Seiwakai is one of the largest karate organizations in the world. Created by the late Tsuji Tasaki Hanshi. Seiwakai now has member dojos in 64 countries around the world. The Seiwakai world Headquarters is located in Omagari Japan. Seiwakai is headed by Seiichi Fujiwara Hanshi.
Fujiwara Shihan is also a member of the Japan Karate Federation(JKF) and the JKF Goju Kai.
Seishin Martial Arts Academy karate program is based on the ancient and traditional Japanese style of, Goju Ryu Karate Do, which is one of the most popular martial arts forms practiced throughout the world and one of the few karate styles recognized by the International Olympic Committee and The World Karate Federation.
In addition to developing self defence skills, martial arts training builds confidence and respect: Karate is the pursuit to perfect ones character!
Our primary goal of our program is not to teach children how to fight but rather how to respond appropriately when confronted with negative influences such as bullying, peer pressure, and gangs.
We also need to keep in mind that these goals and achievements cannot be met overnight and that it requires continued commitment to see great results.
We acknowledge and respect the perseverance, which is needed by each student to achieve the next level in his or her personal karate journey.
Sensei Emma is the chief instructor of SEISHIN Martial Arts Academy and currently holds a 4th Dan Black Belt.
She has been training in karate since 2005 and has competed at the provincial, national and international levels since 2008. She has competed at 16 South African National Championships and has won Sub Saharan Africa & National Championship titles for both WKF KSA All Styles & Goju Ryu Style, in addition she is a provincial & nationally accredited coach.
In 2019, Sensei Emma was given the responsibility of H.O.D of Kata for SEIWAKAI South Africa and works closely with Kyoshi Ben Mare developing this faculty for the national association, and in 2021, Sensei Emma was awarded her 5th Dan (Godan) National Grade Certification from Karate South Africa National Federation.
In addition, she travels to Japan regularly to enhance her knowledge of traditional Goju Ryu Karate.
Goju-ryu, Japanese for "hard-soft style", is one of the main traditional Okinawan styles of karate, featuring a combination of hard and soft techniques. Both principles, hard and soft, come from the famous martial arts book used by Okinawan masters during the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bubishi. Go, which means hard, refers to closed hand techniques or straight linear attacks; ju, which means soft, refers to open hand techniques and circular movements. Goju-ryu incorporates both circular and linear movements into its curriculum, combining hard striking attacks such as kicks and close hand punches with softer open hand circular techniques for attacking, blocking, and controlling the opponent, including joint locks, grappling, take-downs, and throws.
Major emphasis is given to breathing correctly in all of the kata but particularly in the Sanchin kata which is one of two core kata of this style. The second kata is called Tensho, meant to teach the student about the soft style of the system. Goju-ryu practices methods that include body strengthening and conditioning, its basic approach to fighting (distance, stickiness, power generation, etc.), and partner drills.
Goju-ryu has 12 core kata in its standard curriculum:
Gekisai Dai Ichi
Gekisai Dai Ni
Morio Higaonna writes that "Karate begins and ends with kata. Kata is the essence and foundation of karate and it represents the accumulation of more than 1000 years of knowledge. Formed by numerous masters throughout the ages through dedicated training and research, the kata are like a map to guide us, and as such should never be changed or tampered with.
Almost all of the kata have a corresponding bunkai oyo, a prearranged two-person fighting drill. These drills help the student to understand the applications of the kata, establish proper rhythm/flow, to practice constant attack/defense, and to safely practice dangerous moves on a partner.
The Seiwakai Goju Ryu Karate group is currently represented in 64 different countries and has over 40,000 members worldwide. This makes Seiwakai one of the largest Goju-Ryu groups in the world that works under the wings of the Japanese Karate Federation (JKF) department of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do.
The founder of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai is Shuji Tasaki Hanshi, 9th dan, in his younger years a famous and feared Kumite fighter who repeatedly became Japanese Champion. He was also the right hand of Gogen Yamaguchi's first and only teacher. Shuji Tasaki trained with Goshi Yamaguchi, the son of Gogen Yamaguchi, among others. The JKF was established in 1965 and the Goju-Ryu department was then led by Gogen Yamaguchi. After a few years, Gogen Yamaguchi stopped at the JKF and started his own organization the IKGA. Shuji Tasaki decided not to go with Gogen Yamaguchi and later founded his own organization in 1971 under the name Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Seiwakai. Seiwakai became part of the JKF that was led from that point by Ujita sensei.
Tasaki Sensei was, until his death (January 30, 2011), one of the most respectable members of the Board of Directors of JKF Goju Kai Japan. Out of respect for this, he was promoted to 9th Dan JKF Goju-kai in 2009. The first student of Tasaki Sensei was Seiichi Fujiwara Sensei. Fujiwara sensei is our current Chief Intructor. Fujiwara Sensei assisted his teacher for many years during seminars around the world and was personally designated by Shuji Tasaki to continue his life's work. Fujiwara Sensei is also a multiple Japanese champion in both the Kata and Kumite.
Fujiwara Sensei was the youngest Japanese Karateka ever to receive the JKF Goju Ryu degree 8th Dan in 2002.
Japan Karate-do Federation Goju-kai is the global umbrella organization of Goju-Ryu which includes the following Goju-Ryu styles: Kenbukan, Eidokan, Seiwakai, Eibukan, Kagoshima Kai, Shudokan, Okinawa Goju-ryu, Kyokai, Jitsueikai, Uchiagekai, Seishikan, Ryushinkan and Yuishinkan. They work together under the wings of the Japanese Karate Federation.
The Goju-Ryu department is the official discussion partner on Goju-Ryu close to the WKF (World Karate Federation). The overseas Director JKF Gojukai is Hanshi Seiichi Fujiwara, Director and Chief Instructor of the Seiwakai Goju Ryu. That is the largest Goju-Ryu group in the world under the wings of JKF Goju-kai