and up) at the tournament.
  • Fee: $20 all players
  • Bento: $10

Eligibility: All AUSKF Members. If the player is not an AUSKF member, a separate waiver form must be signed at registration.


  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. 55 Years and Over Dan Men & Women
  13. “5 Best Team Matches”

Nabeyama-sensei AUSKF Seminar Schedule 9/16/2017 (Sat)

Nabeyama-sensei AUSKF Seminar Schedule
Date: 9/16/2017 (Sat)
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Place: Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90501
Dinner: China Buffett
Time: 5:30pm
Address: 3525 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, CA 90505
Cost: $20 per person (including tax/tip)
9:30am – 10:00am Warm Up and Suburi
10:00am – 10:30am Footwork/Ashi-sabaki Drills
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 11:30am Basic Kihon practice (in respective groups)
11:30am – 12:30pm Lunch (to be provided by AUSKF – small donation requested)
12:30pm – 1:15pm Q&A Session (be ready in bogu for next session)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Waza Practice (in respective groups)
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 3:00pm* Open Keiko. Kyu or 21 and under practice with Nabeyama-sensei
3:00pm – 3:30pm* Open Keiko. Yudansha (over 21) practice with Nabeyama-sensei
*Kodansha sensei’s please do motodachi as well
3:30pm – 4:00pm Group Pictures/Clean up etc. (Open keiko may be extended)

2017 17th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament


17th Nikkei Games: Budo Tournament (Kendo)

Date: August 6, 2017

Roll Call: 8:30 AM

Place: CSULB, Pyramid


*Yudansha Divisions (Regular Tournament)

    1 Dan, 2 Dan, 3 Dan, 4 Dan & Up, Women’s Dan

    Rules: 4 minutes, Unlimited Extension

*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)

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

                3 minutes, no extension

*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 down.

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

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

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


Volunteer: volunteers needed for court duty and front desk help


The 2017 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship

Please register using the form at the bottom of this post.

RSVP: June 27th, 2017

Date and Time: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
(Gym Open 7:00 AM, Registration 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM)
Place: John Burroughs High School, Gymnasium (Building 5)
1920 W Clark Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

Entree Fee: $20
Bento: $10

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 Divisions (One Team Per Dojo)

  • Sempo: 13 years and under
  • Jiho & Chuken: 15 Years and Under
  • Fukusho & Taisho: 18 years and Under


2017 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku Registration Form (July 22 – 23, 2017)

2017 Annual Butokuden Winery Kendo Gasshuku

(Picture from last year. See more pictures on the bottom of this post)

We will have our annual Winery Gasshuku as follows:

Date/Time (July 22 – 23, 2017):
July 22
1 – 4 PM: Kendo Practice
5 – ? : Wine and BBQ

July 23:
8:30 – 9:30: Asageiko (Morning Practice)
Dismissal after practice

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

Kendo Practice Location:
Anderson Recreation Center,
125 West Walnut Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436

Wine/BBQ Location:
300 North 12 Street, Lompoc, 93436
This is the Winery.


Dojo Rental: It will depend on the number of participants, and we will split among the adult Kenshis.
Adult Kenshi: $10 – 20 (we will split the cost, so more people, it will be cheaper!)
18 and under: $0

Wine & BBQ:
Adult: $25
18 and Under: $5


Everyone to book the hotel on your own. Suggestion is to book near the winery, so you do not have to drive after the BBQ.

Looking forward to a big participation!



Pictures from last year winery Gasshuku: