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 29th AUGUST 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 – 4.30pm (approximate)

Only $35 per participant, enter as many events as you like and are eligible for, all registration forms & payments must be received by TUESDAY 25th AUGUST 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

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
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
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