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 Catonsville Seido Karate program is open to men and women of all ages, and to children 7 and up. We are currently holding classes outdoors and online during the pandemic; outdoor classes are at Catonsville Middle School, just 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore.
If you're looking for martial arts training for yourself or for your children, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us 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.