About Seido Wellington

Seido Wellington welcomes anyone who wants to learn karate in a friendly and safe environment. Under the guidance of principal instructor Ben Otang and a team of experienced black belts, Seido Wellington offers you the chance to experience an exciting and challenging martial art.

Seido Wellington began in 1983. Sei Shihan Ben Otang started his karate training in 1974, and now leads a club of over 250 students of all ages and abilities.

The club runs a full range of classes for children and adults, from beginners through to more experienced levels. Once you’ve completed your beginners’ course, you’ll work through a structured system that promotes you gradually from one grade to another. Light contact sparring begins after you’ve trained with us for a couple of years.

Seido Wellington offers special interest sessions open to anyone: stretch/yoga, and fitness. The dojo also has a fully-equipped gym. Seido Wellington is unique in the Wellington region in running a weekly karate class for children and young adults with Downs Syndrome. Whatever your grade, age or ability, you’ll always have the chance to train with a group.

Sei Shihan Ben oversees five Seido dojo in the Wellington area including the main Wellington dojo, located in Brooklyn. Other Seido dojo in the Wellington area are based at Kapiti, Northland, Lower Hutt, and Upper Hutt. Each is run by an experienced black belt and each offers a lively and friendly environment in which to train.