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A Privilege and a Pleasure – Adults Grading Thursday 1st December 2022

It was an absolute “Privilege and a Pleasure” in so many ways….

A Privilege to have 3 such amazing and kind-hearted people as a part of the Dojo and a Pleasure to be a part of their Karate Journeys….

Nothing but “Honesty of Effort” and “Sincerity of Expression” was demonstrated by these 3 as they gave everything throughout each stage of their grading…

Each had significant life challenges going on in their lives prior to grading day….the build-up of these pressures culminating in emotional and sincere releases of appreciation and happiness at gradings end…

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us all…we are all so much richer and appreciative for being a part of it…


Warmest and best wishes always

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

“Enthralling and Captivating Effort” from Juniors – Junior Grading Wednesday 30th November 2022

It was an “Enthralling and Captivating Effort” from this group of young and dedicated group of Juniors…

A quiet start was soon overcome with energy and concentrated effort as they battled their way through the challenges of their first grading…

Never looking like being beaten, this group of talented juniors always positive in their desires to succeed no matter the difficulties faced…

Congratulations and Well Done, you were all amazing…..and your parents and families were even more so in their support from the side lines….

Onwards and upwards and keep up the hard work everyone…















Warmest and best regards always

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Amazing Trio “ACE” Grading Challenges with “GUSTO and ENERGY” – Junior Grading Tuesday 29th November 2022

This amazing trio absolutely “ACED” the challenges of their grading with “GUSTO and ENERGY” – well done to you all…..

Right from the start it was apparent that all 3 knew their stuff and came ready to demonstrate their levels of confidence and preparedness to the fullest…

It was an absolute pleasure to see such wonderful demonstrations of JOY and ENJOYMENT on their faces as they overcame challenge after challenge…

Congratulations and Well done on all your hard work…keep it up…you were all AWESOME with a capital A…and that sentiment is shared with your super supportive parents…


Warmest and best regards always

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Absolute Courage and Determination – Junior Grading Group Monday 28th November 2022

Our Juniors always amaze and inspire us whenever the uncertainties of facing their first ever gradings arise….

Anxiety and nervousness quickly giving way to unbelievable demonstrations of “Absolute Courage and Determination” as each student gives their all and then some…

A true testament to the incredible spirits of our talented Juniors and the ever-present support and love of their parents and families…

Emotions always high amidst attending family members as each grading challenge pushes each student to new physical, mental and emotional levels….

Congratulations to you all and an even bigger Congratulations to your loving parents for being there with you with on every step of your karate journeys…


Warmest and best regards always

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Superhuman Spirits and Efforts – Junior Grading Tuesday 22nd November 2022

It is truly amazing to observe the wonders of the young “Human Spirit”…..
The never quit attitude ever present during a physically and mentally challenging grading…
Loud “OSU” and loud “KIAI” forming the foundations of the self belief on the night and backed fully by the support of their fellow karate-ka and Junior class instructors….
Well done and Congratulations to you all…a true display of your “Superhuman Spirits and Efforts”
Thank you to your amazing families for their limitless love and support of you all and your dedication to to your karate journeys….
Warmest and best regards always
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Persistence, Determination and Self Belief – Key Learnings from Juniors Grading – Monday 22nd November 2022

Right from the start it was “all go” for this talented bunch of Juniors…with challenge after challenge being overcome in their own unique way…
As the grading unfolded each student being asked to express what they learnt from each stage of the evening….
No surprises here, they each gave their all and emerged tired but thoroughly happy with their super human efforts and energy…
Thank you to all families and friends for being there and sharing in their first grading experience…your warm and encouraging support of these wonderful kids was amazing on the night…
Congratulations and Well Done…Keep up the hard work….
Warmest and best regards always
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Solo Effort – Demonstration of Absolute Honesty of Effort and Commitment – Adult Grading Thursday 27th October 2022

Your first time grading is never an easy experience….but Tamati you nailed it on the evening….
It was an absolute demonstration of Absolute Honesty of Effort and Commitment…and made all that more special with your heartfelt feelings expressed to your family and very close friends who were there to support you on the night…
Your tears of AROHA and the strength of your WAIRUA inspiring all who attended deeply and meaningfully…
Keep up with your journey and appreciate the relevant things in your life…







Warmest and best wished always

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Absolutely, Positively Amazing Trio Give their All – Grading Thursday 20th October 2022

It was an evening of Challenge, Hard Work and Non-Quitting Spirit for this Absolutely, Positively Amazing Trio….
Despite their very busy schedules with work, after school children’s activities and ever present family commitments, all 3 managed to find the impossible hours of extra time each week to get together in preparation for grading day…..
The dedication highlighting their superhuman efforts on the night….Inspiring, personal and uplifting for all in attendance and support…
The “SEIDO Spirit” always a pleasure to see, feel and be a part of when individuals give their all as a true expression of themselves in the face of challenge….
Congratulations to you each and thank you to your families for allowing you to pursue your study of karate-do with such passion and energy….

Warmest and best regards always
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt

Three of the Best Give Absolutely Everything at First Grading – Thursday 28th JULY 2022

Gradings are never easy affairs but they are always rewarding and enlightening experiences for all……
Our minds often overthinking and full of anticipation of the unknowns:
  • what’s going to be asked of me in the grading…..?
  • am I fit enough, have I done enough training…..?
  • how well do I know my syllabus…..?
  • what will people think of me and my efforts….?
I am pleased and privileged to say that all 3 students, Tony, Dan and Hefroni gave there all throughout their first grading experience….
Congratulations to each of you for shining in such very different and personal ways….
Thank you to your wonderful families for supporting and giving you the time to be at classes throughout each week….
Thank you to all Dojo students who attended in support and gave such positive encouragement….and thank you as always for the fantastic food and celebratory company which always follows our grading evenings….




















Warmest and best regards always
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Collegiate Group an Outstanding bunch of Young Adults – Grading Thursday 23rd JUNE 2022

It was an emotional ending to a physically challenging grading for this outstanding bunch of young adults….
The levels of physicality demanded of them throughout the grading process clearly evident as they stood exhausted in “mokuso” stance with their eyes closed during the final stage of their grading evening…
End of grading reflection time always a special time for fellow karate-ka, parents and families….
Each grading student speaking with honesty about the challenges in their lives, their love for their families and the special people whom they owe gratitude to for being an important part of their young lives…
Sometimes confronting but always heart warming…
You are all growing up to be amazing and courageous young adults….
On behalf of all our Dojo black belts…
Proud to be your dojo teacher, prouder to be your mentor….but proudest of all to be there for you when you need a friend…
Thank you to all Lower Hutt Black Belts and Class Instructors for your considerable duty of care to all Dojo students and thank you so much to your incredibly devoted parents for being their with us throughout your karate journeys….


















Warmest and best regards
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt
  • Station Village Complex
    Upstairs Studio (next to Laughalots Play Land)
    499 Hutt Road
    Lower Hutt
    Ken Szeto, Instructor