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
OSU
Ken Szeto
 

THANK YOU FOR THE YOKO GERI side kick PHOTOS – TOP 3 PHOTOS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN…Tuesday 14th April 2020

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
  2. NEEV MACKENZIE – $70 PREZZY Card
  3. ISSAC CHIA – $30 PREZZY Card
Thank you so much everyone…..osu
 
 
NEXT DOJO LOCKDOWN COMPETITION – Tuesday 14th April 2020
 
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
OSU
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
OSU
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

Fantastic 5 face first grading challenges with “Gusto and Courage” – Monday 16th March 2020

The 5 juniors lined up and gave their biggest “OSU” at the very start of the grading and expressed their feelings about how they felt afterwards….
 
Their words were honest and profound for ones so young….(aged from 6 years old to 12 years old)
  • “I feel grateful, grateful for being able to grade and grateful for my family to be able to be here….”
  • “I feel great to be alive…”
  • “I feel proud of myself and what I have achieved today, I did not think that I could do it…”
  • “I feel very tired but excited at what I have achieved”
I am very proud indeed to see the courage and belief in yourselves and the amazing support from your parents and families…
 
It is a blessing to have you all involved with the Dojo and developing into great young people through your training…
 
Well done Max, Oscar, Ameelia, Mikey and Devesh…..
 
Warmest regards
OSU
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

Honesty of Effort and Sincerity of Character on full display – Adults grading Tuesday 10th March 2020

Peoples views on gradings are all different…some expecting physical challenges, some expecting mind blowing combinations and some expecting nothing but getting through the ordeal……..
 
Last night however, it was simply a demonstration of the incredible strength of the “human spirit” from all 5 amazing individuals….
 
Each one expressing their very different reasons for being on their journeys of karate-do….
 
Thank you for privilege of having you all involved with our wonderful little Dojo and adding so much to the continued development of our strong Dojo “culture of dedication, commitment and caring for each other” 
 
Thank you to all students and families for being there to support and encourage…it is always much appreciated
 
Warmest regards
OSU
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

Give it Heaps in Dubai Roberts Family – Wednesday 15th January 2020

WOW…what a way to start a New Year by starting a new “Life Journey” by moving to Dubai….
 
We will all miss you guys immensely and for so many reasons…
 
We will all miss the FUN, LAUGHTER and LOVE that you all bring to our Dojo ……
 
Make the most of every day and think of us often…
 
Wishing you all Happiness and Success in your new home “Dubai”
 
With Much Love
Ken Szeto and Everyone at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

Self Belief and Love of Parents – Key lessons taken from Juniors Grading Wednesday 20th November 2019

Yes, it was a physically demanding grading for ones so young….
 
The many tears being shed here and there making the challenges a little more difficult for each, but on the day “self belief and the love of their parents” pushing them each to achieve beyond what they believed they could endure and overcome…
 
The “SEIDO Spirit” continuing to beat strongly and loudly in our little Dojo across all age groups, all levels of student and all parents and families…
 
True blessings built over time with real dedication, commitment and love…
 
Well done everyone…and thank you
 
Warmest regards
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

So very proud of you both Senpai Leighton and Senpai Jon – Sandan Grading Sunday 17th November 2019

Despite the early Sunday morning start it was a privilege to be present at Senpai’s Leighton and Jon’s Sandan grading officiated by Sei Shihan Ben….
 
Congratulations to you both for demonstrating your own very individual expressions of karate and your enduring “SEIDO SPIRITS” which have shaped your karate journeys’ and lives….
 
Thank you Sei Shihan Ben, we are all so very fortunate to have your high level of dedication to SEIDO and wisdom of BUDO……..
 
I am a very proud dad indeed, well done Leighton, LOVE you heaps…
 
OSU
Ken Szeto
 
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    Upstairs Studio (next to Laughalots Play Land)
    499 Hutt Road
    Lower Hutt
    Ken Szeto, Instructor