Seido Karate Wellington

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - May 2018


Welcome to the first edition of the Children's newsletter for 2018.  We look forward to another exciting year at Seido Karate Wellington.

This edition includes the Children's Grading that was held on Saturday 5th May.

We always welcome feedback and ideas for articles. If you have any news you would like to share with our karate family please feel free to send your contributions in or talk to us at the dojo.

Children's Grading - Saturday 5th May

Above: Proud yellow belt teachers Senpai Ed and Kohai Aaron

Well done children! Kia Kaha and work hard at your new grade!

Promotion to Green Belt [4th Kyu]:

  • Oscar Ames
  • Sam Elton


Above: Sam receives his Green Belt

 Promotion to Yellow Belt [6th Kyu]:

  • Ashley Cole
  • Cohen Moon
  • George Matsis

 Promotion to Advanced Blue Belt [7th Kyu]:

  • Honor Morgan
  • Jimi Gray
  • Tim Clapham
  • Wayne Mackintosh

Above: Jimi receives Adv Blue

Above: Honor receives her Adv Blue

 Promotion to Blue Belt [8th Kyu]:

  • Beth Wakelin
  • Daniel Ewers
  • Fred Ascough
  • Noah Pahina
  • Theo Hughes
  • Yasha Potanin

Above: Fred and Noah proudly show their certificates

Above: Theo, Fred, Beth and Noah with SS Ben

Below: Getting ready to grade; Honor, Ashley and Cohen

Below: Oscar and Sam lead the way

Below: Beth showing her stance

Above: Jasper, Daniel and Shaun showing their support

Above: The final question section from Sei Shihan

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese.  It is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea called Matcha.  It is served with traditional Japanese sweets to balance the bitter taste of the tea. 

Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements.  The whole process is not about drinking tea, but about aesthetics.  Preparing the bowl of tea from one's heart.  The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture.  The placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests view point and especially the main guests called the Shokyaku.

Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe


  • 4 Eggs Separated
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Lemons, finely grated zest and juice
  • 15g Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Conflour
  • 1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Icing Sugar to dust
  • 300g Sweet Short Pastry


1. Roll out pastry to 3mm thick and use to line a 24cm deep sided tart tin.  Prick the base with a fork and then chill for at least 30 mintues.

2. Heat the oven to 200C.  Line pastry case with baking paper or foil and fill with baking beans and blind bake for 15 minutes.  Remove the baking paper and beans, return to oven for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

3. Place egg yolks, water, lemon juice, zest, sugar, butter and cornflour in a saucepan.  Cook over a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes.  Stir continuously until the mixture thickens like custard.  Set aside to cool.

4. Spread the lemon custard mixture into the pastry case. 

5. Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff. Slowly add the caster sugar a little at a time beating until the meringue is thick and forms peaks.

6. Spread the meringue over the custard and cover completely.  Bake for 5 to 10 minutes until the tips of the meringue are lightly browned.  Dust with the icing sugar if desired.  

Sweet Shortcrust Pastry


  • 1 1/4 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter, diced


1. Sift flour and baking power into a bowl and stir in the caster sugar.

2. Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.  Stir in 1/4 cup of cold water and mix until it forms a stiff dough.

3. Turn out onto a floured worktop and knead until smooth.  Roll out as required.

Mosaic Jar


  1. Glass jar/bowl
  2. Vinegar
  3. Cotton
  4. Glass color (various colors)
  5. Ruler, pencil and paper


Put one side of the jar on the paper and trace the shape of the jar with a pencil. With a ruler create your mosaic pattern. Cut it out when done.

Pour vinegar onto the cotton and rub all sides of the jar.

Place the your paper pattern cut-out paper on the inside of the jar and using a black glass colour trace the pattern on the glass. Use a ruler to make the lines straight. Repeat on the other sides of the jar.

Colour the jar pattern as desired with the different colour glass and then set aside to dry.

You can put Christmas lights in the jar or a candle to make it into a light.

Children's Tournament

Remember to register for the Children's Tournament on 30th June!  Entries close on June 25th.  Sensei Julie has emailed you the registration form.  Hand it in and pay at the dojo to Receptionist Loren if that is more convenient.

Holiday Programme

Provisional dates for the next holiday programme is 16th until 20th July.

Admin and Enquiries

Loren Kale Advanced Brown Belt is the new receptionist. She works Monday to Thursday from 4.30 until 6.30 and is able to sort out any of the following issues for you:

  • arranging payments of fees
  • EFTPOS transactions
  • stripe requirement pages in the folders
  • purchase of gis
  • enrolment forms
  • changes of your contact details(really important if you want to keep getting info)
  • sensible advice
  • pretty much everything

Signing In

Please remember to sign in for your classes and only sign in once per class.  To check that you have registered, tap in the number again and check that the class count has incremented, then click Cancel. 

Etiquette if late to a class

Please avoid being late.

If your child is absolutely unavoidably late to a class, he or she must kneel on the edge of the floor and wait for the teacher to invite them on. They then start doing pushups. This is not to punish the child for being late! It is just our way of acknowledging that we have missed some important learning and we are willing to work hard in the class. When the teacher decides they have done enough pushups, they are invited on to the floor. As they come on, they verbally apologise for being late to the teacher and the class.

Buying new gis

If your child needs a new gi, we have a few for sale at varying second hand prices, depending on the quality. You can just ask see S.Anthea or Joe at the desk. If you would like a brand new gi, these are available at the desk for $60. If there is not one in a size that fits your child, you can also get them from Martial Arts Supplies in Courtenay Place, upstairs just along from Burger King (they have a sign out on the footpath), or you can go to Fuji Mae in the Brooklyn shops.

Additional help for your child

If your child feels that they need additional help in some area of their karate, please email me and ask for a Thursday tutorial. These are on demand only, and go from 4.15 to 5pm. They are not for practising before a stripe test, but it may be that your child feels not so confident in some big area, like sparring, or falling and rolling, or kata, kihon, etc. Just email me and we will work out a time!

For 4th Kyu and above

Just reminding that if your child is injured or forgets a piece of their sparring gear, they don't sign in for sparring, as we do not have enough teachers in the class to accommodate them.

Secondly, it would be a good idea if parents could go back to the email I send out when your child gets their green belt. It outlines legal techniques in sparring, ie what you are allowed to do, and what is not permitted. I have been seeing some unpermitted techniques creeping in, and would like these to be eliminated

Contact: Sensei Julie

Previous Newsletters

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - December 2017
Kaizen Kids Newsletter - August 2017

Comments and Ideas

Newsletters will be sent out quarterly after each of the Children's gradings and occasionally when we have special events or other news to share with our karate family.

Bev Frampton

You can contact me on:

Mobile: 027 747 3746

For all inquiries related to the children’s programme:

For all other inquiries:

Seido Karate Wellington
Kaizen Academy NZ Ltd
32 Brooklyn Rd
Te Aro
Phone: +64 4 385 3225