January 2016 | FIK Kendo Referee Seminar for the American Zone (FY 2015)
Our sincere gratitude to the CKF for organizing this event, looking forward to the next one.
Full post & gallery soon...
January 2016 | New beginning
January 2016 | New Years Shidokan Dinner
We also celebrated the birthdays of our dear Santoso-Sensei and a few others from amongst our ranks.
Let’s make 2016 another great year!
December 19 2015 | Another great year ends
Another succesful year ends for Shidokan, looking forward to keep learning and improving together in 2016. Thanks to our dear mentors for their patience and dedication. Special thanks to Toida Sensei and our brothers from MKC for joining us for last keiko-2015!
Thank you Santoso Sensei for your constant guidance in both Kendo and Iaido; every valuable lesson keeps helping fortify our foundations, not only as martial artists but as better persons.
Dec 12 2015 | Women's Joint Practice
Dec 5 2015 | Winter Grading
The next week, our Iaido grading applicants headed to Toronto as well for the Winter Iaido exams. There was a pre-grading seminar in the morning, which was a good opportunity to get some pointers and advice as to what the judges would be looking for during the exam. All participants were split into groups based on the level they were grading. It was a lot to take in for the day, but we'll be sure to apply what we learned in our regular training.
Grading commenced in the afternoon. The exams ranged from 1kyu to 4Dan, and we had applicants in the 1Kyu, 1Dan, and 3Dan categories. Once again, our applicants did very well and everyone passed their respective exams.
Thank you to our Sensei and Senpai for all of your help and guidance in preparing us for these events. Well done everyone!
Nov 29 2015 | Quebec Regional Championship - Granby
Overall we had a good performance and are proud of the spirit that everyone brought to their fights. In the Mudansha-Shodan and Women's categorie, Shidokan managed to bring back both bronze medals, as well as the Fighting Spirit award in the Women's category. A few of our seniors were missing this time around, but everyone stepped up and one team managed to make it to the second round, and the other brought home the silver.
Thank you to Santoso Sensei for your continued patience and guidance. As well, we would like to express our gratitude to the organizers of the tournament. Full gallery soon...
Nov 1 2015 | Joint practice at UdM
We were then treated with godokeiko for the rest of the practice, before refreshing ourselves with some cold beer to celebrate Schneider Sensei's birthday! Our sincere gratitude goes to Schneider Sensei and AMS for hosting the event, as well as to Toida Sensei for sharing his knowledge with us. We look forward to the next practice!
Oct 18 2015 | Kendo Kata Seminar at Shidokan
We discussed key points as we went through the five basic kamae, the differences in footwork, and the importance of keeping a strong connection between uchidachi and shidachi. Everyone had the opportunity to practice the first seven (Tachi) Kata together, after which we split into two groups, to allow higher-ranking kendoka to also work on Kodachi Kata. Finally, we regrouped for godokeiko before parting ways.
As our Kendo technique progresses, so should the execution of our Kata, which aid in the comprehension of important concepts. The seminar was successful refresher, and a good opportunity to improve. We hope to have similar events in the years to come.
We wish to thank the Senseis for their patience and guidance, as well as everyone who attended the seminar.
October 10 2015 | Shidokan visits McGill
September 2015 | New Beginnings
Fall marks the start of another semester. After a break from training in the last few weeks of August, our members return to the dojo, ready to get back to work. Our doors have opened to new and eager students as both Kendo (September 8th) and Iaido (September 12th) start back up again.
To all our new recruits: Welcome! We look forward to training with you as you walk down this new path.
Our sincere gratitude to D'Orangeville Sensei and our friends from McGill Kendo Club for joining our Friday practice, We will visit you soon !
August 9 2015 | Otakuthon
Afterwards, our kendoka demonstrated some of our drills, particularly kirikaeshi and oji waza, followed by some practice shiai fights.
At the end, members of the audience were given the opportunity to practice some basics with us. It was a lot of fun and we hope to see everyone there again next year!
July 31 2015 | Tsuji Sensei visits Shidokan
We warmed up with exercises aimed at correcting our posture and footwork. Building on that, shinai in hand, we reviewed our cuts and improved our tenouchi, through suburi and wrist exercises. After a quick break, we applied everything we had learnt in a spirited keiko.
We would like to extend our gratitude to Tsuji Sensei for his visit, and to both him and Santoso Sensei for their patience and continued guidance. We look forward to another great practice!