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FAQ

Qs 1. Why should I train with you and not elsewhere?
Qs 2. What age can my child start Seido Karate lessons at the Bayside Seido Dojo?
Qs 3. How much does it cost?
Qs 4. What should I expect in my first lesson?
Qs 5. What is your timetable for Beginner Children under 15 years old?
Qs 6. What is your timetable for Adults and Children over 15 years old?
Qs 7. How long does it take to obtain a Black Belt?
Qs 8. How do I get started?

Qs 1. Why should I train with you and not elsewhere?
A. For many different reasons
1) We are a Worldwide Organisation with a Worldwide Standardised Syllabus – this provides many benefits compared to other karate styles that do not have the worldwide infrastructure to provide this.
Seido Karate is different from most martial art schools because we are a Worldwide Organisation with a Worldwide Standardised Syllabus. This means that if you train at one Seido Dojo and then move interstate or overseas you can keep training at another Seido Dojo from the belt level you have already attained (assuming that there hasn’t been a large gap of time between when you stopped training and when you would like to restart training). This is often not the case with other martial art styles where you may have to start again from White Belt (even if it is the same martial art style) because they do not have a standardised worldwide syllabus.
2) You get a 5th Dan teacher – even for beginners’ classes! (A 5th Dan is a 5th Degree Black Belt – ie: a very experienced Black Belt).
Bayside Seido Karate is run by Kyoshi Darek Lebek who is a 5th Dan and has 30 years of martial art experience (3 years in Taekwondo, and the rest in Seido Karate). He is actively involved in teaching 99% of classes – even the beginner children’s classes! This is unlike most large martial art schools where the lower ranked belts are expected to teach the beginner classes. It is rare for a 5th Dan to be teaching beginners, with Kyoshi Darek you are getting very experienced Karate instruction. Kyoshi Darek also loves teaching kids, he has a Working with Children check (as do all instructors and assistant instructors at our Dojo).
3) We practice not only karate techniques but also meditation and moving Zen, which are necessary parts of mental attitude and awareness required to prevent and handle various type of conflict.
4) If you wish, you can train with your child.
We aim to make it as easy as possible for families to train together – this way you can share the experience with your child whilst getting fit and learning new things. We allow Parents with Participating Children to train in the Children’s classes. However, we do not allow Children to train in Adult classes.
5) We make sure you know the basics before starting sparring
At Seido Karate the emphasis is on learning how to control your body (and mind) before putting on sparring gear and learning how to spar. This is much safer and better than just throwing a beginner into the ring and expecting them to be a punching bag and learn from the experience. Thus at Seido sparring usually does not commence until one reaches Green belt – which can take between 2-3 years. There is a lot to learn beforehand!
6) Our aim is to help all people reach their highest potential – and we are not just talking about their potential in a physical sense.
Seido Karate’s aim is to create a secure place for anyone of any age or physical ability to train and learn. We walk the true Budo path of Karate (ie: to find peace and mastery of the self). We are here to encourage, help and train all manner of people – not just the physically strong ones. True Budo is a process by which those with weak minds and bodies become stronger. The emphasis is not only on developing physical strength and ability, but also in developing people of high moral character who believe in themselves, defend the weak and contribute to society. Kaicho Nakamura realised that some styles of martial arts discriminated against the weak. Some Seido Karate Dojo’s include classes for the blind and learning impaired (please watch video below). Instead of discriminating against those weaker than yourselves, Kaicho wishes for his students to maintain a value system that includes reaching out a helping hand to weaker people around them, not only benefiting the weaker student, but developing the skills of the stronger student, such as understanding and opening up their minds to see that there are more things than just what is on the surface.

Qs 2. What age can my child start Seido Karate lessons at the Bayside Seido Dojo??
A. We accept children from 5 years of age upwards.

Qs 3. How much does it cost?
A. The first lesson is FREE. Please ring for further specific details on our monthly fee structure, uniform and International Membership costs. However we would like you to know the following:
We work on a month by month payment system and our fees include the following:
- Unlimited monthly classes (as many classes as you want to take in your rank and age)
- Promotion Fees from White Belt to Advanced Brown Belt (valued at $670) – most schools charge this as an extra cost
- Sports Insurance (valued at $80 per year)
- GST
- Personalised Syllabus Book valued at $45.00 (conditions apply)
And we offer great family discounts when 2 or more people join.

Qs 4. What should I expect in my first lesson?
A. The class begins with the standard Seido warm up and stretching exercises (performed at Seido dojo’s all around the world because we are a worldwide organisation – this helps put you at ease if you visit and train at another Seido dojo). A class may include
- Basic techniques – ie: learning how to block, punch, kick, etc in a safe and controlled manner
- Strength and Conditioning training including different types of push-ups, sit-ups and aerobic exercises
- For Children’s classes karate based games are often employed to help make karate FUN. Teaching karate to children is very different from teaching karate to adults. Thus, although we allow parents of participating children to also train in the children’s class, please be aware that the teaching style in this class will be focused on teaching children.

Qs 5. What is your timetable for Beginner Children under 15 years old?
A.Children under 15 years of age can come to the following Children’s classes:
Mondays
5:00 - 6:00 pm For Children and Adults

Tuesday
5:00 - 6:00pm Junior - White and Blue Belts

Thursday
5:30 - 6:30pm Junior - White and Blue Belts

Sunday
4:00 - 5:00pm Kata Class (all levels for Children and Adults)
Kata is a form of pre-arranged basic movements, thus we do not advise taking this class unless you are comfortable with the basic movements.

Qs 6. What is your timetable for Adults and Children over 15 years old?
A. Adults and Children over 15 years old can attend the following General Class and Adult Class sessions
Mondays
5:00 - 6:00 pm General Class – all ages, all grades
6:00 - 7:00 pm Adult Class

Thursday
5:30 - 6:30pm Adult Class
Note: the last Thursday of every month we hold a special meditation class from 7:00-7:300 pm which Adults and Children over 15 years of age are welcome to attend before the Adult class.

Sunday
4:00 - 5:00pm Kata Class (all grades, all ages)
Kata is a form of pre-arranged basic movements, thus we do not advise taking this class unless you are comfortable with the basic movements.

We aim to make it easier for families to train together. Thus, Adults with participating Children can also attend the Children’s sessions with their child. We do not, however, allow Children to train in Adult classes.

Qs 7. How long does it take to obtain a Black Belt?
A. It usually takes between 4 to 6 years depending on how much time you commit to training

Qs 8. How do I get started?
A. Read through our Getting Started page and CALL us on 9587-9391