Karate to challange mind, body and will.
East Bay Seido is part of a world-wide karate system that emphasizes some of the things you wouldn't normally expect in a martial art. Instead of being fraught with the machismo, barbarian mentality, you'll find a warm, friendly community atmosphere, devoid of cliques and politics. Seido emphasizes technique, more than strength, and spirit (not the metaphysical kind) more than technique. The point being, you try your hardest, everyone's 'hardest' is different and you aren't made to feel that it's not good enough if you can't do it just like everyone else. This culture is the foundation in every Seido dojo around the world. I have tried many different systems and been to several different Seido dojos and have confirmed this, the honesty, sincerity and lack of ego is unparalleled.
There is no silly 'black-belt' promise or commitment to some contrived goal required. You train as often as you are able; of course more often the better and you get out what you put into it. Just when you thought you had mastered the material, you have a promotion to the next belt level and find a mountain of new material to tackle! Goals are realistic and on-going: you'll never find yourself bored. The cost is the most straight-forward you can get, no contracts, no ""funny stuff"", it's not motivated by profit, so worries.
Senpai Todd is one of the most patient, easy-going and motivating instructors I have ever worked for. His classes are generally vigorous, challenging and dynamic, and he has an uncanny ability at remember what everyone's material and limits are. He is excellent at explaining material and helping people learn what can be, sometimes, terribly confusing moves. The classes are comprised of a good mix of people as far as physical ability, ethnicity, gender, profession, age and motivation.
So if you're looking for a motivating, fun and challenging time, swing by, try a free first class and get your sweat on.