...To mold the mind and body; to cultivate a vigorous spirit; and through correct and rigid training; to strive for improvement in the arts of Kendo and Iaido; to hold in esteem human courtesy and honor; to associate with others with sincerity; and to forever pursue the cultivation of one's self...
No Martial Art symbolizes the spirit of the warrior more than the arts of kendo and Iaido.
Would you discover yourself?
We invite you to this journey where you will find amazing secrets about yourself through the way of the sword.
Unify mind, body and spirit...
Kendo and Iaido are considered the most respected living forms of Budo nowadays
Overcome your own limits
Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.
Be better today than you were yesterday and then strive to become better still...
Shidokan's History and Pride
Since it's foundation in 1974 produced many outstanding Kendo players in Quebec generation after generation.
Empty your mind
Through constant practice the student will be able to clear the mind giving him or her the confidence needed to
overcome daily undertakings with the utmost commitment. - Santoso Hanitijo Sensei.
Douglas Funamoto Sensei
"His dedication to teaching kendo was tremendous, and his humble nature will be remembered fondly."
- Lawrence Tsuji
Students are given the opportunity to experience an ancient Japanese tradition.
Generation after Generation
The first Shidokan generation produced outstanding Kendo players that have continued to develop the art many years later to pass their knowledge to the new generations.
Practice, Practice, Practice
At Shidokan we understand that the only way to obtain our goals and to suceed in every aspect of life is to always persevere.
Just like Sensei says : "Practice, practice and practice more"
Unleash the Warrior within you...
The students learn and practice fierce techniques, until eventually sword becomes "no sword", intention becomes "no intention", a spontaneous knowledge of every situation.
The first technique shall become the last
The first elementary teaching becomes the highest knowledge, and the master still continues to practise this simple training, his everyday prayer.
For many years "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" has been operating in Montreal, Canada; Our objective is to offer the best possible information to every person seeking a serious path in Martial Arts. Feel free to navigate through our site and don't forget to pass by the Concordia University (Loyola Campus Main Gym), to find out what's beyond that far away Mountain...
February 18th 2014 | A friend from Seoul
We would like to express our gratitude to our friend Tae Hyoung Kim who paid us a visit all the way from Seoul, Korea.
We enjoyed a great practice together and hope it can be repeated soon, Please visit us again!
February 16th 2014 | 16th Memorial Detroit Kendo Tournament
On the third weekend of February Shidokan participated in the 16th Memorial Detroit Kendo Tournament.
The event began on the Saturday with Kendo grading and a seminar led by Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan Yamazaki Masaru Sensei.
On the next day, Sunday 16th, the tournament took place. We would like to congratulate our members for their excellent performance:
Ruby Kulikowska - 1Dan category, Bronze medal
Gabriel Schor - 2Dan category, Silver medal
In the team matches Gabriel joined forces with Markham Kendo Club, led by Sumi Sensei and Tsuji Sensei (Shidokan senior). It was a great opportunity because Shidokan senior instructor (Battle Creek, Michigan) Yutaro Matsuura was there to oversee our players and offer his valuable advice, thank you Sensei!
A wonderful experience, one to be remembered.
January 2014 | New beginning
We would like to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome to our newest recruits. As freshmen the road ahead might seem very difficult from time to time. We hope you can find the patience and dedication within yourselves to overcome every obstacle you may encounter in this new path.
We promise you hard work and lots of fun ! Welcome to the Kan!
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Kenji Toida Sensei for paying us a visit, it's always a wonderful learning experience having Toida Sensei teaching us. Please visit us again Sensei !
January 2014 | Family tradition
The whole Shidokan family reunited in January for our annual New Year’s brunch to celebrate the achievements of the past year with delicious Korean food and sake.
Some of our senior members shared their thoughts and experiences from the past year, in addition to their plans and objectives for the upcoming year. We also celebrated Sensei’s birthday, as well as Ruby and Alysha’s birthdays. We would like to thank Santoso Sensei's friend: Mr. Liu for joining us on this occasion. We would also like to thank him for his amazing calligraphy gifts.
Let's have another great year 2014 !
December 17th 2013 | Rites of Passage
"Honour was of utmost importance to the samurai in life and in death. Kendo is considered as one of the last living forms of Budo, Therefore during training it's very important to keep alive the old principles."
As it is tradition at Shidokan, a junior recruit is officially welcome to the club through an initiation ceremony called the "circle of death".
The ideal behind the "circle" is to give the student the opportunity to show courage in a non-stop fight against senior members. To "die" fighting with honour.
We would like to congratulate our recruits, - you fought with honour and you made us very proud !
Shidokan Video pick of the month
January 2014 | When Bamboo Strikes
We would like to express our gratitude to Nicole D'souza for this fantastic video. This was filmed during one of our kendo sessions.
"My short sensory ethnographic film "When Bamboo Strikes" (2013) explores the Japanese martial art practice of kendo. In this film I am interested in evoking a complexity of multisensory and experiential forms of knowing by the ways in which individual sensory categories (e.g., sound, image) interact with each other. I use an observational filming method, in which the image and sound of a piece is left relatively raw and unaltered. There is no soundtrack, nor is there narration or voiceover which orients the viewer towards a particular way of seeing and thinking. This type of filmmaking leaves the interpretation open to the viewer and reveals a new way of "knowing".