Core classes include general classes, kata classes, kumite classes, and meditation classes. The core program includes both “General” classes (All Belts) and “rank specific” classes such as Blue & Yellow belt class, Green & Brown belt class, Black belt class, etc, that cover each syllabus more closely. Kumite class is for intermediate to advanced students. Meditation is an integral part of training in Seido and all members are encouraged to attend. Full gi is mandatory for all classes unless noted otherwise.
Open to all levels from beginner White belts through Black belts. This traditional class consists of an overview of all hand and leg techniques, moving stances, self-defense, kata, and pad work. Class format will vary slightly depending on the instructor. Assistant instructors will help any new students. Class length is 1 hour.
White Belts ▼
Open to White belts and Advanced White belts. This class teaches the fundamentals of Seido Karate and focuses on the White belt syllabus. Basic hand and leg techniques, self-defense, pad work, and explanation of terms and protocol are covered in this class. Classes not only provide a good physical workout, but also help the student learn about Seido Karate and feel welcomed in the dojo. Class length is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Color Belts ▼
Open to all Blue belts and up. This class has a faster pace, and more material is covered than in a White belt class. Often assisted by other instructors, this class provides a high-energy workout with various belt levels. Partner work allows students to train with their peers as well as junior and senior members. Class length is 1 hour.
Black Belts ▼
Open only to all Black belt levels and taught only by Kaicho or Nidaime. This class focuses on specific material of the Black belt syllabus from week to week on a 4-week cycle. This is one of the only classes that is not open to public viewing. Class length is 45 minutes.
Open to Advanced White belts and up. This class focuses on kata (formal exercises) for each belt level with a review of previous katas for more senior students. Basic techniques plus pushups, situps, squats, and stretching are done between katas. Class length is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Open to all Green belts and up. This is a sparring class that helps students practice two types of fighting styles (exchange and point system). Mandatory equipment includes mouthguard, hand and foot protectors, headgear, and groin cup for men or chest protector for women. Forearm and shin guards are optional. Class length is 45 minutes.
Kumite 101 ▼
Open to all Advanced Yellow belts and up. This class is run at a much slower pace for students who are learning about sparring or need a tuneup. Advanced Yellow belts, although not permitted to spar, will have a chance to work on drills and strategies in kumite. Green belts and up will practice drills while also participating in light sparring. Mandatory equipment includes mouthguard, hand and foot protectors, headgear, and groin cup for men or chest protector for women. Forearm and shin guards are optional. Class length is 45 minutes.
Basic Kumite ▼
Open to Green belts and up. This class is similar to Kumite 101, with a focus on basic sparring techniques and drills regardless of the participant’s rank or experience level. Experienced fighters are encouraged to come and assist those who are new to kumite. Mandatory equipment includes mouthguard, hand and foot protectors, headgear, and groin cup for men or chest protector for women. Forearm and shin guards are optional. Class length is 45 minutes.
Contact Kumite 1 ▼
Open to Green belts and up. This class is a prerequisite to Contact Kumite 2 and serves as an introduction to semi-contact sparring. There is NO actual free fighting, only partner drills. Mandatory equipment includes MMA-style gloves and shin protectors with instep pads. Optional equipment includes knee pads and groin cup for men or chest protector for women. Class length is 45 minutes.
Contact Kumite 2 ▼
Open to Advanced Green belts and up. Students must apply to attend this class and are encouraged to observe before doing so; consistent attendance is required. This class practices semi-contact sparring with hard contact to the body and low leg kicks. Mandatory equipment includes mouthguard, headgear, 10-oz or higher boxing gloves, shin guards, foot protectors, and groin cup for men or chest protector for women. Class length is 30 minutes.
Open to Black belts only. This class focuses on basic usage and syllabus material for the Bo, Jo, and Sai. Practice of knife self-defense is also a part of this class. Class length is 45 minutes.
Open to all students. Breathing exercises, seated meditation, and walking meditation (kinhin) are practiced in every class. Every third week of the month, a lecture on Japanese philosophy is given as well. Class length is 30 minutes.
Moving Zen ▼
This class is open to all members. The class focuses on kata at a slower and more meditative pace. Following this, there is a short meditation class which also includes a lecture every third week of the month. Class length is 1 hour.
Open Floor ▼
The dojo floor is open for practice and workout. No sparring is permitted.
Pad Work ▼
Open to Advanced White belts and up. This is a physically demanding class that works on proper striking of a target and also proper holding of a target for your partner. Footwork, combinations, and timing are a large part of this class as well. Any type of glove is recommended to protect the knuckles, but it is not required. Shin guards are also recommended. Class length is 45 minutes.
Open to all belt levels. In this 8-week course, students are introduced to basic physical techniques, strategy, and applications of practical ("street") self-defense. Material covered includes natural self-defense weapons and targets; self-defense strategy and footwork; releases from wrist grabs, chokeholds, headlocks, and other situations; defense against single and multiple attackers; fighting from the ground; safe and efficient falling and rolling techniques; and more. While the class is run on a rotating 8-week cycle, students are welcome to begin attending at any point during the cycle. Class length is 45 minutes.
At Honbu, we are pleased to offer a weekly yoga class for Seido members. Yoga brings many benefits as a stand-alone practice, but is also an excellent complement to karate training. Our yoga classes are planned with the karate-ka in mind, focusing on poses that both enhance karate training as well as counter some of the effects of that training. Yoga can also calm the mind and relieve stress. All in all, practicing yoga will aid your karate training and improve your overall well-being. Our yoga classes are for everyone, no experience necessary. Poses are modified for those with injuries or other physical or medical conditions. So feel free to give it a try and bring some yin to your yang karate training. Student can wear gi pants and Seido t-shirt instead of gi top. Class length is 45 minutes.
This class is one of our adaptive classes for our visually impaired members. Students are encouraged to assist this class while also practicing their own material. Students testing to Green belt or higher are often required to participate in the class while wearing a blindfold. Class length is 1 hour.
Blind Conditioning ▼
This class is one of our adaptive classes for our visually impaired members. This is a physically challenging class that is geared toward strength and endurance. Gloves are recommended for bag work. Class length is 45 minutes.
Makeup Classes for Promotion▼
Blind - Wed 5pm, Thu 4:30pm, Sat 11am
Promotion candidates should bring a blindfold. The objective is for students to learn how to apply their other senses to their karate training. Students will train alongside the blind and visually impaired students, learn protocol for assisting blind people inside and outside the dojo, and as needed, may assist teaching blind students. We also welcome anyone to assist our classes, even outside of promotion requirements.
YAI - Tue and Thu 5:45pm
Students who intend to participate as an assistant at YAI (Young Adult Institute) to make-up classes before promotion should arrive at 460 W 34th Street, New York, NY by 5:45pm. Upon arriving, please provide a state issued ID to the security guard at the front desk. After receiving a pass to gain entry to the building, please proceed to the 9th floor and change into your Gi. We bring the students up to the 12th floor by 6 PM. When assisting students in the YAI program, it is expected that you help the main instructors by mirroring technique, working one-on-one with a student (usually a white belt) if need be, and promote a positive energy for the hour that you assist. Please email Senpai Hannah (firstname.lastname@example.org) the night before to let her know you will be there.
Kids Program - assist with any kids class
Show up 20 minutes early and let the instructor know you will be assisting.