A strong family values oriented dojo

Courage on show from this amazing group of young juniors – white belt grading Wednesday 16th December 2020

“Courage and Sheer Guts” were on show in spades from this very talented and enthusiastic group of juniors…
No challenge was too big for this group and no challenge could beating them on the day…
A we can do anything attitude prevailing throughout the grading…
Thank you to all the families and parents for giving me the privilege and opportunity to teach such a talented group of juniors..
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Strength of character and determination key elements to grading success – Collegiate grading Tuesday 15th December 2020

Individual strength of character and determination were the key elements to grading success for these 2 collegiate students….
Pushed hard with physical challenge after challenge the exhausted teenagers had to find something from deep within….their huge spirits emerging for all to see as they continued to push themselves throughout the evening…
Supported by family, friends and fellow students, each one acknowledging the support and love of all in attendance…
Well done to you all, your parents deserve your respect now after such an awesome display of your honesty and strength of effort…
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Desire to achieve and succeed the common factors driving grading successes – Junior blue belt grading Tuesday 15th December 2020

Despite their age differences their desires to achieve and succeed were the common factors driving their grading successes….
Right from the start of the grading, failure was not an option for these 2….
The physical challenges came fast and hard….the mental challenges lasting longer and longer….their spirits never ever waning or giving up…
Well done to you both on your demonstrations of wonderful karate technique and strength of character…keep it up and never ever quit…
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

First grading challenges overcome with perseverance and commitment – Junior white belt grading Monday 14th December 2020

First grading nerves soon disappeared as the junior grading group got stuck into the challenges of their first grading…
Physically challenging elements were mixed with mentally challenging elements…..
Basics, kata and plain hard graft pushing them all to their limits and grading success…
Well done to you all for your dedication and commitment to your training….
You were all amazing and awesome..,keep it up juniors…
Warmest and best wishes
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Convergence of 8 very different and unique people and karate-do journeys – Nidan and Shodan Grading Day Saturday 5th December 2020

It is with much pride and privilege that I CONGRATULATE the coming together of 8 very different and unique people on a very special day of gradings…
Senpai Neil for your solo success with your early morning nidan grading and Senpai’s Kathy, Anna, Kirsten, Connor, Neev, Abbie and Issac for your successes in the shodan grading that followed….
You were ALL simply AMAZING not only with your individual demonstrations of personal STRENGTH of SPIRIT and Karate but also in the obvious bond of TOGETHERNESS amongst each of you as a grading group on the day…….
Thank you for your unrelenting dedication and immense commitment to your study of SEIDO KARATE as an art and as a way of life….
Thank you to your training partners, your Dojo colleagues, your families and loved ones for their unlimited energy and support during throughout your build up periods and the final lead up to your grading day…
Thank you to Sei Shihan Ben for allowing me the privilege of grading you all and for his ever present guidance and support….
Thank you to all the Dojo Heads, your senior black belts and your respective students that were able to attend…
Wellington Dojo – Sei Shihan Ben, Kyoshi Bruce, Sensei Angela, Senpai’s Christine, Nomi, Geoff, Dave, Pepe, Aaron, Ben and all students
Kapiti Dojo – Sensei Karen, Senpai Arie and all students
Upper Hutt Dojo – Sensei Graeme, Senpai’s Ben, Terri, Manu, Theo, Clyde, Tracy and all students
Northland Dojo – Jackson, Max and younger brother (thank you Sensei Garry for sending them along to support while you attended the CHCH Camp)
Thank you to our amazing Dojo cooking, catering and clean up teams for the wonderful breakfast and lunch servings provided for all…
Jason, Craig, Steve, Liam, Senpai Brendan, Lou, Rhiannon, Emerson, Jason C, Nicky and everyone else who helped throughout the day…
And of course to everyone who makes SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo the special Dojo and community that it is….from our Sensei, Senpai’s, students and all our families……my HEARTFELT GRATITUDE and THANKS…OSU
A very proud and humbled teacher and friend….
Ken Szeto

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