July 30 2016 | Iaido in the Park
July 27 2016 | Iaido Taikai Simulation and Volunteer Training
July 18 2016 | Honoured Guests
On Monday, we had the pleasure of receiving a visit from many guests: including Toida Sensei and some other members from MKC, Schneider Sensei from UdeM, and Eddy Devisse Sensei. Originally from Montreal where he was a student of Richard Goulet Sensei at UdeM, Devisse Sensei currently resides in Trinidad and Tobago; where he coaches the national kendo team.
The practice was run by Toida Sensei and focused on mawarigeiko and jigeiko.
Thank you to all three Sensei for visiting, and to our friends from MKC who joined us as well. We are always honored to have you with us, and hope to get the chance to keiko again soon.
July 2-3 2016 | Montreal Taikai and Kendo Grading
The Montreal Taikai returned this year on Saturday, July 2, hosted by the McGill Kendo Club. A contingency of Shidokan went to the tournament to put our hard work and training to the test. It was a chance to fight kendoka from Quebec, Ontario, and the United States. Congratulations to Tarek who placed 3rd in the kyu-1Dan division!
Grading took place the next day, ranging from 1kyu up to 3Dan. Shidokan had many members grading this time, with applicants in almost every category.
Congratulations to everyone who passed, and remember to learn and grow from this experience as we return to training.
Thank you to McGill Kendo Club for all of your hard work in hosting both of these events. We would also like to thank Sensei for his guidance and help in preparing for these events, and for his continued patience throughout the rest of our training.
June 2016 | Summer Activities
Visit from MKC and new members
As the weather heats up, so does our training. We would like to thank our friends from MKC for braving the heat of the gym with us this summer while their dojo was undergoing renovations. It's always a pleasure to have you with us and we hope to visit soon!
We'd also like to take this time to welcome our new senior, Takefumi Maemoto, who joins us all the way from Osaka, as well as our new beginners. We look forward to walking the path together!
A few of our female kenshi participated in on a joint women's practice, led by Ariyama Sensei from MKC. The practice was hosted by the University de Montreal and AMS Kendo Club at CEPSUM.
As always, the women's practice was a good opportunity to keiko with other female practitioners from around Quebec. Thank you to Ariyama Sensei for leading the practice, and to UdeM and AMS for organising this event. We hope to see you all again soon!
June 2016 | Kata in the park!
A great way to enjoy the summer and get ready for kendo grading is "Kata in the park". Shidokan members gather every Saturday morning to practice kata and later go for refreshments.
Thanks to Santoso Sensei and all the sempai(s) for their dedication
May 01 2016 | Quebec Regional Kendo Championships, Granby.
Congratulations to the following kendoka:
- 1st place: Benjamin Vial
- 2nd Place: Tong Dinh
- 3rd Place: Gabriel Schor
Yondan and up category
- 3rd place: Michael Kim
- 1st Place: Shidokan Team A
Great work everyone, you've made Shidokan very proud. As always, thank you to Santoso Sensei for all of your continued patience and guidance. Now, back to work!
April | Spring Activities
2 April 2016 | Tsuji Sensei Visit
On the first weekend of April, we received a special visit from Lawrence Tsuji Sensei. Once a student at Shidokan alongside Santoso Sensei under our founder, Funamoto Sensei, Tsuji Sensei now trains at Markham Kendo Club in Toronto.
We were reminded that each practice is as intense and difficult as we choose to make it, and that it is important to approach everything we do in Kendo with a strong and focused mindset. Even practising the basics should have our full effort and attention. With that in mind, the majority of practice focused on footwork and other kihon drills, then ended with some time for keiko.
Thank you Tsuji Sensei for taking the time to visit and train with us, as both your presence and advice are always welcome and appreciated. We hope to see you again soon!
March 2016 | Gearing up
Shidokan has been preparing for the upcoming tournaments, both in kendo & iaido under the watchful of Santoso Sensei.
Always with diligence & comradery, training together to strengthen our technique as well as our friendship.
12-13 March 2016 | University of Toronto Taikai and Etobicoke Visit
A small contingent of Shidokan travelled to Toronto for the annual UofT Kendo Taikai. The tournament took place on the Saturday and Kendoka from dojos all over Ontario, Quebec, and even a few from the United States were in attendance. We had participants in all the individual categories and for some it was also their first time participating in the team matches. We hope to learn from both our victories and defeats, and look forward to the next taikai. Thank you to the University of Toronto club for all their efforts in hosting this event!
On Sunday, some of our contingent took advantage of the trip to visit Cruise Sensei at the Etobicoke dojo before heading back to Montreal. We spent the morning practising Iaido, getting a lot of advice for both Seitei Iai and for our shared Koryu, Muso Shinden Ryu. It was a good opportunity to help us in our preparation for the upcoming Canadian National Iaido Championships which will be held in Montreal later this year. Thank you Cruise Sensei for all of your help and advice, and we hope to get the opportunity to practice with you again soon.
Now, back to work!