WHY LEARN KARATE?

In Seido Karate there are many pupils, from children to adults, including men and women over the age of sixty who are now past their prime but who continue to train; Seido Karate has permeated into their daily lives. It is precisely this form of Karate that for a long time I have held to be the ideal.

Karate is not something with which to win a competition, nor is it something just to make a strong exponent stronger still; on a much larger scale it teaches the way of humanity. It is something that enables people who learn Karate to further develop their character; thus each person is able to make a marvellous contribution to society.

Technique rather than force, spirit rather than technique.

Sincerity is the way of heaven. Making this a sincere belief is the way of mankind.

The way of sincerity is precisely the way of mankind. My life has been devoted to putting this into practice. However, in looking back while writing this record of my life, I am keenly aware of the need for even more determined effort to this ideal.

If I could be granted one wish it would be that you, the reader of this book, having seen “the human face of Karate,” will reform your ideas of the hitherto brutal, rough image that Karate has had.

Tadashi Nakamura, New York Dojo

Excerpt from “The Human Face of Karate”  By Tadashi Nakamura, founding Grand Master of Seido Karate: