"I have decided that Johshin Honzan is to be constructed in the name of all Seido Karate students worldwide. It will be a place to reconnect with the essence and roots of your karate. I hope you will come to remember—and be remembered—in this special place.” -Kaicho T. Nakamura
Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate dedicated to developing physical, mental, and spiritual strength as a means of achieving full human potential. Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura has distilled the essence of what he has learned about the martial arts in over 50 years of study, practice, and teaching into Seido's curriculum.
At Honbu's Annual Black Belt Clinic Weekend held in New York City in 2010, Kaicho Nakamura announced the official designation of Johshin Honzan, the first of its kind for the World Seido Karate Organization. Many hours of dedicated thought by Kaicho and Nidaime went into identifying just how this location could be most meaningful to the World Seido Karate Organization. The first task was choosing the name.
Said Nidaime, "Trying to express the purpose of this building was a significant challenge for us because we wanted to make sure its meaning would be clear. The seemingly simple task of coming up with a name that represents the uniqueness of this new space was much more formidable than we initially anticipated."
For Kaicho and Nidaime, it was crucial to get the name exactly right. They made many attempts to accurately convey what they envisioned this location to mean.
"Our struggle," said Kaicho, "was not just to find a good name. It was to find a meaningful way to honor all members―past, present, and future―of the World Seido Karate Organization."
After considerable thought, the name they chose was JOHSHIN HONZAN.
The name "Johshin Honzan" is derived from the Japanese. Johshin is the act of cleansing, or purification of, the mind and spirit. This is a practice from the days of the samurai when warriors would visit a designated location prior to battle. There they would calm and clear their minds, so they could head into battle with fortified spirit and unity of purpose. Honzan comes from two words: Hon meaning "main"' and Zan meaning "summit." Together, the resulting word Honzan (pronounced hohn-zahn) means “spiritual center.” Further, it represents a central place of history and remembrance.
With thriving branches across the U.S. and in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, South Africa, and India, Seido Karate is one of the world's leading martial arts organizations. The opening of Johshin Honzan/Seido Westchester in Elmsford, NY brings world-class karate to area residents for the first time. This expansive and beautiful dojo, with two training floors, offers students young and old a path to realize their potential in an environment designed to foster individual growth as well as a commitment to community.
For day-to-day instruction, this space functions as a traditional branch dojo with a curriculum offering classes for adults and children. This is also a place for domestic and international branch chiefs, instructors, and students to attend special teaching and training seminars focused on experiencing a deeper connection to the true meaning of karate-do. Honbu remains in New York City at its 23rd Street location and, as such, continues to function as the administrative headquarters for the World Seido Karate Organization.
“It is my hope that Seido students will find a way to breathe life into this special space, for it will be all our spirits together—in unison—that will fill Johshin Honzan with meaning, strength, and honor.” -Kaicho T. Nakamura
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