Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate, founded by Tadashi Nakamura in 1976. Now a 9th degree black belt, Kaicho Nakamura is chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization, based in New York. Over 20,000 students in seventeen different countries train in Seido Karate.
Seido translates as ‘sincere way’ and has as its cornerstone the three principles of love, respect and obedience. Its emblem is the plum blossom, which is also the family emblem of Seido founder and chairman Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura.
Through physical training, as well as focusing on the mind and spirit, Seido assists each student to use those principles to find his or her own non-quitting attitude. Seido Karate aims to help students face the challenges that may come their way, and not to feel overcome by setbacks. It also seeks to develop students to be strong contributors to their families and communities.
It is a style of karate open to anyone, regardless of age or ability. With an emphasis on personal, individual development, Seido focuses on the capabilities of each person, encouraging everyone to see where their abilities can take them.
You can learn more about the Seido philosophy on the website for Honbu – Seido headquarters in New York – or by trying a class at Seido Wellington.