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The physical training in Seido emphasizes progressive development of strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. In addition to developing students with the highest level of physical skills, Seido aims to develop individuals of the highest moral character, individuals who can then make significant contributions to a better life in the family, the work place, and in society at large.

"Karate is a way of life, a way of being. I have committed over 35 years of my life to study, practice and teaching of the martial arts. I am convinced that karate has much to offer modern men, women, and children as we move into the twenty-first century. 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 realize the fullness of human potential."

-- Kaicho [Grandmaster] Tadashi Nakamura

The practice and study of Seido Karate develops a healthy mind, body and spirit through physical and spiritual training. In Seido Karate, meditation along with physical discipline build self-awareness and a strong "non quitting" spirit.

The benefits not only encompass physical and spiritual well being but also develop self-esteem, confidence and the ability to defend oneself.

Our classes are currently structured with General classes each day we train [Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday] at which all grades of students are welcome. We also have a second class on Tuesday and Thursday for senior students to concentrate on more of their syllabus.

Every class starts with a standard stretch and warm up followed by practice of basic techniques. We also do partner work and kata as part of our regular training. The Seido system is structured into 10 kyu [or colored belt] grades followed by Black belt [Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura is currently a 9th degree black belt - 9th dan]. There is a syllabus of techniques, combinations and kata for each of the grades, incorporated into the syllabi are various partnered defenses and combinations to help us develop as karateka.

Sparring is a part of the syllabus from green belt and above [after 6 grades from beginning]. Our sparring in classes is contact sparring with certain techniques and targets excluded so as to create a safe environment for students to practice without the fear of serious injury. We also practice point sparring [used in a number of tournaments] which is decided on a point system as opposed to "Knock down" tournaments. We also wear protection when sparring - headgear, hands, feet, mouth-guard and groin protection.

The atmosphere in a Seido Dojo is one of sincere effort and a helpful, respectful and supportive environment.