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Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura is the founder and Chairman of the World Seido Karate Organisation. He holds a 9th Degree Black Belt in Karate and Dan ranking in Kendo. He is a recognised expert in the use of Oriental weapons.

Born in Japan on February 22, 1942, Kaicho Nakamura began his martial arts training at the age of eleven. As a teenager and young adult, Kaicho won numerous championships in Japan, competing in both contact and non-contact matches. He came to the United States in 1966 and has, over the ensuing years, in addition to his teaching, conducted seminars and clinics in the US, Latin America, Europe and the South Pacific. Under Kaicho Nakamura's guidance, Seido Karate now has over 150 schools around the world, and each year students travel thousands of miles to train at the New York Headquarters (Honbu).

A multifaceted individual, Kaicho holds university degrees in arcitecture and psychology. He lives in New York with his wife and their three children. Nidame (Akira) his oldest son is Vice Chairman and sucessor to the style.

Timaru Seido Karate Shinzen (see above)


The symbolic centre of the Dojo, Shin-Zen means spirit mind original human spirt.

The flower design with the five petals is Kaicho Nakamura's family emblem. The three circles enclosed in the petals stand for:

Love - Concern for the good of others
Respect - Aspect of our daily practice
Obedience - To the high moral values that allow us to grow

Seido Juku Emblem (on right hand side)

"Sei: (say) Means - truth, honesty and sincerity
"Do" (doe) Means - way, road or path to follow
"Juku" (jew q) Means - special place, unique

Kata Names

Overview; Birds eye view
Peace and harmony
3 parts or 3 phases - Sanchin seeks to develop three elements at a time:

Mind / Body / Techniques

Tento (top of the head) / Hara (diaphram) / Tanden (lower abdomen)

Purity of Principles - striving to maintain the purity of your principles and ideals rather than compromising your beliefs.
Fortune and Luck - Good fortune does not come by simply waiting. Each time we punch in this kata, imagine we are breaking down barriers. Strong and persistent effort directed at our problems will bring good fortune.
Breaking down a large fortress - To develop fluidity, flexibility, mobility and combinations in our techniques. This will always overcome rigid and inflexible brute strength.
"Big Wave" - Through determination and bushido (warrior spirit) we can overcome any problem, no matter how large. Strong persistent effort directed at our problems will bring us good fortune. 
Rolling or fluid hands - it refers to the 3 points as in Sanchin Kata
Breaking down a small fortress. Sai means fortress or stronghold. Geki means breakdown. Labelling such as dai/sho is simply an alternative to using numbers.
"Calm before the storm" - The Samurai warriors would go on long expeditions. They needed to maintain their strength and spirit over these long periods of time. Stances in this kata such as kiba dachi need to be maintained, and this is where our strong spirit becomes evident.
Bo Kata Chion
"Sound Knowledge" - of each movement and technique is the first step towards performing a kata properly. Seeking out sound knowledge is the foundation to achieving any goal you have set for yourself.
 Literally means 54 steps. The principle is that each step you take is a link to the next step. Your past is linked to your present, your present is linked to your future. In the same way, the modern is inextricably connected with the traditional. It is important to realize that whatever you achieve, it is always as a result of the steps you have taken to get there. You should never forget, therefore, or fail to appreciate, our parents, our teachers and the roots and tradition from which you come from.
Wind and Snow
Zenkutsu Dachi
 Front leaning stance
 Kokutsu Dachi
 Back leaning stance
 Sanchin Dachi
 3 points stance
 Kiba Dachi
 Horse straddle stance
Seiken chudan tsuki
 Forefist middle thrust
 Seiken ago uchi
 Forefist strike to the chin
 Uraken mawashi uchi
 Inverted roundhouse strike (or thrust)
 Uraken shomen uchi
 Front inverted fist strike
 Uraken sayu uchi
 Right-left inverted strike
 Uraken furi uchi
 Inverted fist strike to spleen
 Uraken shita uchi
 Inverted fist low thrust
 Jun tsuki
 Side punch
 Gyaku tskui
 Reverse punch
 Morote zuki
 Double punch
Kyu grade syllabus
White Belt - 10th Kyu / 9th Kyu
Punches; strikes; blocks; kicks; Beginners Self Defences 1-4; Taikyoku Kata 1-3.
Beginners - White Belts: 10 Classes; 3 months
 Blue Belt - 8th Kyu
Yakusoku 1; Self Defences 1-6; Seido Kata 1; Kihon Kumite1;
 Advanced Blue Belt - 7th Kyu
Pinan Kata; Sanchin Kata; Kihon Kumites 1-2.
Blue Belts: 15 Classes; 3 months
 Yellow Belt - 6th Kyu
Self Defences 1-8; Kihon Kumite 3; Yakusoku 2; Seido Kata 2; Pinan Kata 2
 Advanced Yellow Belt - 5th Kyu
Self Defences 1-10; Pinan Kata 3; Kihon Kumites 3-4
Yellow Belts - 15 Classes; 3 months
 Green Belt - 4th Kyu
Intermediate Self Defences 1-4; Seido Kihon Kumite 5; Seido Kata 3; Pinan Kata 4; Yakusoku 3; Geki-Sai-Dai Kata
 Advanced Green Belt - 3rd Kyu
Yansu Kata; Kihon Kumite 6
Green Belts - 30 Classes; 6 months
 Brown Belt - 2nd Kyu
Self Defences 1-10; Yakusoku 4; Seido Kihon Kumite 7; Seido Kata 4; Tsuki-No-Kata; Pinan Kata 5
 Advanced Brown Belt - 1st Kyu
Tensho Kata; Sai-Ha Kata
Brown Belts - 50 Classes
Advanced Brown Belts - 100 Classes

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Blue Belt crossword

One to ten
1. ichi
 6. roku
 2. ni
 7. shichi
 3. san
8. hachi
 4. chi
 9. ku
 5. go
 10. ju
Front snap kick
Front straight high kick
 Groin kick
 Knee kick
Side kick
Straight high side kick
Roundhouse kick
 Back kick
 Close eyes
 Open eyes
 Get ready
 Deep breathing
 Formal exercise
  Move to stance
  Go to fighting position
 Free fighting
 Inverted fist
 Knife hand
 Spear hand
 Palm heel
 Fist edge
 Knife foot
 Ball of foot
 Heel of the foot
 Instep of the foot
 blocks (english)
Jodan uke
 Upper block
Chudan uchi uke
 Middle inside block
Chudan soto uke
 Middle outside  block
Gedan bari
 Lower parry