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.



Dear Kendo Friends,

The Southern California Kendo Organization (SCKO) is proud to host the 2017 Memorial Day Kendo Team Tournament on Sunday, May 28th, 2017, at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California.  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@scko.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 15th, 2017. 

We are very excited to have you join us and look forward to your participation and support at this year’s Memorial Team Tournament!


Steven Hsueh, Shota Sugeta, & Jason Kim

SCKO Competition Team



  1. Date:             Sunday, May 28th, 2017 (Memorial Weekend Sunday)
  2. Location: **NEW LOCATION**: Edison High School, 21400 Magnolia St, Huntington Beach, CA 92646, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
  3. Roll Call:       On the tournament date, registration will take place from 8:00a 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 39 Years Old
●      16-18 years-old Sr. Youth Division ●      Yudansha Division

Fees: (non-refundable)

18 years and under                       $15.00 per person

19 years and up                             $20.00 per person

Bento (Lunch box):                        $8.00 per person


1) Bento will be provided for Shinpan at no charge 

2) Maximum of 5 full-day volunteers per dojo will be provided with Bento at no charge


  1. Registration Form and Fees Deadline: Monday, May 15th, 2017 (Applications must be emailed and tournament fees postmarked by this date) 
  2. Please email your application form to: competition@scko.org
  3. Please write your checks to “Southern California Kendo Organization” and mail to:

SCKO Competition

1731 Mitchell Ave, #14
Tustin, CA 92780


  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, 2017
  7. Age as of May 28th, 2017
  8. Each person can only participate in one divisionand 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:
  5. A) Highest number of individual winners
  6. B) If the number of individual winners is the same, the highest number of points scored.
  7. 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.

Location Map

Registration form, click here >> SCKO Memorial Registration 2017 V5 (New Location)

For a printable map to the Tournament site click here >> Edison HS Map

SCKO Shinpan (Referee) Seminar (Sunday, May 20, 2017).

Dear SCKO Dojo Reps,

SCKO is planning to have a Shinpan (Referee) Seminar on May 20th (Sunday).

The information is the following.

Date: 5/21 (Sunday)

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM  (Godo keiko 3:45 – 4:45)

Location: Butokuden

Instructor: Hori sensei 7 Dan, Ariga sensei 7 Dan and Mamiya sensei 7 Dan

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

Please pay upon arrival: $10 Bento fee (Pay to: Southern California Kendo Organization)

The deadline for the application is May 6th.  Please send us back.

We need volunteers as player. Kyu rank and children are also welcome. Could you please ask your dojo members. If anyone can participate as player, also please write their name on the list. This is very good opportunity for learning about referee and improving your skill. We are looking forward to many people taking this opportunity to attend!

Best regards,

SCKO Education

Instructions on how to apply for Dan/Shogo in Japan

Dear President & Vice-President of AUSKF Member Federations,

The following is the request from All Japan Kendo Federation. Please inform following information to your members.

* AJKF will not accept application form individually. AUSKF must send all the application forms to AJKF together.

Please be aware of the following Exam Date & AUSKF Deadline of the examinations.


  1.  Email “Foreign Exam Application(Application Request Form)” to Shinobu Maeda (VP Promotion & Examination Committee).
  2.  Request the president of member federation to email **Recommendation(Renshi, & Kyoshi applicants only) to VP Promotion & Examination prior to the AUSKF Deadline.

This will be the information for the AUSKF President to make the applicant’s Recommendation.

               **Conditions for Recommendation for Renshi/Kyoshi

①     Presently practice Kendo on a regular basis

②     Play a leading role in the Kendo society of your country, possess great judgment and live sound life

③     Have attended the official seminars organized by FIK and/or FIK affiliated organizations (including EKF/LAKC)

④     Are recognized for having sufficient knowledge of Nippon Kendo Kata, Refereeing, Coaching methods and the competence for Jitsugi that are necessary for Renshi

⑤     The President of the organization can guarantee that you possesses such sufficient knowledge and competence

⑥     Have retained the necessary experience in coaching and refereeing

⑦     Live in your country and have been a registered member of your organization for at least 1 year; and will continue to live in your country and be a registered member of your organization at least 1 year from now

3)  “Application Form for AJKF” will be emailed to the applicants as soon as his/her all Request Form, a copy of current rank, (**Recommendation for Renshi / Kyoshi), and a check are received by VP President of Promotion & Examination.

4) “Application Form to AJKF” should be filled and emailed back to the VP Promotion & Examination by the AUSKF Deadline.

5) The direction for examination from AJKF will be distributed to each applicants.

6) Please follow the direction from AJKF.





Exam Date



Shogo & Dan Examinations Application Request AUSKF Deadline

(**Recommendation,  A copy of Menjo,

and a check should be received by this date)

    August 19 Nagano Kendo  7 Dan June 2
August 20 Nagano Kendo  6 Dan June 2
August 26 Fukuoka Kendo  7 Dan June 2
August 27 Fukuoka Kendo  6 Dan June 2
November 18 Nagoya Kendo  7 Dan September 1
November 19 Nagoya Kendo  6 Dan September 1
November 25 Hachioji Kendo  6 Dan September 1
November 27 or 28 Tokyo Kendo  7 Dan September 1
November 29 or 30 Tokyo Kendo  8 Dan September 1
November 18


Tokyo Iaido 6, 7 Dan September 1
August 4 Kumamoto Jodo 6, 7 Dan May 9
January 12, (2018) Tokyo Jodo 6, 7 Dan November 3
November 27 *Documentary

Exam (Tokyo)

Jodo, Iaido, Kendo


August 14
November 11 (Written Test will be held in Tokyo) Kendo Kyoshi August 7


2016 SCKO End of Year Tournament Result

2016 SCKO End of Year Tournament Result

Location: West Highschool, Torrance (December 11, 2016)

Non-Bogu Under 15 years old

  1. M Kurokawa, LB
  2. K Narcisco, LB
  3. J Ichikawa  BTK

Non-Bogu Over 15 years old

  1. B Kawaguchi, WLA
  2. A Riffenburgh, SD

9 and Under Boys and GIrls (Bogu)

  1. S Imura, BTK
  2. J Koines, BTK
  3. K Mori, GAR

10-12 Year Old Boys and GIrls (4-6 Kyu)

  1. L Jung, BTK
  2. S Heid, OSULA
  3. Kim, JOCHUN
  4. Sugiyama, SD

10-12 Year Old Boys and Girls (1-3 Kyu)

  1. T Ariga, BTK
  2. A Fujiwara, GAR
  3. K Sakai, BTK
  4. R Yamamoto, BTK

Over 13 Years Old Women’s Kyu

  1. Tsuda, WLA
  2. R Ogata, BTK
  3. Love, GAR
  4. E Fujita, GAR

13-16 years old Men’s Kyu

  1. K Yamamuro, BTK
  2. K Tsuyuki, BTK
  3. S Hsu, BTK
  4. Stallone, LB


Over 17 years old Men’s Kyu

  1. R Schott, BTK
  2. E Nickel, LB
  3. P Tran, BTK
  4. De La Torre, LB

13-16 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan

  1. R Okawa, LB
  2. S Mizutamori, GAR
  3. L Levins, WLA

17-29 years old Men’s 1-2 Dan

  1. T Williams, LB
  2. G Takahashi, BTK
  3. Chen, WLA
  4. Song, UCLA

30 Years Old and Above Men’s 1-2 Dan

  1. R Tsuyuki, BTK
  2. P Dopulos, LB
  3. H Niwa, WLA


40 years old and Above Women’s Dan

  1. E Aoshima, BTK
  2. M Ishikawa, BTK
  3. S Nakamura, WLA

Under 40 years old Women’s Dan

  1. M Harigai, BTK
  2. H Hsueh, BTK
  3. Y Saito, BTK
  4. M Wang, UCLA

Men’s 3-4 Dan

  1. K Sawai, BTK
  2. K Kamimoto, LB
  3. J Yang, UCLA
  4. H Yamamoto, BTK


Men’s 5 Dan and Up

  1. T Ariga, BTK
  2. H Okawa, LB
  3. M Segawa, GAR
  4. O Hashimoto, LB

Youth Grand Champion: Taiyo Ariga, BTK

Senior Youth Grand Champion:  Riki Okawa, LB

Yudansha Grand Champion: Komei Sawai, BTK

East-West Team Match:  East Side, Team Ariga