Shidogakuin: Kendo and Iaido in New York


A Message From Sensei

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日本の伝統文化には、茶道、華道等ありますが、剣道・居合道もそのひとつです。 それぞれ形は違いますが、すべてそれらの中には日本人の「美意識ー侘び寂び」が含まれていると思いま す。

そして美しい礼法や所作には無駄がなく、それが見る人に感動を与えるものとなります。志道学院NY士道館 は、剣道には「美」が必要であると考え(つまりこれは基本に従った正しい武道に他なりません)、そして その結果として強く正しく美しい剣道が生まれる、と考えています。

居合道は、起源は室町時代の応仁の乱に遡り、武士がいつでも武器を抜ける様にしていたことに『居合』の 始まりがあります。 その後戦国時代に入ると、林崎重信がこの『居合』を『居合道』という武道として確 立させました。そして武士のたしなみとして修練される様になりました。 日本刀の操作法に由来がある居 合道は、勝負を抜刀の一瞬にかけるため、修行は『死生一妙』『動静一貫』を目指す心身鍛錬の道です。 しかし、剣の理法の習得が人間形成の道』という考え方においては剣を払う事を主とする武道としての剣道 と同じで『剣居一体』の武道です。

その日本の伝統文化である剣道・居合道をこの異国の地に正しく広める事を目的として設立された志道学院 は、後数年で設立40年という年月を経て、ニューヨーク州に公認いただいた日本文化協会として、東海岸 を中心に躍進しいくつかの支部道場を持つに至りました。その宗家道場であるNY士道館は、私の恩師の故中 西康先生(剣道範士九段、居合道範士八段、杖道範士八段)の広島士道館の道場名を先生が亡くなられた 後、先生の奥様よりいただきNY士道館として現在活動をしております。

稽古は、剣道の場合、マンハッタン道場、ハリソン道場の2か所で行い、それぞれマンハッタン道場は 木、日、ハリソン道場は火、土が稽古日です。生徒はいずれの道場に何回でも自由に通うことができ、 基本的に館長および師範の加藤彰三先生(剣道教士八段、居合道教士七段)が直接指導を行います。 居 合道も、稽古日は異なりますが同じ内容です。

稽古は、子供(5歳~18歳)、初心者、経験者、そして経験者ですがブランクのある人等それぞれが無理 なく自分のペースで続けられるように指導を行います。大人の生徒には、少年時からずっと剣道を続けてい る人、20年以上のブランクがあり再開した人、高齢になってから剣道を始めた人、企業の駐在員で忙しい 時間の合間を縫って稽古をする人等様々な境遇の人がいます。

剣道も居合道も、歳をとっても若者や少年と一緒に稽古ができ、一生続けられる武道であると言っても過言 ではありません。子供達には時には厳しく指導させていただくこともありますが、剣道・居合道が単に体を 動かす運動ではなく、稽古を通じて人間形成を目指し、社会に貢献する人間に成長してもらいたい、という 気持ちを込めて指導に当たらせていただいています。

皆様と一緒に稽古ができる日を心よりお待ち申し上げております。

志道学院 NY士道館

館長     加藤 彰三

Greetings,

Like tea ceremony and flower arrangement, Kendo and Iaido are part of traditional Japanese culture. Although the shapes are different, all of them include the Japanese aesthetic sense: wabi-sabi. In all these forms, beautiful manners and austere acts are impressive for a viewer to behold.

Shidogakuin NY Shidokan believes that kendo requires "beauty" (that is, nothing but the right martial arts that follow the very basics), and then a strong, right and beautiful kendo will be formed as a result.

The origin of Iaido was in the Muromachi period. During the Onin War, a samurai was always ready to draw his weapon. Afterwards, in the Warring States period, Shigenobu Hayashizaki established this "Iai" as a martial art called "Iaido". Samurai came to practice Iaido as a personal accomplishment. Iaido is a way of mental and physical discipline aiming to understand that “Death and life reside in only a fine line” and “Movement and calmness are coherent”. The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the sword. Therefore, it is said that “Kendo and Iaido are one in the same in principle”.

With the aim of properly spreading the Japanese traditional culture of Kendo and Iaido in the USA, Shidogakuin has been working on the East Coast for 40 years. During that time, it has been officially recognized as a Japanese cultural organization certified by New York State, and now has several branch dojos. The main dojo of Shidogakuin, the New York Shidokan, was named after the Hiroshima Shidokan. The name of Shidokan was given by the wife of Kato-sensei’s former sensei, Yasushi Nakanishi (Kendo Hanshi 9th dan, Iaido Hanshi 8th dan, Jodo Hanshi 8th dan) after he passed away.

Kendo practice is held in two places, the Manhattan and Harrison Dojos. We practice on Thursday and Sunday at Manhattan Dojo and Tuesday and Saturday at Harrison Dojo. Students can freely go to any dojo any number of times. Our head instructor, Shozo Kato-sensei (Kendo Kyoshi 8th dan, Iaido Kyoshi 7th dan), directly teaches the students as much as possible. Iaido classes also have the same content, although the practice schedule is different.

The lessons are taught so that children (5-18 years old), beginners, experienced persons, and experienced persons who have a long hiatus from the art can continue at their own pace without difficulty. We have students in various situations, such as those who have been practicing Kendo since childhood, those who have resumed practice after having been away for more than 20 years, those who have begun Kendo after aging, and those who are corporate expatriates from Japan.

It is no exaggeration to say that both Kendo and Iaido are martial arts that can be practiced for a lifetime. Instructors may instruct children sometimes strictly with the belief that Kendo and Iaido are not just physical exercise, but also an opportunity to mold the mind and body, and to cultivate a vigorous spirit. Through the application of discipline in practice, the final goal is to grow as individuals to better contribute to society.

We look forward to the day we can practice together.

Shozo Kato

Head Instrutor

Shidogakuin NY Shidokan

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

Kendo

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

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.

March Practice Suspended

Due to the effects of the corona virus, practice for the remainder of March has been cancelled.

Please see below for our April schedule when practice at our New York location resumes on April 5th.

27th Shidogakuin Kendo Tournament: Postponement announcement

The tournament is postponed due to various unforeseen circumstances. We will be announcing a new official date soon, likely in May.

New NY Location and Schedule

Please note that we have relocated our practice for the New York dojo.

Our new location is at: 37 W 26th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY

Our adjusted schedule for April is as follows:

  • Sunday, April 5th
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Kendo: Studio D
    • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Iaido: Studio A
  • Thursday, April 9th
    • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Kendo Basics: Studio A
    • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Kendo Advanced: Studio D
  • Sunday, April 12th
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Kendo: Studio D
    • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Iaido: Studio A
  • Thursday, April 16th
    • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Kendo Basics: Studio A
    • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Kendo Advanced: Studio D
  • Sunday, April 19th
    • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Kendo: Studio D
    • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Iaido: Studio A
  • Thursday, April 23rd
    • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Kendo Basics: Studio A
    • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Kendo Advanced: Studio D
  • Sunday, April 26th
    • 1:00 - 3:00 PM Iaido: Studio A
  • Thursday, April 30th
    • 7:30pm - 8:30pm Kendo Basics: Studio A
    • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Kendo Advanced: Studio D

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GNE Kendo Educational Seminar: Harrison NY date

Dear Senseis, Kenshis and Parents,

We would like to invite AUSKF members to particpate in a set of educational seminars conducted by:

  • Masaharu Kakehashi-sensei, Hanshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, former Chief Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Koji Onda-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, Assistant Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Shozo Kato-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan

The seminar will be held 4:00pm -  7:00pm at Harrison Recreation Center, 270 Harrison Ave, Harrison NY 10528

A Dinner party for adult participants will follow at 7:30 at a location to be determined. Advance reservation of your spot will be necessary.

Please complete and return these forms (instructions within) to register

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GNE Kendo Educational Seminar: Fudokan Washington DC date

Dear Senseis, Kenshis and Parents,

We would like to invite AUSKF members to particpate in a set of educational seminars conducted by:

  • Masaharu Kakehashi-sensei, Hanshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, former Chief Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Koji Onda-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, Assistant Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Shozo Kato-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan

The seminar will be held 6:00pm -  9:00pm at Fudokan Dojo, 5100 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

GNE Kendo Educational Seminar: Miami Dates

Dear Senseis, Kenshis and Parents,

We would like to invite AUSKF members to particpate in a set of educational seminars conducted by:

  • Masaharu Kakehashi-sensei, Hanshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, former Chief Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Koji Onda-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan: Tokyo Japan, Assistant Instructor of Kendo at Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Shozo Kato-sensei, Kyoshi 8th Dan

The seminars for both nights will be at Stone Mountain Taekwondo Academy, 10024 W Oakland Park Blvd, Sunrise, FL 33351 and will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.