Seido karate provides a variety of strenuous exercises designed to teach you the skills of karate, while at the same time progressively increasing your fitness and strength.

Initially the focus is on karate basics - hand and arm techniques, kicking, and blocking.

As students become more experienced, they are expected to cope with more complex combinations, pre arranged sparring techniques with partners, self defence exercises, the various kata (forms), and finally free sparring.

These activities are regularly interspersed with exercises such as pushups and situps, which are designed to increase muscle strength and stamina, but also to build a strong spirit.

History of Seido

Seido is a traditional style of karate, formed on 15 October 1976. Since then Seido has grown substantially, with clubs in many countries, including six in the United Kingdom. UK headquarters are in High Wycombe and are run by Jun Shihan Roger Thyer-Jones. The London, Chiswick dojo was formed in 1991, and is headed by Sensei Bede Brosnahan and Sensei Matt Sherratt.

Seido karate stresses above all Kaicho Nakamura's philosophy that karate should teach 'Technique before Strength, Spirit before Technique'. If you train with us, you will undoubtedly become stronger and develop sound karate technique, but most of all, Seido aims to build students with a strong spirit and attitude towards karate, and life. This 'non-quitting' spirit is a modern interpretation of the bushido (martial way) of the Japanese samurai.

The physical training in Seido karate emphasizes four key areas. First and foremost is basic karate technique, the foundation of all karate training, and which is practised by all students in the club. Basics lead into practise of the principles and techniques of self defence, kata (Japanese martial forms), and finally, for more senior students, sparring.

Seido provides a wonderful environment for learning karate. The discipline and etiquette of a Japanese-based martial art creates a serious and respectful atmosphere in the dojo, and yet there is a genuine friendliness between students. If you feel you would like to visit us, please come and join in and give it a go - or simply watch a class if you would like to see what Chiswick Seido is like. We look forward to having you along!

To find out more about the World Seido Karate Organisation, please visit www.seido.com.

Belt System

Beginners/10th kyu - white belt
9th kyu - white belt with tip
8th kyu - blue belt
7th kyu - blue belt with tip
6th kyu - yellow belt
5th kyu - yellow belt with tip
4th kyu - green belt
3rd kyu - green belt with tip
2nd kyu - brown belt
1st kyu - brown belt with tip


Gradings take place several times a year. They provide opportunities for students to demonstrate in a more pressurized situation what they have learned. Upon successful completion of gradings, students are awarded their new belts (see above). A 'kyu' means a level, or grade.

At levels up to green belt, students need to have learned the required syllabus and trained regularly for three months to be eligible to grade.

From green belt onwards, students need to train regularly for a minimum of six months, including sparring sessions. In practice, this means it is likely to take a minimum of 3 and half years before reaching 1st kyu.

After spending at least another year and a half at first kyu, a student who has trained sufficiently hard and developed their skills satisfactorily may be invited to prepare for the demanding first degree (shodan) black belt grading.

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