The History of Seido Ryu


Founded in 1992 at the YWCA in Paterson by Grandmaster L. Barr (10th degree black belt), Seido Ryu has grown to be one of the largest non-profit Martial Arts programs in the country. In 1994, the school moved to the YMCA of Hackensack. In 2010, the school moved again, this time to the Police Athletic League, also located in Hackensack.

Seido Ryu means "Way of Life Style." The roots are Goju (Hard-Soft Style) and Shorin Ryu (The Style of the Little Temple).

There are ten kyus on the road to becoming a black belt. Even the very first belt (white) must be earned. Hard work is rewarded. There are no limits.

The dojo bushido (code) is "Respect for All." The philosophy is "Accept what is useful; reject what is not."