|Rōmaji (Hepburn)||Seidō juku|
Tadashi Nakamura was born on Karafuto Island, Northern Japan, (now claimed by Russia) on February 22, 1942. Nakamura began his karate training at age 11 in 1953, studying Goju-ryu Karate style under Kei Miyagi Sensei, the son of the Chojun Miyagi (the founder of Goju-ryu Karatedo). Nakamura began studying with Sosai Masutatsu Oyama, the founder of Kyokushin Karate, in 1953, and in 1959, he gained his shodan rank, becoming the youngest Kyokushin karateka in Japan to receive a black belt.
Aged nineteen, Tadashi Nakamura earned his ni-dan rank, and entered his first tournament, winning first place in the All-Japan Student Open Karate Championship. The following year, 1962, he became a national hero in Japan by knocking out a Thai kickboxing champion.
During these years, Nakamura began teaching karate to others. He was asked by Oyama to be chief karate instructor at Camp Zama, a U.S. military base near Tokyo, from 1961 to 1965. He also coached the Toho Medical University karate team for three years.
In 1966 Nakamura was selected by Oyama to bring the spirit of karate to America. Nakamura moved to New York City, formed a small dojo in Brooklyn, and began teaching Kyokushin Karate. The North American Kyokushin Karate headquarters was formed and headed for 10 years by Nakamura. During this period he trained and developed many skilled karate-ka.
1976 was a formative year for both Tadashi Nakamura and for Seido Juku. Nakamura respectfully withdrew from Kyokushin Karate, and later the same year, established the World Seido Karate Organization, which more fully reflected his own beliefs as to the true meaning of karate.
Seido translates from Japanese as SEI: "sincere," and DO: "way." With the guiding principles of love, respect, and obedience as the foundation stones of Seido Karate, Tadashi Nakamura ensured that his students would develop spiritually and morally, as well as physically. His students continue to develop to be complete individuals, ones committed to improving themselves and their communities. Seido Karate represents the personal ideals of Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura that the sincere practice of karate can help all people to better understand themselves and others in their lives. Seido Karate programs around the world strive to continue Nakamura's vision and help to develop individuals who make significant contributions to their societies.
June 2006 saw Seido karate celebrate its 30th anniversary with a five day SAITEN (celebration) event in New York City. Thousands of students from across the globe gathered to watch karate masters demonstrate techniques, and to participate in seminars and tournaments.
While performing his many duties as the chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization and the Seido Juku Benefit Foundation, Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura is, first and foremost, still an instructor of karate. He teaches classes at the Seido Honbu daily, and also frequently conducts seminars and gives lectures. He travels regularly, teaching and guiding students at dojos around the world.
Seido Karate is an international organization with strong and growing branches in seventeen countries, with more than 20,000 students practicing the 'sincere way' worldwide. The World Seido Karate Organisation headquarters (Honbu) are at 61 West 23rd Street, New York City, New York, 10010, U.S.A., and has over 100 dojos all around the world, including: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Poland, South Africa, United Kingdom and across the United States of America.
Sincerity is the way of heaven. To follow this sincerely Is the way of mankind.
The Seido philosophy is encapsulated in three words: sonkei (respect), ai (love), and jujun (obedience). These three principles are represented as the three circles within the ume blossom logo of the Nakamura family chest. These principles were suggested to Kaicho Nakamura by a congratulatory letter his mother sent to him after his marriage, which reads "Each day I pray for both of you. I want you to live a long life, without regrets, respecting each other, nurturing your love for one another, and always holding feelings of obedience to each other."
As this philosophy is an important part of Seido, Kaicho Nakamura has founded the Seido Juku Benefit Foundation as the charitable arm of the organization.
Because the shodan promotion is rigorous, younger students can become shonen shodan and shonen nidan, which is just a junior level, but when they come of age, they still must pass the shodan promotion.
To pass through the 10 Kyu grades usually takes about 5+ years of continual training. To pass through the next 10 Dan grades will take the rest of your Life.
Kata: students must learn several new katas at each level.