2020 Butokuden International Kendo Gasshuku

Interested in joining our annual International Gasshuku? Please write to kendo@butokuden.com.


January 4, 2020

Dear Kendo Friends and Senseis:

Happy New Year! I hope 2020 will be a year full of happiness for all of you!

This year will be the 8th Annual Butokuden International 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 and Portugal.

This year, we will be holding Gasshuku from March 14 – 21, 2020. The official start date of the Gasshuku in Monday March 15, but we will soft start on Saturday March 14, so you get used to the jetlag and adjust your body for the hard training. March 21 is Asageiko only then Dojo clean up and departure. 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.

On Sunday March 15, there will be our federation Godogeiko, and over 50 people gather for practice. It will be a good opportunity to practice with different people. We are conducting this Gasshuku one month earlier than previous years, due to conflict in schedule with the European Kendo Championships and Easter holidays.

Gasshuku information:

  • Location: BUTOKUDEN Dojo, 1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606 USA
  • Dates/Schedule (See “2020 Butokuden Gasshuku Schedule” for details):
  • Arrival Date: From Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Gasshuku: Soft Start on Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • Official Gasshuku days: Monday March 16 to Saturday, March 21, 2020 (March 21 is AM only)
  • Instructors:
  • Taro Ariga (Kyoshi 7 Dan) and Butokuden Dojo Senseis
  • Language: Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Japanese
  • Participation Fee: Free
  • 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 16 to Saturday March 21). If for some reason you can not 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:

  • Gasshuku Participation Fee: FREE
  • Breakfast and lunch: E-BOGU will provide basic food (Bread, butter, milk, coffee, etc.). In the past, participants made a pool to buy extra food. There is a Walmart within walking distance. Approximate budget for one week is about $50 ~ 80/person.
  • Most nights, we will go out for dinner. Dinner is to be paid by each participant (Approximately $15/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. We recommend staying at the Dojo because it is more fun!
    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 $35 to $50/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 kendo@butokuden.com by February 15, 2020. I am looking forward to having many countries participating.

Sincerely yours,

Taro Ariga

Kendo Kyoshi 7 Dan

Butokuden Dojo Head Instructor


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)
  • 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)

Toshigoshigeiko 2019 – 2020 Information

Toshigoshigeiko 2019 information:

Location: Butokuden Dojo (1581 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606)

Dojo Opens at 10:45PM
2019 Practice starts at 11:15 PM (Jigeiko Only, so please warm up yourself prior to Keiko)
2019 Practice ends at 11:55 PM

Countdown and New Year Celebration! at MIDNIGHT

2020 Practice starts at 00:10 AM
2020 Practice ends at 00:50 AM
Ozoni (Japanese rice cake soup) and Sake Party

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you all!

Picture from 2018 – 2019 Toshigoshikeiko.


2019 Butokuden Christmas Tournament & Party (Sunday, Dec.15.19)

Butokuden Kendo Members!
This is the biggest event of our Dojo. I hope everyone can make it! A lot of games and prizes.

Tentative Schedule:

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

*Bogu Division winners will compete in a Grand Champion Tournament Round! 1st Place Prize is a bogu set!*

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)

2020 SCKF Kubota Memorial Tournament

2020 SCKF Kubota Memorial Tournament REGISTRATION (Butokuden Members ONLY – RSVP BY DECEMBER 19, 2019)

  • Date: Sunday, January 19th, 2020
  • Sign-in: 8:00~8:30 AM
  • Location: Dee Hardison Sports Center, Wilson Park, Torrance
    2200 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA
Tournament Fees*:
Yudansha & Adult (Age 18 & Over): $20.00
Youth (Age 17 & Under):  $15.00
Bento: $10.00

2019 SCKO Christmas Kendo Tournament (SIGN UP FOR BUTOKUDEN MEMBERS ONLY)


Entry Fee:  $0 per Competitor.  Happy Holidays!

Date:  Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Place: Torrance High School,   2200 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

Do not go to West High!!  

Approximate Time Schedule

8:00 am Setup
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Opening Ceremony
9:15 am Tournament Starts
12:00 pm Lunch time
Kids fun event, Red and White and Godo Keiko
4:30 pm Closing Ceremony
5:00 pm cleaning up

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

Lunch: Lunch will NOT be provided for Sensei and Volunteers. Please bring your own special
Lunch or you may order bento.

Bento box $10.00


Non-Bogu Matches : Single Elimination

·         12 & Under Non-Bogu Division
·         13 & Over Non-Bogu Division

Jr Youth

·         9 years old & under (Boys & Girls)
·         10-12 years old, 6-4 Kyu (Boys & Girls)
·         10-12 years old, 3-1 Kyu (Boys & Girls)

Sr Youth

·         13-15 Years Old any rank (Boys & Girls)
·         16-18 Year Old  any rank (Boys & Girls)


·         19 years old over , Women’s Kyu
·         19 – 39 years old, Women’s Dan
·         40 years old & above, Women’s Dan

Men’s Kyu

·         19 years old over Men’s Kyu

Men’s Dan

·         19 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan
·         Men’s 3-4 Dan (All Ages)
·         5 Dan up (All ages)

Date: 12/08

Time: 6PM


Sea Empress (Chinese Restaurant)

1636 W Redondo Beach Blvd

Gardena, CA 90247

*About 15 mins drive from Torrance High.

Fee: $30 per person (Tax and Tip included) *Beverages are not included.

*Kid’s rate: TBD

  1. Individual Match : **Divisions subject to change depending on registration**

  2. Red-White Special Team Match: If time allows.


  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 kenshi 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.

SCKO Promotion Mock Examination and Seminar

SCKO will be held a Promotion Mock Examination and Seminar on November 3, 2019.

Date: November 3, 2019(Sunday)
Time: 8:30 – 2:00 (Gym open at 8:00) *No lunch break, but we will have a short break.
Location: Lomita Parks & Recreation –> 24428 Eshelman Avenue Lomita, CA  90717
Eligibility: Kenshi who will take 3, 4, 5, 6Dan

Please bring your bokuto.

This time, participants will take a mock examination, and the judge senseis will give advice each time.

2019 WKF Year End Kendo Championships

2019 WKF Year End Kendo Championships BUTOKUDEN Registration Form:
RSVP by Thursday October 10th, 2019

FEE: $20 (non-refundable)
LUNCH: $12.00 (ALL shinpans and volunteers will be provided FREE lunch)

–> 8833 ACADEMY DR,


  • 10-years old and younger
  • 11-12 years old
  • 13-15 years old
  • 16-18 years old
  • 18 Years old Girls & Under
  • Adult Kyu Man & Women ( 19 & Over )
  • Women’s ( Any Age & All Ranks )
  • Seniors – 50 & Over, All Ranks
  • 1-3 Dan , Any Age
  • 4 Dan Up & Any Age
  • Team Best 3 Women Divisions ( Any Age )

Team Best 5 Divisions ( Any Age )

Competition Information:

Youth – 3 minutes / Unlimited Encho (Extension)
Adult – 3 minutes / Unlimited Encho(Extension)
Yudansha (Black Belt) – 4 minutes / Unlimited Encho(Extnesion)
Each participant can enter in only one division
Rank and Age as of October 26th, 2019
Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set
forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK). Tournament rules may be subject to
change by the WKF Tournament Committee.

SCKO Shinpan Seminar

SCKO Shinpan Seminar Registration Form (Butokuden Members ONLY)

RSVP ASAP (must be done by Saturday, September 7th, 2019)


  • Date:               9/22 (Sunday)

  • Time:               9:00 AM to 4:00PM  (Godo keiko 4:00 – 4:45 if we have time.)

  • Location:        Butokuden

  • Instructor:      Mamiya sensei, Ariga sensei and Okawa sensei              *Other 7dan sensei, please support instructors. We will provide 7dan sensei’s lunch.

  • 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

 – Bring your own lunch

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