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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.
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
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...
July 2014 | Women's Practice at Shidokan
Last July 6th Shidokan hosted another Quebec Women's practice, led by Junko Ariyama Sensei from MKC. The practice was attended by women from McGill Kendo Club, Shidokan, Montreal Kendo Club and l'Académie Martiale Serei.
The practice centered on precision and technique. The first half consisted of a close and careful look at the basics: suburi, kiai and proper footwork. This was followed by a careful breakdown of a few oji-waza and hiki-waza. Finally, the practice ended with a few rounds of team shiai.
Thank you to everybody who joined us, and once again to Ariyama Sensei for your guidance!
July 2014 | Hot Summer Training
Shidokan's motto is "we never stop" and being so, we have been quite busy fulfilling many activities and duties during this hot summer. Our kendo and iaido training has continued through the spring and summer, making one class more challenging than the other.
We have been very fortunate to receive visitors from different places and walks of life.
We would like to take the opportunity to thank our friend Mr Carlos Liu, from IGA Kendo Club in Manila, Philippines who payed us a visit last June 26th.
Also, we want to express our gratitude towards our dear friend Paul Marko Sensei (Etobicoke Kendo & Iaido Club, ON) for paying as a visit on July 3rd, - Your advice is most valued, Sensei!
We really hope you visit us again !
Let's keep training hard.
June 2014 | Canadian Nationals
On June 28th, Shidokan participated in the 18th Canadian National Kendo Championships, organized by the McGill kendo club. Many high ranking Sensei(s) and members from Dojo(s) all over Canada participated in the tournament. The divisions for this tournament were: Juniors, Women's, Mudansha, Yudansha and Teams.
Our demanding training during the intense summer months paid off and we were able to show a higher kendo level than in previous opportunities.
Our team was able to reach the quarter finals.
We enjoyed a “Master class” shiai demonstration of East vs West, performed by recognized Sensei(s) from different dojo(s) as well as a iaido demonstration performed by our dear friend Goyo Ohmi Sensei, and Shidokan's very own Dean Jolly Sensei.
(Full gallery coming soon)
June 2014 | Summer Kendo Grading
On Sunday June 1st, the Summer Kendo Grading for the eastern region of Canada was held at the Montreal Kendo Club.
We were very lucky to have the opportunity to challenge our next kendo rank here in Montreal.
Our members had been preparing for quite some time, not only for their jitsugi (demonstration fight) but for their kata as well.
As Santoso Sensei says, 'Grading' is just part of our training. The challenge of obtaining our next rank helps us set milestones and rather than being considered as the "end" of a cycle, it should be embraced as the "beginning" of a new one.
We would like to congratulate all our members who took part in this grading. It can be a very difficult and nerve-racking experience.
- We hope you are motivated and we hope you never stop trying. Gratitude to MKC for hosting this special event and to our dear instructors for their constant guidance.
Special thanks to our dear friend Pham T. Quoc for letting use some of his wonderful photos.