Shidogakuin: Kendo and Iaido in New York

Our History

Originally founded in 1984, for over 30 years, our dojo has been practicing the arts of Kendo and Iaido under the instruction of Kato-sensei


In Japanese, the word kendo literally translated means "way of the sword" ("ken" = sword, and "do" = the way). It is the traditional Japanese art of full-contact fencing developed by the Samurai.


Iaido is the martial art of drawing and cutting with a katana - either an unsharpened practice blade or the real thing. In iaido, a practitioner executes set forms, or kata, against an imaginary opponent.

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26th Annual Shidogakuin Tournament

Happy New Year! We wish you, your family and your students a wonderful 2019! Once again, we would like to invite you and your students to participate the 26th Annual Shidogakuin Tournament, to be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Rutgers University, College Avenue Gym, 130 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

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2019 Shidogakuin Annual Summer Kendo Camp

The 35th Shidogakuin Anniversary open Tournament on Sunday 4th, the last day of camp. It will be Kachunuki 5 member Team match and Men's Divison, Women's Division and Youth Division.

Special guest announcement! Masaharu Kakehashi sensei Kendo Hanshi 8dan (Honorary Shihan of the Tokyo metropolitan police department) and Koji Onda sensei Kendo Kyoshi 8dan(Fuku Syuseki Shihan of the Tokyo metropolitan police department) will participate as guest Senseis from first day of the this camp.

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