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Although the metal swords have been replaced by bamboo and wood, all other aspects of the Samurai Spirit live on in the practice of Kendo and Iaido.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

Fees and Registration Shidokan Schedule How to become a member?

News 2017

August | Last training week of Summer

Another intense Summer training comes to a close. Always a challenging task to go withstand the heat but nevertheless a satisfactory experience. We close this season sure of have gotten stronger and looking forward to apply every lesson in our next semester.

Gratitude to all our brave warriors and specially to Santoso Sensei for his constant guidance.
A big shout out to our brother Adam Ashton who paid us a visit earlier in the season: - We miss you!

Aug 05 & 06 2017 | Canadian National Kendo Championships, Markham ON

In early August, a Shidokan contingent headed to Toronto, Ontario to compete in the 19th Canadian National Kendo Championships, held at the Markham Pan Am Center. The event, open to kendoka from all provinces, lasted two days during which an impressive level of kendo was displayed. Individuals were carried out on the Saturday, while team matches took place on the Sunday.

Our members fought well in the individuals and put up a great fight against strong opponents. During team matches, they showed great cohesion.

On the Sunday afternoon, provinces competed against one another following the format of the International Kendo Federation. Friends from McGill University Kendo Club, Québec Kendo Kai, and Université de Montréal Kendo Club, as well as members from Shidokan (Alysha Hum, Gabriel Schor and Benjamin Vial), formed the ranks of Team Québec.
Congrats to Team QC Men for obtaining the silver medal and Team QC Women: bronze medal.
A special mention to our Francis Pétrin, recipient of a fighting spirit award in Club's Team division!

The event was a fantastic opportunity to cross swords and develop friendships with kendoka from all over the country. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the organizers of the event, to the coaches of Team Québec for dedicating their time and knowledge, as well as to Santoso Sensei for his continued guidance.

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.

May 2017 | 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"!

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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September 2017 | Profile: YUKIKO TAKAMI 鷹見 由紀子


Born in 1985 in Fukuoka, Japan, Ms. Yukiko Takami started kendo in elementary school. She captured the All Japan University Women’s Kendo Championships as a sophomore; in 2009, she won the individual World Kendo Championship (WKC) as a first-time participant representing Japan; and in 2012 and 2015, she won WKC third place (individual) and her team won WKC group championships. After university graduation, she entered Juntendo University Graduate School of Health and Sports Science to continue her study of kendo principles and training, and began teaching university students there from 2015.

One of Japan’s traditional martial arts, kendo is practiced and prized by a wide range of enthusiasts in Japan, from children to adults. Kendo practitioners wear four types of protective gear — men (face guard), kote (gauntlets), doh (breastplate), and tare (flap/throat protector) — in one-on-one matches. Kendo originated from swordsmanship using tohken (real swords), which turned into Japanese fencing games featuring shinai (bamboo swords) as kendo evolved. By the end of the Edo period, followers of different schools met to test their prowess, and unified rules gradually developed.

In today’s Japan, kendo exercises are practiced in dojo (halls) in communities or as extracurricular activities in schools, and tournaments are held nationwide. Kendo is also required in police training, and many police forces include master practitioners. While kendo is enjoyed as a sport, its physical and mental discipline as a martial art aims at building character. Ms. Yukiko Takami, an expert practitioner, says, "In the world of kendo, respect for an opponent is even more important than victory or defeat." This philosophy is reflected in fighting conduct — such as sonkyo (crouching) before and after competitive and practice matches, and showing zanshin (awareness) by saluting a defeated opponent. Without zanshin, a strike (datotsu) is not counted as a valid point (yuko).

Vocalization (hassei) during datotsu is also required for a valid point. The shout must be strong and clear — a physical expression of spiritual force, since a practitioner must use the entire body when striking an opponent. This vocalization is mandatory in kendo rules. Ms. Takami — who holds an outstanding winning record in numerous Japanese and international competitions — sees an increasing number of overseas kendo enthusiasts: "Many people practicing kendo internationally appreciate Japan and Japanese culture. I believe kendo is a sport that gives people better understanding of Japan and the Japanese spirit," she says.


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