...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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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...
November 2013 | Quebec Regional Championship - Granby
On November 2nd, Shidokan traveled to Granby (QC) for the provincial championship. Kenshi(s) from all around Quebec participated. Shidokan had the largest participant contingent with 15 participants. Each dojo was also able to register two teams.
Full post, coming soon...
October 2013 | Iai with Ohmi Sensei
On October 13th, the day after the Montreal Kendo Taikai, our dedicated members attended a iaido seminar given by Ohmi Sensei - 7th dan Kyoshi. It was a great opportunity since he happened to be in town.
Ohmi Sensei reviewed every Seitei Kata putting a lot of emphasis into the very basics.
Full post, coming soon...
October 2013 | Montreal Taikai
On October 12th, Shidokan participated in the Montreal Taikai, organized by the McGill kendo club. This time the tournament took place at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS). Many high ranking Sensei from all over Canada and numerous members of the Canadian National team on both men's and women's side participated in the tournament.
Full post, coming soon...
September 2013 | 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!
September 2013 | Special joint practice
On Sunday, September 8th, team Canada member Tuan Anh Hoang conducted a special intensive practice at our dojo.
Kenshi(s) from McGill Kendo Club, Montreal Kendo Club, Acadamie Martiale Serei and Shidokan participated in this very physically demanding practice that was modeled on the Team Canada practices.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to Tuan Anh for his devotion towards the growth of kendo in Quebec and we hope that we could enjoy many more practices like this one.
August 2013 | The 1st Canadian National Iaido Championship
The 1st Canadian National Iaido Championships wrapped up last August 31st and it was widely recognized as a success by those who came from far and wide.
Members from dojo(s) all around Canada and from the International Kendo Federation participated in the 2-day seminar focusing on the principles of competition in Iaido.
The seminar was led by: Chihiro Kishimoto Sensei (Hanshi 8 Dan) and Atsumi Hatakenaka Sensei (Kyoshi 8 Dan)
For Shidokan, it was a fantastic experience,words can not express all the challenges , feelings and knowledge gained over the 3 days.
We are very proud to have achieved the bronze medal in the nidan division through our own Sandy Lee Gonye, Congratz Sandy!
“The sword is not an item to cut, but to protect yourself and those that are important to you.”
- Kishimoto sensei
“Everything starts and ends with etiquette”
- Hatakenaka sensei
Thanks to Okusa Sensei and the CKF for organizing such wonderful event.
And to our dear friends Ohmi Sensei and Cruise Sensei.
Looking forward to the next one!