With encouragement from Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, Sensei Paul de Matteis originally founded the program in 1985. Under the tutelage of experienced, dedicated and patient instructors, several students have earned black belts, and two of our senior students now also teach in the program.
Seido Karate trains our blind and visually impaired students to the same high standards as the sighted students, in the hopes they will grow stronger mentally, physically and spiritually. The Seido Karate philanthropic arm, the Seido Juku Benefit Foundation, supports the program by subsidizing tuition and uniforms for members of this group.
Students in this program range from ages 16 through adult, are all shapes and sizes, and cover all ranges of visual impairment. Students are an active and accepted part of the entire Seido community and enthusiastically participate in special events, including tournament competitions and our annual summer weekend retreat.
Current leadership includes program chair, Senpai Steven Meltzer, along with a dedicated group of skilled instructors and assistants.