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Adaptive Programs

The core curriculum consists of general classes, kata, kumite, and meditation classes. This includes both “general” (all belts) and “rank specific” classes, which focus on each belt level’s syllabus. Kumite class is for intermediate and advanced students. Meditation is an integral part of training in Seido and all members are encouraged to attend. Full gi is mandatory for all classes unless noted otherwise.

Blind Program, General Class

This is one of our adaptive classes for our visually impaired members. Other students are encouraged to assist this class while also practicing their own material. Students testing to Green belt or higher are often required to participate in the class while wearing a blindfold. Class length is 1 hour.


Blind Program, Conditioning

This is an adaptive classes for our visually impaired members. It is a physically challenging class that is geared toward strength and endurance. Gloves are recommended for bag work. Class length is 45 minutes.

Blind Program, Makeup Classes for Promotion

Blind - Wed 5pm, Thu 4:30pm, Sat 11am

Promotion candidates should bring a blindfold. The objective is for students to learn how to apply their other senses to their karate training. Promotion candidates will train alongside blind and visually impaired students, learn protocol for assisting blind people inside and outside the dojo, and as needed, may assist teaching blind students. We welcome anyone to assist our classes, including outside of promotion requirements.

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)

The YAI adaptive Karate class caters to learning challenged/disabled adults. Our YAI students are a dedicated and hard-working crew who are very appreciative of the instructors and of the opportunity to study karate.

Classes are held Tuesdays 4-5pm at Honbu World Seido Karate headquarters (252 W. 30th Street NY). The class is led by Sensei Carol Halstead and Senpai Elinor Nauen.

Helping these students learn is a richly rewarding experience and all Seido Karate students (Adv Blue belt and up) are invited to participate. We strive for one-on-one instruction and welcome all assistants, whether weekly, monthly, or as occasional drop-ins. To sign up to assist, an email is sent out each Sunday with a link to assist with YAI class that week.

If you have any questions, please email

For further information about the YAI program in NYC and how to become part of this special adaptive karate class, please contact YAI directly: | 212-273-6182 |