A strong family values oriented dojo

Merry Christmas Everyone – Thank you for the most wonderful year

Merry Christmas Everyone

Thank you for the most wonderful year this year….

Thank you to everyone, students, parents, families and friends for the
best of karate years this year….full of energy, enthusiasm and lots of
challenges all mixed with loads of fun…..
Time to put valuable time aside now to celebrate “togetherness and
Wishing everyone the very, very best for an Amazing Christmas and a
Fantastic New Year.

Warmest wishes and love to ALL
Ken, Leighton, Peri and the Szeto Family


SEIDO Karate Wellington Region Juniors and Collegiates Tournament – Saturday 17th October 2020

Thank you so much to everyone for making our first large gathering get together event a huge and enjoyable success…..
FUN, FRIENDSHIP and FAMILY the themes for the day and of course some hotly and keenly contested tournament competition amongst this years talented bunch of junior and collegiate students…
But let’s not forget the parents in the Parent & Child KATA events as well…the level of competition reaching another level as more and more parents enthusiastically demonstrate their KATA with their children at arguably the tournaments most FUN event…
It is just so rewarding to see the bounding positivity of the students within each of the SEIDO Dojo’s in the Wellington region but even more rewarding when you take the opportunity to absorb the enthusiastic attitudes of each of the individual Dojo Head Instructors, their senior students and their strongly family based Dojo communities….
It was a great day of SEIDO Celebration indeed….and all amidst the most trying and challenging of times……in an unprecedented COVID year…
There are so many people to say thank you to….so her goes…my sincere apologies if I have missed anyone out…..
Thank you to:
  • All Wellington Region SEIDO Karate Dojo Head Instructors, their senior black belts and their students for assisting with judging and entering as enthusiastic competitors
  • All Wellington Region SEIDO Karate Dojo Parents and families for your support in making the tournament such an enjoyable family focused event for all


And of course to:
  • The SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo Tournament Organising Committee, Ring Management Teams, Senior black belts, Food and Drink Management Teams and Behind the Scenes Teams for all your amazing super human efforts to make the event happen and run so smoothly
  • All SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo Parents and families for your limitless generosity in giving your time and support for all the catering and yummy food and drink requirements
  • All SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo Junior and Collegiate students for your courage, enthusiasm and energy……


As a Dojo, SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt “WE ROCK”…..
Look forward to seeing everyone again next year…..
With sincere gratitude and deeply felt thanks
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Welcome Visitor to Dojo – Kyoshi Dave Martin from SEIDO Timaru Dojo – Thursday 16th July 2020

It was a most welcome surprise to have Kyoshi Dave from SEIDO Timaru Dojo drop in to share class time with us tonight….
It is always a good feeling when SEIDO instructors and students visit us whenever they are in Wellington….and even better when they share their wealth of knowledge and experience so openly with us all…
We all enjoyed your company and the black belt group in particular buzzing after your guiding them through some of the applications held within Seienchin Kata…
Hope we catch up with you again soon…..please pass on our very best wishes to Jun Shihan Sandra, Jun Shihan Dave and all students at SEIDO Karate Timaru….
Warmest regards and best wishes always
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt

SEIDO Karate Wellington Region Juniors & Collegiate Tournament Saturday 17th OCTOBER 2020 – “Celebrating the talent and human potential of our SEIDO Junior & Collegiate students”

Host Dojo: SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Venue: St Oran’s College Gymnasium, 550 High Street, Lower Hutt

Tournament Start Time: 9.00am sharp – 4.00pm (approximate)

Only $35 per participant, enter as many events as you like and are eligible for, all registration forms & payments must be received by close of day THURSDAY 8th OCTOBER 2020




Tournament Age Groups

Tournament Events

  • 5-6 years
  • 7-8 years
  • 9-10 years
  • 11-12 years
  • 13-15 years
  • 16-18 years
  • Individual Kata
  • 3 Person Team Kata
  • Weapons Kata (Black belts only)
  • Points Sparring (9-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years green belt and above only)
  • Semi-Contact Sparring (13-15 years and 16-18 years green belt and above only

Fun Events

  • Parent & Child Kata (One child & one parent)
  • Whole Dojo Kata


SEIDO Karate Dojo’s in the Wellington Region

We look forward to the attendance of all our 6 flourishing Wellington Region Seido Karate Dojo’s.

Seido Karate Wellington, Seido Karate Palmerston North, Seido Karate Upper Hutt, Seido Karate Kapiti, Seido Karate Northland – Wellington and Seido Karate Lower Hutt, and of course a HUGE welcome to SEIDO Karate Hastings…and all the amazing parents, families and friends of our talented Juniors & Collegiate karate-ka.


Tournament is a Fundraising Event for SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

The 2020 tournament will be a DOJO Fundraiser for the SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo and the continued development of our Junior Leadership Programmes and Junior Academy Group overseas travel.

Our Amazing Dojo Fundraising team will have a BBQ sausage sizzle, pies, tasty sandwiches and cakes, hot barista coffee and cold drinks available throughout the day to keep everyone happy and fuelled for a great day of friendship and competition.



Please register for the tournament by scanning the QR code or by filling out the registration form through the link below:



Permissable Kata and Sparring Rules:


Important Note: You will need to register each competitor separately.  Once you have registered online you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to make payment. 

Please Note:  Registration only confirmed when full payment has been received.



Please email seidotournament@gmail.com with any questions.


Looking forward to seeing everyone again this year


From SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

“AWESOME Talent and DEEP Spirit” from Juniors – Juniors Grading Monday 29th June 2020

I feel nervous…I feel excited….I feel confident……
It was an awesome display of talent and deep spirit from a great bunch of juniors….
Each overcoming the physical and mental challenges placed in their way on grading night in their own unique ways…..
ALL however demonstrating their deep spirit and rising to achieve success as a tight knit and fun group….
Thank you for the amazing warm and encouraging support from your parents, family members and friends on the night….
Congratulations to you all and remember to continue to learn about and pass on the many messages held within the act of bowing and saying “OSU”
  • I will keep trying and never give up
  • I will continue to give my all in everything I do
  • I will always show courtesy and respect to others
  • I will always show my appreciation and love to my parents and family
Warmest regards
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt

Congratulations Senpai Phil and Senpai Nissa “We are all so very proud of you both” – Shodan Grading Saturday 20th June 2020

Congratulations to you both and for so many reasons….
Delays, delays and more delays certainly clouded your journeys to shodan……..health issues, busy school and business workloads, the COVID-19 pandemic and the many restrictions associated with the many alert level lockdowns….
But 3 months later you both made it…..and then gave it your all on the day…..CONGRATULATIONS to you both….Well done and well deserved
We are all so very proud of you and what you have achieved…
Thank you everyone for your support throughout…and a special thank you to Dr Dominic Monaghan and Sensei / Dr Yih Harng Chong for providing us with your medical expertise and peace of mind leading up to and on grading day….
Thank you to your families and friends for there unwavering support and love amidst such challenging lead up conditions….
Another chapter awaits and we look forward to your passing on the many lessons learnt from your unique and special journeys as you embark on your new shodan journeys as leaders and teachers within our wonderful little Dojo….
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Keeping things in perspective during COVID-19 Lockdown – Wednesday 22nd April 2020

A relevant life perspective from the Dalai Lama……
Keep well everyone and take care of each other…
Looking forward to seeing everyone in real life soon….Roll on level 3……
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto


Thank you to all Junior and Collegiate students who sent in entries for the YOKO GERI side kick competition…..
We had some great entries….a big privilege indeed to have so many talented Juniors and Collegiate students….
It was great to receive some fun entries from students young and older from all around the country and the even from as far away as Dubai….
It was a tough exercise for the Dojo Black Belts to choose the top 3 entries…
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students…Fantastic efforts Indeed….
  1. HIKARI LE PINE – $100 PREZZY card
  3. ISSAC CHIA – $30 PREZZY Card
Thank you so much everyone…..osu
INDIVIDUAL KATA COMPETITION – Video yourself doing your favourite Kata
The next Dojo Lockdown Competition will be an Individual Kata Competition…..just ask someone at home to video yourself doing your favourite Kata and post by tagging our Dojo FACEBOOK page or send it through via MESSENGER….
Entries open to all grades and all ages….
All entries will again be judged by the Dojo Black Belts…….same PREZZY CARD PRIZES on offer……
So get busy and post / tag / send your entries through……
Look forward to seeing some fantastic entries…
Keep well and look after yourselves at home during these unprecedented times….
Warmest and best regards
Ken Szeto

Keep well everyone in this very challenging time ahead….COVID-19 Lockdown 25th March 2020

Just wanted to please keep well in this very challenging time ahead…
We ALL must stay in our homes for the next 4 weeks with lockdown, make sure that you call or contact those you love each day even if just to say “HI, how are you doing”
Keeping in contact will be very important for everyone….especially our older family members, so please give grandma and grand dad a call to cheer them up with a “Hi I Love you”….
We have a great Dojo community and I am sure that everyone will do their best to say “Hi” to each other over this lockdown period…
We also have some amazingly talented people (Steve Swallow and Senpai Wendy) who are trying to set up a system on our Dojo FACEBOOK whereby our Dojo community will be able to link up and send videos of the training activities that you will all create over this 4 week period…
So to start the first competition off, I will gift a $100 PREZZY card to any SEIDO Lower Hutt student who can do a “YOKO GERI” (side kick) as good as the guy in the poster….so send in your photos kids…….
Maybe a video series Juniors and Collegiates kata competition to be judged by the black belts of the Dojo could be next….
Keep well everyone….thinking of you all over this next 4 weeks….kids don’t drive mum and dad crazy…..otherwise its Happy push ups when we all get back…
Much Love to you All
Ken Szeto and family

Challenging Physical and Emotional First Grading – Adults Grading Tuesday 17th March 2020

Physically it was hard, mentally it was challenging, spiritually enriching……both Jason and Bree demonstrating their very best in character and spirit throughout…
Grading are never convenient….there are always things that get in the way of preparing for the day….things like work, study, family time and relationship time to manage….
And when the event is over, there is often a downloading of emotion…good emotion….emotional release and expressions of “YAH, I made it”
Thank you to you Jason and Bree, for always trying your best and certainly delivering this on the day….
We all learnt so much more about you both and about how very lucky we are to have you with us all on the wonderful journey that is karate-do….
Warmest regards and gratitude
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
  • Station Village Complex
    Upstairs Studio (next to Laughalots Play Land)
    499 Hutt Road
    Lower Hutt
    Ken Szeto, Instructor