Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !
...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...
Pride and friendship
Friendship and swordsmanship shall grow together through intense and sincere training. "Respect, perseverance and humbleness"; our everyday prayer.
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.
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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.
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.
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...
June 2014 | Summer Kendo Grading
On Sunday June 1st, the Summer Kendo Grading for the eastern region of Canada was held at the Montreal Kendo Club.
We were very lucky to have the opportunity to challenge our next kendo rank here in Montreal.
Our members had been preparing for quite some time, not only for their jitsugi (demonstration fight) but for their kata as well.
As Santoso Sensei says, 'Grading' is just part of our training. The challenge of obtaining our next rank helps us set milestones and rather than being considered as the "end" of a cycle, it should be embraced as the "beginning" of a new one.
We would like to congratulate all our members who took part in this grading. It can be a very difficult and nerve-racking experience.
- We hope you are motivated and we hope you never stop trying. Gratitude to MKC for hosting this special event and to our dear instructors for their constant guidance.
Special thanks to our dear friend Pham T. Quoc for letting use some of his wonderful photos.
May 2014 | QC Women's practice
On Sunday, May 18th, many of Shidokan’s female practitioners set out to McGill Kendo Club for a joint women’s practice led by Ariyama Sensei. The practice was attended by women from McGill Kendo Club, Shidokan, Montreal Kendo Club, l'Académie Martiale Serei, and Quebec Kendo Kai.
The practice started off with a close and careful look at kirikaeshi. However, in preparation for the upcoming tournaments in June, the majority of the practice focused on shiai training and oji-waza. The biggest lesson of the day was timing, and its importance was emphasized in each of the drills that we did.
Thank you to McGill Kendo Club for organizing the event, and thank you Ariyama Sensei for your guidance!
We look forward to seeing everybody again soon.
April 2014 | Quebec Regionals, Granby
On Sunday April 28th Shidokan travelled to Granby (QC) for their regional spring championship. Shidokan brought an overwhelming contingent of over twenty members.
It was a great opportunity for many of our junior members to participate in their first tournament and for our seniors to test their mettle as they took many of the division finals by storm. Shidokan registered two teams, with Shidokan Team A facing off once more with McGill Team A in the finals.
Congratulations to all of our participants for their hard work and for showing a tremendous amount of spirit and support at the Taikai. We would also like to congratulate:
- Ruby Kulikowska: Gold
- Minh Phan: Gold
- Robert Carson: Bronze
- Tong Dinh: Gold
- Gabriel Schor: Silver
- Shidokan A: Silver
We would like to thank Santoso Sensei for his constant guidance and patience with us! Also, thank you to Matsuura Sensei who travelled all the way to the tournament and provided us with much advice.
We understand there's a long road ahead of us and lots of work to do, let's set mind and heart to purpose!