FUN FACTS ABOUT SEITOKAI KARATE-DO SHOTOKAN

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ACTIVE BLACK BELTS
LICENSED REFEREES

About Us

SEITOKAI KARATE-DO SHOTOKAN RY
Registration number: 211.330

HOMBU DOJO  (main training place):
Mekaanikonkatu 3b, 00880 Helsinki

Danske Bank: FI7981469710177576
BIC: DABAFIHH

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An International Family!

We proudly have 36 nationalities at our hombu dojo in Herttoniemi at the moment!
40 counting all of our dojos!

Join us! Contact us here

CURIOUS ABOUT MARTIAL ARTS?

We organize special classes/events, for companies, groups, schools or similar. Get to know about Martial Arts by experiencing them!

– Self-Defense – Traditional Karate – Relaxation with Martial Arts – Sport Karate and much more!

LOOKING FOR A FAMILY ACTIVITY?

Karate is adaptable for all ages and physical conditions! SEITOKAI has classes available for all of your family! As an activity, it aims to give you motivation, self-confidence, discipline, reaction, respect, coordination, fitness, relaxation, and much more!

Find out our special conditions for families.

CAN I COME AND TRY A CLASS?

Yes! And bring a friend! Our courses are continuous, so you are welcome anytime. WE PROMOTE KARATE, AND THE BEST WAY OF KNOWING IF YOU LIKE SOMETHING IS TRYING IT!

See our Calendar and choose the best classes for you.

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

TIAGO PEDROSO

4.DAN KARATE-DO SHOTOKAN
2.DAN KARATE-DO SHOTOKAI
NATIONAL SHOTOKAN COACH
FINNISH NATIONAL KATA COACH
MEMBER OF THE FINNISH KARATE FEDERATION (among others)
FSKU (Finnish Shotokan Karate-Do Union) SPOKESMAN
ESKA (European Shotokan Karate-Do Association) REPRESENTATIVE
FINNISH REPRESENTATIVE OF JKS, Shihan Masao Kagawa – 9.Dan) 
WKF NORDIC REFEREE LICENSE
FORMER NATIONAL SHOTOKAN CHAMPION (Kata & Kumite, Finland and Portugal)
FORMER JUNIOR EUROPEAN SHOTO CUP CHAMPION (Kata & Kumite)

PARTNERS & AFFILIATIONS

SEITOKAI – KARATE DO SHOTOKAN ry is a Shotokan Karate school based in Finland.

The Project started in September 2003, in Herttoniemi, lead by Katariina Simonen (4th Dan), with the technical and spiritual guidance of Sensei Hiroshi Shirai (10th Dan).

Sensei Shirai gave Simonen the name SEITOKAI, with the meaning of “the ones who practice in a serious way”. The “SEI TO KAI” kanji drawn by Sensei Shirai also translates to “The clan of the big wave and the sincerity”.

Simonen had previously been a student of Sensei Taiji Kase, and became a personal student of Shirai in 1999.

Frequently training at Shirai’s Honbu Dojo in Milan (Italy), she keeps the link between the club and the teachings of the Sensei very active.

 

– In 2008, Anu Cantell (1st Dan) joined the group, coming from her Karate studies in France with Sensei Eric Delannoy, giving SEITOKAI a great contribute by teaching the junior students.

– In 2009, Gavin Conway (3rd Dan) joined the group, coming from his Karate studies in Australia and England, connected to Sensei Hirokazu Kanazawa’s line. Conway brought with him a clean, technical Karate that gave the students a new approach of the Art.

– In 2011, Tiago Pedroso (3rd Dan) joined the group, coming from his Karate studies in Portugal, following two lines: Shotokai, with Sensei Rui Marques and Sensei Mitsuzuke Harada, and Shotokan, previously under the Kanazawa line, and later joining the Shirai line. His style focuses mainly on the Martial Spirit, giving emphasis to the “mind-over-body” training.

– In 2012, Pedroso opened the second SEITOKAI dojo in Kerava, followed by a third and a forth Dojo, in Espoo and Helsinki-center respectively. Simonen was made National Technical Adviser, and the command of the group was given to Tiago Pedroso.

– In 2013 SEITOKAI was transformed into a registered Association (RY), and Sensei Jari Remes (2nd Dan, Shotokan Kollegio) helped the group assisting with some of the junior classes.

– In 2014, SEITOKAI got a new partner: “TRADITIONAL SHOTOKAN KARATE-DO HELSINKI”, and their Myllypuro Dojo became part of our group as well. Sensei Susanne Arlitt (2nd Dan) represented the group with the transition, and she now continues actively with SEITOKAI.

– In 2015, Tiago Pedroso started the FSKU project (Finnish Shotokan Karate-Do Union), with the intent of uniting the Shotokan Dojos all over Finland, to work together in training camps, competitions and other events for a better technical level! FSKU received the honor of representing ESKA (European Shotokan Karate-Do Association) in Finland. Dojos from Lahti, Lempäälä, Oulu, Pori, Reposaari, Tampere and Helsinki joined forces for this project.

– In 2016 the FSKU represented Finland for the first time in the European Championships in Greece, and reached the semi-finals in the Kata category, bringing a 5th place after 0.5 points took the finals from us.

 

From Shotokan Cultural InstituteSensei Shirai appointed Sensei Marc Stevens (6th Dan) as SEITOKAI’s International Technical Adviser.

 

As a group, the strength of SEITOKAI relies on the diversity of teaching methods and backgrounds of each instructor. From the traditional and martial lines to the modern self-defense, competition and sport-karate.

OUR BLACK AND BROWN BELTS

COLLIN SCHUBERT 7.DAN TECHNICAL COMITTEE
KATARIINA SIMONEN 4.DAN FOUNDER OF SEITOKAI DOJO (2003) ; HONORARY MEMBER
TIAGO PEDROSO 4.DAN FOUNDER OF SEITOKAI ASSOCIATION ; TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
GAVIN CONWAY 3.DAN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
DAVID BELL 3.DAN TECHNICAL COMITTEE
SUSANNE ARLITT 2.DAN
BEN COWLEY 2.DAN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
KATRIN PAWLITZKY 2.DAN
ANDRE SILVA 2.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
JANIKA NIKANDER 2.DAN
PATRICK HILL 2.DAN
ROBIN HILL 2.DAN
JARI REINIKAINEN 2.DAN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR; TECHNICAL COMITTEE
MARGARETTA CHRISTITA 2.DAN
ANNE MUHLE 1.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
ANU CANTELL 1.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
SEBASTIEN VENOT 1.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
TEEMU PUOTINEN 1.DAN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
BURAK SIMSEK 1.DAN
GRATIELA PATRASCU 1.DAN
BOBAN ALEMPIJEVIC 1.DAN
HANNU MÄNTY 1.DAN
JACOPO CHIARO 1.DAN
RANIA BOUZAIANE 1.KYU HONORARY MEMBER
JULIA KELLUMS 2.KYU HONORARY MEMBER
YALOO EIROLA 2.KYU
SÉRGIO FREITAS 2.KYU
PETRA TORKKEL 2.KYU SEITOKAI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
TEIJA ALASALMI 3.KYU
TIIA KANGAS 3.KYU
HARVEY BLANCO 3.KYU

OUR LICENSED REFEREES:

– TIAGO PEDROSO

– TEEMU PUOTINEN

– SÉRGIO FREITAS

– OTÁVIO LIMA

– PETRA TORKKEL

– MARI KESKIIVARI

– JARI REINIKAINEN

– COLLIN SCHUBERT

– JOHANNA TOIVONEN

– SUSANNA GRIMM-VIKMAN

– SMILLA SÄRKKÄ

– NADIR LAHMID

THE SEITOKAI TEAM – 2018

– Petra Torkkel
– Harvey Blanco
– Pipsa Suoraniemi 
– Mari Keskiivari 
– Jerry Suoraniemi 
– Amir Benijja
– Ali Mansour
– Muntazar Mansour
– Harald Paquay
– Nadir Lahmid
– Ainoliisa Alatalo
– Nada Lahmid
– Jasper Luukkanen
– Mohamed Berich