Adaptive Programs

Seido Karate was founded in order to offer individuals from all walks of life a way to strengthen their minds, bodies, and spirits. At the same time, and integral to the training, students strive to give back to society what they have gained from their study of Seido Karate.

In an effort to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of its students, Seido Honbu sponsors a number of Adaptive Programs in the New York area. Says Founder and Chairman, Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura, “Our goal is to include, rather than exclude, anyone who has a sincere desire to embrace the benefits of studying Seido Karate.”

We encourage Seido students to experience the rewards that come from getting involved with these adaptive programs.

For class schedules and more information, please contact us at


Young Adult Institute (YAI)
Seido Karate Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Seido Karate Veterans Group

Young Adult Institute (YAI) Program

The Young Adult Institute (YAI) is an award-winning, not-for-profit health and human services agency whose mission is to build brighter futures for people with developmental and learning disabilities and their families. The mission of maximizing members' potential is achieved through programs that build skills, expand opportunities, and enhance community living.

Founded over 20 years ago, the Seido Karate YAI program promotes confidence, self-awareness, and physical conditioning in a dedicated environment of inclusion. Seido, along with the YAI, believes that each person, regardless of their limitations, is entitled to the same respect and opportunities as any other member of society. Thus, we teach a majority of the Seido syllabus, including Japanese terms, and have YAI students promote through the standard ranks and testing. Students at Seido YAI participate in all regular Seido events, including tournaments, demonstrations, and special event training.

Current leadership includes Sensei Michael Baumgarten, who has over 10 years of dedicated service to this program. Sensei Michael leads a team of instructors and assistants who are skilled at bringing out the best in this diverse group.

For those who are interested in enrolling, or have questions about the YAI program, please email:

Seido Karate Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Seido Karate Program for the Blind and the Visually Impaired is looking for students who believe that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.

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, knowing that 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 Avenues). 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:

Seido Karate Veterans Group

Our newest adaptive program, the Seido Karate Veterans Group, was conceived by two Honbu students who realized the possibilities in forming a group of veterans who have served their country.

The Seido Karate Veterans Group was founded in the fall of 2008 with the stated mission to provide a resource for anyone who has served in the U.S. military, but with a particular focus on veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan period.

The only requirement for membership in the group, besides being a veteran, is that the applicant must demonstrate a sincere desire to commit to the program by attending two meetings prior to enrollment.

The Seido Karate Veterans Group continues to attract members from the tri-state area, including a father and son, both veterans. In the future, the group hopes to expand their search for veterans to national organizations, including those for disabled veterans.

The motto of the Seido Veterans Group is: We Are One.

Current leadership resides with this group's founders, Kyoshi Boris Kupermann and Kyoshi Dan Tierney, who are both military veterans. Their idea in founding the organization stemmed from a belief that the spiritual and physical benefits they have both received from their training at Seido would also help this new generation of veterans to integrate themselves back into civilian society.

Additionally, they felt that formation of this group was a way to acknowledge and thank veterans for their service to our country. Kaicho and Nidaime eagerly approved the program and agreed to provide any veteran who wished to study karate with complete membership in Seido without fee, an arrangement similar to that for the Seido Blind and Young Adult Institute (YAI) programs.

For those who are interested in enrolling, or have questions about the Veterans program, please email: