A strong family values oriented dojo

Humour, Physical Challenge and Self discovery all key ingredients to Grading Success – Adults white belt grading Thursday 3rd September 2020

It was a bit of humour, a bit of physical challenge mixed with a lot of self discovery on the night for Craig and Iris…..
Their SEIDO journey’s starting in such differing ways and being shared by all through the grading process….
Friendships, self discovery and family the common life factors for their stepping into the Dojo and starting their unique study of the SEIDO way…
Well done to you both, a great effort and a great shared result….keep up the hard work….
As always thank you to all our wonderful black belt seniors and your dedicated fellow kyu grade colleagues for their ever present support and encouragement…and most of all to your beautiful families for being there behind you both….
Warmest and Congratulations
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

“Simply Positively Outstanding” Collegiate Group – Collegiate grading Thursday 13th August 2020

It was an “awe inspiring” demonstration of the amazing strength of the young “human spirit” tonight….
This talented group of collegiates truly pushing themselves beyond their physical limits throughout as challenges were placed in front of them…
Their appreciation of their karate journeys, their families and the many friendships developed with fellow Dojo students being expressed at the end of the evening with wonderful heartfelt gratitude, positivity, confidence and love…
A most rewarding feeling for all families, black belts, adult students and kyu grade junior students on the night…
Well done and Congratulations to you all…
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

“Honesty of effort and limitless perseverance” – Juniors grading Monday 10th August 2020

It was a true demonstration of “honesty of effort and limitless perseverance” from a very talented juniors group…
Strongly supported by parents, families, friends and fellow students, it was a hard night of physical and mental challenge for all…..
Heartfelt feelings were expressed by each at the end of the night highlighting their tremendous growth not only as young karate-ka within our little Dojo but also as confident young individuals in todays often challenging society…
Make sure that you thank your amazing parents for their limitless love and support of your karate journeys…they are a huge part of it….
I am truly blessed to have such talented and dedicated young karate-ka with me….thank you to all seniors and kyu grades for being there to support and encourage…
Warmest and biggest congratulations to you all..
Ken Szeto and all at 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

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

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…
Ken Szeto
  • Station Village Complex
    Upstairs Studio (next to Laughalots Play Land)
    499 Hutt Road
    Lower Hutt
    Ken Szeto, Instructor