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A Unique Vision:
Karate For Everyone

The Sincere Way of Karatedo

Seido Karate offers a unique approach to martial arts training, based on the experience and vision of our founder, Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. Thanks to movies and TV, karate is widely perceived as a purely physical fighting art. But while it certainly develops strength, stamina, and physical well-being, this is not the heart of karate-do.

Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese martial art with two goals: to maximize students’ physical skills and to cultivate high moral character. Traditional karate is a way of life, a way of being. In the words of our founder, Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, “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.”  

Unlike many martial arts schools, Seido aims to connect its students with the origins of karate and the “non-quitting” bushido spirit of the samurai. This is achieved through the integration of Zen meditation into every student’s practice. This has no religious overtones, and is an essential counterpart to hard physical training. Today, our lives are much different from that of the samurai, but the bushido spirit remains applicable. No matter what the obstacle or difficulty – emotional, physical, or financial – we want students to feel that they can overcome it.

With these goals in place, the World Seido Karate Organization officially opened its headquarters on October 15, 1976, in New York City. We are now a worldwide organization, with thriving branches throughout the United States and in  Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America. We invite you to learn more about the World Seido Karate Organization, its founder and leadership, and the philosophy that makes Seido Karate so unique.

Traditional Training, Made Accessible To All


Welcome to Seido Karate

This video provides an overview of training in Seido-Juku: basic techniques, kata, kumite (sparring) and meditation.  Together, these elements help our students fulfill their potential.

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