Doshu Paul Li founded “Seikido” in 1980. His inspiration and first teachings came from his grandfather, Mr. Li Tian (李添), a wealthy philanthropist and gentleman of great virtue known for helping others in need. In 1920, his grandfather established the Jing Wu Martial Arts Association’s (精武體育會) Hong Kong branch. This organization is famously known as one of the first public Martial Arts institutes in China.
As the path we take in life is undoubtedly the most important decision we make, the name “Seikido” (正 気 道) translates to “The Correct Path” and has great implication. Doshu chose the name “Seikido” to honour the memories and moral principles of his late grandfather.
Doshu dedicated the first 20+ years of Seikido teaching in countless community centres across the Lower Mainland. His primary objective was to transform his students into outstanding martial artists and help them live productive and meaningful lives. He has without a doubt accomplished this, teaching tens of thousands of students in his career. He is a pioneer in the Martial Arts community but more importantly, a man greatly respected for his integrity and virtue. In 1988, he received the “Certificate of Merit” from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, honouring his work and contributions to our community.
Doshu is a true humanitarian, and without his teachings we would not be sharing this gift of Seikido today. He taught us that Martial Arts is about becoming our best self, and how we must use the strength and knowledge we gain to make our world a better place.
“Seikido is the creative pursuit of excellence
through the contemporary application of traditional
martial arts philosophy and skills"