Welcome to "Shidokan Kendo and Iaido Club" !

Shidokan Fall 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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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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News 2017

June 10 & 11, 2017 | Quebec Kendo Open & Grading

On June 5th, Quebec Kendo Kai hosted a tournament open to all kendoka from neighbor provinces and states. It was a great occasion to experience shiai against different styles.

In the mudansha division, our own Tri Nguyen and Tarek El Haiba respectively placed first and third, bringing back two medals. We would like to thank Quebec Kendo Kai for hosting the event, and hope for more in the future!

The day after the Quebec Open, on June 4th, six of our members attended the grading in Quebec City to challenge their next rank. Each of them passed their exam, and it is with pride that Shidokan would like to congratulate them. Our dojo is now one yondan, one sandan, one nidan and three shodan stronger!

As Santoso Sensei says, earning a rank is a stepping stone towards the next objective. Let us keep that in mind, and train with renewed dedication.

Apr 29 2017 | Quebec Regional Taikai - Granby

On Saturday, April 29th, a Shidokan contingent went to Granby to the bi-annual regional tournament. A special opportunity since many highly skilled players from Ontario participated as well.

The level of our competitors had noticeably improved since last spring, and they fought with fervor in their respective divisions. We would like to congratulate Tarek El Haiba (gold medal - kyu/1dan division) and Benjamin Vial (bronze medal 2dan/3dan division).

We would like to thank the Cégep de Granby for hosting the event, and look forward to meeting with the other dojos soon!

Apr 15 2017 | Easter practice

Eventhough many of our members were out of town to celebrate easter, the few remaining soldiers experienced an intense focused practice led by Santoso Sensei.

Happy Easter !

April 7 & 8, 2017 | Visits from MKC & Quebec Kendo Kai

On Friday, April 7, we received the visit of our friends from the Montreal Kendo Club. Kenji Toida Sensei and Junko Ariyama Sensei led the practice, which was laden with great exercises to help us reinforce our kihon. In particular, we were able to improve our tenouchi and to initiate our body movement from the hips, while keeping a strong center. After some much-needed kakarigeiko, during which everyone displayed strong spirit, we shared jigeiko before enjoying well-deserved refreshments at PJ's. We would like to thank Toida Sensei and Ariyama Sensei for the useful knowledge they shared with us, as well as the rest of our friends from MKC for coming in such numbers. The very next day, on April 8, four of our friends from Quebec Kendo Kai joined us for our morning practice. True to their words, they returned with all their spirit. The morning was spent focusing on getting as much keiko time as possible, after which we had a kakarigeiko to warm us up for a quick shiai. Thank you for your visit, we hope to see you again soon!

March 14 2017 | Special Visit from Kei Ouchi

On Tuesday, we had a special visit from Kei Ouchi, a visiting student from Ibaraki University in Japan. Getting a true Canadian experience, he braved the crazy snowstorm that day and we had the wonderful opportunity to keiko with him. Thank you for joining us Kei-san, and we hope there will be less snow the next time you visit!

March 07 2017 | Visit to McGill

A few of our senior members visited the McGill Kendo Club for a special practice featuring some visiting Sensei from Japan and Toronto: Tadayoshi Ito, 7th dan Kyoshi and Hidenori Yuze, 7th dan Kyoshi, from Japan. As well as Shane Kamata, 8th dan Kyoshi, from Etobicoke Kendo Club. The practice was largely focused on kihon, with some time at the end to keiko with the Sensei. Thank you to McGill for hosting this special practice and for inviting us to join you. And a special thank you to the Sensei for their guidance and teachings. We hope to see everyone again soon!

Feb 18 2017 | Montreal Iaido Seminar

On Feb 18 & 19 2017, Shidokan hosted an open Iaido Seminar with the help of the Canadian Kendo Federation.We had the honor to receive Goyo Ohmi Sensei, Kyoshi 7dan & Stephen Cruise Sensei, Renshi 7dan. It was a wonderful seminar where we had the opportunity to improve on our basics and cover each of the Seitei kata. In particular, after his recent trip to Japan to train with Itto Sensei, Cruise Sensei conveyed many key concepts through specialized drills. We were able to work on seme, tenouchi and furikaburi, amongst other things..

Our sincere gratitude to Ohmi Sensei and Cruise Sensei for leading such a great seminar. Thanks to all the participants for filling our dojo with your spirit and to our volunteers for offering such great support. We hope to see all of you again soon!

Feb 17 2017 | Visit of Jundi Toida Sensei in Montreal

On Friday Feb 17, Shidokan visited MKC and had the great opportunity to practice with Jundi Toida Sensei, visiting from Brazil. Jundi Sensei is the brother of our good Friend Julio Kenji Toida Sensei. Thank you MKC for having us! It was really great!

Looking forward to the next opportunity!

Feb 11 2017 | Visit of Quebec Kendo Kai

On Saturday Feb 11, three of our friends from Quebec Kendo Kai visited us all the way from the Univ. of Laval (Quebec City). We had the opportunity to share great keiko with each of them, and strengthen our bond with our brothers (and sisters!) in arms. Everyone showed a great display of spirit and technique.

We were also kindly invited to the Quebec Open Taikai which will take place on Saturday, June 10 at their home dojo: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581365755214093/ We look forward to seeing you soon on the battlefield!

Thank you Charles, Alex & Takeshi! Our doors are wide open, please come and visit us any time you are in Montreal!

Jan 28 2017 | Carleton University

On January 28, Shidokan participated in the 11th Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament in Carleton University, Ottawa. All our members in the Alumni category.

A great opportunity for many of our members to experience the pressure and responsibility of being Shinpan for the first time.

Jan 07 2017 | Shidokan Annual Gathering

This year started off with our annual Shidokan dinner. We gathered at Kanda for sake, sushi, and celebration.

As always, it was a time to reflect upon our accomplishments and growth from the previous year, and to set our sights on some new goals. In classic Shidokan fashion, everyone got a chance to share some words of their experience and hopes for the future.

We also celebrated the birthdays of our dear Santoso-Sensei and a few others from amongst our ranks. Let’s make 2017 another great year!

Jan 03 2017 | Keiko Hajime

A new year, a new beginning! Shidokan kicks off 2017 with great expectation and fully motivated to keep learning and improving together.

Let's make of 2017 another succesful year!

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!

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July 2017 | 15th All Japan 8th dan KENDO Championship Final

15th All Japan 8th dan KENDO Championship Final
第15回全日本選抜剣道八段優勝大会 決勝

The 15th All Japan 8th dan KENDO Championship happened on Apr 16. 2017 at the Nakamura Sports Center, Nagoya. The tournament featured many former champions and renowned Kendo masters, such as Toshiya Ishida, Kazuo Furukawa amongst many others.

The final was contested between Katsuhiko Tani (this would be his 3rd final) and Masahiro Miyazaki. After a heated match, Miyazaki lands a men strike to win his second consecutive title in this tournament.

Masahiro Miyazaki, nowadays considered a kendo Legend, has participated in the "All Japanese Kendo Tournament" 12 times from 1990 to 2001 and won 6 times, including 2 successive victories (1998 and 1999). Furthermore, he has won the World Kendo Championships 4 times as a member of the Japanese national team and once as an individual. He has won the All-Japan Police Kendo Tournament twice. He was victorious at the All-Japan Police Kendo Championships 6 times, 1 second place and 3 third places (victories in 3 consecutive years once, victories in two consecutive years once). At the National Sports Festival (kendo) he was victorious in the team competition once and ended in 3rd place twice. At the All-Japan Kendo Championships for Selected Athletes in the 7th Dan Division Mr. Miyazaki was victorious 5 times and ended in second place 3 times. Because of his great achievements in Kendo, he is called “A Master Swordsman of the 21st Century".
Source: http://budo2008.nifs-k.ac.jp/en/guest/miyazaki.html

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