2020 AUSKF Junior Open Championships registration form

Dear SCKO Juniors and parents:

This coming year, the AUSKF Junior Open Championships (JOC) will be held in our backyard, Huntington Beach. It is a great opportunity for every SCKO juniors to participate and compete for the USA title. Not too much details have been released by the AUSKF as of now, but we would like to start practicing now, since the tournament is only three months away. We have an excellent coaching staff, who did a great job in the past as a SCKO Junior player themselves. All SCKO juniors are welcome to attend the practices, regardless if you are competing in the tournament.

Date: April 4, 2020
Location: Marina High School, Huntington Beach
Coaching Staff: Ken, Isabel, Shota, Ray, Haruna, Gen and Hiroshi
Manager: Okawa and Ariga
Tournament Fees: To be paid by each participant

Our first practice will be held on January 5, 2020 (9AM – 12PM) at Butokuden Dojo. If you are interested in taking part of the SCKO team, I strongly suggest you come to the practices. We will be discussing schedule and practice menu. I hope you can all attend.

This is a National Level Open Championships. It means any junior, ages 18 years or younger, that is registered with the AUSKF wearing a Bogu is eligible to participate in the individual divisions. Team matches players will be selected by the coaches and managers.

Please use the form below to sign up to represent SCKO at the 2020 AUSKF Junior Open Championships.

Our tentative schedule is below.

Date 2020 Jr Open
1/5/2020 Sun SCKO First Kick Off practice @ Butokuden
1/19/2020 Sun Kubota Tournament (@ Torrance) or SCKO Godogeiko (@ Long Beach)

2/2/2020 Sun AUSKF Championships Tryout (12 and older) AM/PM @ Butokuden
2/16/2020 Sun SCKO Godogeiko AM/Team Practice PM @ Butokuden
2/23/2020 Sun Team Practice AM/PM @ Butokuden

3/1/2020 Sun Team Practice AM/PM @ Butokuden
3/8/2020 Sun Shinpan Seminar (Shiai-sha) AM/PM @ Butokuden
3/15/2020 Sun SCKO Godogeiko AM/Team Practice PM @ Butokuden
3/22/2020 Sun Team Practice AM/PM @ Butokuden
3/29/2020 Sun Team Practice AM/Send Off Party PM @ Butokuden

4/4/2020 Sat Junior Open (HB)
4/5/2020 Sun Junior Development @ Silverado Park

See you all on January 5, 2020!
Have a safe holiday season.
Taro Ariga

Note: We expect the divisions to be the same as previous years, but not confirmed yet. The following were the divisions from previous years.

• 9 years-old and under
• 10-11 years old
• 12-13 years old
• 14-15 years old
• 16-18 years old
• 13-years old and under (girls)
• 14-18 years old (girls)

Team (2 teams/federation):

Boys Teams – 5 player
13&Under Senpo
15&Under Jiho
15&Under Chuken
18&Under Fukusho
18&Under Taisho

Girls Teams – 3 players per team
18&Under Senpo
18&Under Chuken
18&Under Fukusho

Youth Team – 3 players per team
11&Under Senpo
11&Under Chuken
11&Under Fukusho


2020 AUSKF Championships SCKO Team Registration form

The following are the announced divisions by the AUSKF.

Date: July 17 – 20, 2020
Location: University of Michigan-Dearborn Fieldhouse/Ice Arena (Airport DWT)
Hotel: TBD

Individual Division:

  • Men’s Individual (max 7 registered participants per federation)
  • Women’s Individual (max 7 registered participants per federation)
  • Senior Youth Boy’s Individual (ages 16-18) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)
  • Junior Youth Boy’s Individual (ages 12-15) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)
  • Senior Youth Girl’s Individual (ages 16-18) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)
  • Junior Youth Girl’s Individual (ages 12-15) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)
  • Seniors Men’s (3-dan and above, ages 50+) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)  Seniors Women’s (3-Dan and above, ages 45+) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)
  • Mudansha Division (men and/or women combined division, ages 19 and up, 1-kyu and lower) (max 5 registered participants per fed.)

* Age requirements for the Youth Divisions, Seniors Divisions and Mudansha Division shall be determined as of January 1, 2020.

Team Divisions

  • Men’s Team (5 participants, max 7 registered team members)
  • Women’s Team (5 participants, max 7 registered team members)
  • Senior Youth Boy’s Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members)
  • Junior Youth Boy’s Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members)
  • Senior Youth Girl’s Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members)
  • Junior Youth Girl’s Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members)
  • Senior Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members) (men, women or combined team)
  • Mudansha Team (3 participants, max 5 registered team members) (men, women, or combined team)

Kanto Gakuin University Kendo Team joint practice

Kentaro Takahashi sensei has coordinated a visit to Los Angeles and will be bringing approximately 20 students (boys and girls) from Kanto Gakuin University Kendo Team. There will be a joint practice as follows:

Saturday, February 16th from 8AM-4PM.

Silverado Park
1545 W 31st Street
Long Beach, CA

The event will be open to everyone, although only a selected group of kenshi (chosen on that day) will be allowed to participate in the practice shiai. All other portions of the practice will be open to all ages and ranks to actively participate.

Hope to see everyone there!



Dear Kendo Friends,

The Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) is proud to host the 22ndCALIFORNIA MEMORIAL KENDO TEAM TOURNAMENT on Sunday, May 27th, 2018.

Please accept this letter as our open invitation for all federations to participate in this annual event. We also humbly request for your support for shinpan to assist us in refereeing at this year’s event.

This tournament’s will have kenshi competing in 3-member teams, with various divisions available for players of all ages and experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us at competition@socalkendo.org if you unable to form a 3-person team but would still like to participate! Please see the attached files for tournament information and registration form.
Registration forms must be emailed and fees postmarked by Monday, May 14th, 2018.
We are very excited to have you join us and look forward to your participation and support at this year’s Memorial Team Tournament!

SCKO President
Carolyn Yatomi

SCKO Competition
Sandy Ghodgaonkar
Kenichi Kamimoto


1. Date: Sunday, May 27th, 2018 (Memorial Weekend Sunday)

2. Location: Cabrillo High School: 2001 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach, CA 90810

3. Roll Call: On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:15am to 8:30 am.

4. Eligibility: Must be a Valid AUSKF Member

5. Event: TEAM TOURNAMENT (three players per team) with the following divisions:
● 12 years and under Kids Division ● Adult Kyu Division (19 years old and up)
● 13-15 years-old Youth Division ● 1st – 4th Dan Division, Over 40 Years Old
● 16-18 years-old Sr. Youth Division ● Yudansha Division
6. Fees: (non-refundable)
18 years and under $15.00 per person
19 years and up $20.00 per person
Bento (Lunch box): $10.00 per person
1) Bento will be provided for all Shinpans at no charge
2) Maximum of 5 full-day volunteers per dojo will be provided with Bento at no charge

7. Registration Form and Fees Deadline: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
(Applications must be emailed and tournament fees postmarked by this date)
1. Please email your application form to: competition@socalkendo.org
2. Please write your checks to “Southern California Kendo Organization” and mail to:

Sandy Ghodgaonkar
25581 Mont Pointe #5D, Lake Forest, CA 92630


1. Each team consists of three members. Team members may consist of individuals from the same or different dojos or regions. In the case where members are required, please notify the competition committee ASAP for best possible arrangements.
2. Teams are free to make a fun and creative team name. SCKO reserves the right and discretion to edit names if deemed inappropriate or offensive.
3. 2 CONTACT PERSONS over the age of 18 must be assigned to each dojo. Please provide a contact number or e-mail on the application form.
4. Regulations of the matches will follow “The Regulation of Kendo Shiai and Shinpan” set forth by the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).
5. Tsuki waza is authorized for YUDANSHA DIVISION only.
6. Division Ranks as of May 15th, 2018
7. Age as of May 28th, 2018
8. Each person can only participate in one division and is responsible for bringing their own MEJIRUSHI (Red/White indicator)
9. In order to run the tournament efficiently, please have an adult accompany youth division teams at all times.
10. It will be an automatic loss by default if one is not present at the time of the match. There will be no exceptions for those who have already been declared a loss by default.
11. Team members cannot be modified after the tournament deadline date. However, if unforeseen situations such as injuries occur, the tournament committee will allow dialogue for possible team changes. Please promptly notify the SCKO Competition Committee of any team changes. The SCKO Competition Committee has the right to decline any team changes after the tournament deadline date.


1. Tournament rounds will be held in round robin (as necessary), followed by single elimination.
2. The individual match is conducted according to SANBON-SHOBU, and the chief judge will announce its duration at the opening ceremony.
3. If no winner is determined within the duration, a draw (HIKI-WAKE) will be declared.
4. Determination of the winning team will be made in the following order of precedence:
A) Highest number of individual winners
B) If the number of individual winners is the same, the highest number of points scored.
C) Should A and B turn out to be even, a one-point match playoff (Daihyo-sen, Ippon Shobu) between chosen representatives of each team will determine the winning team.

2018 Memorial Taikai Registration Form


2018 AUSKF Kodansha (5 to 7 Dan) Spring Promotion Examination (April 15, 2018)

2018 AUSKF Spring Promotion Examination (April 15, 2018)

 Location:  Marina High School (15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649)

Dates:  Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm: Registration
  • 1:00 pm –  4:00 pm: Test 5 Dan & above, Shogo
  • 4:00 pm –  5:00 pm: Seminar/Keiko


5 Dan 6 Dan 7 Dan Renshi Kyoshi
Testing Fee $100 $120 $150 $120 $150 Non-Refundable, Non-transferable
Menjo Fee $150 $200 $300 $300 $500 Void in the case of exam failure

** Application Deadline:  Friday, March 30, 2018   (All the documents and checks must be received by the deadline)

Submit the following to VP Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Please email the following in PDF file to :  michio.kajitani@auskf.org

  • Completed Application Form
  • Copy of current Dan Certificate (Menjo)
  • Essay (Written Test Answer Sheet; must be completed in English)
  • Recommendation (by the president of your federation) – **Shogo applicants only

Please mail the payments to:  Michio Kajitani, VP P&E AUSKF, 590 Shadowbrook CT, Redlands, CA 92374

  • 1 check for Examination Fee
  • 1 check for Menjo Fee ( It will be void in case you fail in the exam)
  • Hard copy of the application form.

**  All checks made payable to All United States Kendo Federation. 

**  Please do not send cash or money order for Menjo fee

Lodging information:  the hotel below is near the gym and special rate applies if you book by March 3.

Holiday Inn Orange County Airport (2726 S Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705)  Phone: 714 4816300


If you have any question, please contact Michio Kajitani, Promotion & Examination, AUSKF

Email:  michio.kajitani@auskf.org

Useful Documents:

2018-4-15 AUSKF Promotion Exam Information Packet



2018 AUSKF Junior Open Championships Shinpan and Volunteers sign up

SCKO Members:

We need your help as volunteers and Shinpan at the 2018 AUSKF Junior Open Championships that is coming up on April 8, 2018. This is a AUSKF event,but it is hosted by SCKO, and the tournament will be on our backyard, Marina High School, in Huntington Beach.

Your help will be greatly appreciated. Please use the form below to sign up!

2018 AUSKF Junior Open Championships

2018 AUSKF Junior Open Championships
Date: Sunday April 8, 2018
Location: Huntington Beach
More details will be available soon!

Photo from 2016 Junior Championships

We only have 3 months left and I have scheduled the practices as follows:

Practice day Status
1/14 (Sunday) 9 AM – noon (Butokuden)
1/28 (Sunday) Godogeiko (Butokuden)
2/4 (Sunday)  9 AM – noon (Butokuden)
2/18 (Sunday)  9 AM – noon Keiko, 1 – 3 PM Shiai (Butokuden) Update
2/25 (Sunday) 9 AM – noon Keiko, 1 – 3 PM Shiai (Butokuden)
3/11 (Sunday) 9 AM – noon Keiko, 1 – 3 PM Shiai (Butokuden)
3/18  (Sunday) Godogeiko (Butokuden) 9 AM – noon , 1 – 3 PM Shiai (Butokuden) Update
3/25 (Sunday) 9 AM – noon Keiko, 1 – 3 PM Shiai (Butokuden)
4/1 (Sunday) 9 AM – noon, Send off BBQ (Butokuden)

If your child is interested in participating, please discuss with your Dojo sensei and use the form below to sign up.
This is an open tournament, and everyone is encouraged to participate. Since it is local, I strongly recommend everyone participating in this largest Junior tournament in the USA. Not only the tournament itself, but the entire process preparing for it will make a big difference in your Kendo.

2017 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships

August 23, 2017

RE: 2017 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships

Dear Federation Leaders, Dojo Sensei, and Kendo Friends:

On behalf of Southern California Kendo Organization, I would like to cordially invite members of your federation to be part of our 2017 SCKO Individual Kendo Championships.  The tournament will be held at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, CA on Sunday October 8, 2017.  SCKO Individual Kendo Championships is one of our biggest events of the year, and it has been possible thanks to all the support from the regional federations that participated in the past.  This year, we are introducing a new category after the individual matches: the “The 5 BEST Team Match”. I am counting on your continual support to keep this great tournament for many more years to come.

General Information:

  • Date/Time: October 8, 2017 (8:30AM – 8:45AM roll call. Tournament starts at 9AM)
  • Location: Edison High School (21400 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646)
  • RSVP: Monday, September 25, 2017. Please reply by sending the attached registration form to competition@socalkendo.org, and mailing the tournament fees to SCKO (1581 Browning, Irvine CA 92606).
  • We would like to cordially ask for your help in refereeing (4 Dan and up) at the tournament.
  • Fee: $20 all ages

Eligibility: All AUSKF Members. If the player is not an AUSKF member, a separate waiver form must be signed at registration.


  1. 9 & Under Boys & Girls
  2. 10-11 Boys & Girls
  3. 12-13 Boys & Girls
  4. 14-15 Boys
  5. 16-18 Boys
  6. 14-18 Girls
  7. Men’s 1-2 Dan (Eto Cup)
  8. Men’s 3-4 (Nakabara Cup)
  9. Men’s 5 Dan and Up (Hori Cup)
  10. Women’s Dan (Akune Cup)
  11. Adult Kyu (19 & Over) Men & Women – (Lorimer Cup)
  12. 55 Years and Over Dan Men & Women
  13. “5 Best Team Matches”


  • Players can participate in one category only.
  • Tournament will follow FIK Rules and Regulations.
  • Tsuki, Jodan, Nito are not allowed for Mudansha and 18 years and under divisions.
  • Time Limit: Round Robin matches (3 minutes and No Encho), Tournament Round Matches (3 minutes and Encho), Semi-Finals and Finals (4 minutes and no Encho).
  • “5 Best Team Matches”: Team lineup to be submitted on the day of the tournament.

Looking forward to your great participation!

Please do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions at tariga@socalkendo.org.


Taro Ariga


Attached: This Invitation Letter, Players Registration Form, Waiver form for non AUSKF players.


2017-SCKO-IndividualTournament-InvitationLetter V1.2

2017-SCKO-IndividualChampionships-PlayersRegistration V1.2


SAVE THE DATE! 2017 SCKO Individual Kendo Tournament (October 8, 2017)

Dear Senseis, Federation Representatives, Dojo Representatives and Kendo Friends:

We take great pleasure to invite you to the 2017 Annual SCKO Individual Kendo Tournament. This is one of our biggest event of the year, with participants from various federations across the USA. This tournament has several categories to fit various levels and ages. Also, this year, we are starting something new: the “The 5 BEST Team Match”.

The Tournament date and location are the following:

  • Date/Time: October 8, 2017 (8:30AM roll call, Tournament starts at 9AM)
  • Location: Edison High School (21400 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646)

Details will be sent soon, so please save the date, and I hope you and your Dojo members can participate.