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...

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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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Mar 7 2015 | University of Toronto Kendo Tournament

For the first weekend of March, many of our members made the journey to Toronto for the annual taikai hosted by the University of Toronto that took place on the Saturday. This year we had enough participants for two full teams.

The tournament hosted a large number of competitors, mainly from Ontario and Quebec. The competition was a good opportunity to test our mettle against some very skilled kendoka from other regions. It was also a treat to get to see Team Canada in action before the 16th World Kendo Championship taking place later this year.

Congratulations to Justin McNeil-Smith for taking home the bronze medal in the Kyu-Shodan division! As well, we would like to congratulate Kenji Toida Sensei, who accompanied us this weekend, for winning gold in the Yondan and up category. It was also very nice to see our friend Lawrence Tsuji Sensei at the tournament - as always, thank you for your guidance!

Time to reflect on both the wins and losses of the day so that we can incorporate it into our training moving ahead. Looking forward to the next competition!

Thank you again to Justin and Robert for helping us with accommodations for the weekend!

Feb 28 2015 | First CKF Iaido Grading in Montreal

On Saturday, January 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting the first CKF Iaido grading in Montreal, following our habitual seminar led by Goyo Omhi Sensei and Stephen Cruise Sensei.

The day started off with a seminar in the morning, focusing entirely on Seitei Iai. This attention to Seitei allowed for all the grading applicants to have a last chance to prepare and get some feedback before the afternoon grading.

After lunch, the grading began. It was open to applicants for 1kyu, 1st Dan, and 2nd Dan. Overall, it was a very successful grading. Congratulations everyone on a job well done!

The seminar continued once more after grading. The group was split in two, with Ohmi Sensei leading many of the newly-ikkyu back through Seitei iai while Cruise Sensei took those who hadn’t graded and focused on Koryu kata(s) for the rest of the afternoon. Afterwards, there was dinner at Kanda to celebrate over sushi and sake.

The seminar continued on Sunday at John Abbott. It touched on Seitei again, but the focus switched to Koryu with the pressure of grading off. All kata(s) of the Chuden level (Hasegawa Eishin-ryu) were reviewed as well as special drills such as haya-iai, diving into technical details and differences between Chuden and Okuden levels, such as 'noto' and 'tatehiza'.

Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who worked hard to make this grading successful. Special thanks to Christian D'Organgeville Sensei, president of the CKF, for attending this inaugural event.
Once again, congratulations to all of the applicants. We hope to have this opportunity again in the future!

Feb 22 2015 | Women's practice

On Sunday Feb 22nd, the first women’s practice of the year was hosted by our friends from Académie Martiale Serei (AMS) at the Centre Sportif de l'Université de Montréal. The practice was led by Ariyama Sensei of Montreal Kendo Club (MKC) and was attended by female practictitioners from AMS, Shidokan, MKC, and McGill Kendo Club.

The practice started by taking it back to the basics, focusing on footwork, posture, as well as proper cutting distance and height. The emphasis was largely on precision. This was followed by some exercises aimed at learning how to do good tai-atari and how to maintain proper kikentai ichi, especially for people of smaller stature.

Afterwards there was practice shiai and jigeiko, giving everyone the opportunity to try out what was learned and worked on during the first part of the practice. It was also an opportunity to learn and develop shinpan skills.

Thank you very much to Véronique Marchand from AMS for organizing the event, and thank you to Ariyama Sensei for taking the time to lead us. We hope to see everyone again soon!

Photo credits: Our sincere gratitude to our friend Simon On (from AMS Kendo Club) for the great pictures!

Feb 6 2015 | Growing Iaido family

Last year, the Canadian Kendo Federation announced the establishment of a new Eastern Canada Iaido Grading to support our members in Quebec and the Maritimes.

The inaugural event will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Shidokan, following the Montreal Iaido Seminar. In preparation to this event, the entire Shidokan Iaido family got together for a very special practice. Let's keep training hard!

Jan / Feb 2015 | On full swing

The year has already seen some great practices! We would like to take this opportunity to thank our dear friends from Quebec Kendo Kai, who joined us for a few kendo and iaido practices, Please come visit us again!

As the month progressed, On Jan 18th many of our members went to McGill Kendo Club to attend the QC Special Joint practice of the month as well as another practice, 2 weeks after (Feb 1st), with members of Team Canada led by coach: Matthew Raymond and team captain: Shigemitsu Kamata.

It was a great chance to learn from some very skilled kendoka. We look forward to the next opportunity!

January 2015 | 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"!

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April 2015 | Japanology Plus - Japanophiles: Alex Bennett

New Zealander Alex Bennett studies the way of the samurai - bushido - and its expressions in martial arts. Through decades of practicing kendo, Bennett has learned bushido is not about winning or losing, but about being self-possessed while living life to the fullest. We'll discover how he is bringing samurai philosophy to life in the modern world.

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