FUN FACTS ABOUT SEITOKAI KARATE-DO SHOTOKAN

Nationalities in the Club
Active Club members
ACTIVE BLACK BELTS
LICENSED REFEREES

About Us

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SEITOKAI Karate-Do Shotokan RY
JKS Finland (Japan Karate Shoto Federation)
Registration number 221.330

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

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An International Family!

We proudly have 29 nationalities at our hombu dojo in Herttoniemi at the moment!
Close to 40 counting all of our dojos!

Classes take place in Finnish and English simultaneously.

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 your whole 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
FINNISH NATIONAL KATA COACH
FINNISH NATIONAL SHOTOKAN COACH (JKS)
MEMBER OF THE FINNISH KARATE FEDERATION (among others)
ESKA (European Shotokan Karate-Do Association) FORMER FINNISH REPRESENTATIVE
FINNISH REPRESENTATIVE OF JKS (Japan Karate Shoto Federation), Shihan Masao Kagawa – 9.Dan) 
WKF EUROPEAN JUDGE 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 kept 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 (4th 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, later joining the Shirai line with SEITOKAI, and nowadays under the teachings of Sensei Masao Kagawa (9th Dan JKS). 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.

– In 2018 SEITOKAI became a part of the Japan Karate Shoto Federation (JKS), following Sensei Masao Kagawa (9th Dan). Sensei Kagawa is a Japanese National Coach, as well as WKF Technical Counselor.

 

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 HONORARY MEMBER
DAVID BELL 3.DAN TECHNICAL COMITTEE
PIERRE LE PAILLEUR 3.DAN  
SUSANNE ARLITT 2.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
BEN COWLEY 2.DAN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
KATRIN PAWLITZKY 2.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
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  
GRATIELA PATRASCU 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  
BOBAN ALEMPIJEVIC 1.DAN  
HANNU MÄNTY 1.DAN  
SATU MÄNTY 1.DAN  
KIRILL BERNARDELLI 1.DAN HONORARY MEMBER
NOORA MARTTILA 1.DAN  
RANIA BOUZAIANE 1.KYU HONORARY MEMBER
SAKINO YAMATE 1.KYU HONORARY MEMBER
BESS MÄNTY 1.KYU  
ALEXANDRU MAVLEA 1.KYU  
YALOO EIROLA 1.KYU  
SÉRGIO FREITAS 1.KYU  
JULIA KELLUMS 2.KYU HONORARY MEMBER
MARI KESKIIVARI 2.KYU SEITOKAI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
TANJA BECHER 2.KYU  
TEIJA ALASALMI 3.KYU  
TIIA KANGAS 3.KYU  
HARVEY BLANCO 3.KYU  
PIPSA SUORANIEMI 3.KYU  
ROOPE SUORANIEMI 3.KYU JUNIOR BROWN BELT
VENNY NENONEN 3.KYU JUNIOR BROWN BELT
KIRSI PÄIVÄNSALO 3.KYU  
GIANGABRIELE CASCI 3.KYU  
TIAGO PEDROSO CHIEF-INSTRUCTOR; FINLAND NATIONAL COACH
BEN COWLEY SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
JANIKA NIKANDER SEITOKAI PHYSIOTHERAPY
JARI REINIKAINEN SEITOKAI INSTRUCTOR
MARI KESKIIVARI SEITOKAI JUNIOR ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
GIANGABRIELE CASCI SEITOKAI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
JANI ALATALO SEITOKAI JUNIOR ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
TUULI VÄNSKÄ SEITOKAI PHYSICAL PREPARATION COACH

OUR LICENSED REFEREES:

– TIAGO PEDROSO

– HANNU MÄNTY

– TEEMU PUOTINEN

– SÉRGIO FREITAS

– OTÁVIO LIMA

– BESS MÄNTY

– NOORA MARTTILA

– MARI KESKIIVARI

– GRATIELA PATRASCU

– JARI REINIKAINEN

– COLLIN SCHUBERT

– JOHANNA TOIVONEN

– SUSANNA GRIMM-VIKMAN

– SMILLA SÄRKKÄ

– NADIR LAHMID

– JANI ALATALO

– YALOO EIROLA

– PIPSA SUORANIEMI (nuori)

– AINOLIISA ALATALO (nuori)

THE SEITOKAI TEAM – 2019

– Pierre Le Pailleur
– Noora Marttila
– Bess Mänty
– Alexandru Mavlea
– Mari Keskiivari
– Pipsa Suoraniemi
– Harald Paquay
– Amir Benijja
– Ali Mansour
– Muntazar Mansour
– Nadir Lahmid
– Ainoliisa Alatalo
– Nada Lahmid
– Onerva Alatalo
– Jasper Luukkanen
– Jeffrey Vink