Martial Arts Tauranga


Tauranga, New Zealand

Seido karate is a traditional, Japanese martial art that aims to develop the mind, body and spirit through the practice of karate techniques and meditation.

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About Seido Karate

Seido Karate is a traditional Japanese style of karate, founded by ‘Kaicho’ Tadashi Nakamura in 1976. Now a 9th degree black belt, Kaicho is chairman of the World Seido Karate Organization, based in New York City. Over 20,000 students in 17 different countries train in Seido Karate.

Seido is a style of karate open to anyone, regardless of age or ability. With an emphasis on personal, individual development, Seido focuses on the capabilities of each person, encouraging everyone to see where their abilities can take them.

Seido seeks to develop a “non-quitting” or “bushido” spirit in each student. No matter what the obstacle or difficulty – emotional, physical, or financial – we want students to feel that they can overcome it. The sincere practice of karate can impress this idea into the spirit. This is the modern interpretation of the bushido spirit of the samurai.

“My purpose in founding Seido Karate was to show what I feel is the true essence, the kernel of true karate-do: the training of body, mind, and spirit together in order to realize the fullness of human potential.” – Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura

Seido translates as ‘sincere way’ and is based on the three principles of love, respect and obedience.  Seido’s emblem is the plum blossom, which is also the Nakamura family emblem.

Through physical training, as well as focusing on the mind and spirit, Seido assists each student to use those principles to find his or her own non-quitting attitude. Seido Karate aims to help students face the challenges that may come their way, and not to feel overcome by setbacks. It also seeks to develop students to be strong contributors to their families and communities.

Seido Karate is particularly strong in New Zealand as two of Kaicho’s co-founders are based here: Hanshi Renzie Hanham in Christchurch ( and Hanshi Andy Barber in Nelson (; both are 8th degree black belts. See below for a list of Seido Karate clubs throughout New Zealand. As part of the Seido family you will always be welcomed to train at any of these dojos here in NZ or across the globe.

Learn more about the Seido philosophy on the website for Honbu – Seido headquarters in New York – or by trying a class at Seido Tauranga.

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About Seido Karate Tauranga

​Seido Tauranga welcomes anyone who wants to learn karate in a friendly and safe environment. Under the guidance of principal instructor Sensei Rick Harding and a team of experienced black belts, Seido Tauranga offers you the chance to experience an exciting and challenging martial art.Seido Tauranga was founded in 2017 and caters for beginners through to more experienced levels from ages 8-100. The training is progressive and takes you through a structured system that promotes you gradually through the grades.

Seido Tauranga encourages parents and kids to train together – a sport for the whole family!

If you think it might be something for you or your family we invite you to give it a try. Come along, introduce yourself to the instructor, and see how it goes. We have a free trial class offer with no obligation.

Seido Tauranga is a not for profit Incorporated Society.

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“Get fit, improve flexibility, grow in confidence, learn self-defense, meet friends…. And have fun!”


Sensei Rick Harding

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“Whatever your ability or whatever your back-ground Seido Karate has something for everyone. I love the moment when you see students just ‘get it’. The look of achievement on their face is so gratifying. These moments motivate me to keep doing what I do”

Sensei Rick began his Seido Karate training by following in his father Dave’s footsteps as a 10yr old in Palmerston North back in 1978. After a stop-start beginning, Sensei Rick gained his Shodan (1st Dan) in 1989 and has placed top in many national tournaments for both Kata and Kumite (sparring) since.

Sensei Rick regularly trains at the dojos across New Zealand to ensure Tauranga club is current. He has also trained in Sydney, Florence, New York, Maryland and Philadelphia.

Sensei Rick works as a Business Development Manager for Glass Art NZ. He is married to Justine and together they have two daughters in their 20’s.



6-7pm   General class for all grades

7-730pm Kumite (Green belt and above)

730-8pm Black Belts only


6-7pm General class for all grades

7-8pm Black Belts only


6-7pm Conditioning / Bag class for all grades, ages 12yrs and over

Note: We continue to train throughout school holidays

Come and join us

Want to get fit?
Learn to defend yourself?
Make a positive change?

Join us for our free trial class offer, and experience the power of Seido for yourself.


First two classes are free, after that:

Adult Beginners: $60 takes you through to your first grading

Junior / School Student Beginners: $50 for your first grading

Normal Yearly / Monthly fees:

Adults: $480 per year or $40 per month

Juniors / School Students: $360 per year or $30 per month

Family discount 50% available for additional family members


What our Members Say

Meet some of our Seido Karate Tauranga members

I started with Seido Karate in Wellington in 2010, and was glad to be able to continue my training when I moved to Tauranga. Seido is a well established style of karate, and we're lucky to have some of the world's top instructors based right here in NZ. We've got just the right balance of tough training and a fun club atmosphere, and I'm proud to have joined the (lower) ranks of Seido black belts.
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Hamish Woulfe
I rediscovered Karate after a long break through Seido Karate Tauranga. Immediately I joined I was welcomed and treated like family. The Black-belt instructors are skilled and very willing to teach. I was impressed how many family groups were training. After 6 months my daughter and wife were also training and loving it. SKT, you have a great culture, keep it up. Warren
Warren Banks
Seido Tauranga Member

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