Kancho Joko Ninomiya Seminar

Nov. 7-8 2009

Kancho Ninomiya visited Butokuden for the 4th annual special training seminar. 11 adult students and 18 kids students from Butokuden had a very rare opportunity to learn directly from Kancho. On the same day, Alex Hayato Mikasa completed 10-men kumite and got promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt after 4 years of hard training.

Enshin Karate Inter-Dojo Tournament at Denver, Colorado

Nov. 14, 2009

Yoko Nitta and Yoshimi Asano represented Enshin Karate Irvine Branch at Butokuden to participate the annual Inter-Dojo Tournament that was held at Enshin Karate Headquarter in Denver, Colorado. Although it was their very first time to compete in any Karate tournament, they both impressed other Enshin members by their superior performance and brought 2 trophies back to Butokuden.

Kata Division (co-ed):

3rd Place Yoko Nitta

4th Place Yoshimi Asano

Men Advanced Kumite Division:

1st Place Yoshimi Asano

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

Kancho Joko Ninomiya Sensei Visit to Butokuden

Here is an important information from Kakutani Sensei.


Enshin Karate Irvine at Butokuden will host a special training seminar with Enshin Karate Grandmaster Kancho Joko Ninomiya on Nov 7-8, 2009.

Day 1: Saturday Nov 7, 2009
4:00 pm ~

Adults and children 12 years and older
*Enshin Members Fee $20 (Non-Enshin Members Fee $40)
* Enshin members who took a promotion test on Sep 2009 are exempted from this fee.

Day 2: Sunday Nov 8, 2009
9:00am ~ 10:30am
Children under 12 years old
Enshin members only

Please email to karate@butokuden.com for inquiry and registration. The deadline to register is Nov 1st.

Thank you,

Go ‘Alex’ Kakutani
Enshin Karate Irvine Branch Chief

BUTOKUDEN Dojo Martial Arts Training Center

We have opened a new website for our BUTOKUDEN Dojo Martial Arts Training Center.

Now, Martial Artists in the Orange County, California have a place to enjoy practicing various styles of Japanese authentic Martial Arts in one single location, BUTOKUDEN. We have classes for all levels in Kendo, Karate, Kyudo, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, and Jodo. BUTOKUDEN is 100% backed by e-bogu.com, Inc., world leading Martial Arts equipment supplier, in order to promote Martial Arts to the community.

In the olden days in Japan, every major city had a place called BUTOKUDEN. This is where Martial Arts were taught to the community, and also a cultural gathering place, where children and young adults were taught the philosophy of Bushido through the Arts of Budo.

We have students from all over Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino and San Diego area.