emblem is the five-petaled blossom of the Japanese plum tree, which is
family emblem. Seido was founded on
fundamental principles: Respect, Love and Obedience. These are
the three circles within the center of the plum blossom of the Seido
These principles represent what Kaicho Nakamura has found to be
essential to a
productive practice of the martial arts. They also represent a way, or
being in everyday life.
truly have respect for others, it is inevitable that we treat them with
and equanimity. Karate, through
the practice of zazen, makes us look at ourselves. If we do this
inevitably find our beautiful, truly human core. To find this, however,
have to wipe away many layers of dust and dirt, which cloud the bright
of what the Zen masters call our "mirror mind" or "Buddha
nature." When we see ourselves clearly, not with a vain love or callous
self-indulgence, but with a healthy respect, we shall inevitably see
same way. The Zen master says we shall see no separation -- there is no
and no other.
Karate offers a means
of building the principle of
respect into a
cornerstone of our lives. This is achieved through the strict, ritual
and etiquette that all students practice every moment in the dojo. How
our uniforms, how we move, how we speak to senior students, how we bow
are carefully prescribed and followed by all, regardless of rank. In
this refines our manners and makes us more civilized people. In a
it serves to ingrain respect into our characters.
another fundamental principle of Seido. It is the most overused and
word in the English language. Love grows out of respect. In fact, the
hand in hand. People are very apt to express a sentimental love for
yet they will show that same person much disrespect. With true love,
cannot be. We must love our parents, who are our first and most
teachers. Our love for them can grow out of a real respect and
the sacrifice and suffering they have endured for our comfort. We can
love to our families in the same way that it was given to us.
Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, spent his whole life trying. to find
of human suffering. After doing zazen under the banyan tree in India,
enlightened. After his experience, he felt compassion for the suffering
humanity. Compassion means a moving of the insides; we feel so much for
someone's pain and suffering that our insides hurt and are moved. Love,
on a genuine compassion for others, is something that we should train
to extend freely. When we love freely, we can give and share
need hold on to nothing. Our hands can be empty. Karate means "empty
samurai loved rectitude, or right action. We should feel the same way.
and ethically, in all situations, we should train ourselves to love the
and honorable way of acting.
Obedience is the final
pillar in the
Seido karate. In the basic sense of course, it signifies being obedient
rules and regulations of the dojo and of the organization. This is not
some blind, military mind-set. Obedience goes with commitment. Students
Seido karate make a commitment to train as hard as they can to develop
body and spirit into harmony and balance.
means obeying one's parents. No
matter how old we are, we are still our parents' children. We should
obedient to the laws of our community and society. A good karate-ka is
good citizen. There can be no duality in this regard. The highest
to the moral and spiritual principles of our conscience, to which our
have contributed much.