About Instructor

Sei Shihan (Master) Mel Ramsey is presently a 6th degree Black Belt with over 30+ years experience in Martial Arts.


Sei Shihan Mel began his training in styles such as Isshin-Ryu and Aikido. It was not until November 1978 that he began training under Grand Master Tadashi Nakamura at the World Seido Karate Organization. His Martial Arts expertise includes Asian weapons such as the Bo, the Jo, and the Tonfa, as well as teaching Street Self-Defense. Although a tournament competitor in Kata and Weapons, he has also given many self-defense demonstrations and seminars at Cornell University, Columbia University, Salomon-Smith Barney, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Coach Leather Company, Manhattan Cable TV and many of the Metropolitan YMCA's of Greater New York. He was nominated for the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2005, 2007,2010 and 2011. Inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012 and is also a Certified Member of the International Martial Arts Council of America.


On September 26th 1986, Sei Shihan Mel began teaching at the West Side YMCA. There he has continued to help inspire many students from all walks of life through vigorous training and by building self-confidence and awareness.


The YMCA is a great place to teach. I have an opportunity to work with people of all levels.


--Sei Shihan Melvin Ramsey

About Seido Karate

Seido Karate Program has been a part of the YMCA for over 25 years. Since then, the program has come a long way to reach new heights. Today Seido karate is taught in the spacious West Studio on the 4th floor with a variety of classes from white belt kicking combinations and stretching to advanced kumite and fighting strategy. We offer special conditioning, weight training, and meditation to students of all levels.


West Side Seido Karate consists of a diverse group of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. We begin studying karate for all different reasons and different beliefs of what karate is all about. We want to learn how to defend ourselves, or gain discipline and flexibility of the mind and body. Sometimes we just happened to be walking by and thought it looked like a fun thing to try. The reason we all keep training is because we love the support we're getting, and the inspiration we're giving to others. We are able to challenge ourselves and to be better at what we do.


West Side Seido Karate-Do isn't just all about punches and kicks. It's about challenging yourself mentally, feeding your bushido (non-quitting) spirit, and extending yourself to help others do the same. We don't just "study karate." We practice karate-do, a way of life that will develop and nourish us both inside and outside of the dojo.


For more on the West Side YMCA visit http://www.ymcanyc.org/westside.