Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !

Due to certain activities in our gym, we have some schedule adjustments on: Feb 13th 2016
Please visit our Calendar for more details.

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...

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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

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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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.
Full post & gallery soon...

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 29 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. Full gallery soon...

Nov 1 2015 | Joint practice at UdM

On December 1st, we were invited to a joint practice at AMS, led by Kenji Toida Sensei. Kendoka from many dojos were present, and the spirit displayed throughout the practice was a great inspiration.

We were able to work on our tenouchi through wrists exercises and one-handed suburi, all the while striving to keep strong kiai and good posture. With grading right around the corner, we were then given the opportunity to work on our shinsa, facing different partners every time. Toida Sensei reminded us of the importance of keeping a strong connection with our partner, from the moment we enter the court to the moment we leave it.

We were then treated with godokeiko for the rest of the practice, before refreshing ourselves with some cold beer to celebrate Schneider Sensei's birthday! Our sincere gratitude goes to Schneider Sensei and AMS for hosting the event, as well as to Toida Sensei for sharing his knowledge with us. We look forward to the next practice!

Oct 18 2015 | Kendo Kata Seminar at Shidokan

On October 18th, we were treated with a seminar entirely focused on Kendo Kata, led by Kenji Toida Sensei and Junko Ariyama Sensei from MKC. Other dojos also joined us for the day, with members from MKC, AMS and McGill Kendo Club.

The seminar was a tremendous aid for all of us, especially for those who were preparing for their grading. We had the chance of working on and fixing every detail, and are now more confident about our Kata

We discussed key points as we went through the five basic kamae, the differences in footwork, and the importance of keeping a strong connection between uchidachi and shidachi. Everyone had the opportunity to practice the first seven (Tachi) Kata together, after which we split into two groups, to allow higher-ranking kendoka to also work on Kodachi Kata. Finally, we regrouped for godokeiko before parting ways.

As our Kendo technique progresses, so should the execution of our Kata, which aid in the comprehension of important concepts. The seminar was successful refresher, and a good opportunity to improve. We hope to have similar events in the years to come.

We wish to thank the Senseis for their patience and guidance, as well as everyone who attended the seminar.

October 10 2015 | Shidokan visits McGill

On October 10, we paid a visit to our friends from McGill Kendo Club and enjoyed a great practice. We are all very thankful for the advice received from D'Orangeville Sensei and all the sempai.

It was a nice surprise to be joined by members of JungKo Kendo Club from Toronto, who were also visiting.
- Thanks to all our friends for the practice. Hope to see you all very soon!

September 2015 | New Beginnings

Fall marks the start of another semester. After a break from training in the last few weeks of August, our members return to the dojo, ready to get back to work. Our doors have opened to new and eager students as both Kendo (September 8th) and Iaido (September 12th) start back up again.

To all our new recruits: Welcome! We look forward to training with you as you walk down this new path.

Our sincere gratitude to D'Orangeville Sensei and our friends from McGill Kendo Club for joining our Friday practice, We will visit you soon !

August 9 2015 | Otakuthon

On August 9, Shidokan was invited to participate in Otakuthon, Montreal’s annual anime convention. Many of our members attended the convention, taking the opportunity to exhibit both kendo and iaido to those interested in learning more about these martial arts.

The demonstration started with an iaido demonstration from three of our members. For the most part, the kata were demonstrated individually, but for a few of them we prepared a special demonstration with two partners using bokken.

Afterwards, our kendoka demonstrated some of our drills, particularly kirikaeshi and oji waza, followed by some practice shiai fights.

At the end, members of the audience were given the opportunity to practice some basics with us. It was a lot of fun and we hope to see everyone there again next year!

July 31 2015 | Tsuji Sensei visits Shidokan

On Friday, July 31st, 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. As has always been the focus at Shidokan, we placed a lot of emphasis on basics.

We warmed up with exercises aimed at correcting our posture and footwork. Building on that, shinai in hand, we reviewed our cuts and improved our tenouchi, through suburi and wrist exercises. After a quick break, we applied everything we had learnt in a spirited keiko.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Tsuji Sensei for his visit, and to both him and Santoso Sensei for their patience and continued guidance. We look forward to another great practice!

Shidokan old posts

Shidokan Video pick of the month

Feb 2016 | Shozo Kato Sensei – Way of the Sword

A master kendo sensei discusses how timeless notions of stillness and movement come together through the modern lens of Japanese sword fighting. Kato Shozo Sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8dan, Iaido Kyoshi 7dan (Shidogakuin Kendo Dojo, USA)

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