Fundamentally, all martial arts share the same nature; the human body moves the same way in China, Japan, Okinawa, or New Zealand, and the nature of human violence and self-defense is pretty much constant. However, to understand the training methods of a specific school, a historical perspective can be useful.

The roots of Seido Karate can be traced back through the Kyokushin system, into the Japanese Goju-ryu style of Master Gogen Yamaguchi (and further back to Master Chojun Miyagi’s Okinawan Goju-ryu) and to the Shotokan school of Master Gichin Funakoshi. Seido incorporates kata (forms) from both of these lineages, as well as kata developed by Kaicho Nakamura.

Kaicho Nakamura was introduced to Karate by his elder brothers, who studied Wado-ryu and Goju-ryu; his own first training in Karate was under Sensei Kei Miyagi, son of the famous founder of Goju-ryu, Master Chojun Miyagi. He also holds a dan (black belt level) ranking in kendo (Japanese fencing).

Kaicho has also studied Zen meditation, and holds a degree in psychology.

All of these factors and influences have inspired Kaicho Nakamura to create a system of Karate training for self-development, self-defense, and physical fitness that is rooted in the best budo traditions but also answers to the needs of modern people all over the world.

Thanks to Maryland Seido Karate for the above version of Seido origins.