Seido Karate Wellington

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - December 2017


Welcome to the final edition of the Children's newsletter for 2017.  It's been a busy time with the Tournament, Halloween Party, Christmas Party and and the final Grading for the year.

The Children's Grading was held on Saturday 9th December. 

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 9th December

Well done to the following children who took part in the Children's grading on Saturday 9th December 2017.

Promotion to Yellow Belt [6th Kyu]:

Jack Carr

Olive Lynch-Gerrard

Reilly Blennerhassett

Jayden Ranchhod

 Promotion to Advanced Yellow Belt [5th Kyu]:

Desh Sukha

Promotion to Green Belt [4th Kyu]:

 Lucien Moon

Alfie Gater

Promotion to Brown Belt [Adult Grading] [2nd Kyu]:

Jasper Rynhart

Above: Kyoshi Siobhan took the grading this time as part of her recent promotion.

Below: Getting ready for the fitness challenges.

Above: Olive watched by Kyoshi Avis.

Below: Children showing kata and self-defence form.

Below: Jack in partner exercise.

Above: Kicking form.

Below: Jayden doing kata.

Below: Fitness to end the grading.

Below: Lucien's kata.

Above: More cardio challenge.

Below: Desh's kata.

Above: children show strong focus.

Below: Reilly's self defence.

Below: Going hard to the very end.

Above: Alfie in full flight.

Below: Strong kata form.

Wellington Primary and Intermediate School Championships

Daniel and Shaun competed in the Wellington Primary and Intermediate School  Championships.They both did amazingly well, with Daniel placed first in the Seido kata section, and also in the Open kata section, and first also in kumite (sparring). Shaun came 2nd in kumite, sparring Daniel in the final. He narrowly missed  a place in the kata, after many rounds of elimination. We are just so proud of Daniel and Shaun. They are Seido inspirations by their commitment and courage. They have earned these honours by regular persistent training. Now that Shaun and Daniel have lead the way, I am hoping more children will give this a go!


Osu from the Children’s Programme!

Osu everyone!

We are all just recovering from our Children’s Fun Day event, which was held on Saturday November 18th at our dojo. It was just the best! We combine with Kapiti dojo to have this event every 2 years. i.e. in the year of a tournament. Because not all children can enter the tournament due to age restrictions, we have this event so that everyone gets to have a go. So this time, it was for kids 11 and under. We had 29 kids enter, and some entered all events - an amazing spirit there! We had kids who had only just turned 7, right through to the Big Kids, of 11. Our events are a mixture of serious, like Kata Face-Off, Randori and Technique Shiai to fun events like Beautiful Belt Race (where kids have to tie their belts beautifully in decreasing amounts of time), Lightning Kicking (where they mae geri the bag at waist height as fast as they can in a time period), holding Plank - our winners here would rank easily with the adults in the dojo, and Breaking Stuff (plastic boards kindly lent by Tanya, Sensei Ange’s friend from Kyokushin).

We had some amazing support and the event could not happen without all the people who helped. Every single one of them did an outstanding and important job ... like Senpai Karen from Kapiti who got all the kids there on time, along with her helpers Todd and Kenny, Whistle Meister Sei Shihan Ben, Chief Child Wranglers Julie B and Rachel, Clock Man Ben, Centre Referee Kyoshi Anna, along with loyal henchpersons Senpais Ed and Cath. And not to forget Kaizen, who let us use their left-over medals from tournament!

After our events finished, and we were all just a wee bit exhausted, our Fish and Chip feast arrived, and we had a serious feeding frenzy of fat and salt, beautifully cooked by the fish and chip shop in Aro St. Truly the best end to an amazing day!

Here are the results: (K) = Kapiti:


Gold - Lily(K), Silver - Wren, Bronze - Cohen

Lightning Kicks:

Gold - Ed(K), Silver - Otis, Bronze - Freddy(K)

Breaking Stuff:

Gold - Otis, Silver - Reilly, Finley(K), Freddy(K)


Gold - Miles(K), Silver - Helene, Bronze - Wren

Beautiful Belts:

Gold - Zara, Silver - Helene, Bronze - Otis

Noodle Draw A:

Gold - Helene, Silver - Beth, Bronze - Freddy(K)

Noodle Draw B:

Gold - Jacob, Silver - Honor, Bronze - Otis

Kata Face-Off:

Gold - Otis, Silver - Honor, Bronze - Lily(K)

Technique Shiai:

Gold - George, Silver - Reilly, Bronze - Timka(K)

Brooklyn Spirit of Seido Awards

This is a section that only gets awarded if students are meeting the criteria of entering at least 3 events, preferably more, not winning a medal, BUT, demonstrating the Seido values of doing your best, being 100% cheerful, and being an attentive audience member.

This year, we were proud and delighted to be able to award a Gold to Dylan, a Silver to Noah, and a Bronze to Sam.

Phew! Fun day tick! Halloween Party tick! Santa Party tick!

If you have any suggestions, or would like to be part of our Panda Team (the Children’s Teachers and Helpers), please contact Po the Panda kids:

Even if you can only help out or join in from time to time, we would love to have you.

And on that note, I would like to acknowledge Kohai Rose who has helped in our White Belt class for 2 years, and who leaves us to begin Engineering in a town far away, and Sensei Siobhan, who has been the #2 in the Green and Brown belt class this year, and who is transferring to the new Children’s Thursday class. Thank you Kohai and Sensei for your loyalty and commitment to the children!

We welcome Kohai Caleb and Sei Shihan Ben to the children’s Green and Brown, and look forward to the continuing support of Senpai Malcolm (who, although not training in Seido at the moment, helps us out valiantly in kids’ White and Blue), Senpai Raven, Kohai Lauren, Kohai Julie, and Senpai Darshan.

And our best wishes for a lovely summer, from

Po and all the Pandas, Osu!

Japanese Clothing Series


The haori is a loose-fitting, coat-like, knee-length garment. This formal-looking coat was originally worn only by men, but nowadays, it has become popular among women too. It is lightweight and generally used as a coat to keep the kimono clean.


A pillow called obimakura is used to support the knot of the obi. An obiage is a piece of clothing that covers the obimakura. The obiage is significant in knowing the marital status of a woman. An unmarried woman always makes sure the obiage she wears is visible to others; as opposed to a married woman who hides it semi-discretely.

Sei Shihan’s Corner

The little voice inside

During our life time, we constantly struggle because the little voice inside our head keeps telling us that "you can't do it", "No chance, why bother. You don't have a chance" , "They are better than you" etc. A key to happiness and success is to learn to silence your harshest critic - your inner voice. One method is to use the word "but", so whenever your inner voice says something negative, add it in. For example, "You're lousy at this kata" ... "BUT if I keep at it, I will get better". You will break the negative thought and learn to focus on the positive aspects of perseverance.

If you consider yourself a real 'negative head', then one remedy I've read is to start wearing a rubber band around your wrist. Every time your inner voice is negative, pull it out and let it snap back - causing a sting. This interrupts your brain's negative thought pattern so you can replace it with something constructive. This also allows you to monitor how often you are negative, plus it teaches you to associate pain to negativity.

On that note, I want you to be positive and absorb the Xmas festivities with fun with your friends and families. May I take this opportunity to thank your instructors and parents and care-givers on your behalf, for without them you wouldn't have enjoyed your training during 2017.


Japanese Fan Ornament


  • Origami or Washi Paper (any decorative paper will be OK)
  • Wooden Sticks (Coffee Stirrers or Ice Pop Sticks)
  • Decorative String
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or Hot Glue Gun


Create the fan

  1. Cut the paper to size. If you are using 6×6 origami squares trim two pieces to 6X4 for one fan.
  2. Fold both pieces into an accordion, about 1/4 inch thin.
  3. Attach the two pieces us in the center by layering an accordion fold onto the second piece, then glue the two together using the glue stick.

Create the fan handles

  1. Start with the fan backside up and attach a wooden stick to each side with the glue stick or glue gun.
  2. Fold the paper around the stick and secure with more glue.
  3. Place a piece of string for hanging around the center. Carefully cross your sticks letting the fan open up wide and hold in place with a dot of hot glue.
  4. Tie your string at the top.

Display them on your tree or as gifts for your friends.  

Christmas Party - Tuesday 5th December

The Children enjoying the fun at the Christmas Party.

Halloween Party - Monday 30th October

The Children had fun at the Halloween Party!

Holiday Programme

Holiday programme will be held the week before the school term starts; Tuesday 23rd to Friday 26th January. Note that Monday 22nd January is public holiday (Wellington Anniversary Day).  

Osu karateka and friends

It's been all go over the last few weeks with gradings, Christmas parties, and dinners, and now it's time to take a few well earned weeks off karate before classes start up again for 2018. The full class timetable for the year has finished, and won't start again until the 15th of January, but there will be a limited timetable running over the break. Here are the dates and times:

Monday 11 Dec 2017 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday 13 Dec 2017 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Thursday 14 Dec 2017 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm

Friday 15 Dec 2017 – Dojo closes for the year 

Monday 18 Dec 2017 – Maintenance class 6:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday 19 Dec 2017 – Maintenance class 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday 20 Dec 2017 – Maintenance class 6:00 – 7:00pm
Thursday 21 Dec 2017 – Maintenance class 6:00 – 7:00pm

Dojo opens for the new year 2018 on Monday 8 January 2018 

Monday 8 January 2018 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9 January 2018 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Wednesday 10 January 2018 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm
Thursday 11 January 2018 – General Class only 6:00 – 7:00pm

Saturday 13 January 2018 – Kagami Biraki starting at 6am. Everyone is welcome to Kagami Biraki. Please bring something to share for breakfast afterwards.

Monday 15 January 2018 – full adults' timetable begins

New Class

A new class for blue and yellow belt children will be held from next year on Thursdays 5pm to 5.55pm. It will be a combined class and will be taught be Kyoshi Siobhan and Senpai Ed. The point of this class is to increase training opportunities for these important grades so that they are really confident and for some, to progress to grading as appropriate. From time to time, white belts will be invited. This will mainly be white belts preparing for eventual grading, ie they have 3 stripes and the focus to join in this class.

Notice from Sei Shihan Ben

Osu everyone

Yesterday I updated the Black Belts on some changes that I  want to introduce from 2018.  And I'd like to tell you all about them too. 

We have a strong group of black belts who are committed to the dojo so I've decided it's time to take a step back from all the operational aspects of running the dojo business and share the load.

I will continue to teach classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as I have done this year as well as attending the big events such as gradings, camps and tournaments. 

And I'll continue a mentoring role with the branch chiefs across Wellington so their dojos continue to thrive and relationships between us all remain strong. 

I've asked Jun Shihan Peter Flowers to move into the branch chief role for the Wellington dojo which he has accepted.  He has trained with me since 1986 so I'm confident he will continue to keep the interests of all students and their parents to the forefront.

Over the next few weeks a small group will work together to help JS Peter and myself transition all the other dojo business activities to a new management group - it's mostly "behind the scenes activities" to be reorganized.

Sensei Julie will continue as the co-ordinator and main point of contact for parents regarding the Children's Programme.

We'll keep you updated but the important thing to remember is your training will continue as it does now. Our last event this year is the grading on Saturday followed by the Xmas party and I hope to see you there.


Sei Shihan Ben

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.

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

Christmas Recipe


  • 100g Mixed Dried Fruit
  • 180ml Apple Juice
  • 7g Dried Yeast
  • 250g Plain Flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 30g Blanched Whole Almonds
  • Pinch Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch Ground Aniseed or Allspice
  • Pinch of Ground Cloves
  • 75g Cold Marzipan cut into small pieces
  • 10g Butter Melted
  • 1 tbsp Icing Sugar


  1. Soak the dried fruit in 100ml of hot water. Gently warm the apple juice for a few mins in a pan, then add the yeast and leave to activate for 10-15 mins (it will start to bubble).
  2. Put the flour in a bowl. Stir in the yeast and apple juice mixture to form a smooth dough, then cover and leave to prove somewhere warm until roughly doubled in size, about 1-2 hrs. You can also put the dough in the fridge to rise slowly overnight.
  3. Drain the fruit and add to the dough along with the nuts, spices and marzipan. Squish everything together, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until the fruit stays in the dough.
  4. Shape the dough into a sausage shape and put it on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove somewhere warm for 30 mins–1 hr until it has risen by about a quarter.
  5. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Bake the stollen for 20 mins, then reduce oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2 and bake for 25-30 mins more until golden brown and firm to the touch.
  6. Remove the stollen from the oven and brush all over with the melted butter. Dust with the icing sugar and leave to cool completely before slicing. Store any remaining stollen, well wrapped, in an airtight container.

Previous Newsletters

Kaizen Kids Newsletter - April 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:

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