Get fit, learn to protect yourself, and strengthen your spirit with Seido Karate!
Catonsville Seido Karate provides traditional Japanese karate training for self-development, self-defense, and physical fitness for adults of all ages, teens, and children. Just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, near UMBC and CCBC Catonsville.
Taught by Jun Shihan Tom Swiss, a sixth-degree black belt with over thirty years experience.
Our adult/teen class welcomes students 13+ -- older adults are welcome, it is never too late to start. Whether you're in your teens or your 60s you are welcome to join us and explore the benefits of Seido Karate training. We love absolute beginners! No prior martial arts, sports, or athletic experience is necessary.
Our youth class is geared towards elementary and middle school age students, age 7-13. Parents are welcome to train with their children.
Training includes fundamental techniques (kihon), forms (kata), controlled sparring practice (kumite), and seated meditation (zazen).
Seido Karate was founded by Kaicho (Chairman) Tadashi Nakamura. Kaicho Nakamura came to New York City in 1966 to bring the Kyokushin Karate style of Master Masutatsu Oyama to the United States, but eventually began to find differences in philosophy with his longtime mentor. In 1976 Kaicho Nakamura respectfully withdrew from the Kyokushin-kai and began to build Seido Juku, "the school of the Sincere Way". (More...)
Jun Shihan Tom Swiss
Jun Shihan ("Associate Master") Tom Swiss began his Seido Karate training in 1985. He holds the rank of sixth degree black belt in that art. After receiving black belt ranking in October 1995, he spent several years as an assistant instructor at the Howard County Seido program before starting the Catonsville Seido Karate program in January of 2002. (More...)
The grayed-out information on this page pertains to our classes at the Catonsville Y, which are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to return to the Y later this year, but will be offering on-line and outdoor classes in the meantime. Please see our COVID-19 updates page for current information, or e-mail or telephone for more information.
Catonsville Seido Karate
2119 Arlonne Drive
Baltimore MD 21228
Parents are welcome to train with their children
Classes open to new, beginner students are highlighted.
Youth/Family (ages 7-13 plus parents):
- Beginner (first session): Tues/Thurs, 6:15-7:05
- White belt: Tues/Thurs, 6:15-7:15
- Blue-Brown belt: Tues/Thurs 6:15-7:30
Teens (13+) and adults:
- Beginner (first session): Tues/Thurs 7:30-8:30
- White-Yellow belt: Tues/ Thurs 7:15-8:30
- Advanced Yellow-Brown belt: Tues 7:15-8:30, Thurs 7:15-8:45
Our 6:15pm class is geared towards elementary and middle school age students, age 7-13. Parents are welcome to take this class with their children. (Students age 6 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis, usually only if training with a parent or older sibling.)
Our 7:30 class is for teens and adults, ages 13+. It is not too late to start training!
The Catonsville Seido Karate program is open to men and women of all ages, and to children 7 and up. Classes are held at the Catonsville YMCA, which is just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore, near UMBC and CCBC Catonsville and easily accessible from I-95 or the Baltimore Beltway.
If you're looking for martial arts training for yourself or for your children, e-mail email@example.com or visit us at the Y on Tuesday or Thursday evening and find out what Seido Karate can do for you!
Visitors and prospective students are always welcome to come and watch a class, with no obligation. (Please contact us to check that class will be held the day you plan to visit.)
See the page here for fee information and registration details.