World Seido Karate

Seido karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate, founded by Tadashi Nakamura in 1976. Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura is chairman of the World Seido Karate Organisation based in New York. Over 20,000 students in seventeen different countries train in Seido Karate.

Karate is a way of life, a way of being and Kaicho feels karate has much to offer all people.

“My purpose in founding Seido Karate was to show what I feel is the true essence, the kernel of true karate do: the training of body, mind and spirit together in order to realise the fullness of human potential”

What does Seido mean?

SEI means truth, honesty and sincerity    

DO means the way, road or path to follow      

JUKU means special or unique place

We come to the dojo – our special place – to practise the sincere path of Seido Karate.

Seido’s three fundamental principles are respect, love, and obedience. These are represented by the three circles in the centre of the Seido emblem. They embody a way or do of being in everyday life, and are essential to our practice of the martial arts.

Respect is an act of giving attention, consideration and esteem, respecting others means we will treat everyone with courtesy and equity, then in turn we are able to respect ourselves.

Love grows out of respect; this is an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for others and the giving of ourselves to benefit others

Obedience refers to the obedience of higher moral values that make our society grow and flourish. This also refers to a way of maintaining humility and keeping our ego’s in check.

Seido Karate Kāpiti

Seido Karate Kāpiti is led by Sensei Karen and supported by Senpai Kimberley and other senior students.

Sensei Karen began training in the early 90’s and started the Kapiti dojo along with Senpai Kimberley in 2012

The Wellington region is overseen by Sei Shihan Ben based at the Wellington dojo and there are 5 dojos in the region, Wellington, Northland, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Kapiti.

Through physical training and the focusing of the mind and the spirit, Seido assists everyone to use the Seido principles to find their own non-quitting attitude. Seido Karate aims to help everyone face the challenges that may come their way, and not to feel overcome by setbacks. It also seeks to develop all of us to be strong contributors to our families and communities.

Class information


There is much to take in when you first start karate, but we are all there to help.

On Monday nights at beginner class you will learn all the basics you need to progress to Thursday night classes.

You don’t need anything for beginner class, just wear something comfortable. Once you start training regularly you will want to buy a gi (karate uniform), these are available from any martial art supplier.

“In the beginners mind there are many possibilities but in the experts mind there are few”

General class

In our general class we continue working on our basics and our syllabus, this includes kata and partner work. We also include some fitness in our general class for everyone to work on at their own pace, this includes bag work which will help to improve your technique. And.. we always make sure to have fun!

Once you progress to green belt, we also hold a sparring class.

The Wellington and wider regions hold regular camps, tournaments, beach trainings and other events when we can all come together as a wider ‘Seido family’.


We welcome all children from 7 years to our class on Thursday at 4.30pm. Our children’s classes have many senior instructors helping out to guide all our children from beginners to more advanced. The children will learn karate basics, self defence, kata and partner work in a fun and supportive environment. Seido karate holds tournaments, camps, beach training and other fun events for the children to take part in.

Through learning karate we learn self defence, self discipline and we learn to develop a confident non- quitting spirit.

A black belt is simply a white belt who never quit”

Self defence classes

Sensei Karen also holds regular Self Defence classes for women and girls.

Karen is a member of the Women’s Self Defence Network – Wāhine Toa and has been teaching self defence for many years in schools and community groups throughout the Wellington region.

Self Defence aims to empower everyone’s confidence through learning about: The power of mind, body and voice. The course covers: Assertiveness, self-esteem and confidence. Victim/ attacker dynamics and myth debunking. Physical techniques – kicks, punches, ground defences, release from grabs and more. Knowing your rights, finding support and supporting others.

Children will learn: To think and act confidently. To be more aware of their safety. Verbal and physical skills to keep themselves safe. To seek support if needed.

 For more information please contact us.