Kancho Heiji Tada
An Introduction from Kancho Sensei
Originally Karate was developed in Okinawa, Japan, as a weapon less Art of self-defence. The spirit of "Defensive action unless attacked" is still alive. The key to Karate is personal safety; to attack or be attacked is not the answer as the solution to trouble often can be found beforehand.
However, through diligent Karate practice we can quickly acquire the "Ichigeki-hissho" (or one strike self-protection) technique. The essence of this technique is that when we are confronted with a dangerous situation we can protect ourselves by responding quickly and correctly to the danger and then, retreat safely. The tools of Karate's self-defence are our arms and legs.
Regardless of age and sex, anybody can practice Karate. Minimal equipment's necessary and a Dojo can be anywhere. Recently more and more people enjoy Karate as a safe sport. However, students should never forget Karate's fundamental spirit.
Seishikan was established in 1949 soon after World War 11 as part of the effort to re-build Japan. At the time, the aim was to give young Japanese the opportunity to develop confidence. Since then, we have achieved many of the goals and contributed to the increase in physical strength, education and development of not only Japanese students but also many non-Japanese.
Karate practice is, of course, not so easy. However, there are many benefits in studying Karate. By challenging oneself through Karate, students can also find meaning in life. Hope to see you in one of our Dojo's learning our way of life Karate.
Heiji Tada Chief Instructor
Seishikan Go Ju Ryu Karate-do
Shihan Masao Tada
Masao Shihan arrived in Australia in March 1972, he was employed as a full time instructor for 2 and a half years.
He taught at Gunson Street and also the South Australian Police Academy twice a week. He was responsible for the enormous growth of Karate in South Australia.
He had place 2nd in 1963 in the All-Japanese Goju championship and it was this fighting expertise that he passed on to his students.
In 1972 SA came 2nd in the National Goju tournament, in 1973 SA came 1st and in the 1974 titles the Seishikan team didn't lose a single bout in the entire championship.
Shihan Masao Tada's input into Seishikan involved the building of a strong character and physically tough work ethic, which endures to this day.Tada Shihan is a regular visitor to Australia as a JKF Goju Kai leader
Shihan Kyoshi Tsujimoto
Tsujimoto Shihan arrived in Australia in 1974 and stayed for almost 2 and half years.
He was a very likeable and knowledgeable instructor and he was equally adept at Kumite and Kata, and during his stay the sport of Karate grew in leaps and bounds.
Kata was also given an in depth study and all of today's Seishikan's instructors owe their interest in Kata to Tsujimoto Shihan.
He revisited Australia in 1990, 1991 & 2003 for further instructing and keeps regular contact with Seishikan Australia