In 1987, the practitioners of various different martial arts joined together, taking the most effective techniques from some older styles to create a new martial art called Seikido.
The intention was not to diminish the need for any style already taught, but to enhance the more realistic applications of these styles for contemporary self-defence.
This was at the time very revolutionary as traditional Martial Art styles tended to stay within their systems.
Through the years we have continued to grow and evolve as a system to where we are today.
Ryoku has continued with this path, utilizing combined Children and Family classes and Teen and Adult Classes.
See our training methodology page for more details.
Are there any age restrictions to joining?
We are at heart a family of all ages. While it is never too old to start, (we have had students start training in their 60's) we usually use the starting age of 6 years old for our younger students.
This allows for the young children to fully enjoy the experience and gain good skills that will hopefully have them continuing in Martial Arts for a lifetime.
All classes are taught with the individual student in mind so no matter the age or ability all can be successful.
“Will martial arts, Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do or Seikido make my child violent?”
Absolutely not! In fact, Martial Arts have been shown to assist children to be calmer and more respectful than ever. Martial Arts always have been about peace and harmony.
Our Tenets are the focus of our teaching that of Courtesy, Integrity, Self-Control, Perseverance and Harmony.....
What do I need for a trial class?
Clothes suitable for training (e.g. gym pants, track pants, t-shirt) short toenails and fingernails and all jewelry removed. Please do not wear jeans or cargo pants.
I’m not in ideal physical shape at this moment in time. Are there prerequisites for training?
As long as your physician has cleared you for physical activities, we have no other prerequisite. Our training builds to be rigorous and intense, however through our traditional and disciplined environment, we work with students to bring them to the level they are seeking to achieve.
How long does it take to achieve a first degree black belt?
It typically takes our students on average of four to six years of regular training (twice a week minimum) for a student to have the sufficient technical, physical and mental ability to successfully pass a first degree test.
Rank promotion is based solely on ability and character, not time trained.
Are there tournaments available?
Every year World Seikido hosts the John Lemieux Memorial Tournament for our students. We also attend some local and South Western Ontario tournaments with our students.
While attendance at tournaments is not a mandatory event we encourage all students to participate so that they can demonstrate their learned skills which also provide them with the confidence that what they are learning is an effective self-defence.
How often should I attend classes?
The more frequent you attend classes, the more you can practice and the faster you can progress.
It's best to attend both classes in the week.
Some of our dedicated students also practice for 15 to 30 minutes on days not attending classed.
What will Seikido do for me?
The practice of Seikido will:
Improve your physical fitness
Increase your muscle and strength
Increase your flexibility
Improve your coordination
Improve muscle tone
Assist you in losing weight
Improve your focus and concentration
Improve your memory
What Are Benefits of Seikido for Children?
Children will develop self-discipline and confidence through Seikido lessons and training.
They will learn to set goals and to overcome challenges with an indomitable spirit.
Regular training in Seikido can help children with excess energy to adequately utilize their energy and to develop their concentration. Those who are less active or introverted can gain confidence, gain social interactions and improve physical condition through various group activities.
Participating in Seikido can play an important role in a child's mental and physical development.
How much does it cost?
We are at Ryoku Seikido, one of the most cost efficient Martial Arts Schools. All of our systems schools adhere to a non-profit methodology which allows us to be able to provide a low membership fee.
The cost of lessons/classes, uniform(s) and equipment depends of several factors such as one or more children, and/or adults.
Typical membership fees are based on sessions
September - November,
November through to the 2nd week of March
3rd week of March to the end of June.
Each session is $75.00 per student per session (which roughly works out to approx. $25.00 per month.)
We have family plans for those parents/guardians wishing to train with their children when there are more than 2 students in the same family.
We try and work with all families so that there are no barriers to anyone who wishes to train with us.
It is important to keep your Seikido uniform neat, clean and pressed. This demonstrates respect for your school, instructors and yourself. Special care is required when washing your Seikido uniform. It can be damaged and prematurely worn out if washed incorrectly.
Cleaning Uniform and Belt:
Select your laundry detergent carefully. Avoid colored laundry detergents that can stain white Seikido uniforms. Also avoid stain removers with color added. They can turn white uniforms yellow. Dye free detergents are best. Never use bleach on a Seikido uniform. It can weaken the material leading to holes and tears.
Wash your Seikido uniform with in the regular cycle with cold water. Hot water will shrink the uniform and could cause the color on the patches to run. Cold water will extend the life of your uniform. Make sure to only wash the uniform with other white items. Color dye can run in the washing machine changing the color of your uniform.
Gently dry your uniform. It is preferable to hang it up and allow it to air dry. This will reduce wear on the uniform and extend its life. You can place your uniform in a clothes dryer, but remove it when it is still slightly damp and hang it up. This will reduce wrinkling.
Press your uniform with an iron on the "cotton" setting if needed. If you allowed your uniform to dry on a hanger, it probably won’t need to be ironed. If you allowed it to fully dry in the clothes dryer or want it to look especially crisp for a promotion ceremony, then a gentle pressing will improve the appearance. Check that the iron is clean before beginning. Stains on the iron will transfer to your uniform.
Tips & Warnings
The belt of a Seikido uniform should never be washed. It is an age old tradition to allow belts to wear out naturally. Washing a Seikido belt is said to wash out all the knowledge that you gained.