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


Risako Sensei TOKUREN Kendo Practice Starts September 1, 2021

Butokuden Kendo Members wearing Bogu,

We will start Risako sensei’s TOKUREN practice starting September 1, 2021.

As you know, Risako sensei graduated from a very prestigious Kendo University in Japan, and she is currently a PhD Candidate in Sports Coaching. During her stay here in the USA, she will be sharing her knowledge with our Dojo juniors who wants to be better in Kendo (Adults are welcome to participate, if you can do practice the entire practice, but emphasis in on Juniors).  This is a great opportunity to learn from the best.

Time: Wednesdays 6 – 7 PM


  1. Butokuden Members only
  2. You must be wearing Bogu.



Wednesday Open Kendo Practice Re-starts September 1, 2021

Dear Butokuden Kendo Members and Friends:

We will start our Wednesday Kendo Open practices starting September 1, 2021.

Same as before the COVID, Wednesday practice is Jigeiko Only. We will practice 7 – 8PM, no warm-up, and we will go straight to Keiko at 7PM. So please come early and warm-up yourself before 7PM.


  1. You must be fully vaccinated.
  2. If you are not Butokuden Member, please complete https://www.butokuden.com/kodansha-keikokai-release-form/

Looking forward to practicing with you.


2021 Butokuden Winery Gasshuku (Aug 28-29, 2021)

Save your date!

We will have our annual Butokuden Winery Gasshuku as follows. Last year, we had to skip due to the pandemic, but we will have one this year!


Lompoc Recreational Center
124 W Walnut, Lompoc, CA 93436
Same as last year.


Zotovich Vineyards
5428 E Hwy 246, Lompoc, 93436.

Draft Schedule (Details to be announced at a later date):
8/28/2021 Saturday
Arrive in Lompoc at noon on August 28
Practice 1 – 4 PM.
BBQ Start 5PM (After practice, we will go back to the hotel, take a shower and head to the Vineyard)

8/29/2021 Sunday
Practice 9 – 10 AM
End of Gasshuku

Dojo rental:
Adult Kenshis: $20 (if more needed, I will ask for a few more dollar on the spot)
18 & Under: $0 FREE

Wine and BBQ:
Adult: $30
18 & Under: $5

Pictures from past Wine Gasshukus.


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

PLEASE RSVP BY August 23th 2021!