November 2014 | Toida Sensei visits Shidokan
Finally, we performed footwork exercises, ranging from okuri-ashi to lunges, aimed at developing our fumikomi whilst keeping good posture.
Second, we spent some time working on kirikaeshi. Toida Sensei showed us the proper form to maintain throughout the drill: large, smooth cuts with strong kiai for every set of ten hits. Shinsa-style keiko followed, where every kendoka could bring out their best kendo in order to set our minds on the upcoming grading.
Finally, we loosened up with some kakari-geiko and had a chance to have keiko with Toida Sensei. After some quick pictures, we had breakfast together to kick off the weekend. We hope to see Toida Sensei very soon, - please come visit us again!
November 2014 | CLAK 2014
The week was full of activities, Godokeiko, Kendo & Iaido Seminars, Shinpan Seminar; And of course 2 days of full competition.
It was clear that the Kendo level of all countries has greatly improved and that all the hard work is paying off.
"It was a great experience to participate amongst competitors with such level of commitment and intensity in their kendo, I feel motivated to keep demanding the very best in my own training here in Montreal" - Juan.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our dear friend Kenji Toida Sensei , who passed his 7th dan Kendo exam.
An amazing achievement, well deserved!
November 8th & 9th 2014 | Iaido Seminar with Cruise Sensei & Ohmi Sensei
Since their first visit in 1991, Cruise Sensei and Ohmi Sensei have continued to lead iaido seminars in Montreal in collaboration with Shidokan. This year, the annual two-day fall seminar was held at our John Abbot location.
The first day was dedicated to Seitei Iai. Some of the more prominent themes of the day were the differences between Mae and Shohato, as well as the understanding of the relationship between movement, posture, and "teki" (enemy) position in order to achieve correct waza. The second day focused on the first four katas of Omori Ryu in Muso Shinden Ryu.
Pictures from our training prior to the seminar:
During both days, Senseis emphasized the critical value of improving our training through the development of a precise understanding and fluid execution of the kata. We would like to thank Cruise Sensei and Ohmi Sensei for more than 20 years of continued guidance, and we hope to see you again soon.
November 8th 2014 | Quebec Provincial Championship - Granby
Shidokan did very well, bringing back a bronze and a gold medal in the mudansha-shodan division, as well as a bronze and a silver in the sandan-nidan division. Our teams also fought hard in their respective courts, giving their best against tough opponents.
We returned to Montreal in high spirits. We then had dinner at PJ's where Santoso Sensei joined us to celebrate.
We would like to express our gratitude to the organizers of the tournament for setting up this competition twice a year, as well as extend our thanks to Santoso Sensei for his patience and his constant guidance.
October 19th 2014 | Special Joint Practice with Kawamura Sensei
The first part of the practice focused on the basics, especially footwork and distance. Afterwards, we practiced many waza with emphasis on tenouchi, before moving onto mawari geiko and jigeiko. Another valuable lesson of the day was to remember the importance of the maintaining the center, especially when striking. After the practice, everyone was invited to come out and enjoy each other’s company over dinner and drinks.
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to both Kawamura Sensei(s) for taking the time to visit us and for leading the practice. We would also like to thank Toida Sensei of MKC and Tuan-Anh from McGill for all their help with the organization of the practice. Also, our gratitude to Ariyama Sensei for her help with the translation during the practice.
It was truly a great opportunity to learn and practice together. We look forward to the next one!
September 27th 2014 | Tsuji Sensei & Shidokan 40th !
Tsuji Sensei emphasized the importance of setting up your strike and maintaining good kamae, encouraging us to correct any flaws in our posture.
After a quick lunch break, we spent an hour reviewing our kata. We used the time to develop seme and datotsu-bui, and improved our sense of correct striking distance. Tsuji Sensei reminded us that practicing kata is imperative to improving the foundation of one's kendo. This became apparent as we moved on to ji-geiko. Everyone showed strong spirit, fighting to the best of their abilities. We were even treated with a keiko between Santoso Sensei and Tsuji Sensei.
In the evening, we celebrated Shidokan's 40 years and Funamoto Sensei's legacy together with our fellow iaidoka over a nice dinner. We had a great time and would like to sincerely thank Tsuji Sensei for taking the time to visit and join us for a whole day, as well as Santoso Sensei, Dean Sensei, and Robert Sensei for their continued patience and constant guidance.
Happy birthday Shidokan! Many more to come.