2009 SCKO Individual Tournament Additional Information

The Southern California Kendo Organization would like to welcome you to our 2009 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships. Please carefully review the following pages for important information:

Date: December 13th, 2009(Sunday)
Roll Call from 8:30-9:00AM

Place: Cerritos Regional Park Gym

19700 Bloomfield Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703

Eligibility:   AUSKF Members Only
Event: Individual Kendo Tournament
Entree fee: $20.00 (18 & over) $15.00 (17 & under)

Bento: $8.00 each

Dead line: November 23rd 2009

*Must be postmarked by this date.

*Please return the enclosed application forms by Nov 23rd by e-mail to:

*Please send fees by check (Must be postmarked by Nov 23rd, 2009) by mail to:
If you have any questions, please contact to:

Hajime Mori (SCKO VP of Competition)

2155 E. Colorado Blvd. Ste #4

Pasadena CA, 91107



  • Divisions

Boys/Girls 10 & under, All Ranks
Boys/Girls 11-13, All Ranks
Boys 14-17, 4 Kyu & under
Boys 14-17, 3-1 Kyu
Women 13 & over, Kyu & under
Women 13 & over, Dan
Adult (18 & over, Kyu & under)
Men 1-2 Dan
Men 3 Dan up (Any age)
Men 4 Dan up (40 years & over)

  • Each participant can enter in only one division.
  • Rank as of October 1, 200


Youth -3 minutes w/ unlimited encho*
Womens kyu -3 minutes/ w/ unlimited encho
Adult kyu -3 minutes/ w/ unlimited encho
Women dan -3 minutes w/ unlimited encho
Men- 1-2dan – 3 minutes w/ unlimited encho
Men – 3Dan up – 4minutes w/ unlimited encho
Men – 4Dan up – 4minutes w/unlimited encho

    • 3-bon shobu matches.

* encho means time extension

Awards in Each Division

1st Place, 2nd Place , 3rd Place (x2),


A PRIMARY CONTACT PERSON over 18 years old should be assigned for each team and his or her phone number or e-mail address must be listed on the application form.

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

Tsuki waza is authorized for YUDANSHA DIVISION only.

Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing one’s own Me-Jirushi (Red/White indicator)

ach dojo must provide one or more shinpan (referee) for every 10 participants.

Greg’s Daughter’s Fundrasing Program

Sensei Greg Vahanian Support

Gregory Vahanian is one of my first black belt students who followed me from NY to Colorado and was the head instructor at CU Boulder when he went to college there. On Monday, August 24th, 2009, the doctors diagnosed his 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, with leukemia. She has begun chemotherapy treatment and will require in-hospital care for close to a year. Greg and his wife Wendy have been at Isabella’s side 24 hours a day 7 days a week each taking 12 hour shifts. Insurance will not cover everything so I wanted to post this to help raise money for Greg and Wendy in this challenging time they are having. Whether or not you are able to offer financial assistance, I would greatly appreciate your keeping Isabella, big sister, Gabriela, Wendy and Gregory in your loving prayers. If you’d like to have a visual journal and updates on Isabella, please add Gregory Vahanian as a friend in FACEBOOK. (When doing so, please “add a message” mentioning my name, Kancho Ninomiya)

Checks can be made out to:

Joko Ninomiya and sent to
4730 East Colfax Ave,
Denver, CO 80220.

Please donate your valuable assistance by January 1, 2010


from www.enshin.com

Gregory Vahanian (グレッグ)はニューヨークからコロラドまで私を追いかけて来てくれた最初の黒帯の1人で、ボルダー大学在籍中は同大学内の支部で筆頭指導員を務めてくれました。2009年8月24日、グレッグの次女、Isabella(イザベラ)2歳が白血病との診断を医師より受けました。化学療法が開始され、一年近くの入院が必要とされています。グレッグと妻のWendy (ウエンディー)はそれぞれが12時間交代でイザベラの病室に24時間体制で付き添っています。治療には保険が適用されない部分もありますので、このメッセージを通して広く皆様から募金を募り、大変困難な状況にあるグレッグ夫妻に助けの手を差し伸べたいと思います。金銭的な援助が出来る出来ないに拘わらず、皆様がイザベラ、姉のGabriela(ガブリエラ)、ウエンディー、そしてグレッグの幸福を私と共に祈ってくれることを願ってやみません。もしイザベラの写真や回復の状況を見たいと思われる場合は、FacebookでGregory Vahanianを友達に追加されることをお勧めします。(その際はKancho Ninomiyaの名前をメッセージに加えて下さい)

Joko Ninomiya
4730 East Colfax Ave,
Denver, CO 80220

押忍館長 二宮城光

SCKO Promotion Exam Additional Information

Southern California Kendo Organization

6330 Sonora Way, Cypress, CA 90630 Phone: 310-283-3810 E-mail: seijimamiya@hotmail.com

To all SCKO Affiliated Dojo

Regarding: Kendo Rank Promotion Examination

This is to inform you of the Annual (fall) SCKO Rank Promotion Examination.

1.Date & Time: November 22, 2009 8:30 AM

2.Place: Osaka Sangyo University, Studio City

3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

3.Application Deadline: Must be received no later than November 6, 2009No Exceptions

Submit photocopy of existing rank certificate if taken at another Federation.

4.Examination Fee: See attached rate sheet

5.Applicants must bring: Kendo-gu, Keiko-gi, Hakama, Shinai. 1Kyu up taking exam must also bring Bokuto and their completed Written Test Questionnaire.

6.Additional information for Observers, Examiners and Volunteers is attached.

(*1) All 1kyu and 1Dan through 4Dan taking exam must complete the attached written test prior to the exam date. They must also bring this on the day of the exam.

(*2) Enclosed is only one copy of each Rank test. Therefore, please make additional copies of the written test and distribute to examination applicants.

(*3) Examinees, which 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 order certificate, the passed rank will annul.

(*4) AUSKF issue Only English certificate.

Please submit Promotion exam form with one check for the total examination fee per Dojo,

Payable to: SCKO

C/O: Seiji Mamiya

6330 Sonora Way, Cypress, CA 90630

Phone: 310-283-3810 E-mail: seijimamiya@hotmail.com
Southern California Kendo Organization
6330 Sonora Way, Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: 310-283-3810 E-mail: seijimamiya@hotmail.com
Rank Examination Fee
SCKO affiliated Dojo
Exam Fee
Certificate Fees
Kyu 17 years & under
Kyu 18 years & above
1 Dan
2 Dan
3 Dan
4 Dan
Examination fee is NOT refundable.

Question for AUSKF Kendo Ranking Examinations

Name (print legibly):

Regional Federation:

Exam for: 1 Kyu

Please answer the following question by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Question: Describe some benefits of “kirikaeshi”.

Exam for: 1 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l Describe “ki-ken-tai-ichi”.

l Describe 3 types of Kendo footwork.

Exam for: 2 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l Describe the 4 types of Kendo “sicknesses.

l Describe the 3 “ma-ai ”.

Exam for: 3 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu.

l Describe “enzan-no-metsuke”.

Exam for: 4 Dan

Please choose one (1) of the following questions and answer by writing (clearly/legibly) in either English or Japanese. You may also use the back side of this paper.

Choose one (1) of the following to answer:

l Describe the benefits of the Kendo kata and its relevance to shinai keiko.

l Describe the elements of “yuko-datotsu”.

For official use: A/NA: Rvw by:

ID: Recd: Date:

Seo Sensei’s visit to Butokuden Dojo

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Subject: Seo Sensei’s (Kendo 8 Dan) visit
Date: December 10
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

From Small

Seo Sensei (Executive Vice President of Korean Kumdo Federation for Social Members
) will be visiting our Dojo on December 10. We will have an open practice starting at 7PM. Thanks to Kim sensei, we were able to arrange Seo Sensei’s visit to our Dojo, during his busy schedule here in the USA.

I have known Seo Sensei from a long time ago, and he took very good care of me when I went to Korea for Kendo training back in 2001. He was also one of the referees who refereed my match at the 11WKC in 2000 (Semi Finals, Taisho match Canada x Japan). You can watch that match on Youtube. Keep your calendar open. It will be a great opportunity to practice with a high ranking sensei from Korea.


Seo Sensei’s Profile:
Represented Korea at WKC
WKC referee
Byung-Yoon Seo (8 Dan)
Exec. Vice President of Korea Kumdo Federation

11WKC in 2000 (Semi Finals, Taisho match Canada x Japan) Ariga x Takahashi

Shodai Sensei Kendo Seminar

This is a special message from SCKO Secretary Okawa Sensei.

Shodai Sensei was part of the Japanese team. I would strongly recommend attending this seminar, and feel how a All Japan level is.

You can watch his video against USA here.


Special Seminar with All Japan Kendo Champion

We will have a special kendo seminar with the 2008 All Japan Kendo Champion, Kenji Shodai. It is an excellent opportunity to learn great kendo and we encourage your attendance.

Date: November 21st, Saturday
Place: Wilson Park 2200 Crenshaw Blvd Torrance, CA 90501
Time: 3:00 PM Start (arrive early)
Instructor: Shodai Kenji Sensei, 5dan
Kanagawa Police Department
2008 All Japan Kendo Tournament Champion
Content: Basics of Kendo seminar
Offence to JODAN stance
Defense to JODAN stance

Eligibility: SCKO, SCKF and Western Kendo Federation members

Welcome party for Shodai Sensei

We are inviting Shodai Sensei to dinner and people are welcome to attend the party!

Place: Sea Empress restaurant 1636 W Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, California 90247
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Party fee: $30 per parson includes TAX. (Does NOT include Liquor & drinks)

Please RSVP by November 6 by filling out the form below:


2009 SCKO Individual Tournament

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

SCKO Individual Tournament is the largest Individual Tournament hosted by our Federation, and divisions are available for all ages and ranks. Last year, we won medals in various divisions. Hopefully, we can repeat that again this year. I strongly recommend participating at this tournament.

For beginners without Bogu, it will be a very good opportunity to come and watch high level skills, and cheer for your Dojo.

Please sign up using the form below.

Taro Ariga


Covina Dojo 40th Anniversay Keiko

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

Takahashi sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan) from Kyoto has been invited to run a Kendo Seminar at the Covina Dojo Anniversary Keiko. Everyone is invited to join this seminar, but I have to submit the names by October 26.
Please respond using the form below by October 23. The application form is below:



2009 Fall SCKO Dan/Kyu Exam Sign up Sheet

BUTOKUDEN Kendo Members:

I am trying to automate the process as much as I can, in order to minimize everyone’s work, so I would appreciate if you could fill out this form (I apologize for the double entry for people that have already sent me the information, but please re-enter.) It will automatically update my database. This promotion exam is for people eligible to apply for 6 Kyu and up, up to 4 Dan. Our Dojo minimum requirement is to have been practicing Kendo with Bogu for the last 3 months. The age requirements and Kata requirements are also listed in this link.

For people trying for 1 Kyu and up, I encourage you to start mastering the Kendo Kata from now. There is no point of just doing the Kata for exam purpose only. Kata incorporates all the basic movements in Kendo, and by mastering the Kendo Kata, your Kendo techniques will improve. If you have any questions about the Kata, please ask the Senseis and Senpais at the Dojo.



SCKO Kyu and Dan Exam
Date: November 22, 2009
Time: To be announced
Location: To be announced


1dan: Trained over 3 month after granting of 1kyu (Age: 14 years and older)
2dan: Trained over 1 year after granting of 1dan
3dan: Trained over 2 years after granting of 2dan
4dan: Trained over 3 years after granting of 3dan


1kyu: Tachi #1 – #3
1dan: Tachi #1 – #5
2dan: Tachi #1 – #7
3 – 4dan: Tachi #1 – #7 and Kodachi #1 – #3


Kendo SCKO Schedule for Year End

October 18
3rd Sunda Practice at OSULA

October 25

Texas Tournament

November 1
Kyu/Dan Exam for USKS

November 8
AUSKF Promotion Exam

November 15
West Covina Dojo Aniversary Keiko

November 22
SCKO Kyu/Dan Exam

December 6
SCKO Individual Tournament

December 13
Godo Keiko & End of Year party

Please check our events schedule at http://www.butokuden.com/events.html

Kendo Demonstration at Seal Beach

Today, we had a Kendo Demonstration at the the Seal Beach Pier, for the Japanese Kite festival. Many of our Dojo members came to help us. Ryo, Riki, Ian, Cozo, Shion, Leon, Arata, Hiroyuki and Haruna. It was a good turn out, there were a lot of people watching. But it was kind of too windy, so the sand dust was pretty strong.