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

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

It’s always great when visitors drop in to the Dojo – Senpai’s Matt and Jacob Barker (SEIDO Richmond Dojo Melbourne) – Tuesday 29th October 2019

It was lovely to catch up with Senpai’s Matt and Jacob Barker and mum Rachel who popped in for a quick class and catch up…..
Great to share some fun floor time with you again Matt and to see you in action with the bo….looking good….
Enjoy your stay in NZ catching up with your sister and her family….
We have missed you all since your departure to live in Melbourne now 4 years ago…how time fly’s…..
Much love to you all….see you again soon….
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
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

Juniors and Collegiates Tournament – “a True Celebration of SEIDO Karate Talent and Togetherness” Saturday 12th October 2019

Juniors and Collegiates Tournament – “a True Celebration of SEIDO Karate Talent and Togetherness” Saturday 12th October 2019 It was a fantastic day of SEIDO Karate talent and togetherness….celebrated across all age groups and all events by students, parents and families…heart warming to see and feel…. All of the region’s 7 Dojo’s being represented, a welcome blessing that made for a perfect tournament day…

  • Wellington Dojo 
  • Northland Dojo 
  • Upper Hutt Dojo 
  • Manawatu Dojo 
  • Hastings Dojo 
  • Kapiti Dojo 
  • Lower Hutt Dojo

There were many many highlights for me throughout the busy-ness of the day…

  • the standard and level of talent demonstrated by all students across all age groups and events 
  • the family oriented atmosphere prevailing throughout the day 
  • the huge efforts of the Lower Hutt Dojo tournament teams and the amazing food put on by our Dojo parents 
  • the standard of kata performed by all non karate parents in the parent & child kata event 
  • the amazing Whole Dojo Kata performed by the Mighty Manawatu Dojo 
  • the sportsmanship of all competitors 
  • the many smiling faces throughout the day 

Thank you Sei Shihan Ben, Jun Shihan Peter, all Kyoshi Seniors and all Senpai’s for making such a huge effort to be there and assist with whatever needed to be done with refereeing and judging…. Thank you to all the Tournament Operations team for your superhuman efforts behind the scenes and on the day, especially Senpai Neil, Kathy and Lee…our black belt Senpai’s Jon, Leighton, Peri, Vince, Brendan, Gabby (our adopted Auckland Senpai)….Jason for Health and Safety, Senpai Brendan and Dominic our Medical Officers…Farrand, Shelley and Clint for managing the Cafe and Food….. Thank you to all our Dojo super mums and dads…who always give so generously with your time, food and support… Thank you to all the other Dojo’s, instructors, students, parents and families… Thank you most of all to all the regions talented Junior and Collegiate students who continue to form the growing foundations of SEIDO Karate in the region for the future…. See you all again next year…keep training and enjoying your karate… With much gratitude and respect OSU
Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

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