eido Karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate founded by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura geared towards all students regardless of age, size, gender, and physical limitations. Seido focuses on developing each student mentally, physically and spiritually. Physical training in Seido emphasizes progressive development of strength, flexability and aerobic capacity. One of the goals of Seido karate training is to develop strong bodies, which contributes to health and a general sense of self-confidence and well-being. 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.
This goal is achieved by the integration of Zen meditation into the practice of each and every student. Seido is unique because it stresses the unity and inseparability of karate and Zen. Zen is not taught as a religion in Seido. It is a practice, i.e., seated meditation, which has no religious overtones or content. The samurai, whose lives and values gave so much to karate, strived to develop 'bushido' spirit. Today, our lives are much different from the samurai's, but the bushido spirit can still be translated into our milieu. This is not a new idea. Rather, it is a return to the origins of the martial arts. By returning to the roots of karate, it can be made extremely valuable for students.
"Sei" in Japanese means "sincere" and "do" means "way". In Seido, the belief is that karate is not just about kicking and punching, but about building the individual from within. Competition is not with others, but within yourself. Seido seeks to develop in each student a 'nonquitting' spirit. No matter what the obstacle or difficulty -- emotional, physical, financial -- though the student may be set back, they will never be overcome by any of these problems. The sincere practice of karate can impress this idea into the spirit. This is the modern interpretation of the bushido spirit.
The World Seido Karate Organization officially opened its headquarters (Honbu) on October 15, 1976, in New York City. It is a worldwide organization with over 150 branches in such places as Australia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South America, and United Kingdom.
Physical training consists of kihon (basic kicking, punching, blocking), kata (forms), self-defense strategies, and when the student has obtained an intermediate belt level, kumite (sparring).
Seido Karate is beneficial for people looking for:
A safe and supportive environment to be challenged and grow spiritually, mentally, and physically
A way to take part in group organized events such as annual karate retreats, beach training, tournaments
Meditation or zazen is performed at the beginning and end of every class to clear the mind and achieve a calm, focused state. Just as practicing karate will strengthen and discipline your body, practicing meditation will strengthen and discipline your mind. And just as a strong body without an equally strong mind is limited, karate is incomplete without meditation. When an individual has a well-developed body and a clear mind working as one, their actions flow honestly, powerfully, and appropriately.
Love, Respect, and Obedience
The plum blossom emblem consists of the five-petaled blossom, which is Kaicho Nakamura's family crest, with three circles within each other representing Seido's three founding principles: love, respect, and obedience.
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(Download JPG of 2013 calendar) Sunday April 28, 2013
Please join us for Outdoor Training this Sunday. This year we will be open to outside participants - feel free to bring a friend, your significant other, or your kids for a great, fun workout!
Location: Santa Monica Pier
Meeting Point: South Parking Lot at the Santa Monica Pier
Attire: Seido T-Shirt and/or Seido Team Jacket and Gi Pants. As we will be hiking, please wear hiking shoes or sneakers.
We recommend you bring water and snacks.
Please RSVP that you are coming and who might be joining you. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Wednesday April 10, 2013
Jun Shihan Promotion
Congratulations to Jun Shihan Veronica on her promotion!
Sunday April 1, 2012
Jun Shihan Promotion
Congratulations to Jun Shihan John on his promotion!
Congratulations to Sensei Ken on his promotion!
Sunday January 15, 2012
Kick off 2012 with Kagami Biraki! Training begins at 8:00 am.
Congratulations to Senpai Crystal who passed her sandan promotion at the 2010 Gasshuku (Summer Retreat)! Pictures from the Gasshuku at Honbu and the celebration at Hollywood Dojo are available:
June 19, 2010
5th Anniversary Dinner
Pictures from the celebration are now available:
Come join the Seido Karate Hollywood Dojo as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary at 7pm. Festivities will include a sushi dinner with chicken/beef teriyaki and dessert, slide show, and awards ceremony. Tickets must be purchased by June 1st, and all guests are welcome. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and free admission for students/children under 12 years old. For more information call the dojo at (323) 876-1880.
Thursday May 28, 2010
Adult Kyu Promotion
Congratulations to Sim for obtaining his 1st Kyu Advanced Brown belt!
April 24, 2010
Photos from Outdoor Training are now available:
Our annual outdoor training will take place at Vasquez Rocks, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce, CA. Gates open at 9:00am, training begins promptly at 9:30am. Vasquez Rocks is a 932-acre park located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and features spectacular rock formations, Tataviam Indian sites, and a seasonal stream.
April 14, 2010
Congratulations to Sensei Rob who attained his 4th degree dan!
Saturday February 20, 2010
Johshin Honzan Benefit Tournament
The Hollywood Dojo tournament is open to adults and children with Kata, Kumite, and Tameshiwari events. Adult Spectator Tickets are $10, children spectators are free. Doors open at 9am, the tournament begins at 10am.
More information about Johshin Honzan can be found on the Honbu website.
Sunday January 10, 2010
Start off the new year with Kagami Biraki training and ceremony. Event begins at 9:30 am. The new 2010 calendar and the new class schedule are now available.
Sunday December 20, 2009
Come partake in dinner, activities, and skits to celebrate the holiday season. Event begins at 5:00 pm.
Saturday October 17, 2009
33rd Seido Anniversary Tournament
Good luck to the Hollywood Dojo entrants!
Wednesday September 16, 2009
Happy Birthday to Sensei Steve, who celebrated his 60th birthday today! Osu!
Sunday August 23, 2009
Location: Point Dume, Malibu. Time: 8am.
Sunday June 14, 2009
The tournament is open to kids and adults. Registration begins at 9:30 and the tournament begins at 10am.
Saturday June 13, 2009
Hollywood Dojo 4th Anniversary
Please join in the celebration of the 4th year anniversary of opening of the Hollywood Dojo.
Monday March 23, 2009
Adult Kyu Promotion
Congratulations to Chyna to becoming the first adult brown belt since the Hollywood Dojo opened in 2005!
Congratulations to the other promotees Sergio, JJ, and Torry!
Saturday March 21, 2009
Tameshiwari Breaking Seminar
Seminar begins at 12:15pm, admission fee $20, spectator fee $7. Please register by Wed, March 18.
Sunday January 11, 2009
Kagami Biraki Training and Ceremony
Training begins promptly at 9:00am.
Read Craig's report on his first Kagami Biraki experience
Sunday December 21, 2008
This year the Hollywood Dojo will be celebrating their holiday party at the Pinz Bowling Alley in Studio City. The event will go from 2pm to 4pm, and will cost $20 per person. A sign-up sheet will be available at the dojo soon to reserve your place on a team.
December 5th-14th, 18th-21st, 2008
Bob's Holiday Office Party
Senpai Rob's play is back again for its 13th season! Click the poster above for more details!
Saturday October 18, 2008
32nd Annual Tournament
A small group of Hollywood Dojo members went to Honbu to compete at the 32nd Annual Seido Karate Tournament. It was a great experience, and the Hollywood Dojo competitors brought back five First Places and two Second Place wins.
The tournament will be open to children and adults participants, and events will include kata, kumite, tameshiwari, and self-defense. Friends and family are encouraged to come out and support the dojo. Applications will be available at the dojo soon.
The Seido Karate Hollywood Dojo Anniversary Celebration and Dinner will begin at 6pm. There will be Japanese food, our Anniversary Slide Show, Awards, and entertainment.
Dinner tickets are now on sale. Guests are invited but tickets must be purchased in advance. In order to get a total headcount, please purchase your tickets by 6/14. Dress is business attire.
Dinner prices are as follows:
Please join us for this special occasion!
June 6-7, 2008
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Congratulations to Senpai Ramiro, Senpai JT, and Senpai Matt who went back to Honbu for their sandan promotion test and were awarded their 3rd degree ranks by Kaicho!
Saturday May 24, 2008
Outdoor Training CANCELLED
Vasquez Rocks Park, Agua Dulce
Due to heavy thunderstorms, Outdoor Training has been postponed until a further date (TBA). There will be regularly scheduled classes on Saturday.
Saturday March 15, 2008
Spring Interdojo Tournament
Our spring interdojo tournament is a fund raiser for our non-profit organization, Hollywood Dojo. All proceeds will go to support our outside programs and the dojo. The tournament is open to children and adult competitors - events include kata, kumite (for green belts and up), self-defense, technique shiha, and tameshiwari. Entrance applications are now available at the dojo.
Family and friends are encouraged to come and watch. Adult admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Children (ages 8 and up) admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Admission ticket will automatically enter into drawing for door prize. Doors open at 9:00am, tournament begins at 10:00am.
Celebrate 31 years of Seido Karate history at Hunter College in New York on Saturday, October 20th, 2007. Visit link for details. *Update: Congratulations to Senpai Crystal for winning first place in women's middleweight kumite. Osu!
August 26, 2007
2007 Annual Beach Training
We had a great time at Point Dume doing meditation, katas, team competitions, and street self defense on the beach. Click below for pictures!
July 15, 2007
Dojo Anniversary Tournament
The tournament was a great success!
Thanks to our guest judges Sensei Bobby from the Santa Cruz dojo, Senpai Todd from the Berkeley dojo, and Sensei Fintan from Nevada for coming.
Pee-wee and junior students competed in kata and technique shihan. Teens and adults competed in additional categories of self defense, kumite, and tamashiwari. Every competitor brought great spirit and heart, osu!
Congratulations to Senpai Matt for being awarded Sogo (Overall) Tournament Champion! The photo gallery has been updated with pictures from the tournament:
June 1, 2007
Congratulations to Senpai Crystal for obtaining her nidan (2nd degree) black belt! She flew back to Honbu in New York and tested with 100 other black belts. We are extremely happy and proud of her, osu!
May 24-27, 2007
Yosemite 2007 Pictures!
Pictures from our annual karate training retreat at Yosemite National Park have been added to the photo gallery. We went during Memorial Day weekend, and the weather was beautiful. We had three days of training, hiking, sight seeing, and team challenges of strength and endurance and skits. Senpai JT's team the "Furious Karate Coyotes" ended up with the most overall points to win the Yosemite Cup. A fun time was had by all!
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