Southern California
Kendo Federation


2020 SCKF Shido Geiko

SCKF is conducting monthly practices geared towards our yudansha kenshi. See more notes below.

  • Practice schedule:

    Date Place Day,Time Toban Notes
    01/---/20 no keiko - - 1
    02/16/20 Venice Dojo Sun, 10am-12pm VEN, ANC 3 Venice
    03/29/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm canceled 4 corona
    04/---/20 no keiko - - 1
    05/17/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm CM
    06/07/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm WS, IRV, LHB
    07/---/20 no keiko - - 1
    08/16/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm ALH, GJCI
    09/13/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm SB, SS, SFV
    10/04/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm COV
    11/---/20 no keiko - - 1
    12/06/20 Best Dance Studio Sun, 10am-12pm OCB
    01/---/21 no keiko - - 1
    02/??/21 ? ? NOR 2
    03/??/21 ? ? ISKD 2
    04/---/21 no keiko - - 1
    05/??/21 ? ? TOR 2
    06/??/21 ? ? GED 2
    07/---/21 no keiko - - 1
    08/??/21 ? ? STYO 2
    09/??/21 ? ? PJCI, LOS 2


    1. No shido geiko in Jan, Apr, Jul, Nov
    2. Details tbd
    3. 2/16/20 practice changed from Best Dance Studio to Venice Dojo. Use parking spaces 49-62 and 70-86. Practice is in the main gym. Guys dressing room is on the stage. We must be vacated by 12:20pm so taiko can set up for their practice.
    4. 3/29/20 practice canceled due to coronavirus

  • Shido geiko goals
    • improve members' kendo basics to increase their enjoyment and longevity in the art
    • provide the opportunity for regular keiko with high ranking sensei, as well as make yourself known to shinsa advisory board members
    • prepare our members for shinsa, including how to test and what shinsa-in are looking for
    • hold keiko at times and places that will allow more people to participate
  • General notes
    • 2-hour keiko generally held on Sundays, but could be Saturday
    • facility ideally accommodates keiko and parking for 50+ participants
    • start time between 10am and 3pm, to allow travel time for distant kenshi
    • toban duties shall rotate between SCKF member dojo (see schedule above and toban duty notes below)
    • participants: 1dan and above
      kyu members of toban dojo may also attend
    • yudansha attendance will be recorded (see attendance record)
    • colored rank band on tare:
      6D=red, 5D=orange, 4D=yellow, 3D=blue (tape), 2D=green, 1D=white, kyu=none
  • Budget notes
    • $150-250 facility (for 3 hours = 2hr keiko plus 30min setup/clean up)
    • $50 refreshments (mainly water/drinks)
    • $100 light meal for 7dan/motodachi sensei
      note: plan for ten motodachi (ideally all 7dan sensei, but if not sufficient then 6dan and even 5dan may be asked to help out)
    • follow the SCKF reimbursement procedure to get reimbursed (receipts required)
  • Host dojo
    • in general, keiko will be held Sunday from 10am-12pm at Best Dance Studio, with toban rotation as assigned (see schedule above)
    • toban dojo may choose to host keiko at their own selected facility, as a service to SCKF as well as their own members. Host dojo may select Saturday and/or change the start time within the constraints described above, however please do so far enough in advance (minimum 2 months) so kenshi can adjust their calendars. Refer to the current calendar summary for potential event conflicts.
    • if toban dojo needs to swap dates with another dojo, please arrange it between yourselves, then notify SCKF so the change can be announced and posted. For more complicated issues, such as hosting multiple times, or needing budget relief on the facility, please bring it up for discussion at the SCKF Board meeting.
  • Toban duties:
    • Facility set up (if necessary)
    • Sign in table: conduct sign in and distribute rank tags (coordinate with Jean Kodama)
    • Warm up leader (for junbi undo)
    • Support for shidogeiko leader, eg timekeeper for mawari geiko, court set up for mogi shinsa, etc
    • Water for kenshi (reimbursed by SCKF)
    • Bento or light meal for motodachi sensei (reimbursed by SCKF, see more notes below)
    • Facility clean up
    • Optional
      • light snacks (donate, or fit into refreshment budget)
      • bento for kenshi (can charge)
  • Bento notes
    • if pre-ordering, assume 10 bento needed for motodachi sensei
    • if waiting to see how many motodachi are actually present that day, be sure to have someone not in bogu available to handle ordering and pickup
    • for Best Dance Studio bento notes see map page


  • 12/15/19: page creation
  • 02/15/20: add to note 3: Venice Dojo parking and other notes
  • 03/12/20: add to note 4: canceled due to coronavirus; move toban down; remove IE

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