2022 Butokuden Winery Gasshuku (July 23-24, 2022)

We have decided on the location and dates for this year’s Butokuden Winery Gasshuku.

This is one of our big annual events and it is fun for everyone. Kids, adults, parents, etc.

This year Jason Carter Sensei is hosting at his new location in Santa Barbara!


City of Santa Barbara Carrillo Street Gym (102 East Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA)


July 23

  • Dojo opens at Noon
  • Practice: 12:30 – 4:30 PM
  • BBQ: 5PM ~ @ Jaffurs Wine Cellar in Santa Barbara

July 24

  • Practice: 10 – 11:30AM
  • End of Gasshuku after practice


  • Dojo Rental fee: To be split within kendo players. Adults $20 – $30 depending on the number of participants, 18 & under Free.
  • BBQ & Wine: Adult: $40, 18 & under: $10

More details to follow. Save the date!

Photos from 2021 Winery Gasshuku:

2022 Nikkei Games (August 21, 2022)

RSVP June 30

Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2022
Location: Cypress College
Address: 9200 Valley View St. Cypress, CA 90630

Fees: $30 (No Bento will be provided. Bento only for Shinpan)

Adult Kyu
1 Dan
2 Dan
3 Dan
4 Dan and up
Women (any rank, 15 and older)
Youth 3 person Team (4th Kyu to 1 Kyu, 17 years and under) (2 teams/Dojo)

2022 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship (Registration Form for Butokuden members)

2022 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship Information

Location: Crescenta Valley High School La Crescenta‐Montrose, California 91214

Event Name: 2022 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship

Location: Crescenta Valley High School

Address: 2900 Community Ave, La Crescenta, CA 91214

Date: June 18, 2022 (Saturday)

Check-in Hour: 8:00 AM (Gym Open 7:00 AM)


  • 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
  • Non Bogu Division
  • Team Best 5 Divisions (Up to Two Teams Per Dojo)

Team Best 5 Composition

  • Senpo: 13 years old and under
  • Jiho: 15 years old and under
  • Chuken: 15 years old and under
  • Fukusho: 18‐years old and under
  • Taisho: 18‐years old and under

Age determination:
The age for the 2022 ENGO Scholarship Junior Kendo Championship shall be determined as of June 18th, 2022.


Tournament: $25

Bento: $15



Each individual is only eligible to participate in a single individual division ‐ Girls are allowed to compete in one of either the Girls Individual Division or Boys Individual Division

Time limit: 3 minutes with unlimited additional time thereafter.

Non Bogu Division participants will perform:

Kirikaeshi, Men, Kote, Do, Kote‐men, and Kote‐do.

All skills will be performed two times, with the exception of

Up to two teams from each Dojo (Dojang) can participate in the
Team Best 5 Division:

  • Team matches in the Team Best 5 Division will consist of 5
    members selected from each age group as outlined above
    (see chart)
  • Time Limit: 3 minutes
  • Tie matches will be determined by one point match.

Neck attack is valid only for 16‐18 years old age group in the Individual and Team (Captain) Championships. Jodan will only be allowed in the 16‐18 year old age group for Boys Individual and Boys Team Match.

1st Round of Match format will be round robin and 2nd Round format will be tournament brackets. The format of Individual and Team matches are subject to change depending on the number of participants.

All other rules will comply with standard rules and regulations set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK)


2022 California Memorial Kendo Team Tournament Registration Form (Butokuden Members Only)

RSVP BY TUESDAY MAY 5th, 2022! NO EXCEPTIONS FOR LATE REGISTRATIONS! Please answer in the correct format in the parenthesis.

Date: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
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
Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three players per team) with the following divisions:

  • 11 years and under Kids Division
  • Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up)
  • 12-14 years-old Jr.Youth Division
  • Women’s Division
  • 15-18 years-old Sr. Youth Division
  • Yudansha Division
  • 5 Player Federation Division (NEW)*

Fees: (non-refundable)
18 years and under $15.00 per person
19 years and up $20.00 per person
Bento (Lunch box) $12.00 per person (*Bento will be provided for all Shinpan)


2022 WKF Spring Kendo Championships (April 30, 2022) for BUTOKUDEN Members only RSVP April 14!!

• Date and Time: Saturday, April 30th, 2022
• Gym Open at 7:00AM, Registration 8:00AM ~ 8:30AM)
• Place: Los Angeles High School, Gymnasium
• Address: 4650 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
• Fees: Registration $25.00, Lunch $15.00
• Q&A: wkf.tournament@gmail.com
• Check Payable To: BUTOKUDEN

• 10 Years Old and Underage Division
• 11 – 12 Years Old Division
• 13 – 15 Years Old Division
• 16 – 18 Years Old Division
• 18 Years Old and Under Girls Division
• Adult Kyu Division
• Women’s Division
• Senior Division (Over 50 Years Old)
• Super Senior Division (Over 62 Years Old)
• 1 – 3 Dan Division
• 4 Dan and Up Division
• Women’s Team Best 3 Division
• Team Best 5 Division
The age of the 2022 WKF Spring Kendo Championship shall determine as of  April 30th, 2022

• Each individual in only eligible to participate in a single individual division.
• Youth Divisions and Adult Kyu (18 years Old and Underage Divisions, 19 Years and Older Kyu Division)
– Not allowed Tsuki, Nito, and Jodan.
– 3 Minutes and Hante (Round Robin)
– 3 Minutes plus 2 Minutes Encho, and Hante (Tournament)
– 3 Minutes and Encho (Semi-Final and Final round)
• Women’s, Senior, Super Senior, 1-3 Dan, and 4 Dan & Up Divisions:
– 4 Minutes and Encho
• Team Division
– 3 Minutes


2021 Butokuden Kendo Year End Tournament Adults: Sunday 19, 2021 / Juniors: Tuesday 21. 2021

Dear Butokuden Members:

For the past 17 years, our Dojo’s Year End Tournament and Party has been one of the biggest event of the year. We always had it on the 3rd Sunday of December, adults and juniors together, with the potluck party after the tournament. Last year for the first time, we cancelled the event. This year, I was hoping to have one, but the new Covid variants has been surging and I feel that it is not safe to do at a large scale as we did in the past. So we will have the events as follows.

  • Adults: December 19 (Sunday) 2:00 – 6:00 PM Tournament
  • Juniors: Tuesday 21. 2021 (4:30 – 7:00 PM)

Please fill out the form ASAP (on the bottom of this page), so we can start preparing the tournament brackets. There will be prizes for the winners.

I hope everyone can participate!



December 19 (Sunday) (Last Adults practice of the year will be on December 23 Thursday.)

2:00 – 4:00 PM Tournament

Adult Tournament Schedule

Opening Ceremony

  • National Anthem
  • Moment of Silence in memory of Hori sensei
  • Opening Speech
  • Return of Trophies
  • Sportsman’s pledge
  • Shinpancho’s Speech
  • Kendo Kata Demonstration: Ian Kotake (Uchitachi) x Gen Takahashi (Shitachi)



  • Non-Bogu
  • Women Kyu
  • Men Kyu
  • Adult Dan (3 Dan & Under)
  • Women Dan (1 Dan and up)
  • Sensei Division (4 Dan & up)
  • Senior Division (50 & up)


GENTEN Grand Finals

4:00 – 6:00 PM Closing ceremony and Refreshment



December 21 (Tuesday) This will be the last practice of 2021:

4:30 – 6:30 PM: Tournament

Junior Tournament Schedule

Opening Ceremony

  • Opening Speech
  • Sportsman’s pledge (Dan)
  • Shinpancho’s Speech
  • Kendo Kata Demonstration: Yuma (Motodachi) x Irene (Kakarite)



  • Non-Bogu
  • Bogu (Little)
  • Bogu (Intermediate)
  • Bogu (Advanced)

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Closing ceremony