Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !

Shidokan Winter 2017 Registration
- Registration & fees

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...

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...

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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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

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Dec 17 2016 | Last week of training

Another great year for Shidokan has passed! Our kendo and iaido skills have definitely improved, and our fellowship is stronger than ever. We have learned truly valuable lessons this year, many of which we shall never forget.

We are very lucky to have a great mentor in Santoso Sensei and great friends, such as Tsuji Sensei and Toida Sensei, who have offered tremendous guidance when we needed it most. To them and everyone else who has helped us this year, we would like to express our sincere gratitude!

The foundations of our dojo are fortified with the strong spirit of our growing family. We are looking forward to new challenges that we will face in 2017! Of course, there was no better way to finish the year than with good keiko. Happy 2017!!

Nov 26 2016 | Iaido Grading at Etobicoke, ON

On Saturday, November 26th, some of our members traveled to Etobicoke in Toronto, ON to participate in the morning Iaido seminar and then challenge the Winter grading.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our members who passed their iaido grading.

We would like to thank Santoso Sensei for his continued patience and guidance and also Dean Jolly Sensei for leading our group in the west of the island.

Nov 20 2016 | JCCC TAIKAI & Kendo Grading

On Saturday, November 19th, some of our members traveled to JCCC in Toronto, Ontario to participate in the annual tournament there. Over 200 kendokas were present, and our competitors performed very well considering the high level of kendo displayed.

The next day, we were very happy and proud to hear that all of our members who challenged their next rank passed their kendo examination! We now have three new Sandan, and three new Nidan. As was mentioned by Kamata Sensei, grading is a stepping stone towards the next rank, and towards the embetterment of one's kendo. We look forward to the next challenge, and will keep on practicing hard to that end.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Santoso Sensei for being there for us during the weekend, offering advice and support during these stressful times.

Last but not least, our most humble thanks to Robert Carson and his parents, for generously offering their home to our members for the weekend! The Shidokan family is truly humbled by their repeated hospitality.

Nov 12 2016 | Granby Taikai

On Saturday, November 12th, twelve of our members went to Granby to the bi-annual regional tournament. Although the number of participants was lower than previous years, the level of kendo displayed there certainly made up for it.

Everybody fought hard and with passion. In particular, we would like to congratulate the following category winners:

Kyu-Shodan category

  • 1st place: Francis Petrin
  • 2nd place: Max Pachoute

Nidan-Sandan category

  • 1st place: Gabriel Schor


  • 1st Place: Shidokan Team B

We were very fortunate to have Toida Sensei, from MKC, drive with us to the competition, join us on one of our teams, and offer his guidance throughout the day.

Our sincere gratitude also to Santoso Sensei, for his patience and guidance in the last few months in preparing us for these events.

October 2016 | Tameshigiri

Thanks to one of our senior iaidoka's (Mathieu Tremblay) demonstration at Télé-Québec, we were able to get our hands on makiwara (巻藁) and had the very rare opportunity to practice Tameshigiri.

Of course Tameshigiri is not part of our usual iai curriculum and it should be executed by experienced practicioners in a safe environment.

Thank you Santoso Sensei for allowing our shenanigans this time.
We would also like to offer a warm welcome to our new member Kuniko Kinoshita !

October 2016 | Shogun Kendogu

On October 21, we had the great opportunity to practice with Blake Bennett and members from Shogun Kendogu at the Montreal Kendo Club.

From the 13th until 23rd of October, they visited friends in San Francisco, Houston, and Montreal for a few bogu repair seminars, keiko, and a bit of socialising!
We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

September 2016 | Back to work

Shidokan is kicking off the new Iaido semester in great spirits after hosting the Canadian National Iaido Championships, a challenging and exhausting enterprise.

We are now looking forward to build upon from this experience, keep learning and growing together.

Sep 03 2016 | 2nd Canadian National Iaido Championship 2016

On the Labor day weekend, Shidokan had the honor to host the 2nd Canadian National Iaido Championship in partnership with the Canadian Kendo Federation (CKF). The event took place over three days, featuring seminars, the national tournament, and grading up to 5th Dan.

We were honored to receive delegates from Japan, Chihiro Kishimoto Sensei (Hanshi 8D) and Atsumi Hatakenaka Sensei (Kyoshi 8D), as well as from the United States, Shozo Kato Sensei (Kyoshi 7D) and Pam Parker Sensei (Renshi 7D), and of course our honoured guest Sensei from within Canada: Goyo Ohmi Sensei (Kyoshi 7D), Mitsuru Asaoka Sensei (Renshi 7D), Stephen Cruise Sensei (Renshi 7D), and Takeshi Kimeda Sensei (7D).

We would also like to thank our other honored guests who were in attendance: CKF President Christian D'Orangeville Sensei, CKF Treasure John De Maisonneuve Sensei, and Consul General Kubo Yuji.

Participants came from all across Canada, as well as some from the United States.

Full article and gallery coming soon!

August 2016 | End of Summer

Summer 2016 comes to an end, and the last survivors show up for the last kendo class of the season before taking a short 2 weeks break. Let's get ready for the new semester!! Gambatte!

July 30 2016 | Iaido in the Park

Members of Shidokan also continue our tradition of kata in the park during the summer. With Kendo grading over, we are using the time to get in some extra preparation for the national taikai and grading in September. We hope to continue the practice in the Saturdays leading up to the CNIC 2016.

See you at the park!

Shidokan old posts

Shidokan Video pick of the month

December 2016 | WARRIORS OF BUDO. Episode Five: Kendo by Empty Mind Films

WARRIORS OF BUDO. Episode Five: Kendo by Empty Mind Films

Trailer for our upcoming new release in the Warriors of Budo series, Episode Five: Kendo. No other Budo or Japanese martial art is so closely identified with Samurai culture and the spirit of Japan than Kendo, the way of the sword.

For more information on this new film release and our Warriors of Budo series go to http://emptymindfilms.com

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