Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !

Shidokan Winter 2019 Registration
- Registration & fees

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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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News 2018

October 2018 | MKC visits Shidokan

A big thank you to our brothers from the Montreal Kendo Club for paying us a visit! We always enjoy keiko and biru-geiko together!

Sep 29, 2018 Lawrence Tsuji Sensei visits Shidokan

Our utmost gratitude and appreciation to Lawrence Tsuji Sensei for paying us a visit this weekend. A mentor and a good friend, thank you for keeping an eye on us, Sensei!

September 2018 | Our new recruits

The start of the Fall 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 志道館 !

Sep 2018 | A new semester begins

It's been a great start of the semester! Let's keep training hard and learning together!

August 2018 | Summer training draws to an end

After an intense Summer Season, Shidokan now wraps up training for a couple of weeks, healing injuries and getting ready for the new Semester. We are looking forward to welcoming new members and sharing the joy of kendo & iaido training together.

Thanks to our friend Yves Coté for joining our practice.
- See you all in September!

July 14 & 15 2018 | Shidokan at the Montreal Taikai 2018

Shidokan participated in this year's edition of the Montreal Taikai (tournament), hosted by McGill Kendo Club. The tournament attracted kendoka from all around Canada and the US, creating a great opportunity to face highly skilled players from near and far. Our members showed a great performance many of them achieving quarter finals. Our very special congratulations to Alysha Hum for obtaining the bronze medal in the women's division.

The day after the tournament, there was a Kendo Grading (up to 3dan) which was hosted by the Canadian Kendo Federation. Some of our members challenged their next rank, ranging from 1kyu to 2dan. Congratulations to all!

June 2018 | Shidokan Kendo at the West Island

Our sincere gratitude to our good friend TaeHyoung Kim for hosting a great practice with our Shidokan kendo family in the West island. It was the first official joint practice between members who train at our Concordia - Loyola location with those in the West Island. It was an enjoyable time, consisting mainly of godokeiko, giving everyone a chance to keiko together.

We truly enjoyed it, we'll be back !

May 2018 | Granby Kendo Taikai

On May 12th, five Shidokan representatives travelled to Granby to participate in the Quebec Regional Championships.

Congratulations to all for obtaining the silver medal in the teams division. Also to our Francis Petrin, Bronze medal in 2dan-3dan division.

April 2018 | Winter Session comes to an end

After rigorous training throughout the winter, summer is right around the corner, and with it the chance to practice kendo in stuffy Montreal weather. We are confident in everyone's ability to surpass themselves in these rough conditions.

Here is to another successful semester!

April 08, 2018 Quebec Women's Practice

On Sunday, April 8th, Shidokan hosted a very special practice that was led by Junko Ariyama Sensei. It was a joint practice open to all female kendo practitioners in Quebec. It was a great turnout, with kendoka coming from dojos around Montreal, Quebec, and Granby. Together we did kihon and practice matches, providing an opportunity to sharpen our shinpan skills as well. The practice ended with jigeiko, giving everyone the opportunity to keiko with someone they hadn't yet fought with.

Thank you very much to everybody who attended, and a special thank you to Ariyama Sensei for leading us. We hope to do this again soon!.

Feb 17, 2018 | Montreal Iaido Seminar

On February 17th and 18th, Shidokan hosted the Montreal Iaido Seminar 2018 led by Ohmi Goyo Sensei (MuMonKai, ON) and Stephen Cruise Sensei (Etobicoke, ON). As always, several participants attended the events, and we were able to reinforce our bonds with our fellow iaidoka.

After a quick warmup, the seminar focused on the various changes to the Seitei curriculum that were introduced a few months prior. In particular, there was a strong emphasis by Cruise Sensei on the importance of correct posture, metsuke, and seme, particularly when turning to face an opponent and deliver a strike. As a recurring theme, Ohmi Sensei reminded everyone to perform each kata with absoluteness and determination.

Our sincere gratitude to all participants, and to our honoured guest instructors who traveled long distances to join us. Our thanks to D'Orangeville Sensei for the constant support in developing iaido in Quebec. Last but not least, thanks to our dear volunteers for helping us run the event smoothly.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and that you brought home lessons to ponder over for the coming year. Until next time!

Feb 10-11 2018 | FIK American Zone Referee Seminar

On February 10th and 11th, FIK American Zone Referee Seminar was held at the ÉTS (École de technologie supérieure) in Montreal, QC, hosted by the Canadian Kendo Federation. A contingent of Japanese kendoka from a variety of backgrounds displayed an impressive level of kendo throughout the weekend, while 5-Dan and up benefited from the tutelage of high-ranking senseis.

The event was split into theoretical and practical parts, with helpful pointers given by the senseis as the shiai-sha crossed swords before a gathering of over a hundred participants from all around North America. Team Canada was eventually pitted against the Japanese representatives in a friendly round-robin, much to the attendants' joy.

We would like to thank the FIK delegation who came all the way to Montreal to offer their guidance, as well as to the CKF for hosting the event. Last, but far from least, our gratitude to Junko Ariyama Sensei from MKC and to Akane D'Orangeville from McGill Kendo Club for their translation throughout the weekend!

Jan 27 2018 | Shidokan at the QC Kendo Regional Championships, Granby

On January 27th, Shidokan participated in the Granby Taikai. It was the first tournament of the year for us and a good chance to test our mettle. Nearly 50 participants from around the province gathered to compete. Our members performed very well, with Team A claiming 3rd place after competing in a tough bracket. In addition, we would like to congratulate the following:

  • Alysha Hum, 1st place in the women's division;
  • Chuko Kpolugbo, 3rd place in the 1K/1D division;
  • Gabriel Schor, 1st place in the 2D/3D division;
  • Benjamin Vial, 2nd place in the 2D/3D division.

We would like to thank the organizers of the event for their continuous efforts to host this bi-annual tournament, without whom the event could not take place. Our gratitude as well to Santoso Sensei and our leading senior students, without whose guidance our training would not be the same. We are happy to see our kendo continue to improve and look forward to tackling the challenges ahead of us in the coming year.

Jan 06 2018 | Shidokan family reunion 2018

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 2018 another great year!

Dec 19 2017 | Last training day of the year

Last keiko of the year at Shidokan, closing with a friendly shiai. Thank you 2017 for all the teachings, all the friendships and all the biru-geiko. Looking forward to another great year, much to learn still...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Dec 09, 2017 | Another great year comes to an End

Shidokan ends the year 2017 on a bright note, with a high grading pass rate and great results at various competitions in both kendo and iaido. New recruits have also bolstered our ranks, and we look forward to seeing them improve in their practice. Our members have created a solid foundation from which we hope to see the club grow into next year. After a short hiatus to enjoy the holidays with friends and family, we will get back to work towards even greater results!

None of this would have been possible if not for the guidance and advice we have received from sensei(s), sempai(s), and friends. We would like to thank Santoso Sensei and Dean Jolly Sensei for their patience during every practice; Julio Kenji Toida Sensei and his family, Ariyama Sensei, and the rest of MKC for their hospitality; Goyo Ohmi Sensei and Stephen Cruise Sensei who visit Shidokan every year for a wonderful seminar; Lawrence Tsuji Sensei, whom we had the pleasure of meeting at JCCC; our friends from other dojos, near and far; and to everyone else who has participated in our growth as both practitioners and individuals. Thank you!

Dec 02 & 03, 2017 | CKF Iaido Grading at Etobicoke, ON

On December 2nd the Mu Mon Kai Iaido Club hosted the annual fall iaido grading, held at the Etobicoke Olympium. We had the privilege of attending a seminar taught by a wide array of notable iaidoka, including: Shozo Kato Sensei, Pam Parker Sensei, Goyo Ohmi Sensei, Stephen Cruise Sensei, and many more visiting from across Canada and the United States. Shidokan did very well in the grading, with all applicants passing their respective exams.

The next day the Mu Mon Kai Open Taikai took place. Shidokan carried the spirit from the previous day forward and performed very well. Carolina Merizalde obtained first place in the Mudansha division and Dean Jolly Sensei obtained second place in the 5-Dan division. Mariel Balzola also brought back the Haruna Spirit Award. Congratulations!

We would like to express our gratitude to Mu Mon Kai and all the other organizers at the Etobicoke Olympium for putting together these events. We look forward to facing the challenges that the new year will bring!

November 25 & 26 2017 | Shidokan at JCCC, ON

This year, four members from Shidokan participated in the JCCC tournament in Toronto, Ontario. We would like to congratulate Gabriel Schor, for obtaining the first place as Champion of the 2-Dan & 3-Dan division! While competition was fierce, everyone did well and showed great spirit throughout the taikai. Special thanks to Gaspar Closenet from McGill Kendo Club, for joining us in the afternoon for team division matches!

AT the following day, the annual JCCC kendo grading took place. There we met with our dear friend, Lawrence Tsuji Sensei, whom we would like to congratulate for obtaining the rank of 5-Dan. Shidokan also brought back three new 1-Dan, as well as a new 5-Dan from the event: congratulations to José Furtado Sensei!

We would like to thank Santoso Sensei for his constant advice, as well as the organizers of these annual events.

Nov 17 & 18, 2017 Eddy Devisse Sensei visits Shidokan

We had a great weekend with our good friends from MKC, and a special visit from Eddy Devisse Sensei who came all the way from Trinidad and Tobago! Thank you for sharing keiko and breakfast together with us. We would also like to congratulate Eddy Devisse Sensei on passing his Godan examination in Toronto this December. Hope to see you again soon!

October 25 & 27, 2017 | Toida Family in Montreal

On October 25th at Shidokan, and on October 27th at MKC, we had the privilege of practicing with Julio Kenji Toida Sensei and his parents: Nelson Kuniji Toida Sensei and Terezinha Satiko Toida, visiting all the way from São Paulo, Brazil. It was an excellent opportunity to learn not only from high-ranking kendoka, but also from close friends. Representatives from other dojos were also present, bringing a wide range of experience under the same roof.

And of course, we made sure to enjoy second keiko at Shabu Shabu and PJs, sharing food and refreshments together.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Toida family for sharing keiko with us. We hope to greet you again in Montreal in the near future! Our thanks as well to our friends from MKC for their hospitality.

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