Shidokan, in the context of this dojo, translates as “The Place for the Study of Leadership to Protect Society”. We are a traditional Japanese martial arts dojo. Founded in the spirit of the Samurai, Shidokan is organized and operated in the spirit of true Budo with training emphasis on both mental and physical, as well as spiritual martial development. Spiritual Martial Development is not to be confused with religion, only the inner spirit of each Martial Practitioner; all that is in a human being, all that is what makes each individual who they are and can become. To identify, cultivate and develop ones true Self. Emphasis on training with honesty and intent, but under complete control, in order for each student to develop themselves to their fullest, is the goal of Shidokan. Initially, Martial Training is a selfish endeavor, and must be in order to reach a place that ones training become selfless. Self-control, self-discipline, self-confidence, self-awareness, self-defense, self-respect etc., are attributes that one can attain through any endeavor, however martial arts happens to be rooted in these qualities. To know and understand those things essential for a quality of life, and with that understanding, give those same qualities selflessly to others in our lives. Selflessness is the attainment of true Budo.
In April of 2001, after Sensei Steven Williams’ death and at the charge of Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, Sterling Sensei started Desert Wind Aikido Las Vegas at the Desert Breeze Community Center. In July of 2003, DWALV evolved into Desert Wind Martial Arts, a full time dojo opened, offering various traditional martial arts a home in Las Vegas. In October 2009 Saotome Shihan suggested the dojo name Shidokan “The place for the study of Leadership to Protect Society”, and in July 2010 DWMA was officially changed.