HONBU IS MOVING AND YOU CAN HELP!
Honbu is a special place. Since its founding in 1976, countless numbers of students from around the world have come to experience the Human Face of Karate. Training side by side under the watchful eyes of Kaicho and Nidaime, Honbu has served as headquarters for Seido Juku and the World Seido Karate Organization for over 40 years, providing a unique environment where all are welcome. Built by the Seido community for the Seido community, Honbu’s current location has given each of us the space to share our practice with founding members and new students from around the world. With karate-do as our way of life, we always look ahead, and are prepared to carry our legacy forward.
Honbu is our heart. From near and far, students have arrived at 61 West 23 street for over 40 years to find the warmth and support of a unique community where diversity and inclusion are celebrated and championed, where students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds come together to share the essence of true karate-do: the training of body, mind, and spirit together in order to realize the fullness of human
Honbu is home. Built on the understanding and cooperation of pupils, the wooden floors hold the DNA of all who have challenged themselves to break through ego and limitation to discover their non-quitting spirit, creating bonds of friendship honed through trust, respect, and hard work.
Honbu is each of us. Our dojo is a living, breathing entity that has absorbed all of our energiesand the energies of those who came before us over the past four decades. While for many, this location is the only Honbu we have ever known, we know that our dojo is wherever we are, we know that our dojo is who we train with.
When we learned the building that houses Honbu was sold, we took immediate action to find a new location. As we look back on our history and embrace our future, we are delighted to report that we are very close to signing on a new space in Manhattan, allowing us to continue to provide an exceptional experience for all our current and future members. With this spirit, we are reaching out to the entire Seido community in support of our capital campaign of $250,000, Keizuko.
Last week, we implemented a soft launch for Keizuko and have reached our first financial goal of $10,000.00. Today, as we launch the campaign to the entire community, we hope you will consider the many opportunities and incentives to support listed on the page below. In addition to the online Go-Fund Me portal, we have mounted a silent online auction (http://www.seido.com ) to be followed by a live auction at Honbu on September 14, 2019 (https://www.facebook.com/events/487750222000885/).
Thanks to the generosity of the entire Honbu community, we will be offering one of a kind experiences, art works and items made by Kaicho that celebrate our legacy.
In The Human Face of Karate, Kaicho states: “Seido Juku was literally built on the understanding and cooperation of the pupils.” Today, we move forward together and sincerely hope that each of you will consider the opportunities that lie ahead. Your financial contributions will go directly to the build-out of our new space which is currently a blank canvas. The monies raised through our fundraising efforts will allow the pace of necessary construction (e.g. installation of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems, lockers, upgraded equipment, mirrors, a new floor) to progress at a faster rate. It will allow us to not just settle in our new space, but make it a home. Our doors will open as soon as possible– ready to welcome our Seido Family from near and far.
We thank you for being part of Honbu’s history and we look forward to your continued dedication in its future.
With deep appreciation for your time and consideration,
Kaicho T. Nakamura Nidaime A. Nakamura
Chairman & Founder Vice Chairman
The Seido Juku Benefit Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3. All donations to the foundation are tax deductible.
Anyone making a contribution of:
$50-$200 - will receive unique opportunities to participate in special classes and offers to be updated weekly on our site.
$250 - In recognition of your help, your name will be engraved on a plaque to be hung by the new shinzen.
$500 - you will receive a part of the Honbu floor (+/- 16 inches) signed by Kaicho and Nidaime as well as your name on the plaque mentioned above.
$1,000 - you will receive a limited edition 1x3-foot calligraphy print made and signed by Kaicho.
$2,500 will receive a limited edition 4x3-foot calligraphy print made and signed by Kaicho.
$5,000 will receive an original 1x3-foot calligraphy made and signed by Kaicho.
$10,000 will receive an original 4x3-foot calligraphy made and signed by Kaicho.
After a very long and careful search, Nidaime has zeroed in on three specific commercial spaces near the present location on 23rd Street.
Nidaime is consulting with an architect, a plumber, and a few contractors about the market costs associated with the relocation. Per those discussions, and discussions with the owners of these spaces, the preliminary estimated costs are as follows:
1. The market escrow deposit to secure the new location may cost as much as $100,000;
2. The preliminary estimated cost to install a new HVAC system is between $100,000 and $200,000; and
3. The preliminary estimated cost to build the new gym floor, office, and locker rooms with ADA-compliant bathrooms will be approximately $150,000.
“We can do this. But please don’t sit back and wait for the grand re- opening of Honbu on January 1, 2020,” Nidaime wrote. “We need each and every one of us to get it done.”
Thank you for your time and dedication to this effort.
For information, or to donate auction items, please email Keizoku@Seido.com . Also, follow our progress: #SeidoKeizoku