The Seitou Ryu Karate® badge was designed by Sensei Richard Hang Hong in June 2005.
There were numerous ideas for what was wanted to show in the badge design. Ultimately it was decided that it would reflect the background of where Seitou Ryu Karate® had come from. It was originally based upon two styles of karate, Goju Ryu and Shotokan, although since 2012 the focus has shifted to Goju Ryu as it’s core base of karate.
The central spiral is a symbol that represents balance. Of all the symbols for balance that were found, the circular style of this one in particular stood out above the rest as a fitting Goju Ryu image as the style is well known for its circular and fluid movements.
The red and white circle behind the spiral is a combination of an adapted yin yang symbol and the Japanese rising sun. Originally the two halves were separated horizontally with the red being on top, making the rising sun more prominent, but it was changed to a vertical separation to keep it in symmetry with the spiral symbol.
Since the change of focus to omit the Shotokan style and methods of training and to train exclusively in Goju Ryu, the meaning of the badge has changed accordingly so that it now represents the principles of Goju Ryu Karatedo, it’s circular fighting methods and a balance of hard and soft.