The following article was written by Elaine Morrison from the Peace Arch News in 2001. It captures the art of Seikido from a sensitive and non-biased viewpoint.
A winning lifestyle comes in many forms. One of the most effective provides a foundation of a positive attitude, physical challenges, self-discipline and control as well as a respect for others. You can find this lifestyle with Seikido.
Since its inception in 1980, the Seikido Martial Arts Federation of Canada has offered martial arts instruction in over 20 locations throughout the Lower mainland, reaching over 20,000 members. Integrity and compassion contribute to the success of the Seikido organization. A strong emphasis on viewing each student as an individual, unique in their abilities, plays a key role in the development of each student.
Paul Li, founder of the Seikido style says this is a lifestyle that can benefit everyone, regardless of gender or age. “We are a martial arts club, not a sports club,” says Li. “My grandfather was the one who formulated the club over in Hong Kong.”
Since the introduction of Martial Arts into Canada, Paul feels the true essence of the “art” has been minimized. His Seikido system maintains the historic relevance of marital arts, while avoiding the highly competitive sporting style offered by many Canadian martial arts studios. Traditionally, martial arts have been a form of self-defense as well as promoting inner spiritual and mental strength. Paul intends to stay true to the original art form.
At the Seikido dojo, there’s a substantial focus on the nature of the art and respective the importance of the physical aspect. When it comes to physical contact outside of the studio, martial arts should be used only as a last resort and in the case of self-defense. This rule is unwavering for Seikido students.
Although some benefits of practicing this art form result in a balance of inner and external strength, there are other spin-off rewards. These include elevated confidence and self esteem levels and there’s no doubt you’ll meet a variety of people with similar interests. Visit the Seikido dojo and discover the true martial arts experience. You’ll be one step closer to a winning lifestyle.