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...

Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club from Jonathan Choo

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.

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.

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.

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...

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March 15th 2014 | Matsuura Sensei

On March 14th and 15th, we received the visit of Yutaro Matsuura Sensei. He came home all the way from Michigan for a 2 day special practice with us. On Friday, we spent most of the time practicing footwork and basic drills. The emphasis was on "doing each drill perfectly" even if it meant at a slower pace. The practice concluded with Ji-geiko, where Matsuura Sensei took the time to fight all that were present and willing.

On Saturday we reviewed the drills that we did on Friday but spent more time doing more advanced drills. We were reminded to make sure that what we practice in kihon is not forgotten during the more advanced drills.

Again, we concluded the practice with Ji-geiko and Matsuura Sensei took the time to fight all of us and through his own example emphasized that we should treat all fights the same way, no matter who we fight, we should always give our 100%. After the practice, we enjoyed some well deserved refreshments, food and some great kendo talk.

A week after, our brothers from the Battle Creek dojo had a wonderful performance at the 2014 Kentucky Kendo tournament, including our very own Ruby Kulikowska.
- Congratz!

March 9th 2014 | Quebec women's practice

On Sunday, March 9th, a contingent of Shidokan’s female members attended a special Women’s Kendo seminar led by Ariyama Sensei and hosted by Club de kendo de l'Académie Martiale Serei. It was an excellent opportunity for us to train with other women kendo practitioners.

The seminar started by bringing us back to the basics and ended with a practice shiai. Afterwards there was extra time for jigeiko followed by celebratory drinks.

One of the most valuable lessons that we took away from the seminar is that women don’t need to fight rough or try to overpower their opponents with force in order to win. It is more important to display confidence and to focus on having good, clean kendo technique. As Ariyama Sensei said, women should practice ‘beautiful’ kendo.

Thank you to AMS Kendo Club for organizing the event, and thank you to Ariyama Sensei for your guidance!
- Shidokan

March 2nd 2014 | Special joint practice at MKC

On Sunday March 2nd, our dear friend Toida Kenji Sensei conducted a special joint practice at the Montreal Kendo Club.

Kenshi(s) from McGill Kendo Club, Montreal Kendo Club, Acadamie Martiale Serei, Shidokan and other dojo(s) from QC participated in this special practice.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to Toida Sensei and MKC for making possible this special practice. We hope we could enjoy many more practices like this one in the future.
- Shidokan

February 18th 2014 | A friend from Seoul

We would like to express our gratitude to our friend Tae Hyoung Kim who paid us a visit all the way from Seoul, Korea.

We enjoyed a great practice together and hope it can be repeated soon,
Please visit us again!

February 16th 2014 | 16th Memorial Detroit Kendo Tournament

On the third weekend of February Shidokan participated in the 16th Memorial Detroit Kendo Tournament.
The event began on the Saturday with Kendo grading and a seminar led by Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan Yamazaki Masaru Sensei.

On the next day, Sunday 16th, the tournament took place. We would like to congratulate our members for their excellent performance:

  • Ruby Kulikowska - 1Dan category, Bronze medal
  • Gabriel Schor - 2Dan category, Silver medal

In the team matches Gabriel joined forces with Markham Kendo Club, led by Sumi Sensei and Tsuji Sensei (Shidokan senior). It was a great opportunity because Shidokan senior instructor (Battle Creek, Michigan) Yutaro Matsuura was there to oversee our players and offer his valuable advice, thank you Sensei!
A wonderful experience, one to be remembered.

January 2014 | 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!

We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Kenji Toida Sensei for paying us a visit, it's always a wonderful learning experience having Toida Sensei teaching us. Please visit us again Sensei !

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Shidokan Video pick of the month

March 2014 | When Bamboo Strikes

We would like to express our gratitude to Nicole D'souza for this fantastic video. This was filmed during one of our kendo sessions.

"My short sensory ethnographic film "When Bamboo Strikes" (2013) explores the Japanese martial art practice of kendo. In this film I am interested in evoking a complexity of multisensory and experiential forms of knowing by the ways in which individual sensory categories (e.g., sound, image) interact with each other. I use an observational filming method, in which the image and sound of a piece is left relatively raw and unaltered. There is no soundtrack, nor is there narration or voiceover which orients the viewer towards a particular way of seeing and thinking. This type of filmmaking leaves the interpretation open to the viewer and reveals a new way of "knowing".

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