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...

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...

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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

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2 April 2016 | Tsuji Sensei Visit

On the first weekend of April, we received a special visit from Lawrence Tsuji Sensei. Once a student at Shidokan alongside Santoso Sensei under our founder, Funamoto Sensei, Tsuji Sensei now trains at Markham Kendo Club in Toronto.

We were reminded that each practice is as intense and difficult as we choose to make it, and that it is important to approach everything we do in Kendo with a strong and focused mindset. Even practising the basics should have our full effort and attention. With that in mind, the majority of practice focused on footwork and other kihon drills, then ended with some time for keiko.

Thank you Tsuji Sensei for taking the time to visit and train with us, as both your presence and advice are always welcome and appreciated. We hope to see you again soon!

March 2016 | Gearing up

Shidokan has been preparing for the upcoming tournaments, both in kendo & iaido under the watchful of Santoso Sensei.

Always with diligence & comradery, training together to strengthen our technique as well as our friendship.

12-13 March 2016 | University of Toronto Taikai and Etobicoke Visit

A small contingent of Shidokan travelled to Toronto for the annual UofT Kendo Taikai. The tournament took place on the Saturday and Kendoka from dojos all over Ontario, Quebec, and even a few from the United States were in attendance. We had participants in all the individual categories and for some it was also their first time participating in the team matches. We hope to learn from both our victories and defeats, and look forward to the next taikai. Thank you to the University of Toronto club for all their efforts in hosting this event!

On Sunday, some of our contingent took advantage of the trip to visit Cruise Sensei at the Etobicoke dojo before heading back to Montreal. We spent the morning practising Iaido, getting a lot of advice for both Seitei Iai and for our shared Koryu, Muso Shinden Ryu. It was a good opportunity to help us in our preparation for the upcoming Canadian National Iaido Championships which will be held in Montreal later this year. Thank you Cruise Sensei for all of your help and advice, and we hope to get the opportunity to practice with you again soon.

Now, back to work!

Feb 2016 | 18th Annual Detroit Open Kendo Tournament

On Feb 13th, 3 Shidokan members participated in the 18th Annual Detroit Open Kendo Tournament. In this opportunity, the distinguished tournament guests in attendance were Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan Eiga Hideyuki Sensei and Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan Eiga Naoki Sensei from Hokkaido, Japan.

A great opportunity to learn from such Kendo legends; the Seminar was deinitelty enlightening.

Full post soon...

January 2016 | FIK Kendo Referee Seminar for the American Zone (FY 2015)

On the weekend of January 30 & 31, 2016 Shidokan participated in the FIK Kendo Referee Seminar for the American Zone was held in Toronto, Ontario Canada, hosted by the Canadian Kendo Federation.

A great opportunity to improve our Shinpan skills and also to practice with high ranking instructors and dear friends from around the world. The International Kendo Federation sent a committee composed of 3 Sensei: Yuji Nakata sensei (Kendo Hanshi 8 Dan), Satoru Kanaki sensei (endo Hanshi 8 Dan), Koji Kasamura sensei (Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan)

Our sincere gratitude to the CKF for organizing this event, looking forward to the next one.

January 2016 | New beginning

The start of the semester means it’s yet again time to say welcome to our new recruits. The road ahead is difficult, but we look forward to your company as we walk the path together!

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"!

January 2016 | New Years Shidokan Dinner

This year started off with our annual Shidokan dinner. We gathered at Kanda for sake, sushi, and celebration.

As always, it was a time to reflect upon our accomplishments and growth from the previous year, and to set our sights on some new goals. In classic Shidokan fashion, everyone got a chance to share some words of their experience and hopes for the future.

We also celebrated the birthdays of our dear Santoso-Sensei and a few others from amongst our ranks.
Let’s make 2016 another great year!

December 19 2015 | Another great year ends

Another succesful year ends for Shidokan, looking forward to keep learning and improving together in 2016. Thanks to our dear mentors for their patience and dedication. Special thanks to Toida Sensei and our brothers from MKC for joining us for last keiko-2015!

Thank you Santoso Sensei for your constant guidance in both Kendo and Iaido; every valuable lesson keeps helping fortify our foundations, not only as martial artists but as better persons.
Happy new year 2016!!

Dec 12 2015 | Women's Joint Practice

This last weekend McGill Kendo club hosted a joint women's practice. Some of our members attended the Saturday practice. The practice was attended from women from McGill, AMS, and Shidokan. It was a good opportunity to focus on our kihon, as well as keiko with women from other clubs in the area before the end of the year.

Thank you again to the hosts for all your hard work in organizing the event. Hopefully we can return the favor next year!

Dec 5 2015 | Winter Grading

On November 29th, our kendo grading applicants traveled to Toronto for the Winter Kendo Grading. The exams taking place ranged from 1kyu to 7Dan. The exam consisted of two rounds of jitsugi, followed by kata.

Shidokan had applicants in both the 1Dan and 4Dan categories. We'd like to congratulate all of our applicants, all of whom passed their exams.

The next week, our Iaido grading applicants headed to Toronto as well for the Winter Iaido exams. There was a pre-grading seminar in the morning, which was a good opportunity to get some pointers and advice as to what the judges would be looking for during the exam. All participants were split into groups based on the level they were grading. It was a lot to take in for the day, but we'll be sure to apply what we learned in our regular training.

Grading commenced in the afternoon. The exams ranged from 1kyu to 4Dan, and we had applicants in the 1Kyu, 1Dan, and 3Dan categories. Once again, our applicants did very well and everyone passed their respective exams.

Thank you to our Sensei and Senpai for all of your help and guidance in preparing us for these events. Well done everyone!

Nov 21 2015 | Quebec Regional Championship - Granby

A large contingent from Shidokan traveled to Granby on Saturday for the Quebec Regional Taikai. The tournament was split into it's usual categories: Women's, Mudansha and Shodan, Nidan and Sandan, and Yondan and up. For some of our members, this was their first tournament.

We arrived early and prepared for the competition with a quick warm-up and keiko. The mindset for today was to give our best and to fight without regret.

Overall we had a good performance and are proud of the spirit that everyone brought to their fights. In the Mudansha-Shodan and Women's categorie, Shidokan managed to bring back both bronze medals, as well as the Fighting Spirit award in the Women's category. A few of our seniors were missing this time around, but everyone stepped up and one team managed to make it to the second round, and the other brought home the silver.

Thank you to Santoso Sensei for your continued patience and guidance. As well, we would like to express our gratitude to the organizers of the tournament.

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Shidokan Video pick of the month

April 2016 | Kendo's Gruelling Challenge - 8th Dan

This documentary is about what it takes to grade for 8th dan in the Japanese martial art of Kendo. It follows two candidates of very different ages and personal histories as they try to pass one of the most difficult exams in the world.

Along the way we are shown why they are so passionate about Kendo and why they are focused on pursuing their own improvement regardless of the outcome of the test.

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