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 
Ken Szeto

Farewell Sei Shihan Michael – My first SEIDO teacher, Mentor and Friend

Dearest Sei Shihan Michael You were my first SEIDO teacher – You taught me about Patience and Understanding You became my Mentor – You taught me about Honesty and Humility You became my Friend – You taught me about Loyalty and Truth Thank you for always being so giving of your time, your love and humanity My gratitude to you sits within me, deeply embedded in my heart and your life lessons taught to me are actioned everyday in every aspect of my daily life… Your spirit now lives in each and every student of my own Dojo, carrying on the teachings taught to me by you… I know that you will shake things up up there in SEIDO Karate – Heaven Branch, missing you so very much…. OSU your student and friend forever….. Ken Szeto

Best of Luck in Brisbane Nick – We will miss your energy and giggle smiles at the Dojo – Wednesday 12th June 2019

We will ALL miss your positive energy and infectious giggle smiles at the Dojo Nick….. You have developed into a positive, kind and talented young man and amazing karate-ka… We are absolutely sure that you will achieve your long held passion of becoming a commercial pilot…so study hard and make the most of the wonderful opportunities in OZ…. Brisbane “WATCH OUT” Nick will be arriving soon… Wishing Dad (Mark) and Mum (Angela) all our love and best wishes for your own successes in Brisbane…. Ken Szeto and Everyone at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Absolutely, Positively an “EPIC BLAST” – SEIDO Karate International Tournament April 2019 in Sydney

It was an Absolutely, Positively “EPIC BLAST” – thank you Sydney for hosting all 151 of us for tournament week in April 2019… Thank you to Sei Shihan Ino, Kyoshi Leigh and all your super hard working members of the Tournament Committee…. Special moments and memories started as soon as we arrived to take up our lodgings at the wonderful MERITON Hotel on Kent Street) in Darling Harbour’s Chinatown central…. My special moments of trip and in no particular order as they were all very special indeed:

  • All of us managing to be housed together in Sydney 
  • Getting to spend time getting to know all our amazing Dojo parents 
  • Our group excursions, walking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, our Manly Beach trip, our Sydney Opera House walk 
  • Enjoying Tournament Day and the exciting results and achievements of all our 51 children and 10 adults who competed hard 
  • Overall medal tally total 86: 42 Gold, 25 Silver, 19 Bronze and Grand Champion Team Kata Gold 
  • The Hanshi House Kata demonstrations with Hanshi Renzie from New Zealand, Sei Shihan Toshi and Sei Shihan Suzuki from Japan and Sei Shihan Michael from Honbu USA 
  • The Party with everyone in the MERITON Penthouse and the special Darling Harbour fireworks 
  • The amazing Swallow-Paraku family performance of their special Haka for the Dojo

But most of all the genuine and strong “AROHA and TOGETHERNESS” connecting our little Dojo families, adults, children and friends together… I am so very privileged and blessed to be surrounded by so many incredibly generous and genuine people from so many walks of life and backgrounds, all accompanying me on this journey of teaching our children about the world we live in through travel, competition and friendship through this wonderful life art we call “SEIDO Karate”  Thank you OSU Ken Szeto


It was a crazy afternoon of kata demonstrations and appreciation of everyone’s hard work and efforts over the last 12 months to get us to this very privileged position of being able to go to the SEIDO Karate International Tournament to be held in Sydney on Saturday 13th April…. Thank you to the kids for all your boundless energy and enthusiasm over the last year…. Thank you to your amazing parents for your wonderful and unwavering support of your talented children and our special little Dojo… Thank you to our super and generous sponsors, without your support we could not have funded our Hoodies 

  • BEYOND MORTGAGES – Jason Hurdle
  • INVESTNOW – Mike Heath
  • ARLO – Cathey Middleplaats
  • CUMMINGS KILGARIFF and CO – Dianne Cuimmings

Thank you to all our Dojo Instructors and their encouragement of all our Junior Academy Group and their parents…. Don’t know about you all but I am looking forward to a fantastic week of fun and social engagement, enjoying the busy atmosphere of Sydney and having an amazing trip with you ALL….oh yeah, and of course a little bit of karate….. Thank you so much to you ALL….. With much gratitude and appreciation of the many privileges and special friendships that we all get to enjoy as a Happy and united Dojo family….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

Ken Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Congratulations to our very own journeyman, 40 years of karate celebrated with wonderful attitude and energy – Black belt grading Saturday 9th March 2019

It was standing room only as families, supporters and fellow karate-ka gathered to attend the black belt grading of the 8 candidates from 3 different Dojo attempted their shodan grading at Wellington Dojo…. It was indeed a celebration of karate journeys for both both young and old…….but for one student in particular it was a very special day indeed… Congratulations to our vey own Dojo journeyman, Vince Bailey….who celebrated 40 years of karate with grading success… A big Congratulations also to all the other new Senpai’s David, Kate and Shaun from Wellington Dojo, Kerri, Dean, Jess and Cameron from Manawatu Dojo….. Inspiring efforts from you all…. Warmest regardsOSUKen Szeto and all at SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

Beach training in Paradise – it doesn’t get any better than Raumati Beach – Sunday 3rd March 2019

It couldn’t have been any more perfect….beautiful weather, warm water and happy karate-ka from all over the Wellington region.. Young and old enjoying the sun, surf and a little bit of karate…. Well done to my group of enthusiastic white belts…we aced the kata demonstration guys…well done 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8…. And to top off the morning at the beach, a yummy BBQ lunch in the sun at Sensei Karen’s beach house… Thank you to Sensei Karen for holding this growingly popular annual event in your little piece of paradise in Raumati Beach… Warmest regards Ken Szeto and all who attended from SEIDO Karate Lower Hutt Dojo

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