2024 Mori Hai Tournament (January 18, 2024) RSVP 1/23/2024

RSVP 1/23/2024

Date: Sunday, February 18th, 2024
Sign in: 8:00AM – 8:30AM
Location: Fountain Valley High School
17816 Bushard St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Divisions:(Participant can only enter ONE division)
      • 0-6 Kyu (13 and under)
      • 5-4 Kyu
      • 3-1 Kyu
      • Adult Kyu (18 and older)
      • Women’s Kyu (14 and older)
      • Women’s Dan
      • 1-2 Dan
      • 3-4 Dan
      • 5 Dan and above
      • Senior Group 1 (50-59)
      • Senior Group 2 (60+)
All divisions will apply the AJKF Provisional rule on tsubazeriai.
Tournament Time Limits
Kyu: 3 minutes, 2 minutes encho.  Hantei (except semi finals and final)
Dan: 4 minutes, 2 minutes encho. Hantei (except semi finals and final)
* Jodan, nito, tsuki are not valid in the kyu divisions
Tournament Fees*:
Yudansha & Adult (Age 18 & Over): $20.00
Youth (Age 17 & Under): $15.00
Bento: $10.00


December 19, 2023

Dear Kendo Friends and Senseis:

I hope everyone is doing well. It was nice to see many of you at the CLAK Championships in Lima, Peru, last week.

This is the invitation to our 11th Annual Butokuden International Kendo Gasshuku. This Gasshuku was originally designed as part of the training for the Portuguese Kendo leaders.  I have set the objective of this Gasshuku to “Teach the correct Kendo and introduce the leaders with the correct method of teaching.” Since 2014, we have extended our invitation to not only Portuguese Kenshis, but to other countries as well. We have hosted Kenshis from various countries, such as Mexico, Colombia, Aruba, Ecuador, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Serbia, UK, Brazil and Portugal.

This year, we will be holding Gasshuku from March 18 to 23, 2024. The official start date of the Gasshuku is Monday March 18, but we will soft start on Saturday March 16, so you get used to the jetlag and adjust your body. March 23 will be Asageiko only then Dojo clean up and departure. On Sunday March 17, there will be SCKO Godogeiko, so that will be a great chance to practice with different people.

I would like to extend our invitation to Kenshis across the world interested in participating in this Ko-Ken-Chi-Ai event.  This will be beneficial to all participants, by giving each other a chance to practice and grow their friendship with Kenshis around the world.

Gasshuku information:

Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606 USA

Dates/Schedule (See “2024 Butokuden Gasshuku Schedule” for details):

Arrival Date: From Saturday, March 16, 2024

Official Gasshuku days: Monday March 18 to Saturday, March 23, 2024 (March 23 is AM only)


Taro Ariga (Kyoshi 7 Dan)

Ryo Totsuka (4 Dan) Butokuden Intern Sensei

Haruka Ohshiro (4 Dan) Butokuden Intern Sensei Nittaidai Graduate (Tentative)

Butokuden Dojo Senseis

Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Japanese

Participation Fee: Free

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

url: www.butokuden.com

Phone: +1.949.756.8880


Participation requirements:

  • Member of an accredited Kendo Organization in your country.
  • Authorization from your Country’s Kendo Organization leader.
  • Participants must participate for the entire Gasshuku (Monday March 18 to Saturday March 23). If for some reason you cannot attend the entire Gasshuku, please let me know, and we may be able to make some exceptions.
  • The Gasshuku is focused to Kendo leaders or future leaders in your country.
  • The training is very rigorous. Participants must be in good health condition to participate.
  • Participants must have medical insurance valid in the USA.
  • Due to logistics, a maximum of 3 people from each country (please inquire if more people want to participate. We do make exceptions!).
  • The participating Kenshis must be 2 Dan or above form accredited FIK organization


Important information:

  • Have health insurance valid in the USA. Medical bills in the USA are very expensive, so purchase travel insurance that can be used in the USA.
  • Gasshuku participation fee is FREE
  • Breakfast and lunch: E-BOGU will provide basic food (Bread, Jam, butter, milk, coffee, etc.). In the past, participants made a pool to buy extra food. There is a Walmart within walking distance. The approximate budget for one week is about $200/person.
  • Most nights, we will go out for dinner. Dinner is to be paid by each participant (Approximately $20 – 25/meal). In the past, Butokuden Dojo members volunteered to cook for the Gasshuku members for some of the evenings.
  • Transportation to the Gasshuku is to be arranged by the participants. If arriving at SNA (Orange County John Wayne Airport), pickup can be arranged. If arriving in LAX, please let us know as we will try to arrange a ride. If we cannot arrange a ride, you will have to find your own way to the Dojo. See additional information below. You can share a ride with other Gasshuku participants.
  • You can stay a few days longer at the Dojo after the Gasshuku, as well as you can arrive a few days earlier before the Gasshuku to adjust your body condition.
  • Lodging: Participants will have the choice of sleeping in the Dojo or staying at a hotel nearby.
    1. Dojo: FREE (bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase at a nearby Walmart for approximately $25).
    2. Hotel: there are hotels near the Dojo starting at approximately $40 to $75/night per person (double occupancy). About 10 minutes walking distance from the Dojo.


I lived in Brazil for many years, and I understand that travelling to the USA may be challenging especially for Kenshis from countries in Central and South America, both financially and acquiring travel documents. To have as many participants from various countries, my goal is to make this Gasshuku as affordable as possible.


Please let me know if someone from your country is interested in being part of this Gasshuku. Please reply to me with the application form to ariga@e-bogu.com by March 1, 2024. I am looking forward to having many countries participating.


Additional Information:

  • Dojo Address: BUTOKUDEN Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606 USA
  • Nearby airports:
    • John Wayne (Orange County, Santa Ana) Airport (Airport code SNA): 5 min by car
    • Los Angeles International (Airport Code LAX): 1 hour by car (Approximate cost, shuttle bus $40, UBER $60)
    • Long Beach Airport (Airport Code LGB): 30 minutes by car
  • Accommodation near the Dojo:
    • Motel 6: 1717 E Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (0.8 Miles from Dojo) ($35/person double occupancy)
    • Candlewood Suites: 2600 South Red Hill Avenue, Santa Ana, CA ($102 + Tax per room, for 2 people in a room) (0.4 Miles from Dojo)
    • Staybridge Suites: 1660 Barranca Parkway, Irvine , CA (5 minutes form Dojo) 2023 Butokuden Special Price was $145 + Tax (4 can sleep)
  • Places to see:
    • Disneyland (15 minutes by car)
    • Knot’s Berry Farm Park (20 minutes by car)
    • Newport Beach (15 minutes by car)
    • Universal Studios (1 hour by car)
    • Hollywood, Santa Monica (1 hour by car)
    • California Science Center – Space Shuttle Endeavour (1 hour by car)
    • Sea World (1.5 hours by car)
    • San Diego Zoo (1.5 hours by car)

2023 Butokuden Christmas Tournament & Party (Sunday, December 17, 2023)

2023 Butokuden Christmas Tournament and Party

This is the biggest event of our Dojo. Please sign up using the form below.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 10:30AM Registration
  • 11:00AM Opening Ceremony
  • 11:30AM Tournament  (Junior Division)
  • 1:30PM Tournament  (Adult Division)
  • 3:00 PM Demonstration Matches
  • 3:30PM Closing Ceremony
  • 4:30PM Christmas Party
  • 8:00PM End of Party


2023 Fall SCKO Promotion Exam Registration Form (Butokuden Members ONLY) November 19th, 2023

RSVP 11/3/2023!!!


Date: 11/19/2023
Location: Butokuden Dojo (1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606)

Schedule of Events


People Testing for KYU

8:00am Dojo Opens & Kyu Roll Call Start (8:00am – 8:45am)
8:30 am Kyu Warmups
8:50 am Kyu Opening Ceremony
9:00 am Kyu Examinations
10:00 am Kyu: Closing Ceremony

People Testing for KYU

Dan Roll Call Start (9:00am – 9:45am) Time may change!
10:00 am Dan: Opening Ceremony
10:10 am Short Break & Dan Warmups
10:30 am Dan Examinations
11:30 am Closing Ceremony – Dan Examinees
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Godogeiko

1. ALL SCKO Applicants must have active AUSKF AND SCKO membership BEFORE the test date.
(please contact promotion@socalkendo.org BEFORE November 6th if membership is needed)
2. To ensure correct processing, please make sure that the applicant name MATCHES the name in the AUSKF database
3. Applicants with no prior rank must apply for 1 Kyu or lower.
4. 1 Dan applicants who are currently 1 Kyu must have practiced for at least 3 month before taking the 1 Dan exam.
5. 1 Dan applicants must be at least 13 years old on the day of the exam.
6. For applicants from other Federations: You must submit written approval from your federation president to take the promotion exam.

For Reference Only:
AUSKF Certificate Fees
(You pay these on the day of the exam, only AFTER passing the exam)
Kyu 17 years & under: $20.00
Kyu 18 years & above: $30.00
1 Dan: $50.00
2 Dan: $60.00
3 Dan: $80.00
4 Dan: $100.00
Do not pay Certificate fee until passing your rank.

2023 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships (Butokuden Members Only!) RSVP 10/19/2023

Date: Sunday, November 5th, 2023
Time: 8:00am to 5:30pm
Location: West High School: 20401 Victor St, Torrance, CA 90503
Roll Call: Registration/Sign-in will take place from 8:00am to 8:30 am
Eligibility: Must be a Valid AUSKF Member or fill tournament waiver

Fees: (non-refundable)
Individual Entry (18 years and under) $15.00 per person
Individual Entry (19 years and up) $20.00 per person
Team Entry $20.00 per dojo (*Entry in the team division is not a requirement)
Bento (Lunch box): $12.00 per person (*Bento will be provided for all Shinpan)
INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT with the following divisions:
a. 9 & Under Boys & Girls
b. 10-11 Boys & Girls
c. 12-13 Boys & Girls
d. 14-15 Boys
e. 16-18 Boys (Any Kyu & Dan)
f. 14-18 Girls (Any Kyu & Dan)
g. Men’s 1-2 Dan [Eto Cup]
h. Men’s 3-4 Dan [Nakabara Cup]
i. Men’s 5 Dan and Up [Hori Cup]
j. Women’s Dan [Akune Cup]
k. Adult Kyu (19 & Over, Men & Women) [Lorimer Cup]
l. 50 Years and Over Dan (Men & Women) [Takenaka Cup]
7. SPECIAL DIVISION: 5 Player Dojo Team


Rules for Individual Divisions
● Yudansha Junior Boys and Girls can enter their respective age division AND
Yudansha/Women’s division (ex. 16-18 Boys AND Men’s Dan OR 14-18 Girls AND
Women’s Dan). All other competitors can only participate in one division.
● Tsuki Waza and Jodan style are permitted for YUDANSHA and 16-18 years old Sr. Youth
Division only. Nito-ryu is permitted for 19 years and older YUDANSHA
● Youth Division Time Limit (All 18 and Under Boys and Girls Divisions):
o All Round Robin matches (2 minutes and No Encho – Hantei)
o Tournament Round Matches (3 minutes and unlimited Encho)
● Adult Kyu Division Time Limit:
o NO Round Robin matches
o All Adult Kyu Divisions (3 minutes and unlimited Encho)
● Yudansha Division Time Limit:
o NO Round Robin matches
o All Yudansha Divisions (3 minutes and unlimited Encho)
Rules: for Team
● Team Match: 5 person team (Anyone: all age, gender, rank)
● We will be collecting $20 per team for entry free. (Only one team per dojo)
● For dojos in Southern California (SCKO, SCKF, and WKF), you will need at least 3
Kenshi from the same dojo. If you do not have enough to complete the 5, you
will be allowed to recruit the remaining Kenshi (1-2) from other dojos.
● If a Yudansha adult and a youth are to have a match, we will honor the Yudansha
rules. This will allow the Yudansha to do Jo-dan, Ni-to, and Tsuki.
● For youths entering the team match, please make sure they are capable and old
enough to fight against adults. We suggest at least youth in high school.
● Time Limit: 3 minutes and No Encho
● If the team has only 3 players, place them in the Senpo, Chuken, and Taisho position.
● If the team has only 4 players, place them in the Senpo, Chuken, Fukusho, and Taisho
● Team order cannot be changed once submitted.
General Notes:
● Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set
forth by the International Kendo Federation (FIK).
● In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth
division players at all times.
● Division Ranks as of November 5th, 2023
● Age as of November 5th, 2023
● Players are responsible for bringing their own MEJIRUSHI (Red/White indicator)
● Team members cannot be modified after the tournament deadline date. However, if
unforeseen situations such as injuries occur, the tournament committee will allow
dialogue for possible team changes. Please promptly notify the SCKO Competition
Committee of any team changes. The SCKO Competition Committee has the right to
decline any team changes after the tournament deadline date.


2023 Nikkei Games (August 6, 2023) Registration Form

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2023
Location: Long Beach Pyramid
Address: 1250 N Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840
Sign In: 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Entry Fee: $30

Deadline: July 18, 2023

Adult Kyu (18 years and Older)
1 Dan
2 Dan
3 Dan
4 Dan and up
Womens (Shodan & Up, 15 years and Older)

2023 Butokuden Winery Gasshuku (July 29 – 30, 2023)

This is one of our Dojo’s biggest event of the year! Kids, adults, parents, significant other are all welcome! This year, we will hold the Gasshuku in Lompoc.  Enjoy a weekend of Kendo, with great wine and BBQ.

Picture’s from 2021 Winery Gasshuku.


Practice: Cabrillo High School 4350 Constellation Rd, Lompoc, CA 93436

Wine and BBQ: Slay Estate & Vineyard map

6635 East Hwy 246, Lompoc, CA, 93436



July 29

July 30


  • Dojo Rental fee: To be split within kendo players. Adults $30 – $50 depending on the number of participants, 18 & under Free.
  • BBQ & Wine: Adult: $40, 18 & under: $10

More details to follow. Save the date!