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
 

Different Journey’s same SEIDO Spirit and Belief – Adults Grading Tuesday 12th November 2019

The journey’s for each could not have been more different for Dylan and Marcelus…..
 
From a determined young adult getting through his first year at university to a hard working self employed dad with a loving family…
 
It was a difficult evening for both as they battled their way through a very physically challenging grading…
 
The emergent common denominator for both being, that they stepped onto the Dojo floor and have continued to train hard and contribute to the character of the Dojo…
 
Congratulations to you both, you did extremely well and thank you to all students and seniors for your ever present support…
 
Keep up with your efforts and dedication to your BUDO journey’s…….
 
Warmest regards
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo



“SEIDO Spirit” in 7 different ways from 7 amazing SEIDO individuals – SEIDO Kapiti Dojo – Shodan Grading Saturday 9th November 2019

It was standing room only at SEIDO Kapiti Dojo in Paraparumu for their special Dojo grading day….
 
The turnout of senior black belts, kyu grade students, families and friends for the morning’s shodan grading was HUGE…..
 
The attendance of Sei Shihan Harry (and partner Sensei Jane) from Christchurch Shibu to officiate the grading making the event even more memorable for all candidates…and Kapiti Dojo’s head instructor Sensei Karen….
 
Her son Arie the Dojo’s first student to go through the grades from beginner to shodan….a fantastic way to celebrate this very special relationship between mother (and instructor) and son…(and student)…absolutely totally COOL…..
 
It was a very special day also for our own little Dojo student…. “Big Phil” you did awesomely indeed…a monumental effort from someone with a monumental heart….
 
It has been a long and rewarding journey for Big Phil, a journey that not many senior statesmen would not have even contemplated committing to yet alone persevering with at the age of 60 years young….
 
We are all so very proud of you and how you have overcome the many and significant sacrifices in your journey to get to this new stage in your journey, a stage often referred to as a new beginning….
 
Congratulations Big Phil, it was awesome to share the experiences of the day sitting with your loving wife Tracy and daughter Petra….they were with you every step of the way right to the end I can tell you that for sure….
 
Thank you to all SEIDO Lower Hutt students, families and friends for being there “en mass” as always to support our amazing old guy, “Big Phil”…..
 
Well done…Big Phil and Thank you to Sensei Karaen and all the students of SEIDO Kapiti Dojo for your warm welcome and hospitality with putting on lunch for the huge turnout….
 
Warmest regards
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo
 

The “SEIDO SPIRIT” – Strong, Enduring and Deeply Embedded in the spiritual fabric of all grading students – Thursday 17th October 2019

No matter your age, no matter your background, no matter your stage in life……your belief in yourself and your journey with the way will always be rewarding….
 
It was a true testament to the dedication and perseverance of all grading students last night with each and every individual giving their all throughout, even to the point of absolute physical exhaustion….
 
The roads to the grading night not easy for many, with the busy-ness of life with children and family, study for exams and serious family member illness all adding to the pressures of the evening…
 
Despite these challenging roads, all students never wavering or giving up….
 
Thank you for being such amazing students and human beings…it is a blessing to have you all with our little Dojo and I am grateful for all the strength of character that you each bring to it…
 
Thank you also to the many families, friends and fellow students that came to support you all….
 
Warmest regards
OSU
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Pictured left to right: Anna Nield, Kirsten Robati, Neev Mackenzie, Abbie Kincaid, Kathy Tilley, Issac Chia and Connor Barkess

True demonstration of SEIDO Determination and Courage – Grading Thursday 12th September 2019

It was an awe inspiring demonstration of SEIDO Determination and Courage from all…. Grading challenges both physical and mental being placed in front of the grading group to overcome one after the other… A rewarding night indeed for everyone in attendance to witness not only the high standard of technique and execution of such, but to be able to enjoy being a part of the development of each and everyone’s individual karate journeys…. Welcome to the Dojo’s growing bunch of dedicated brown belts…. Thank you for being such amazing students and wonderful people… Warmest regardsOSU 
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Grading Group Pictured left to right: Emily Wong, Isabelle Bosworth, Maddie Dickens, Marcus Wong, Jason Chao and Lee Bosworth

Six of the best demonstrate true “SEIDO Spirit” in challenging junior’s grading – Wednesday 7th August 2019

Age was certainly no barrier as 6 of the Dojo’s youngest and most talented juniors faced the challenges of their first grading last night…. It was a revelation to all in attendance to see their determined efforts throughout and to hear their honest thoughts on “Love” for their parents and their brothers and sisters at the end of their grading…. Funny how truthful and enlightening the words can be from the mouths of babes (our wonderful young karate-ka….) Well done on your success…very well deserved indeed….and thank you for enriching our karate journeys… OSU 
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Pictured left to right: Marcus Ding, Hennessy Swallow, Ali Munshi, Benji Coppard, Paige Baldwin and Gracien Stapp

First Grading Challenges overcome with amazing perseverance and determination – Monday 29th July 2019

It was a nervous start to the grading for Tara and Lucy….but as the challenges were put in front of them one by one, each of these talented young karate-ka finding their own ways to overcome them and share with everyone their pride and joy in achieving grading success… Each expressing their heartfelt gratitude to their very special parents for their unquestionable support with their karate and their young lives…. The overwhelming message that SEIDO Karate journey is in fact a “whole of family journey” resonating with all in attendance…young and old Well done Tara and Lucy…and thank you so much to your wonderful parents Dom, Anja, John and Charlotte.. Warmest regardsOSUKen Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt

“Fantastic Four” demonstrate the true strength of the SEIDO human spirit in first grading – Thursday 4th July 2019

“Nervous but excited” the overwhelming feeling expressed by all 4 grading candidates on the night…. Their individual journey’s also sharing commonalities with……putting family time aside to train, juggling work pressures and dealing with the thoughts of what might or might not be asked of them during the grading… The size of the smiles on their faces post grading however, reflecting the huge levels of effort, dedication and personal elation as all 4 most deservedly gained grading success… Thank you to everyone who came to support especially family and friends and all our wonderful black belt seniors and kyu grade students… Well Done Farrand, Simone, Janine and Nicky, you guys were all AWESOME…. 

Warmest regards 
Osu
Ken Szeto


Well done Senpai Vince, your new belt looks great on you – a new Journey awaits

Its’ official, Senpai Vince presented with his new Shodan black belt from Honbu….. Well done and Congratulations again on all your dedication and commitment to your training… A new journey of discovery now awaits you…. 

Warmest regards

OSU 
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