The Budokan of Los Angeles will be a mixed-use, multi-court sports and activity center
capable of hosting league play, tournaments, and various other special events. The
facility will function as a venue for volleyball, basketball, and various other sporting
events throughout the year. It will also serve as the premier venue for martial arts
tournaments in the United States. Finally, the Budokan of Los Angeles will serve as a
community center, a place for cultural and performing arts and a wide array of programs
and activities for seniors and youth.

The vision for the Budokan of Los Angeles is:

• A place for opportunity: With limited space availability and the high cost of
rental fees, the facility will fill a huge void for sports programs and activities both
locally and regionally.

• A place for community: There is a major need for a public facility in Little
Tokyo and the Downtown region that will bring a wide array of activities that will
enrich the quality of life for all.

• A place for the future: The unique facility will serve as a destination driven site
that will draw a wide range of new visitors-athletes, families and youth to explore
and experience the historic neighborhood.


What is a Budokan?

Budokan roughly translates as "martial arts hall" in Japanese. The name is derived from the Nippon Budokan, a large arena in Central Tokyo, Japan. The arena was originally constructed for judo competition during the 1964 Summer Olympics, but today serves as a multi-purpose facility that caters to sports, entertainment and other activities. Currently in the United States, there are numerous budokans which serve as multi-purpose centers for martial arts, team sports such as basketball and volleyball, community activities and other special events.

Budokan of Los Angeles, a Project of Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third St, Suite G106
(213) 473-3030