Jun 20 2015 | 6th Naginata World Championship
It was a great chance to observe Naginata practitioners at an international level, as well as to see and look for some of the similarities in principle and practice between Kendo and Naginata. Some of our members also got a chance to meet Alex Bennett Sensei of Team New Zealand. Perhaps one day we'll see the WKC held a bit closer to home as well.
Jun 19 2015 | Visit to MKC
On Friday, June 19th, we paid a visit to our brothers from MKC. A great led by Kenji Toida Sensei. We also met with our friend Hugo Renaud, who used to train at Shidokan many years ago.
Jun 13 2015 | Kendo Kata in the park
May 17 2015 | Preparing for the WKC16
We thank Toida Sensei for leading the sessions, and to McGill University for providing the space to practice. The bar has been raised, now we go back to train.
May 16 2015 | 25th Iaido & jodo Seminar - Guelph
May 15 2015 | Moscoso Sensei visits MKC
On May 15th, following a north-american Kendo tour, Michael Moscoso Sensei (5th dan) visited MKC, luckly, many Shidokan seniors were present as well to enjoy kendo together.
We would like to thank MKC and Mosoco Sensei for the kindness and advice.
April 26 2015 | Quebec Regional Kendo Championship - Granby
Shidokan did very well in the mudansha-shodan division. We managed to bring back a bronze medal in the sandan-nidan division. Our teams also fought hard in their respective courts, giving their best against tough opponents and earning a silver medal. Also, Shidokan brought home the Fighting Spirit Award as well as a bronze medal in the women category. We returned to Montreal in high spirits. We then had some spicy Korean food at Shabu Shabu where Santoso Sensei joined us to celebrate.
We would like to express our gratitude Santoso Sensei for his patience and his constant guidance and to the organizers of the tournament for setting up this competition twice a year.
April 4 2015 | 26th Cleveland Kendo Tournament
Afterwards, there was a grading seminar and mock grading for ranks between 1kyu and 5dan given by Onda Sensei from Tokyo and Kato Sensei from New York. They emphasized the importance of chakuso, or the correct way to wear the kendo gear, at all levels and how those attempting higher ranks must be extra careful as their way of wearing their equipment would set an example for other students. On Saturday everybody participated in the individual and team tournament. It is a massive tournament that took place simultaneously on six courts throughout the whole day. After the tournament there was another godo keiko session with several 6dan and 7dan senseis.
On Sunday the gym was opened early and some of the participants took advantage for a short keiko session. The main seminar was lead by Onda Sensei, 8dan Kyoshi, kendo shihan of Tokyo Police Kendo. During the warmup, Onda Sensei stressed the fact that the warmup exercises should be performed in such a way that they can used as a base to build up to good kendo, not treated as an isolated activity. Next, Onda Sensei explained that kiri-kaeshi must first be big, second it must be firm, third it must be accurate and only lastly it can be light. This order is mandatory as it emphasizes first mastering the basics. After waza and some jikeiko, the last hour was reserved for another godo-keiko with some of the highest ranking sensei present.
April 4 2015 | Our friends from AMS
March 28 2015 | Inazuma Taikai
It was a great experience for all of us. Many of our junior members were exposed to pressure in combat, shiai rules and etiquette for the first time. It was also a great opportunity for our senior members to sharpen their judging skills being able to recognize an ippon with confidence.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our beginners who acted as volunteers: keeping the time, taking pictures, keeping the score, and placing the tasuki (colored ribbon) on the competitors. And special thanks to our friends from MKC who also helped us achieve our goal.
Mar 7 2015 | University of Toronto Kendo Tournament
Congratulations to Justin McNeil-Smith for taking home the bronze medal in the Kyu-Shodan division! As well, we would like to congratulate Kenji Toida Sensei, who accompanied us this weekend, for winning gold in the Yondan and up category. It was also very nice to see our friend Lawrence Tsuji Sensei at the tournament - as always, thank you for your guidance!
Time to reflect on both the wins and losses of the day so that we can incorporate it into our training moving ahead. Looking forward to the next competition!
Thank you again to Justin and Robert for helping us with accommodations for the weekend!
Feb 28 2015 | First CKF Iaido Grading in Montreal
After lunch, the grading began. It was open to applicants for 1kyu, 1st Dan, and 2nd Dan. Overall, it was a very successful grading. Congratulations everyone on a job well done!
The seminar continued once more after grading. The group was split in two, with Ohmi Sensei leading many of the newly-ikkyu back through Seitei iai while Cruise Sensei took those who hadn’t graded and focused on Koryu kata(s) for the rest of the afternoon. Afterwards, there was dinner at Kanda to celebrate over sushi and sake.
The seminar continued on Sunday at John Abbott. It touched on Seitei again, but the focus switched to Koryu with the pressure of grading off. All kata(s) of the Chuden level (Hasegawa Eishin-ryu) were reviewed as well as special drills such as haya-iai, diving into technical details and differences between Chuden and Okuden levels, such as 'noto' and 'tatehiza'.
Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who worked hard to make this grading successful. Special thanks to Christian D'Organgeville Sensei, president of the CKF, for attending this inaugural event.
Once again, congratulations to all of the applicants. We hope to have this opportunity again in the future!