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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.

Never surrender

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

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"

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...

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December 2014 | Another succesful year ends.

Another great year for Shidokan has passed! Our kendo and iaido skills have definitely improved, and our fellowship is stronger than ever. We have learned truly valuable lessons this year, many of which we shall never forget.

2014 proved to be a very challenging year. We are very lucky to have a great mentor in Santoso Sensei and great friends, such as Tsuji Sensei and Toida Sensei, who have offered tremendous guidance when we needed it most. To them and everyone else who has helped us this year, we would like to express our sincere gratitude!

The foundations of our dojo are fortified with the strong spirit of our growing family. We are looking forward to new challenges that we will face in 2015! Of course, there was no better way to finish the year than with good keiko.

Happy new year 2015!!

December 2014 | Breakfast Television visits Shidokan

On Thursday, December 11th, the crew from Breakfast Television paid a visit to Shidokan to get an idea of what the club is all about. Many of us met at the dojo and braved the early morning for a demonstrative practice.

The crew filmed a variety of short pieces throughout the morning featuring both Kendo and Iaido. Our members showed the crew some of our warm up drills, kata, and more. At the same time, the host interviewed one of our senior members, Adam, who explained and summarized some of the key points of what we do. The host even put on a bogu and joined us for some friendly keiko before the end.

We are very thankful to our guests over at Breakfast Television who initially approached us to do this. It was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity for us to help bring some positive attention to both Kendo and Iaido in the local media.

Hopefully there will be many more chances such as this in the future to help generate interest in the Kendo and Iaido communities.

December 2014 | JCCC, Iaido and Kendo Grading

On the last weekend of November, some of our members ventured forth to Toronto in order to participate in the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center (JCCC) annual kendo tournament.

It was a challenging day, with the tournament attracting many skilled kendo practitioners. While the competition was formidable, it was a great chance to see how all of our training from the year has paid off before we enter 2015. Furthermore, it was an excellent opportunity to test our mettle against kenshi from a large number of dojos from across Canada and even from the United States.

We are also very grateful to Tsuji Sensei who was at the tournament and provided us with guidance and feedback.
The following day there was a winter Kendo grading held by the Canadian Kendo Federation at JCCC. We are very proud of our members who graded, all of whom passed their exams, ranging from 1kyu to 4th dan. Everyone did a wonderful job!

On the following weekend, another Shidokan contingent travelled to Toronto to participate in the Eastern CKF Iaido grading & Seminar. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our members who passed their iaido grading as well. As Sensei always says "grading is just another step in our journey towards the far away mountain."

We would like to thank Santoso Sensei for his continued patience and guidance.

November 2014 | Toida Sensei visits Shidokan

On Saturday, November 22nd, we received the visit of Julio Kenji Toida Sensei and Emy Toida Sensei. With kendo grading approaching, we were treated with a special practice emphasizing shinsa in order to get our minds ready for the task ahead.

The practice was divided into three parts. First, we focused on the basics. Starting with kiai, we stood facing a partner and worked on the use of our core. We then moved on to improving tenouchi through wrist exercises, striking kote and do.

Finally, we performed footwork exercises, ranging from okuri-ashi to lunges, aimed at developing our fumikomi whilst keeping good posture.

Second, we spent some time working on kirikaeshi. Toida Sensei showed us the proper form to maintain throughout the drill: large, smooth cuts with strong kiai for every set of ten hits. Shinsa-style keiko followed, where every kendoka could bring out their best kendo in order to set our minds on the upcoming grading.

Finally, we loosened up with some kakari-geiko and had a chance to have keiko with Toida Sensei. After some quick pictures, we had breakfast together to kick off the weekend. We hope to see Toida Sensei very soon, - please come visit us again!

November 2014 | CLAK 2014

On the 2nd week of November, the IV Latin-American Kendo Championship (CLAK) was held in the city of Merida, Mexico. Many countries from South-America, Central-America and the Caribbean region took part in this event.

One of our own Shidokan kenshi (Juan Vasquez) was selected to participate, representing the country of Peru. Other kenshi(s) from Montreal took part as well, such as Kenji Toida (for Brazil) and Carlos Chourio (for Venezuela).

The week was full of activities, Godokeiko, Kendo & Iaido Seminars, Shinpan Seminar; And of course 2 days of full competition.
It was clear that the Kendo level of all countries has greatly improved and that all the hard work is paying off.

"It was a great experience to participate amongst competitors with such level of commitment and intensity in their kendo, I feel motivated to keep demanding the very best in my own training here in Montreal" - Juan.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our dear friend Kenji Toida Sensei , who passed his 7th dan Kendo exam.
An amazing achievement, well deserved!

November 8th & 9th 2014 | Iaido Seminar with Cruise Sensei & Ohmi Sensei

Since their first visit in 1991, Cruise Sensei and Ohmi Sensei have continued to lead iaido seminars in Montreal in collaboration with Shidokan. This year, the annual two-day fall seminar was held at our John Abbot location.

The first day was dedicated to Seitei Iai. Some of the more prominent themes of the day were the differences between Mae and Shohato, as well as the understanding of the relationship between movement, posture, and "teki" (enemy) position in order to achieve correct waza. The second day focused on the first four katas of Omori Ryu in Muso Shinden Ryu.

Pictures from our training prior to the seminar:

During both days, Senseis emphasized the critical value of improving our training through the development of a precise understanding and fluid execution of the kata. We would like to thank Cruise Sensei and Ohmi Sensei for more than 20 years of continued guidance, and we hope to see you again soon.

November 8th 2014 | Quebec Provincial Championship - Granby

On Saturday, November 8th, Shidokan kendoka competed at the Granby Provincial Tournament, hosted by the Cegep de Granby - Haute Yamaska. Six dojos were represented by over 80 participants in four divisions: women's, mudansha and shodan, nidan and sandan, and yondan and up.

The spirit of the dojo shone brightly that day. We had trained hard and warmed up with a strong spirit, determined to do our best. As our members readied for their fights, we recalled Santoso Sensei's words: "Do what you believe in, and believe in what you do."

Shidokan did very well, bringing back a bronze and a gold medal in the mudansha-shodan division, as well as a bronze and a silver in the sandan-nidan division. Our teams also fought hard in their respective courts, giving their best against tough opponents.

We returned to Montreal in high spirits. We then had dinner at PJ's where Santoso Sensei joined us to celebrate.

We would like to express our gratitude to the organizers of the tournament for setting up this competition twice a year, as well as extend our thanks to Santoso Sensei for his patience and his constant guidance.

October 19th 2014 | Special Joint Practice with Kawamura Sensei

In the month of October, Shidokan had the pleasure of holding yet another joint kendo practice and seminar, with the additional honor of hosting two special guests: Kawamura Sayuri, 7th dan & Kawamura Michiya, 5th dan, during their visit to Canada from Japan.

The dojo shook with the combined spirit of the great number of our friends in attendance from around the city, including Montreal Kendo Club, McGill University Kendo Club, and Acadamie Martiale Serei.

The first part of the practice focused on the basics, especially footwork and distance. Afterwards, we practiced many waza with emphasis on tenouchi, before moving onto mawari geiko and jigeiko. Another valuable lesson of the day was to remember the importance of the maintaining the center, especially when striking. After the practice, everyone was invited to come out and enjoy each other’s company over dinner and drinks.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to both Kawamura Sensei(s) for taking the time to visit us and for leading the practice. We would also like to thank Toida Sensei of MKC and Tuan-Anh from McGill for all their help with the organization of the practice. Also, our gratitude to Ariyama Sensei for her help with the translation during the practice.

It was truly a great opportunity to learn and practice together. We look forward to the next one!

September 27th 2014 | Tsuji Sensei & Shidokan 40th !

On Saturday, September 27th, we received a special visit from Lawrence Tsuji Sensei. While Tsuji Sensei practices at Markham Kendo Club nowadays, he had trained alongside Santoso Sensei under our founder, Funamoto Sensei. It was a perfect opportunity for us to reconnect with the roots of our dojo.

From the moment the warm-up started, the dojo was filled with our spirit and determination. We challenged and honed our basics, starting with footwork exercises aimed at correcting our posture before relaxing our wrists and improving our tenouchi through successive strike drills.

Tsuji Sensei emphasized the importance of setting up your strike and maintaining good kamae, encouraging us to correct any flaws in our posture.

After a quick lunch break, we spent an hour reviewing our kata. We used the time to develop seme and datotsu-bui, and improved our sense of correct striking distance. Tsuji Sensei reminded us that practicing kata is imperative to improving the foundation of one's kendo. This became apparent as we moved on to ji-geiko. Everyone showed strong spirit, fighting to the best of their abilities. We were even treated with a keiko between Santoso Sensei and Tsuji Sensei.

In the evening, we celebrated Shidokan's 40 years and Funamoto Sensei's legacy together with our fellow iaidoka over a nice dinner. We had a great time and would like to sincerely thank Tsuji Sensei for taking the time to visit and join us for a whole day, as well as Santoso Sensei, Dean Sensei, and Robert Sensei for their continued patience and constant guidance.

Happy birthday Shidokan! Many more to come.

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Shidokan Video pick of the month

December 2014 | In Love With The Samurai Sword - NHK English Documentary 日本刀

Master Sasaki is the only togishi with old style live-in apprentices. He opens door to any youth who wants to learn this ancient technique. Two young rivals, Yuichi and Yuki, undergo the fierce and sometimes humorous apprenticeship, hoping to win the big contest that can make or break their future as an independent polisher...

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