With Kaicho T. Nakamura's encouragement the Seido Karate Blind Program was founded over 25 years ago. Under the tutelage of experienced, dedicated, and patient instructors several students have earned black belts, with one of the senior students successfully becoming an instructor.
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 15 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 beach training.
The classes take place at the World Seido Karate Organization Honbu (Headquarters) at 61 West 23rd St. (between 5th & 6th). There is a general class every Thursday 4:30pm–5:30pm and another one on Saturday 11:00am–12:00pm. Both of these classes are open to beginners. In addition, there is a conditioning class every Wednesday 5:00pm–5:45pm open to advanced white belts and up.
For those who are interested in enrolling, or have questions about the blind program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.