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BUTOKUDEN Dojo
1581 Browning
Irvine CA 92606 USA
Phone: 866-DO-KENDO

The making of a Kendo Dojo

I am creating this website to share my experience in building a Dojo. We finished building the Kendo Dojo floor in March 2011, and we recently got the building permit from the City, so we started building the bathrooms, changing rooms, the main entrance lobby, lounge, etc. There are so many challenges that I can not mention them all on this website, but I have listed many of the main events.

In University, I majored in Civil Engineering. But when I graduated in the early 90s, the Information Technology industry was where the hot jobs were, and anyone that had an engineering background was being headhunted into the IT market. I was not an exception. I worked all my professional life, in the IT industry.

By building this Dojo from scratch, I came across the opportunity to experience the construction work for the first time, and I am most certainly enjoying this, much more than the structure courses I took in University.

I would like to thank all the people who was part of this project. My special thanks to Mr. Tony Kuo, our Dojo member, also the architect of this big project, who devoted his time and patience for this Dojo.

I hope this website gives you an idea of what it takes to build a Dojo. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

BUTOKUDEN Dojo Kancho
Kendo Kyoshi 7th dan
Taro Ariga

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