The objects of the Seikukan Karate Club are through the selfless act of volunteering.
What our club is about.
To preserve the Art of Seikukan through practice and teaching.
Further develop the science of Seikukan through analysis of movement patterns and sequences and the understanding of associated bunkai.
Lead our affiliated clubs through our curriculum so our unique style is preserved.
Provide by Karate Do, healthy and interesting exercise for people of all ages.
Promote in its members a fuller understanding and firm adherence to the principles of Karate Do.
By application of such principles, to guide the general community to a clearer understanding of, and respect for, Karate Do.
To foster throughout Queensland, and other areas we may contact, a true Karate Do spirit.
To raise the standard of its members in the practice of the art of Karate Do.
The ELLIOTT FLETCHER AWARD was established in 2015 in memory of ELLIOTT FLETCHER (1998-2010) a Seikukan Karate Club member.
It is the intention of his parents RUSSELL and BRIGITTE, that the recipient of the award display qualities reflective of ELLIOTT’S character.
The recipient will therefore be considered kind-natured and friendly, considerate and inclusive of others, respectful of instructors and club values, dedicated and committed, encouraging of others, compassionate and humble. The recipient will foster camaraderie and always demonstrate good sportsmanship.
The recipient of the award will be identified by instructors through a process of nomination and voting to select a student who has consistently demonstrated these qualities throughout the year at training, in tournaments and in everyday life.
Seikukan Karate do World Headquarters
2-2 Ebicho Toyama -City
World President and Head Instructor
ikukan Australasia is a traditional Japanese karate style. Seikukan was founded by Mr Tainen Takemori. He commenced his Karate-do training as a college student in Tokyo under Mr Gichin Funakoshi. Mr Funakoshi was born in Okinawa and commenced karate training there. He is credited with introducing karate to the Japanese public at large, commencing in 1922 with a demonstration at the First National Athletic Exhibition held in Tokyo. Mr Funakoshi is known for his karate style, Shotokan.
Following graduation as a chemist, Mr Tainen Takemori moved to Toyama and was there visited several times by Mr Funakoshi. Mr Takemori also stayed in China for 7 years, and there studied martial arts under Mr La Kai On. He also studied Zen extensively in Japan. A very deep and creative person, he blended these three influences to form Seikukan. This name translates as “Silent Sky Building” or “Training Hall Under the Clear Blue (Cloudless) Sky”. His Zen influence is evident here as this resembles the state achieved in meditation called Mushin where the untroubled mind is likened to a cloudless sky.
Tainen Takemori was succeeded by his son Sensei Miki Takemori, who is the present world head instructor of Seikukan. Takemori Sensei is based in Toyama, Japan.
Takemori Sensei & Halpin Sensei
In 1972 Mr John Halpin, 8th Dan black belt in Karate-do and 2nd Dan in Judo, commenced as head instructor of Seikukan Australasia. He remained in this role for 35 years until his death in January 2007. Mr Halpin had a profound influence on the development of Seikukan Australasia and its people during his time as head instructor. Seikukan Australasia with Mr Halpin attracted many students and grew from a small club at Wavell Heights, Brisbane into an organisation with branches in South East Queensland (Wavell Heights, Albany Creek, Beerwah, Buderim & Mooloolah), Melbourne, Warialda NSW, New Zealand and Vanuatu.
Mr Halpin was an outstanding and passionate practitioner of Karate Do. Amongst his many achievements, Mr Halpin represented Australia at the first world karate championships in Japan in 1970. Despite his ability, he taught the true essence of karate to his students in a clear, humble and respectful way.
Not only did Mr Halpin develop Seikukan Australasia, he also advanced karate at a national and international level. At the time of his passing Mr Halpin held the positions of:
- President of the Australian Karate Federation.
- President of the Oceania Karate Federation.
- Treasurer of the World Karate Federation.
Mr Halpin’s commitment, example and positive influence has flowed through to his students and produced many fine karate practitioners. Seikukan Australasia has over the years had a significant number of Queensland and Australian karate team representatives, a number of whom are current instructors or still training with the club. Also several Seikukan members have been or are currently state and national karate team coaches and members of management and technical committees.
With the unparalleled contribution by Mr Halpin to Seikukan and the quality of people it has attracted over the years, Seikukan Australasia will continue as a highly desirable place to study Karate-do.
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