Seido Karate Wellington

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - April 2017


Welcome to the Easter edition of the Children's newsletter.  Enjoy the Easter Break and we will see you at the Holiday Programme in the second week of the school holidays.

This issue includes the grading held on Sunday 9th April.

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 - Sunday 9th April

Well done to the following children who took part in the Children's grading on Sunday 9th April.

White belts (10th kyus) obtaining their Blue blue belts (8th kyu):

Mihir Rallapudi, Iris Donaldson, Lucy Fulton, Shayla Chin, Honor Morgan, Bailey Arcus, Wayne Mackintosh

Advance White belts (9th kuys) obtaining their blue belts (8th kyu):

Nico Murphy, Tim Clapham, Jimi Gray, Amelie Deane, Hugo Alsop, Sylvie Alsop, Wren Osborne

Promotion to Advanced Blue Belt [7th Kyu]:

Cohen Moon

Below: Children receive their belts from Sei Shihan Ben

Below: Shayla and her mawashi 

Below: Seiza and basic techniques

Below: Honor demonstrates lovely crunchier form.

Below: More basics and belt tying

Below: Cohen shows Kyoshi Avis his technique

Below: Kiba dachi and fitness relay

Introducing our Youth Helpers

Osu everyone!

Here are our Monday night Youth Helpers, from left, Kohai Lauren Woods, Kohai Rachel Clark, and Kohai Raven Townsend.  Kohai Lauren and Kohai Rachel are both 2nd kyu (Brown Belt), and Kohai Raven is 1st kyu (Advanced Brown Belt).  Kohai Lauren helps in Children's Blue Belt class and has done so since the beginning of 2016.  Kohai Raven also joined our Blue Belt Class this year.  Kohai Lauren takes the warm up and both she and Kohai Raven are confidently able to take groups of students all by themselves.  They both model excellent form and have a great attention to detail.  Kohai Rachel and Kohai Rose Barrett (not pictured) volunteer in the Children's White Belt class. Kohai Rose takes warmups and is in her second year of helping in this class.  Both she and Kohai Rachel have a lovely way with the "littlest" and are fun and friendly teachers.  Kohai Rose has her 4th kyu (Green belt). We are so very grateful for the efforts of these young people to give back to the dojo.  We are a community where everyone gives back to the "next generation" and the Kohai are showing this Seido understanding in this practical and important way!  One day they will be teachers with their own classes!  If you would like to volunteer as a Youth Helper please just talk yo Sensei Julie.  We are always grateful for your help and it doesn't have to be a long term commitment. You can also use your volunteer time to contribute to the service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Osu! Sensei Julie

PS "Kohai" means in this context, "Senior kyu grade Helper" and is a title which acknowledges that they are making a contribution in a leadership position in children's classes.

Sei Shihan’s Corner

It only works when you work it

As kids, we often expect things to be done for us and sometimes we take such things for granted – meals, washing, school etc. But there comes a time when your parents won’t be there or you have to step out into the world as an adult and do things yourself – your own way.

In karate, you have to keep learning and practice. Most of you will remember my famous three P’s on Learning – Practice, Practice and Practice. Remember that karate is a reactive art – which means that your mind and body will automatically react to threats, situations that are presented to you. You can only do this if you are trained to react appropriately.

Karate is something most kids try, but only the motivated few dedicate themselves to the art and surrender themselves to the way of life – “karate-do”. This again requires the famous three D’s on Learning – Dedication, Desire and Determination. You have to want it. You have to be willing to suffer through the pain that it takes to come out on top. You can regard pain as weakness leaving the body because in the end it’s worth it. So, remember “It only works when you work it, so work it because you are worth it”.

Easter in Japan

Easter is an important Christian religious festival. Followers believe that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and then resurrected 2 days later on Easter Sunday. It marks the end of Lent, a period of prayer and fasting. The presence of Christianity in Japan is relatively low. Only around 1% of the population are of the Christian faith.  The religion has a history in Japan  involving a period of oppression and prohibition. The mid 16th century saw the arrival of prosperous trade with the Europeans who also introduced Christianity to the island.  This continued until Christianity was banned towards the end of the century beginning a time of more serious persecution including the executions of martyrs.  The slow growth of Christianity in Japan started again after freedom of religion was pronounced after the Meiji restoration in 1873.

Easter celebrations around the world include religious events like reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus and colorful Easter egg hunts for children. Easter in Japan passes by relatively unnoticed; which is fairly interesting as the country tends to take advantage of any holiday it can commercialize.  Despite this lack of widespread celebration, Easter eggs can be found in some stores, and some restaurants also feature special menus marking the occasion.

Marbleized Easter Eggs


  • Hard boiled eggs
  • store bought dye
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (for each color)


  • Mix dye according to package directions.
  • Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize.
  • Dye eggs as directed on dye package.
  • When you remove the eggs, the oil will have caused a very nifty marbleized effect

Embroidery Floss Easter Eggs


  • Water balloons (or very small regular balloons)
  • Fabric Stiffener (such as Stiffy, available at craft and fabric stores)
  • Embroidery floss in various pastel colors
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • String


  • Begin by blowing up the balloons. Only blow them up part way, until they are the size of an egg. Tie them shut.
  • Cut ahead of time 1 to 2 foot lengths of embroidery floss. It is much easier to have them cut ahead of time because your hands will be getting very messy.
  • Pour some fabric stiffener into a little cup or dish. Then, soak a length of floss in the cup. Pull out the floss through your fingers, removing the excess fabric stiffener.

  • Now, wind the floss all around the egg. Continue will the other pieces of floss until the egg is as covered as you want. Different shades look great together, or you can do the egg one solid color. Different shades of one color look good too (like light pink and dark pink).
  • Cut the green pipe cleaners to the size you would like the stems to be. You might want to cut them different heights. Stick the green pipe cleaner through the X in the bottom of each flower. Now you have the yellow and green pipe cleaner each sticking through the X. Wrap each tiny end of pipe cleaner around the other pipe cleaner of the opposing color, to secure them to each other.
  • The next day, pop the balloon with a pin. It will crinkle up and shrink inside, pulling with it any excess fabric stiffener that was on the sides of the balloon. Then, carefully remove the balloon through one of the openings in the floss.

  • Now your egg is done. They can be displayed in a basket, or you can tie a thread to them for hanging.


Admin and Enquiries

Senpai Anthea Coleman and Joseph van Bohemen are working on the front desk and are 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

Senpai Anthea works on Mondays from 4:30pm will knock off promptly at 6pm to go do her homework, so if you need a question sorted, please approach her in plenty of time.  S.Anthea is working on Mondays because that is the white belt class time, and the mostly new parents in this group are in most need of info and advice.

Joseph works on Tuesday to Thursday around 5:45pm before classes start and usually knocks off at 6:30pm.

School Holiday Programme

Please register your child online and pay at the same time for the school holiday programme for Monday 24 April, Wednesday 26 April to Friday 28 April. Please remember that Tuesday 25 April is Anzac Day public holiday.

NI Seido Tournament 2017

It’s that time of year again when we host the anticipated North Island Tournament and the date 7 - 8 October 2017 have been set aside for this event. This is our bi-annual event, so if you miss out on this one, you won’t have a chance until 2019. Lock into your calendar and start preparing for it. From my initial conversations with some Seido students at Go-En, we might be able to spark some international interests, so start promoting this event as it will be another big milestone for Wellington.

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 Senpai Julie or your child's teacher. 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

Easter Eggs


  • 250g icing sugar
  • 1 cup (250g) creamy peanut butter
  • 65g butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 250g chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon copha


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine icing sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk (if needed for moisture) until blended. Shape mixture into two eggs or make a bunch of smaller eggs. Freeze eggs for 1 hour.
  2. While the eggs are freezing, cut chocolate into small pieces and place in top of double boiler with copha. Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Stick a long-tined fork in top of each peanut butter egg, dip it in melted chocolate to cover then drain on waxed paper. When the eggs are cooled and set, decorate the eggs to suit your fancy.

Previous Newsletters

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - December 2016
Kaizen Kids Newsletter - August 2016

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

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Kaizen Academy NZ Ltd
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