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.

Kendo Seminar with Ishii-sensei

Greetings! We are happy to share with you that Takeshi Ishii Sensei, Kendo Kyoshi 8 Dan, Former Tokyo Metropolitan Police (Keishicho), Vice Syuseki Shihan and Nippon Budokan Kendo Dojo Shihan, will visit be visiting New York.

To attend: Please email name, rank and dojo to

Ishii Sensei is the featured Sensei for 2019 GNEUSKF Kendo Education Tour. He will give seminars on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. Please see below information:

Date: Saturday, March 23rd
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
(Doors open at 4:30 PM)
Location: Shidogakuin Harrison Dojo, Harrison Rec. Center (aka Frank Sollazzo Center), 270 Harrison, Avenue, Harrison, NY
Level: All ages, all levels
Contribution Ages 17 and under: $10
Ages 18 and over: $20
Date: Sunday, March 24th
Time: 3:00pm - 6:30pm
(Doors open at 2:45 PM)
Location: Shidogakuin New York Dojo, 265 Madison Avenue, NY, NY
Level: Yudansha (shodan and up)
Contribution $20
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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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