Belgian Kendo Dan Championship 2024

Last weekend, many of our Butokukan members participated in the Belgian Kendo Dan Championship 2024. Everyone had their great fights with full fighting spirit 🤩🔥 and showed a great symbol of friendship and the united.

At the end of the day, we happily present a new Nidan from our club Nicola Vaes 😍🥳


From 5th to 7th of April, the Butokukan team went to Chambery France to participate in the 30th seminar and the friendly Coupe des Alpes organized by our friends from Chambéry Nihonto Dojo, thank you for your organizing for a such successful annual events 👏. We wish you more success in this event series for many more years 🥰👍💪.

For the taikai, our butokukan team teamed up with 2 young and talent kendokas from Geneve. The team passed the pool and our fighters had impressive fights with other kendokas coming from many countries. The fighting spirit was really high 🔥

To add a final touch to the success of the seminar, we happily announce that our friend Thomas Cylny passed his Go-dan exam at the end of the event 🤩🥳👍. We wish him all the best on the path of pursuing his kendo.

Many thanks to the organizers again, and see you again soon.


2023 Champions’ reward ceremony

This year the City of Brussels, BrusselsSport, organised the 2023 Champions’ reward ceremony in the superb Brussels City Hall in Grand Place. Mr Philippe Close, Bourgmestre, and Mr Benoit Hellings, Échevin des Sports, were present in this beautiful event, and of course, a number of champions of different sports.

Butokukan had an honor to demonstrate iaido (Maya) and kendo (Emilio and Thomas) in front of the audience. It must have been the first such demonstration in the Brussels City Hall 😃


Maya – Belgian Iaido Champion & Fighting Spirit in European Championships (3rd dan category)

Khang – Belgian Iaido Champion (2nd dan category)


Marius – Fighting Spirit in Technique (5-9 years category)

Adrianna – Belgian Champion in Technique (14-17 years category)

Laure – Belgian Champion in Technique (adult category)

Lionel – 3rd place in Belgian Championships (adult category)

Ibrahim – 2nd place in Shiai (under 13 years category)

Neigema – Fighting Spirit in Shiai (Ladies, adult category)

Ilyas – 3rd place in Kojika Cup (5-9 years category)

Congratulations to all champions 2023 👏👏👏

2023 last training

2023 trainings ✅ It was another year of friendship, courage, hard work, good times, learnings,… kendo & iaido life in a nut cell 🤩😄

Last night was the last training with a bit of kendo no kata and lots of jigeiko, followed by drinks & cakes at the usual place 🥳🎊

Winter Seminar 2023

It’s a good moment to remember the Winter Seminar 2023 edition 😊🙏

Besides all the trainings (including Ito sensei in Butokukan) and kendo competition, we had great success in both kendo and iaido examinations:

4th dan kendo: Mateusz

3rd dan kendo: Anissa, Tuan

2nd dan kendo: Pranas, Mathieu

1st dan kendo: Rebecca

2nd dan iaido: Saskia

1st dan iaido: Claude

Congrats to all 👏👏👏😃🤩 ..another 👣 on the way!

Luxembourg seminar Dec 2023

Throw back the seminar with Markus Frey sensei the last weekend organized by Shobukai Kendo in Luxembourg!

There were a lot of exercises and fun sword-crossing time ⚔️ with friends from many dojos.

The seminar provided a rich and well-though program, which is useful for our participants to improve and continue their kendo path 🙏 Thank you very much senseis and friends!

11th Iaido Koryu Seminar

The 11th Iaido Koryu Seminar with Kobayashi sensei and Ito sensei took place last weekend in Brussels. It was truly amazing to see Kobayashi sensei and Ito sensei again, the first time after the covid times. Very memorable teaching and training; with overflowing swords and the opponents just in front 😄

There were participants from Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Lithuania and of course Belgium. You really made it successful weekend.

To put it very simply: fantastic seminar. Thank you senseis 🙏☺️ Thank you all participants 🙏😊

See you again 2024 😊

8th Butokukan Kendo Seminar in Butgenbach

Last weekend we had the 8th Butokukan Kendo Seminar in Butgenbach 😊😃

In the beginning of the seminar we revealed the new KAKEMONO and new TENUGUI made by Ishikawa Sensei. Arigato gozaimashita 🙏🤩 Beautiful piece of art with a meaning. We will cherish the KAKEMONO for years to come, and sweat the TENUGUIS 😅

Besides the trainings, shinai repair and speeches, we had KYU examination (congrats!) and the annual BTK SHIAI:

1 – Thomas

2 – Khang

3 – Abdel

3 – Manuel

FS – Matthieu

Congrats to everyone 👏👏👏

Thank you everyone for joining this great event! We’ll be back next year 🤩😍