Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !

Dear friends, we noticed a recent glitch on Google maps. Our location appears to be on Sherbrooke St. East (by Metro Radisson). This is incorrect.
Our dojo is located at: 7200 Sherbrooke West, H4B-1R2, Loyola Campus - Gymnasium, as usual. We are working on fixing this issue. Thank you for your understanding.

...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...

A true warrior has no confusion in his mind...

No Martial Art symbolizes the spirit of the warrior more than the arts of kendo and Iaido.

Never surrender

Be better today than you were yesterday and then strive to become better still...

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.

Pride and friendship

Friendship and swordsmanship shall grow together through intense and sincere training. "Respect, perseverance and humbleness"; our everyday prayer.

Unify mind, body and spirit...

Kendo and Iaido are considered the most respected living forms of Budo nowadays

Would you discover yourself?

We invite you to this journey where you will find amazing secrets about yourself through the way of the sword.

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.

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

Experience Tradition...

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"

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...

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Jun 20 2015 | 6th Naginata World Championship

This year, the 6th World Naginata Championship was held in Montreal at McGill University, providing us with the rare opportunity to go and visit an international event like this. The day started with the opening ceremony and kata.

This was followed by the women's and men's individual competition, and later the team matches as well. The day ended with a friendly match between some of the Naginata competitors and a team of kendoka from McGill University.

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.

Full post coming soon...

Jun 13 2015 | Kendo Kata in the park

Summer is here! it's a great time to practice outdoors. Since the beginning of May, in preparation for the upcoming kendo grading, Shidokan members have been taking an extra day to enjoy the sun and practice Kendo kata in the Girouard Park. Both series have been covered: "Nihon Kendo Kata" & "Kata Bokuto ni yoru Kendo kihon waza keiko ho"

Everybody has been quite diligent and we hope to continue with the good work. Special thanks to our organizer: Alysha Hum, for all her logistics efforts.

May 17 2015 | Preparing for the WKC16

The 16th World Kendo Championship will be held in Japan by the end of May. In preparation to this event, members of Shidokan and other dojos in Montreal have had the opportunity to practice with high caliber kenshi. Since the begining of the year, several kenshi, together with members of the Canadian and the Venezuelan national teams, participated in practices led by Julio Kenji Toida Sensei, from the Brazilian national team.

Practices were geared towards shiai to prepare for the world tournament that would soon take place. Wether it was training for individual or team shiai, we all learned something, and we all improved. The training was grueling, but highly rewarding in the end. 

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

As it is tradition, this year Shidokan participated in the the twenty-fifth annual Spring Iaido & jodo seminar at Guelph Univesity, Also an apportunity to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Sei Do Kai dojo. The seminar was organized by Kim Taylor Sensei and had as special guests: Maehara Toshio (hanshi 8dan), Hatakenaka Atsumi (8dan), Ohmi Goyo (7dan) and Stephen Cruise (7dan)

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

On Sunday, April 26th, a Shidokan contingent traveled to the Cegep de Granby - Haute Yamaska to compete at the Quebec Regional Tournament. As usual all participants were grouped in four divisions: women's, mudansha and shodan, nidan and sandan, and yondan and up.

We got there early and started our warm up with a strong spirit, determined to do our best. Our moto for the day was 'no fear'. With that mindset we prepared for a long day of battle.

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

On the weekend of April 4th, one of our members: Gabriel Schor, participated at the 26th Cleveland Kendo Tournament/Greater Northeastern United States Kendo Championships in Cleveland. The event started on Friday with jigeiko followed by godo keiko attended by several high ranking sensei, including Inoshita Sensei who was the main organizer of the 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

On April 4th, our friends from AMS Kendo Club paid us a visit, it was a great practice! It's always a pleasant time when we receive visitors during our regular practice schedule. It provides an opportunity outside of special events, such as seminars and tournaments, to keiko with friends from other dojos. It provides both new insight into our own practice and gives us a chance to experience kendo with some less familiar faces.

Thank you very much for your kindness, we hope to spar with you again soon!

March 28 2015 | Inazuma Taikai

In preparation for upcoming tournaments, Shidokan hosted an internal junior “lighting tournament” Inazuma Taikai in order to complement our training and to give our members the opportunity to experience ‘combat pressure’ in real time.

There are many things happening during a kendo tournament: pressure, etiquette, rules. For an experienced kendoka all these factors are simply the norm, but for a kendoka without experience, the formalities of entering the ring (shiai-jo) may seem overwhelming at first.

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

For the first weekend of March, many of our members made the journey to Toronto for the annual taikai hosted by the University of Toronto that took place on the Saturday. This year we had enough participants for two full teams.

The tournament hosted a large number of competitors, mainly from Ontario and Quebec. The competition was a good opportunity to test our mettle against some very skilled kendoka from other regions. It was also a treat to get to see Team Canada in action before the 16th World Kendo Championship taking place later this year.

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

On Saturday, January 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting the first CKF Iaido grading in Montreal, following our habitual seminar led by Goyo Omhi Sensei and Stephen Cruise Sensei.

The day started off with a seminar in the morning, focusing entirely on Seitei Iai. This attention to Seitei allowed for all the grading applicants to have a last chance to prepare and get some feedback before the afternoon grading.

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!

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Shidokan Video pick of the month

June 2015 | Takenouchi Yuya - All Japan and World Kendo Champion

情熱大陸 「剣士・竹ノ内佑也」

Awesome 20 minute TV piece on Takenouchi Yuya - All Japan and World Kendo Champion (mens team, individual 2nd place). It's in Japanese but non-speakers can still watch and enjoy the documentary. This was only aired on June 7th 2015, on Japanese TV.

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